MK Dons Under-18s and Peterborough United played out an eight-goal thriller in Cambridgeshire last Saturday.
Striker Kelvin Osei-Addo’s hat-trick helped Mike Dove’s side fight back from 3-2 down early in the second half to lead heading into the final 10 minutes but a late Posh strike saw the game finish all-square at 4-4.
The Young Dons were without playmaker Will Summerfield for the trip but trio Charlie Burns, Brendan Galloway and Giorgio Rasulo were all available due to the first team’s postponement.
But even they couldn’t prevent a well-organised Peterborough side taking the lead inside of a minute after midfielder Kyran Wiltshire lost possession out on the left.
The Dons then went close to levelling on 17 minutes when Harry Hickford showed great desire to drive forward from the back, only for Rasulo to see his shot deflected wide for a corner.
Osei-Addo then placed a shot straight at the ‘keeper before his strike partner Kabongo Tsimanga fired the Dons level five minutes before half-time.
After winning the ball in his own half, Rasulo found Aaron Weston who in turn played through Tshimanga and the young forward finished with aplomb to send the side’s in at the break all-square.
Keen not to start the second half as they did the first, Dove’s boys came out firing after the re-start and they deservedly took the lead just 60 seconds in through Osei-Addo, who did well to finish off Ben Tilney’s cutback.
However, the Dons’ lead didn’t last long as, five minutes later, another poor pass in midfield allowed the Posh number 9 to make it 2-2 before he doubled his tally moments later to reinstate the hosts advantage.
Credit must go to the Young Dons, though, as they refused to let their heads drop and just after the hour mark they were rewarded when Osei-Addo tapped home another equaliser after some excellent work from Rasulo.
The Dons then took the lead for the second time when Osei-Addo completed his hat-trick with another fine finish on 69 minutes but a quick counter attack from the hosts saw them nick a point with a quarter of the game left to play.
Speaking after the game, Director of Youth Dove said: “It was a fantastic advert for youth football with both sides playing their part in a tremendous match.
“Both teams showed honesty and bite as well as good individual and team play. For us, I thought Brendan Galloway and Giorgio Rasulo, in particular were great.”
“The draw was probably a fair result at the end and so I was really pleased.”
MK Dons (4-2-3-1): Burns; Grant, Hickford (c), Galloway, Tilney; Wiltshire, Weston; Rasulo; Vaughan (Daffern 69), Osei-Addo, Tshimanga.
Subs: Taylor (GK), Tingey