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Report: Under-18s 2-2 Cheltenham Town

The U18s grab a point in their EFL Youth Alliance fixture against Cheltenham Town…

14 April 2022

Although the young Dons have been unsuccessful in their last five outings, Joel Anker and Ryan Holmes help to acquire a point, after drawing to fifth-placed Cheltenham Town.

Cheltenham started the game strong and as a result they opened the scoring, seven minutes after the starting whistle. After going behind, MK Dons reacted well and applied heavy pressure high-up the field, which created many chances for the home team.

Unfortunately, the chances were not taken and the Robin’s doubled their lead on the 30-minute mark, after a quick counterattack, on the end of a Don’s corner.

Although they had conceded a second, the home side did not allow their confidence to drop. Joel Anker predominantly displayed this on the field and ten minutes before the break, the winger was awarded for his efforts.

Anker halved the deficit with a powerful right-footed strike, into the top-left corner of the net. The number seven took it round a defender and played a one-two with Edwin Daffern, which allowed him the space, on the right side of the box, to hit the ball past the Robin’s keeper.


The young Dons goal was used to heighten their momentum for their equaliser, they continued with their high intensity and high pressure which played a key role in their second goal.

Once the ball was played back to the Cheltenham goalie, Kyle Boyce rapidly applied pressure. This allowed the number 11 to take the ball away from the keeper’s feet and play it across to Ryan Holmes, who was in a great position to tap-in the equaliser, just before the half-time break.

Both teams were eager to win the game, which resulted in chances throughout the second half at both ends, but neither team were able to convert. As a result of this, the game ended 2-2 and MK Dons picked up a hard-fought point.

MK Dons: Daley, Wood, Lucas (Ogundega 45), Lewis-Burgess, Mann, Waller, Anker (Silver 82), Tripp, Daffern (Adepoju 73), Boyce (Bombo 52), Holmes (Blennerhassett 52)

Goals: Anker (35), Holmes (44)

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