MK Dons Ladies were knocked out of the League Cup at the first hurdle on Saturday, being beaten 3-2 by Enfield at Newport Pagnell FC.
Off the back of their impressive 5-0 mauling of Brentwood Town last weekend, John Dyer’s Ladies entered the game full of confident and they were boosted by the return of Carissa Kaczorowski to the back four.
The Dons started brightly and went 2-0 up early on thanks to goals from Leah Cudone and Bryony Levitt, the former with a terrific half volley from 25-yards.
The hosts probably should have extended their lead further in the first half, as they looked to assert their dominance over their South East Combination League rivals thanks to strong displays in the middle from Heather McDonnell and Charlotte Wright.
However, the Ladies couldn’t find that all important third goal and they were punished after a five minute salvo of three goals which turned the game on its head midway through the second period.
The impressive McDonnell hit the crossbar late on as the Dons tried in vain to regain the momentum they had in the first half but time ran out, putting an end to Dyer’s cup aspirations.
Speaking after the game, the Ladies boss said: “I would've loved to have played that game with a fully fit squad as I’m sure the result would have been different.
“We have some really experienced players, who have been missing for a while, returning to the squad in the next few weeks and we’ll see how we progress then.”