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Report: U18s 2-8 Luton Town

24 August 2015

The Under-18s’ latest match proved to be a steep learning curve as they lost 8-2 against Luton Town at Woughton-on-the-Green.

The visitors got off to a flying start as they took the lead on seven minutes when the Dons lost the ball while playing out from the back allowing Jack Snelus to float the ball over keeper Nathan Pickworth and into the net. 0-1

Two minutes later, Luton doubled their advantage when a free-kick was floated to the far post. The ball was controlled and then flashed across goal for a simple finish from a few yards out. 0-2

The shell-shocked Dons conceded again just a minute later. From the kick-off the ball was played forward and an unmarked Snelus was able to finish from inside the penalty area. 0-3

On 23 minutes, Luton extended their lead with a similar goal to their previous one – a cross from the left hand side that was turned into the net from close range. 0-4

The Dons did pull a goal back seven minutes later after a free-kick was deflected into the path of Connor Furlong, who hit a low left-footed shot into the net. 1-4

Luton, though, restored their four goal margin on 36 minutes when James Verney got away from three or four yellow shirts and hit a fierce shot from 25 yards into the right hand side of the net. 1-5

Just before half-time the Dons conceded another soft goal to increase Luton’s lead further at the break. 1-6

In the early part of the second half, the Dons had a more promising spells of play but bar a couple of shots on target, they weren’t able to really trouble the visiting keeper.

The Hatters then scored again on 71 minutes when James Justin found the net side of the net with a shot from the edge of the area. 1-7

Luton netted their final goal of the game on 84 minutes as a ball through found George Murray, who beat the offside trap and was able to slot past Nathan Pickworth. 1-8

On a difficult afternoon, the Dons did have the final say on 89 minutes. From the left hand side of the pitch, the ball was played across to substitute Andrew Osei-Bonsu who was able to run onto it and finish emphatically. 2-8

Starting XI: Pickworth; Omar (Osei-Bonsu 46), Hunt (c), Steele, Stratton; Palmiero (Logan 71), Hadden; Furlong; Brittain, Nombe, Owusu (Kioso 79).

Unused subs: Jackson.

Goals: Furlong 24, Osei-Bonsu 89.

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