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Report: Under-18s 6-2 Sutton United

MK Dons under-18s continue their unbeaten streak…

26 September 2022

John Bitting’s boys claimed their third successive league victory and continue their impressive home record after beating Sutton United 6-2.

First-Half
MK Dons had a bright start to the fixture, which allowed Callum Tripp to locate Tommy Blennerhassett, who netted the opener within five minutes of the starting whistle.

Merely minutes after the opening goal, Sutton responded swiftly. The away side converted their one-on-one chance to equalise the game before the ten-minute mark.

Soon after the equaliser, the Dons were awarded a penalty, which they failed to convert.

The excitement continued after 21 minutes - Charlie Waller’s ball forward found Joel Anker. The number ten then unleashed a strike from outside the area, which bulged the net and re-gained the lead for the home side.

John Bitting’s boys then furthered their lead through Callum Tripp, minutes before the interval. The number seven created himself space with a run into the opposition’s box, Jediah Bombo then played the ball into Tripp, who slotted it past Sutton’s keeper.

The referee signalled for half-time and MK Dons led 3-1 going into the break.

Second-Half
The Dons continued to be ruthless in attack, which allowed them to cause a constant threat every time they ventured forward. This created a plethora of chances for the home side, which they grasped.

Edwin Daffern, who arrived on the field in the 59th minute, cemented his place on the scoresheet. Ten minutes after being substituted on, Daffern fired the ball home. Simone Troso, who had also been recently subbed on, was awarded with the assist.

The travelling team produced an unstoppable strike from outside the area, which altered the score line to 4-2, in favour of MK Dons.

Daffern then responded and achieved a brace within 16 minutes of being on the pitch, Anker’s ball into the number 15 created the chance. The Dons led five goals to two, 15 minutes before the final whistle.

The number ten continued his relentless pressure, which awarded him with a brace in the 80th minute of the match. Anker rapidly shutdown Sutton’s goalkeeper and was rewarded for his efforts, which produced the final goal in a 6-2 victory.

John Bitting’s boys were rewarded with three points, which currently puts them level on points with Luton Town, who are top of the EFL Youth Alliance League Group.

MK Dons: Stacey, Scholtz (Wood 59), Waller, Mann (Troso 65), Anderson, Stirland (Boyce 68), Tripp, Bombo, Blennerhassett, Anker, Adepoju (Daffern 59)

Goals: Blennerhasset 4 (Tripp A), Anker 21, 80 (Waller A), Tripp 41 (Bombo A), Daffern 69 (Troso A), 74 (Anker A)


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