The Under-18s enjoyed a comfortable win over neighbours Northampton Town on Saturday morning.
The hosts made the breakthrough on 11 minutes, with their first real attack of the match, when a through ball found Thomas-Asante inside the box and, despite being slightly off-balance, he managed to roll the ball into the net. 1-0.
Dove’s side extended doubled their advantage seven minutes later as a ball in from the right was chested back towards the goalkeeper by a Cobblers defender, however the attempted touch back had too much power on it and inadvertently crossed the line, much to the delight of the Dons players. 2-0.
In the 24th minute, the boys from MK1 were given a let-off when the ball found a Northampton Town striker unmarked inside the box but thankfully for the hosts his shot from the 12-yards missed the target.
The young Dons then extended their lead five minutes into the second half with arguably the goal of the morning.
A long ball up-field from defence found right-back Callum Brittain, who passed it infield to Furlong on the right hand edge of the box. The forward controlled the ball and unleashed a powerful left-footed shot into the top left corner, to make his side’s lead a comfortable one. 3-0.
However, Northampton reduced the arrears just a minute later when shot across goal from the edge of the penalty area found a way past Andrew McCorkell and into the left-hand corner of the net. 3-1.
The young Dons had a good chance to restore their three-goal advantage on 62 minutes courtesy of a set piece from 25 yards out which Thomas-Asante sent just a couple of yards over the crossbar.
Sixty second later, Dove’s side were indebted to keeper McCorkell who made a vital double save. His first block was from a low shot and he followed that up with another strong stop after a ball was fired towards goal from a very acute angle.
The young Dons then had a double chance of their own with just two minutes. First, Thomas-Asante crashed a shot against the crossbar before Peter Kioso, on the rebound, had a header cleared off the clean.
Therefore the scoreline remained at 3-1 – a deserved triumph for Dove’s team.
After the match the Director of Youth said: “There were some really good moments of football from us. I felt there was some clever play and good goals - Connor’s goal was particularly outstanding.
“It was interesting because at half-time I felt we weren’t fully in control of the game even though we were 2-0 up. We seemed edgy when they broke, we lost the ball and we were stretched. I felt we were always in a fight.
“At the end of the game we ended up with a few corners against us and although we had a two goal lead if they had got another one back it could have been a bit of a nervy finish.
“Development-wise we have to learn when we dominate play to get more goals so we end up with more comfortable results.”
Starting XI: McCorkell; Brittain (Kioso 85), Hunt (c), Jackson, Hope (Omar 46); Hadden; Osei-Bonsu, Logan, Furlong; Thomas-Asante, Nombe.
Unused subs: Pickworth, Owusu, Kasumu.
Goals: Thomas-Asante (11), O.G. (18), Furlong (51).
Referee: Martyn Cannon.