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MK Dons 1 AFC Wimbledon 1: match report

MK Dons 2 AFC Wimbledon 1: Ecstasy to agony for travelling fans as cheeky late winner ends dream grudge match victory

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UPDATED:

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

Stranded: Jon Otsemobor flicked home the winner for MK Dons in the dying minutes

Match facts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Battle: Luke Chadwick (right) and Steve Gregory fight for possession at stadium:mk

MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon FA Cup live

FA CUP LIVE: MK Dons v AFC Wimbledon – the action as it happens from stadium:mk

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UPDATED:

14:10 GMT, 2 December 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup second round as bitter rivals MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon meet for the first time. Karl Robinson's MK Dons side are flying high in third place in League One and will go into the match as favourites against Neal Ardley's side, who are struggling near the foot of League Two.

MK Dons 1 AFC Wimbledon 1

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.

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.

Goal: Gleeson 45.

Referee: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire)

80 mins: Ryan Lowe is the man to make way for Smith. Wimbledon are growing in confidence though with Ajala enjoy some joy down the right flank.

Sportsmail's Matt Barlow at stadium:mk: 'MK Dons preparing to send on the former England striker Alan Smith.'

77 mins: As things stand then we're all set for a replay. One thing that is for sure is that the second half has been a far better spectacle than the first.

Sportsmail's Matt Barlow at stadium:mk: 'Interested to see the impact of MK teenager Zeli Ismail, on loan from Wolves. There’s been a lot of hype about him, born in Albania and playing for England youth teams. He came on and set up a goal for Ryan Lowe to convert but the flag was up for offside.'

70 mins: MK Dons have a goal ruled out as Zeli Ismail is rightly flagged offside as he centres for Ryan Lowe to tap in.

Sportsmail's Matt Barlow at stadium:mk: 'That’s caused a stir. A diving header from Midson levels and AFC fans fail to control their euphoria. Some of them spill onto the pitch to celebrate with the players as the home fans boo and whistle. Midson is booked for his role in inciting the invasion as AFC fans find their voices again. Yellow and blue balloons are bouncing in the away end again and it is still very chilly here.'

GOAL!!! MK Dons 1 AFC Wimbledon 1 (Midson)

Can you believe it! And right in front of home fans… A neat little move started by Midson sees the big forward brilliantly glance home a header from Agala's cross and the travelling support go wild… and there's a pitch invasion! There's a delay in play as the stewards try to deal with it. Midson sensibly tries to calm the away fans down.

Strength in numbers: Over 3,000 Wimbledon fans made the trip to MK Dons

Strength in numbers: Over 3,000 Wimbledon fans made the trip to MK Dons

57 mins: I'm afraid to see say you can really see why Wimbledon have struggled in League Two this season. They have offered very little other than hard work and graft.

Sportsmail's Matt Barlow at stadium:mk: 'MK firmly in command at the start of the second half. Sullivan’s goal under attack from Lewington, Balanta and Bowditch. Home crowd sing: “You’re getting beat by a franchise” … and the temperature has dropped alarmingly.'

51 mins: Chance! Balanta's attempted cross deflects off Mambo and nearly beats Sullivan at the near post.

47 mins: Close! Lewington's dinked free-kick nearly finds the top corner as the veteran Sullivan laboriously tips the ball over the bar.

Screamer: Gleeson celebrates his wonderstrike

Screamer: Gleeson celebrates his wonderstrike

46 mins: We're back under way…

Sportsmail's Matt Barlow at stadium:mk: 'Test for the AFC spirit now. Wonderful strike from Gleeson. Out of place with the rest of the half. Plenty in the stadium:mk were queuing up for a cuppa when it flew in to the top corner.'

HALF-TIME: Just as it looked as though Wimbledon would be heading into the break level, a rare moment of magic in an otherwise turgid game has given the advantage to Karl Robinson's side. The atmosphere inside the stadium:mk is absolutely rocking now with both sets of fans in full voice. Wimbledon will have to come out of their shell in the second half if they are to get at least a replay from this though as they have offered nothing going forward so far.

GOAL!!! MK Dons 1 (Gleeson) AFC Wimbledon 0

What a strike! Gleeson spanks one from 30 yards that rises and swerves into the top corner leaving Sullivan with absolutely no chance.

Grudge match: Captains Steven Gregory (left) and Dean Lewington shake hands before the game

Grudge match: Captains Steven Gregory (left) and Dean Lewington shake hands before the game

42 mins: Yado Mambo rises highest to clear a dangerous free-kick from Chadwick. The big centre half has been outstanding so far for the visitors.

