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Preview: Portsmouth Under-18s

Young Dons prepare for quarter-finals…

2 December 2022

MK Dons Under-18s prepare to face Portsmouth in the quarter-finals of the EFL Youth Alliance Cup.

John Bitting’s boys progressed through the competition following victories over Exeter City, Bournemouth and Southend United.

Now, the squad looks to advance into the last four teams within the tournament and take one step closer to achieving silverware.

Kick-off is scheduled for 12:00pm at Woughton on the Green Playing Fields. Entry to this tie will be FREE for all participants.


Portsmouth Under-18s compete within Group D of the EFL Youth Alliance League, Pompey place within the top three of the table after they achieved 23 points within 11 games played so far this season.

They place behind Plymouth Argyle through a goal difference which is ten less of that in second place. Bournemouth, who the Dons knocked out of the cup competition, sit atop the group with 29 points and only one league loss to their name.

The travelling side are currently eight games unbeaten - six victories make up most of that total, whilst two draws complete the amount. A streak which the Dons will look to demolish this weekend.


MK Dons fell short at the hands of Gillingham in a home league clash against the current third-place team. 
Callum Tripp’s goal on the end of Phoenix Scholtz’ assist seemed merely a consolation for the home side, who were handed a 4-1 defeat. A result that John Bitting’s boys will look to redeem themselves from, as they head into this weekend.

Pompey’s most-recent result concluded in a draw against Exeter City, a team which was knocked out of the competition by the young Dons. The spoils were shared between Portsmouth and the Grecians at the end of a 0-0 game.

The opposition claimed their second draw of the season, which meant that their lengthy unbeaten run continued. Something they will desire to carry on as they travel to Milton Keynes.

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