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Report: Under-23s 5-1 Bristol City

Nombe brace secures passage into Cup Final...

3 April 2018

Match Previews

Report: Under-23s 5-1 Bristol City

Nombe brace secures passage into Cup Final...

3 April 2018

Edu Rubio’s side progressed into the final of the Central Development League Cup on Tuesday afternoon as they overcame their Bristol City opposition.

Sam Nombe and Aidan Nesbitt found the net in the first-half before Nombe netted his brace in the second-half to secure the Dons' passage into the Final as Rubio fielded a number first-team players mixed with Academy graduates.

There was a late flurry of goals as Liam Sole added a fourth before Semenyo added a consolation for the away side. With the game drawing to a close, Rasulo converted from the spot. 

Wieger Sietsma started between the sticks, while the back three consisted of Ben Tilney, Oran Jackson and Finn Tapp. Nigel Reo-Coker was handed valuable minutes, meanwhile, both Conor McGrandles and Aidan Nesbitt completed 90 minutes.

The early dominance fell the way of the away side as Tom Richards went close on two separate occasions, his second shaving the post.

The Dons slowly found their way into the game as Connor Furlong's cross was headed away by Harvey Smith as Sam Nombe was poised to head home.

George Dowling went close for the away side as his ambitious strike went narrowly over before Reo-Coker was poised perfectly to prevent Dowling latching onto Tyreeq Bakinson's through ball.

The Dons took the lead 24-minutes into the clash as Nombe raced onto Furlong's perfectly weighted pass before his right-footed shot curled past Jojo Wollcoatt and into the back of the net. 0-1.

City almost responded immediately as Dowling's driven effort ended wide of Sietsma's far-post before the Dutch keeper produced a strong save to claim Rory Holden's powerful strike.

Rubio's side responded well to the pressure from the away side as on 33-minutes they doubled their advantage. After collecting possession in midfield, Hugo Logan turned his marker before spotting the run of Aidan Nesbitt. The Scot latched onto the end of his pass before finishing at the near post. 0-2.

9 minutes into the second-half the Dons had their third of the game. Ben Tilney raced down the left wing before picking out Sam Nombe who converted from close range. 0-3.

On the hour mark, James Morton had the chance to reduce the deficit, however, the Bristol City forward blazed over from just six yards.

Liam Sole put the game beyond reach two-minutes from time as the winger cut onto his left foot before producing a curling effort to beat Wollcaott. 0-4.

Semenyo scored a consolation goal for his side as he cut onto his right foot before powering a low driven strike past Sietsma. 1-4.

As the game draws to a close the Dons were awarded a penalty after Tilney was fouled by the Bristol City goalkeeper.

Rasulo stepped up and converted from the penalty spot - as he found the top corner. 1-5.

Match report bought to you by Utilita, one of the fastest growing energy companies in the UK.

MK Dons Starting XI: Sietsma; Tapp, Jackson (c), Tilney; McGrandles, Logan, (Hope, 90), Nesbitt (Kasumu, 62), Reo-Coker (Sole, 68), Furlong (Sorinola, 81); Rasulo; Nombe.

MK Dons subs: Jones.

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