38 mins: The game has not been the best so far, though it was always going to be a sideshow to the battle of the fans… which is still going strong.

32 mins: Route one stuff from Wimbledon so far, in keeping with their tradition. /12/02/article-2241756-1650ACE9000005DC-752_634x422.jpg” width=”634″ height=”422″ alt=”Standing firm: MK Dons fans display a banner for the Wimbledon supporters to read” class=”blkBorder” />

Standing firm: MK Dons fans display a banner for the Wimbledon supporters to read

22 mins: Luke Chadwick is really pulling the strings here for MK Dons. The former Man United man is a top player at this level.

18 mins: Close! MK Dons winger Angelo Balanta bends one just wide of Sullivan's left-hand post from 20 yards out.

17 mins: MK Dons have dominated possession and look very comfortable on the ball. Wimbledon are holding firm though.

13 mins: David Martin does well to come out of his box and thwart /12/02/article-2241756-1650A3F0000005DC-973_634x421.jpg” width=”634″ height=”421″ alt=”Protest: Wimbledon fans express their dislike of MK Dons owner Pete Winkelman” class=”blkBorder” />

Protest: Wimbledon fans express their dislike of MK Dons owner Pete Winkelman

9 mins: A chartered plane has just flown over the stadium reading, 'we are Wimbledon'.

7 mins: Sullivan saves at the near post from Otsemobor. the 'keeper is still going strong at the age of 42.

6 mins: It's been all MK Dons so far, but Wimbledon are winning the battle of the fans.

3 mins: Dean Lewington sends the game's first shot high and wide into AFC Wimbledon supporters behind the goal, who greet the effort with ironic cheers.

Sportsmail's Matt Barlow at stadium:mk writes: 'They're playing Welcome to the Jungle. Its not exactly Istanbul, but there's a lively atmosphere and a few taunts knocking about. AFC fans holding “We are Wimbledon” banners. MK fans have a banner saying: “We're keeping the Dons… Just get over it” and another saying “AFC Hypocrites”.'

1 min: We're under way… Both sets of fans are belting out songs.

Die-hard: An AFC Wimbledon fan turns up with a mask

Die-hard: An AFC Wimbledon fan turns up with a mask

12.29pm: The players are out on the pitch and the atmosphere is very, very tense. here we go…

12.15pm: Back to on-field matters and the teams are in. MK Dons will start as strong favourites and they have picked a first-choice starting XI for this one, including the selection of captain and left back Dean Lewington, who came through the ranks at Wimbledon FC. For AFC, veteran former Wimbledon FC goalkeeper Neil Sullivan has been granted clearance to play.

12.10pm: I am sure most of you are aware of the significance of this fixture but for those of you who are not, here is a brief history lesson for you… Wimbledon FC – winners of the 1988 FA Cup – were relocated to Milton Keynes in 2003, by which time AFC Wimbledon had already been formed (in 2002) in protest against the proposed move. As AFC worked their way up through the non-league pyramid, Wimbledon FC were renamed MK Dons in 2004 and have continued to ply their trade in the lowest two tiers of the Football League. AFC Wimbledon were promoted to the Football League for the first time back in May 2011 and the club are now just one division apart, but today's FA Cup tie will be the first time the two sides have met each other.

12.00pm: Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of one of the most eagerly anticipated matches of the season so far as MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon meet for the first time.

Grudge match: The two sides meet for the first time

Grudge match: The two sides meet for the first time

MK Dons tie a step closer for AFC Wimbledon

As the historic first meeting between MK Dons and AFC Wimbledon looms, here's why this potential Cup grudge match will be a 'crazy game' for the Crazy Gang

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 13 November 2012

'We await, with baited breath, the winner of the other tie,' said the stadium announcer.

AFC Wimbledon had just completed a thrilling 4-3 extra-time victory over
York City in their FA Cup first round replay, but there was no
excitement in his voice. More like dread, despite an expected 50,000
windfall from Monday night' s match.

The 'other tie', of course, just happens to be MK Dons against Cambridge
City, throwing up the possibility of the Dons of Wimbledon taking on
the Milton Keynes' Dons for the first time since Wimbledon FC
'relocated' north 10 years ago.

Grudge match: Jack Midson (centre) celebrates after scoring what turned out to be the winner on Monday night

Grudge match: Jack Midson (centre) celebrates after scoring what turned out to be the winner on Monday night

MATCH FACTS

AFC Wimbledon: Brown, Fenlon (Osano 62), Mambo, Mitchel-King, Cummings, Jolley, Gregory, Johnson (Harrison 61), Yussuff (Long 42), Midson, Strutton.

Subs Not Used: Jaimez-Ruiz, McNaughton, Antwi, Harris.

