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Report: Gillingham 3-3 MK Dons Under-18s

MK Dons Under-18s gain a point on the road in their recent league fixture…

17 October 2023

Match Reports

Report: Gillingham 3-3 MK Dons Under-18s

MK Dons Under-18s gain a point on the road in their recent league fixture…

17 October 2023

MK Dons Under-18s recently faced Gillingham away in a six-goal thriller, which saw the spoils shared in their EFL Youth Alliance League clash.

John Bitting’s boys were faced with an early setback when a red card sanction saw the team reduced to ten men for the rest of the fixture. Nevertheless, the team continued to dig deep until the final whistle, which inevitably saw them reap the rewards for their strong efforts.

Keon-Lewis Burgess was the first MK Dons name on the scoresheet when he converted a corner-kick set-piece with a headed attempt at goal. The in-swinging, precise delivery located the back-post where Lewis-Burgess was placed perfectly to nod the ball into the back of the net.

Following the Dons’ opener, a penalty-kick was awarded in favour of the travelling team. Joshua Adepoju stepped up to the spot and made no mistake in his attempt as he fired his strike into the right of the net whilst sending Gillingham’s ‘keeper the wrong way.

The third and final goal for the young Dons came through Under-16s player Damerai Hurditt, who completed a move started from the back with Sebastian Stacey.

Working the ball from the backline, John Bitting’s boys found an outlet in Joel Anker, who accelerated away from his defender to gain enough space for a cross into the box.

The delivery met with the run of Hurditt perfectly, the young player didn’t break stride as he met with the ball and directed it past the Gills’ shot stopper to level the game from close-range.

The team continued their strong display of character right up until the final whistle, which ultimately rewarded MK Dons Under-18s with a point from their recent EFL Youth Alliance League clash.


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