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Report: Stevenage 2-1 MK Dons (AET)

16 November 2021

MK Dons were knocked out the Emirate FA Cup after Stevenage ran out 2-1 winners after extra-time.

The hosts came from behind to win the tie after 90-minutes with virtually the last kick of the game following some questionable decisions from Alan Young.

Liam Manning made six changes from the side that beat Cambridge United 4-1 at the weekend with Andrew Fisher retaining his place between the sticks.

Tennai Watson, Warren O’Hora, Harry Darling, Aden Baldwin and Daniel Harvie making up the defence in front of him.

There was a return to the Starting XI for Ethan Robson, who sat alongside Josh McEachran, Josh Martin and Hiram Boateng in midfield with Mo Eisa leading the line.

List looked to win a penalty for Stevenage, but went down with no contact inside the area, the referee waved play on and denied the home side a penalty.

The Dons went down the other end and won a free-kick, with Martin delivering for the head of O’Hora, he saw his effort claimed.

Harvie was enjoying some freedom on the left and was able to get a number of crosses into the box. His delivery took a nick and looped towards goal, Smith was on hand to claim after moving his feet well.

With 22-minutes gone Boateng teed up Eisa in the box and despite pressure from Cuthbert he was able to get a shot away. Smith was once again there to deny the Dons.

The Dons and Stevenage exchanged a number of shots that ended wide of the goal before Liam Manning’s side took the lead with 35-minutes gone. Cuthbert’s header looped behind and earned MK Dons a corner, one that Darling prodded home from McEachran’s cross. 0-1.

Just seconds before the break, however, the Dons were reduced to ten men in bizarre circumstances. Martin and Andrade simply bumped into each other, with the referee choosing to send off Martin.

Stevenage started the second-half strong and had the first chance following the break, Reid came close from Andrade’s cross, but Fisher was there to collect.

With 56-minutes, MK Dons were almost gifted their second goal of the evening following a rash clearance. Prosser played a pass back into the path of Smith who sliced his clearance, luckily for him, Cuthbert cleared up.

On the hour Stevenage drew level through Jamie Reid’s header, he was on hand to divert Coker’s cross past Fisher. 1-1.

Minutes later, Reid had the chance to make it two within two-minutes, but was unable to find the target from close range.

The next chance of the game fell the way of Reid, this time hitting the side netting after a cross from the right.

Parrott then saw his effort saved by Smith, he worked himself into the box before seeing his left-footed strike saved.

The Dons were then denied a clear penalty when Parrott's cross hit the hand of Taylor, but the referee decided against it.

The dying embers of the game saw Stevenage go close from a corner, but Darling was in the right place to clear off the line.

EXTRA-TIME

The first chance of note following the 90-minutes came via the left-foot of Luke Norris who saw his effort flash over the bar from range.

Watters then tried to chip Smith from the right, his ambitious effort was tipped over the bar.

The Dons were seeing more of the ball and once again went close via Parrott, his effort dipped over the bar.

Boateng then won a free-kick for MK Dons, instead of shooting he crossed for Parrott who hit the side netting.

The tie, however, was won by Stevenage with the last kick of the game as Norris converted a late penalty.

Starting XI: Fisher, Watson, O’Hora, Darling. Eisa, Martin, Baldwin, McEachran, Robson, Boateng, Harvie.

Goals: Darling (35).

Booked: Darling, Robson, Boateng, Harvie, Kasumu, Baldwin.

Red: Martin, Darling.


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