Booked: Gregory, Strutton.

Goals: Strutton 34, 78, Harrison 97, Midson 99.

York: Ingham, Oyebanjo, Carlisle, Smith, Fyfield, Chambers, Kerr, Parslow (Reed 89), Kearns, Blair, Walker (Johnson 84).

Subs Not Used: Musselwhite, McGurk, Potts, Challinor, Doig.

Sent Off: Kerr (35).

Booked: Kerr, Johnson.

Goals: Brown 22 og, Reed 90, 119.

Attendance: 1,954

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

This is the match AFC fans do not want, but their manager, former Wimbledon player Neal Ardley, insisted he would play against 'anyone' and claimed the FA could not be further from his mind. He does not intend to watch Tuesday's match, that's for sure.

'Our aim is to get in the third round, pure and simple,' he said. 'As players and staff all we can be is really professional, no matter who we play against, and try and get into that third round and a potentially big Cup tie.

'I'd play against anyone. Obviously we would be massive underdogs in a game against MK Dons. We'd like to get to the third round and give this great club – and all the fans who have put so much into it – a little bit of a Cup tie that might bring in a couple of pounds and ease the pressure.

'Is it about revenge No. To be honest, I haven't given it a thought. I know this is a boring answer but I'm not going to disrespect Cambridge. People talk about ties before they happen. If Tuesday night goes that way then we'll deal with questions about that.

'At the moment I've got two really big league games coming up here on Saturday and Tuesday and the FA Cup couldn't be further from my mind.'

Ardley denied Wimbledon's potential second-round opponents had affected their performance on Monday night, but it certainly seemed that way. The manager made seven changes from the side that won 3-0 at York in League Two on Saturday and Wimbledon fell behind to a Seb Brown own goal before Charlie Stretton scored twice.

Jamie Reed equalised in the 90th minute to send the game into extra-time, only for Wimbledon to quickly regain the lead through /11/13/article-2232156-15FE7EB9000005DC-563_634x415.jpg” width=”634″ height=”415″ alt=”Thriller: York had led after dominating the opening stages and should have been two or three goals ahead by the break” class=”blkBorder” />

Thriller: York had led after dominating the opening stages and should have been two or three goals ahead by the break

It was, as Ardley said, a 'crazy game', made all the more dramatic by the backdrop of Wimbledon supporters debating whether they would – or could- go to Milton Keynes.

'I can't go there,' seemed to be the general reaction to a club resolutely referred to in this part of south-west London as 'Milton Keynes'. The only Dons they know are the side who play in the Cherry Red Records Stadium in Kingston.

Some were talking about donating their ticket money to Wimbledon instead of attending and chief executive Erik Samuelson used his programme notes to stress just how important the first round replay was to boost the club's finances.

Crazy Gang: The original Wimbledon club famously stunned Liverpool to win the FA Cup in 1988

Crazy Gang: The original Wimbledon club famously stunned Liverpool to win the FA Cup in 1988

The breakdown was fascinating, but it was almost as if he were trying to justify winning despite the potential opposition lurking in the next round.

'Any extra income,' said Samuelson, 'whether it is from a cup game or fundraising event, is very welcome, and I thought I should put all this into perspective for you.

'I'm sure you will understand how important this replay is to us in terms of this season's finances. We could make about 50,000 profit from this game (excluding prize money).

'My point is simple: in a league where last season the reported annual players' wage bill averaged over 1.3million, we could earn enough from one televised replay to cover about four per cent of that figure. That helps.'

Cambridge exam: MK Dons must beat non-league Cambridge City in their FA Cup first round replay on Tuesday night to set up the tie with AFC Wimbledon. The first game, pictured, ended 0-0

Cambridge exam: MK Dons must beat non-league Cambridge City in their FA Cup first round replay on Tuesday night to set up the tie with AFC Wimbledon. The first game, pictured, ended 0-0

TALE OF THE TAPE: AFC WIMBLEDON AND MK DONS

AFC Wimbledon

Founded: 2002

Nicknames: The Dons, the Wombles, the Crazy Gang

Chairman: Erik Samuelson

Manager: Neil Ardley

Ground: Kingsmeadow – The Fans’ Stadium in Kingston-upon-Thames

Capacity: 4,850

Average attendance 2011-2012: 4,294

League position 2011-2012: League Two, 16th

Honours: Conference Premier Play-off winners 2010-2011, Conference South 2008-2009, Isthmian League Play-off winners 2007-2008, Isthmian League Division One 2004-2005, Combined Counties League Premier 2003-2004

Milton Keynes Dons

Founded: 2004

Nicknames: The Dons

Chairman: Pete Winkelman

Manager: Karl Robinson

Ground: Stadium:mk

Capacity: 32,000

Average attendance 2011-2012: 8,659

League position 2011-2012: League One, 5th

Honours: League Two 2007-2008, Football League Trophy 2007-2008

This televised match earned Wimbledon
around 50,000 of extra profit, but the fans' thoughts were certainly
elsewhere. Not them, surely. Not MK Dons, the club for which there is
such raw feeling since the decision to allow Wimbledon FC to relocate to
Milton Keynes in 2002.

