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YOUTH TEAM | MK DONS 2 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2

5 December 2016

YOUTH TEAM | MK DONS 2 CAMBRIDGE UNITED 2

The scholars led by two goals at the interval before allowing MK Dons back into the game to leave Milton Keynes with just a point at the weekend.

A dominant first half performance from the U’s should’ve paid dividends to even greater effect had the chances created been finished and had the MK shot stopper not been in inspired form.

Matt Foy bagged a brace to continue his fine goal scoring form, the first, an excellent finish from a Leon Davies cut back, the second tucked away from a fast break attack where Harry Lea picked him out just inside the six yard box.

MK scored immediately in the second half, a well taken finish just inside the penalty area after a forward pass caught the U’s backline off guard.

Just ten minutes in to the second half and Dons were level, Davies adjudged to have fouled inside the box and the spot kick duly converted straight down the middle.

Both sides had chances in the remainder of the game and will have felt they could win it. A strange contest overall and disappointing for the U’s having looked so sure of the three points at the break, they will have to learn a lesson from this frustrating afternoon.

Coach Mark Bonner said of the game: “We were comfortable in the first half and should have led by a greater margin at half time. I was pleased with how we adapted to a change of system having looked at playing with a back three again, which is the first time we’ve done so for a number of weeks.

“I thought the front three looked a constant threat in the first half but we got pinned in second half and conceding early gave them the impetus to take control of the game. We were hanging on for a spell in the second half and allowed the game to be snatched away from us. 

“As the end neared, either side could have won it but we will take the point, learn the lesson, evaluate the system and how we played, as this is a system we will need to use again in the coming weeks.”

Team: Iron, Neal, Mutswunguma (Squire 70), Bell-Toxtle, Lea (Watkins 70), Darling, Norville-Williams (Emmins 70), Foy, Shaw, Worman, Davies


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