MK Dons 2 AFC Wimbledon 1: Ecstasy to agony for travelling fans as cheeky late winner ends dream grudge match victory
15:17 GMT, 2 December 2012
Jon Otsemobor scored a last-gasp winner to send MK Dons into the FA Cup third round at the expense of bitter rivals AFC Wimbledon.
Jack Midson's diving header had looked set to earn Wimbledon a replay after cancelling out Stephen Gleeson's stunning opener, but Otsemobor flicked home in the last minute to break the visitors' hearts.
The match was the first between the two clubs since 1988 FA Cup winners Wimbledon FC were uprooted from south west London in 2003 and moved over 50 miles north of the capital to the Buckinghamshire town, before being renamed MK Dons the following year.
Stranded: Jon Otsemobor flicked home the winner for MK Dons in the dying minutes
Milton Keynes Dons: Martin, Otsemobor, Kay, Williams, Lewington, Gleeson, Potter, Bowditch, Chadwick, Balanta (Ismail 66), Lowe (Smith 80).
Subs not used: McLoughlin, Doumbe, MacDonald, Chicksen, Sekajja.
Goal: Midson 59, Otsemobor 90
AFC Wimbledon: Sullivan, Osano, Fenlon, Antwi, Mambo, Luke Moore (Johnson 81), Gregory, Long, Ajala, Harrison (Strutton 71), Midson.
Subs not used: Jaimez-Ruiz, Balkestein, Mitchel-King, McNaughton, Djilali.
Booked: Midson, L Moore, Ajala.
Goal: Gleeson 45.
Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)
Angry Wimbledon FC fans subsequently formed AFC Wimbledon from scratch in the Combined Counties League before enjoying a rapid rise up the football pyramid, and are now just one division below npower League One promotion challengers MK Dons.
The bad blood between the clubs was in evidence throughout, with both sets of fans goading the other, but in the main the match passed off without incident, save for a brief pitch invasion following Wimbledon's equaliser.
The hosts controlled the first half but they struggled to create clear chances in the face of a disciplined Wimbledon rearguard action.
Angelo Balanta came close when he curled the ball just wide of the post after a neat turn on the edge of the box before Gleeson broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, blasting a 30-yard shot into the top-right corner.
MK Dons burst out of the blocks after the break and skipper Dean Lewington had a 25-yard free-kick pushed over the crossbar by Neil Sullivan before Balanta and Dean Bowditch both lashed strikes into the side-netting.
Mobbed: MK Dons celebrate their last-gasp winner which dumped AFC Wimbledon out of the FA Cup
In front: Stephen Gleeson opened the scoring for MK Dons with a stunning strike
Happy days: Gleeson celebrates with his team-mates after scoring the first goal
But Midson made the most of a rare
Wimbledon counter-attack to equalise after 59 minutes, glancing a fine
diving header past David Martin from Toby Ajaya's cross.
A number of Wimbledon fans spilled onto the pitch following the goal, but stewards quickly restored order.
In a frantic finale, Ryan Lowe had a
goal ruled out for offside for Milton Keynes and Wimbledon skipper
Steven Gregory was denied by Martin before Otsemobor hung out a leg to
backheel substitute Zeli Ismail's mis-hit shot over Sullivan to spark
wild scenes of celebration for the hosts.
Level pegging: Jack Midson equalised for AFC Wimbledon (above) before celebrating with team-mates and fans
Players and fans celebrate as Jack Midson of AFC Wimbledon scores their first goal
Crunch: Ryan Lowe of MK Dons is tackled by AFC Wimbledon's Luke Moore
On the run: AFC Wimbledon's Stacy Long (right) sets up another attack for the visitors
Battle: Luke Chadwick (right) and Steve Gregory fight for possession at stadium:mk