Some Wimbledon fans are advocating donating the
price of their tickets for the possible second round fixture to their
club, rather than help to line Milton Keynes' pockets.

There is little magic in this
potential Cup tie, but the match itself was a cracker. Two goals from
Charlie Strutton looked to have sealed the tie for Wimbledon after York
had Scott Kerr sent off, but substitute Jamie Reed scored a last-minute
equaliser only for Wimbledon to go 4-2 up in the first half of
extra-time. Reed made it 4-3 just before the end.

Neal Ardley, manager of AFC Wimbledon

Karl Robinson, manager of Milton Keynes Dons

Battle: The potential second round tie will pit former Wimbledon FC favourite Neal Ardley (left), now in charge at AFC Wimbledon, with MK Dons boss Karl Robinson (right)

York were dominant before going ahead
in the 22nd minute. Seb Brown palmed away a curving shot from Lanre
Oyebanjo but then fumbled Danny Kearns' corner and punched the ball into
his own net.

Wimbledon were level after 34
minutes. Referee Keith Stroud played advantage after Kerr's lunging
challenge on Rashid Yussuff and Strutton drove the ball into the net.
Kerr was shown a second yellow card and trudged off – with ESPN cameras
following him into the dressing room – but York's dominance continued,
with Jason Walker hitting the bar.

Quick progress: AFC Wimbledon rose from the Combined Counties League to Football League Two in nine years

Quick progress: AFC Wimbledon rose from the Combined Counties League to Football League Two in nine years

Grand ambition: The second round tie, if it happens, will be played at Stadium:mk, the 32,000 capacity home of MK Dons

Grand ambition: The second round tie, if it happens, will be played at Stadium:mk, the 32,000 capacity home of MK Dons

Wimbledon's one-man advantage showed
in the second half, but York wasted a string of chances before Strutton
scored his second in the 78th minute.

Reed's
thrilling equaliser sent the game into extra-time but Warren Cummings'
cross was diverted into the net by substitute /11/13/article-2232156-0000D0C900000C1D-125_634x286.jpg” width=”634″ height=”286″ alt=”Spiritual home: Plough Lane, where Wimbledon played between 1912 and 1991″ class=”blkBorder” />

Spiritual home: Plough Lane, where Wimbledon played between 1912 and 1991

Around the same time, Milton Keynes-based property developer Pete Winkelman formed a consortium to build a 30,000-capacity stadium in the city, with the intention of a Football League team playing there.

Local side Milton Keynes City were playing four divisions below the League at the time and so the consortium resolved to 'import' an existing League side to use the ground, approaching Luton Town, Barnet and Crystal Palace among others.

Winkelman then approached Wimbledon’s owners, making assurances that the club’s name, colours and badge would remain after the relocation. Chairman Charles Koppel, who had been appointed by Wimbledon’s Norwegian owners in January 2001, was in favour of a move, saying the declining club was being subsidised by 6m a year.

In August 2001, Koppel announced that Wimbledon would be relocating 56 miles (90km) north to Milton Keynes, sparking outrage among Wimbledon supporters and football fans everywhere.

Relocate: Pete Winkelman (left) was behind Wimbledon's move to Milton Keynes

Relocate: Pete Winkelman (left) was behind Wimbledon's move to Milton Keynes

Upon applying for the new club to gain Football League status, the consortium was told it would have to earn a place by working up through the non-league pyramid. The League added that such ‘franchised’ football would be ‘disastrous’.

After Wimbledon contested this decision, a Football Association arbitration panel was formed to assess the situation. They rejected the League’s arguments and recommended an independent FA commission was appointed to make the final decision.

This three-man panel, made up of solicitor Raj Parker, FA Council member Alan Turvey and Aston Villa Operations Director Steve Stride, ruled in favour of the move by two votes to one. Their verdict went against the FA’s recommendation and chief executive Adam Crozier said it was an ‘appalling decision’.

At the same time, disaffected Wimbledon fans laid the foundations for a phoenix club, called AFC Wimbledon, which would be based at Kingstonian’s ground and be a spiritual continuation of their club. They vowed to work up through the non-league and started out in the Combined Counties League, seven levels below the Milton Keynes club.

