MK Dons Under-18s got their Football League Youth Alliance Cup campaign off to a winning start after they beat Peterborough United 2-0 last Saturday.
Mike Dove’s side travelled to Posh without any of their Under-16s players, who were all rested ahead of Monday night’s Academy Challenge Match with Manchester City.
Therefore the Dons were only able to name two substitutes, both of which were Under -15s but still his team arrived confident of picking up another victory over their local rivals.
However, it was the hosts who started brightest and they forced Dons ‘keeper Charlie Burns into making a good save from a corner 23 minutes, having shot wide from a previous corner ten minutes earlier.
Peterborough had obviously learnt their lessons from their 2-1 defeat to the Dons earlier in the season and sat back, allowing the hosts to play their football at the back but preventing anything too threatening.
It seemed to be working for the home team and they felt they should have had a penalty on 33 minutes after their striker collided with Charlie Burns but the referee instead awarded Dove’s side a free-kick.
It took until the 40th minute before the Dons had their first effort on goal but Dele Alli’s shot flew over the bar after some good work down the right by Mason Spence.
The Posh could have taken the lead just before half-time but Burns was once again equal to the shot and the Dons hung on to go into the break all square.
Director of Youth Dove spoke long and hard with his players during the interval and encouraged them to be a little bit cleverer with the ball in order to break down the stubborn Peterborough defence.
And it seemed to the trick as a minute after the restart Kelvin Osei-Addo was able to get himself free and place his shot into the far post to give the Dons the lead.
Not long after, the scoreline was doubled thanks to trialist Pierre-Marcel Yamfam who smashed home after being set up brilliantly by Mo Ahmed.
Tempers began to flare after the second goal with both sides getting caught up in the emotion of the game but the Dons were able to keep their cool and hold on, to record a confident win over their regional group opponents.
MK Dons (4-2-1-3): Burns; Spence (c), Hickford, Galloway, Osae; Alli, Ahmed; Grant (Hadden 75), Summerfield, Yamfam; Osei-Addo.
Subs not used: Collinge.
Goals: Osei-Addo 46, Yamfam 49.
Booked: Osae, Ahmed.