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An hour for Aneke in Dons victory

29 November 2016

Chuks Aneke played over an hour in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Luton Town on Tuesday afternoon.

The attacking midfielder, who has made two substitute appearances for the first-team since recovering from a knee injury, made it through 65 minutes of the clash at Woughton-on-the-Green, helping the Dons to a 2-1 victory.

Aneke went close to setting up a goal in the third minute but George C Williams’ 20-yard effort was saved. The 25-year-old then had a shot of his own deflected just wide from distance.

At the other end, Charlie Burns produced a terrific save on 19 minutes to keep out a Luton header and not long after that stop, GC Williams put the Dons ahead – picking himself up after being fouled in the area to convert from the penalty spot. 1-0.

Aneke threatened to add to the goal tally either side of the half-time break - first going close with a chip which was cleared off the line and then hitting the crossbar a powerful header from Peter Kioso’s cross.

GC Williams and Kabongo Tshimanga also went close to a second early in the second half before a Dons trialist, who replaced Aneke in the 65th minute, found the far corner of the net with a terrific left-footed curler within 60 seconds of coming onto the field. 2-0.

Hatters striker Josh McQuoid pulled a goal back for his side on 67 minutes, tapping in after Burns had saved well from Craig Mackail-Smith. 2-1.

McQuoid and Mackail-Smith had efforts late on to try and secure a draw for the Bedfordshire visitors but they couldn’t find a way through, resulting in a positive afternoon for the men from MK1 who, as well as coming away victorious, saw one of their summer signings take another step towards full fitness.

Starting XI: Burns; Kioso, GB Williams (c), Jackson, Tilney; Rasulo (Thomas-Asante 46), Osei-Bonsu; Furlong, Aneke (Trialist 65), GC Williams (Nombe 80); Tshimanga.

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