New start: AFC Wimbledon fans watch a Combined Counties League match against Chipstead at Kingsmeadow in August 2002

New start: AFC Wimbledon fans watch a Combined Counties League match against Chipstead at Kingsmeadow in August 2002

Since then, AFC Wimbledon has enjoyed a great deal of success, progressing up the pyramid to reach the Football League in 2011 after beating Luton Town in the Conference play-off final in Manchester.

They have retained the blue and yellow colours of the original Wimbledon and their badge, and have since been able to purchase the Kingsmeadow stadium from Kingstonian FC, who still play there.

The MK Dons started to play at the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes in September 2003, the first match being a 2-2 draw with Burnley. They suffered relegation in their first season to what is now called League One and spent the whole year in administration.

They created a new club logo incorporating the letters ‘MK’ and play in an all-white strip. They moved in to the 32,000-capacity Stadium:mk in July 2007 and after winning League Two in 2008, have regularly challenged in the upper half of League One.

This is the second time the two sides have been on a collision course in the FA Cup. In November 2010, MK Dons lost in a replay at home to Stevenage Borough and a first meeting between the teams was averted.

AFC Wimbledon 4 York City 3 (aet): MK Dons tie edges closer

AFC Wimbledon 4 York City 3 (aet): Phoenix club close in on grudge tie with MK Dons

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UPDATED:

23:13 GMT, 12 November 2012

They seemed to do their best to avoid it, but AFC Wimbledon finally overcame York City on Monday night to set up a potential FA Cup second-round tie against MK Dons.

It took a replay and extra-time to do it, but now all that is required for a historic first meeting is for MK Dons to overcome non-league Cambridge City on Tuesday night.

Grudge match: Jack Midson (centre) celebrates scoring the winner on Monday night

Grudge match: Jack Midson (centre) celebrates scoring the winner on Monday night

MATCH FACTS

AFC Wimbledon: Brown, Fenlon (Osano 62), Mambo, Mitchel-King, Cummings, Jolley, Gregory, Johnson (Harrison 61), Yussuff (Long 42), Midson, Strutton.

Subs Not Used: Jaimez-Ruiz, McNaughton, Antwi, Harris.

Booked: Gregory, Strutton.

Goals: Strutton 34, 78, Harrison 97, Midson 99.

York: Ingham, Oyebanjo, Carlisle, Smith, Fyfield, Chambers, Kerr, Parslow (Reed 89), Kearns, Blair, Walker (Johnson 84).

Subs Not Used: Musselwhite, McGurk, Potts, Challinor, Doig.

Sent Off: Kerr (35).

Booked: Kerr, Johnson.

Goals: Brown 22 og, Reed 90, 119.

Attendance: 1,954

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

This televised match earned Wimbledon around 50,000 of extra profit, but the fans’ thoughts were certainly elsewhere. Not them, surely. Not MK Dons, the club for which there is such raw feeling since the decision to allow Wimbledon FC to relocate to Milton Keynes in 2002. Some Wimbledon fans are advocating donating the price of their tickets for the possible second round fixture to their club, rather than help to line Milton Keynes’ pockets.

There is little magic in this potential Cup tie, but the match itself was a cracker. Two goals from Charlie Strutton looked to have sealed the tie for Wimbledon after York had Scott Kerr sent off, but substitute Jamie Reed scored a last-minute equaliser only for Wimbledon to go 4-2 up in the first half of extra-time. Reed made it 4-3 just before the end.

York were dominant before going ahead in the 22nd minute. Seb Brown palmed away a curving shot from Lanre Oyebanjo but then fumbled Danny Kearns’ corner and punched the ball into his own net.

Wimbledon were level after 34 minutes. Referee Keith Stroud played advantage after Kerr’s lunging challenge on Rashid Yussuff and Strutton drove the ball into the net. Kerr was shown a second yellow card and trudged off – with ESPN cameras following him into the dressing room – but York’s dominance continued, with Jason Walker hitting the bar.

Thriller: York had led after dominating the opening stages

Thriller: York had led after dominating the opening stages

Thriller: York had led after dominating the opening stages

Wimbledon’s one-man advantage showed in the second half, but York wasted a string of chances before Strutton scored his second in the 78th minute.

Reed’s thrilling equaliser sent the game into extra-time but Warren Cummings’ cross was diverted into the net by substitute /11/12/article-2232044-15FE6A72000005DC-561_634x403.jpg” width=”634″ height=”403″ alt=”Double: Charlie Strutton struck twice” class=”blkBorder” />

Double: Charlie Strutton struck twice