MK Dons Ladies were knocked out of the Berks and Bucks County Cup on Sunday afternoon by Maidstone United, losing 4-3 on penalties after playing out a goalless draw.
The Ladies came into the game off the back of their impressive victory over Norwich City last weekend and were confident of continuing the good form against a strong Maidstone side.
John Dyer’s side did well to limit the hosts to only a couple of chances throughout the 90 minutes while they themselves spurned numerous chances to find a winner.
A dominant Dons midfield helped to create several good chances to win the tie with the post saving the home team on several occasions as well as their impressive ‘keeper.
There were also standout performances from the Ladies back four, who had an average of 19 and returning captain Hannah Barratt.
However, with the scores level at the end of regulation time, it was straight to penalties where it was the Dons who fell victim to the lottery and bowed out of the competition at the first hurdle.
Manager Dyer said after the game: “We have scored goals for fun in previous weeks and this should have been another one of those days but it just wouldn’t go in.
“You have to say the Maidstone ‘keeper played brilliantly and made a fantastic save with her feet at the end of normal time.”