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Report: AFC Wimbledon 1-1 Under-23s

Giorgio Rasulo's goal earns MK Dons a share of the spoils...

10 April 2018

MK Dons Under-23s were held to a 1-1 draw away to AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday afternoon at Merstham FC.

Rubio's side consisted predominantly of Under-18s with Ben Tilney, Oran Jackson, Hugo Logan and Giorgio Rasulo making up the rest of the squad.

Despite dominating the majority of the game, Rubio's side had to come from behind to grab a point from the Central Development League clash.

Against the run of play, AFC Wimbledon opened the scoring via a delicate volley, however, MK Dons eventually found a way past the impressive AFC Wimbledon keeper via Rasulo.

It was almost the perfect start for Edu Rubio's side as they cut AFC Wimbledon open just two minutes in.

Joe Evans showed strength to hold off his marker before setting Liam Sole free. The winger threaded a perfectly weighted pass into the pass of Giorgio Rasulo, who instead of shooting, cut back towards the onrushing Evans. A last-ditch tackle from the AFC Wimbledon defender prevented Evans from tapping home.

Seconds later, Rasulo forced the AFC Wimbledon keeper to save with his feet after the number 10 twisted and turned to create an inch of space inside the box.

MK Dons continued their early dominance down the left-wing as Tilney's low cross was cleared at the far-post with Furlong lurking for a tap-in.

The opening five minutes passed with Furlong firing narrowly over from the edge of the box.

The frantic nature of the game soon died out as MK Dons looked to carve out chances. Bradley Bell's raking pass found the run of Evans who could only find the side netting on 14 minutes.

Two minutes later, the hosts had their first chance of the game, however, Alfie Jones was on hand to save from close range.

Sole was looking bright throughout the first half and continued the torment his marker. After jinxing onto his left-foot the winger tried to catch the AFC Wimbledon keeper off guard at his near post, but couldn't find the back of the net.

As was the story of the first-half, Rubio's side let another chance go begging as Logan latched onto the end of Rasulo's lofted pass only for his shot to trickle wide.

AFC Wimbledon thought they had taken the lead on 38 minutes but Jones did well to save from a free-kick before the rebound was converted from two-yards. The celebrations were soon halted as the linesman deemed the goalscorer to be offside.

The second-half started in dramatically different fashion to that of the first as AFC Wimbledon took the lead just four minutes after the restart. A lofted pass from the right found the AFC Wimbledon striker who volleyed back across goal and into the back of the net. 1-0.

MK Dons looked for an immediate reply with Sole their creative outlet once again. The winger made his way into the box with both Evans and Furlong to aim for. He found the latter who was denied a shot on goal at the last second thanks to a well-timed tackle from the AFC Wimbledon defence.

The end-to-end nature of the second-half continued as the AFC Wimbledon goalscorer made his way into the box and looked to have a free shot at Jones. That was until Jackson produced a stunning last-ditch tackle to clear the danger.

The AFC Wimbledon keeper continued to be a thorn in the side of MK Dons as he produced an acrobatic save to his right to deny Rasulo's free-kick from the edge of the box.

It was that man Rasulo who eventually drew MK Dons level. He combined well with Logan on the edge of the box and after taking a touch to settle himself he curled past the onrushing keeper to level the scoring on 73 minutes. 1-1.

With the game drawing to its conclusion, Rubio's side failed to break down the AFC Wimbledon defence as the game ended all-square.

Starting XI: Jones; Bell, Tapp, Jackson (c), Tilney; Kasumu; Furlong (Bird 63), Logan, Rasulo, Sole (Martin 89); Evans (Sorinola 79).

Unused subs: Wright

Goal: Rasulo (73)


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