MK Dons cruised into the second round of the FA Youth Cup after an excellent performance and result at Stadium MK.
Oran Jackson and Sam Nombe had initially given the Dons a 2-0 lead, while Andrew Osei-Bonsu completed an impressive evening’s work in the final minute.
The Dons got off to the best possible start, opening the scoring as early as the sixth minute courtesy of an Jackson tap-in after the AFC Hornchurch keeper had dropped Thomas-Asante’s cross.
Shortly afterwards, Peter Kioso saw a scissor-kick blocked before the lively Thomas-Asante brought the best out of the visiting keeper from distance.
Dons’ No.10 came even closer to adding to the hosts’ advantage on 18 minutes but he couldn’t quite reach Hugo Logan’s dangerous delivery from the right.
Rubio’s side deservedly doubled their lead just three minutes later as Nombe fired home at the back post after Thomas-Asante helped on Kioso’s cross.
The visitors hit back with a rare foray forward but it was dealt comfortably by the Dons, who then almost made 3-0 however Osei-Bonsu was denied from 12 yards after a forward burst.
The woodwork saved AFC Hornchurch from going 3-0 down on 38 minutes as defender Finn Tapp fired a shot against the bar – Logan saw his rebound well saved.
However, there was nothing the visitors could do to deny the Dons a third on 49 minutes, Thomas-Asante picking himself up after being fouled in the area to score from the penalty spot with a Panenka.
AFC Hornchurch reduced the arrears within a couple of minutes, though, as Warren Kayembe proded home after the Dons had failed to deal with a cross.
The Dons soon restored their three-goal lead – and it came in some style! Logan picked out Thomas-Asante with an inch-perfect through-ball and the 17-year-old found the net with a stunning first-time lob from 20 yards.
Kayembe missed a golden opportunity to make it 4-2 while, at the other end, the Dons came close from a Tapp cross and a Jackson header as they looked to put the gloss on a strong and professional display.
There was a special moment on 89 minutes for Thomas Asante, who completed his treble with a smart strike from 20 yards.
Osei-Bonsu put the icing on the cake in the final minute when he burst through and powered home from just inside the box.
Starting XI: Pickworth; Tapp, Omar, Jackson (Hope 85); Kioso, Logan, Andrew Osei-Bonsu, Kasumu (Bell 46), Evans (Wright 65); Nombe, Thomas-Asante.
Unused subs: Jones, Stratton.
Goals: Jackson (6), Nombe (21), Thomas-Asante (49, 62 & 89), Osei-Bonsu (90).