St Neots Town FC 1:5 MK Dons
Match
PSF 2018/19
St Neots Town FC 1 : 5
MK Dons
Monday 09 July, 2018 19:45

Pre-Season Friendly

St Neots Town   1  MK Dons  5

St Neots Town of Step Seven of the national footballing pyramid entertained League Two (Step four) MK Dons in a largely entertaining encounter at the Premier Plus Stadium and can be proud of their performance, particularly in the first half hour when the Saints’ attacking department really did pose their professional opponents back four some serious questions but couldn’t match the build up play with the same level of finishing.

This was St Neots’ second of four prestige pre-season friendlies and their second game inside 36 hours following Saturday’s opener in the heat against Cambridge United and conversely, this was the first outing for our Buckinghamshire opponents as manager Paul Tisdale and assistant, one time Saints midfielder Matt Oakley, chose to give all of their First Team squad a run out, including new signing Robbie Simpson, who had arrived at the club at 4pm, by fielding completely different teams in each half.

An golden early chance for Prince Mutswumbuma in front of goal went begging and three excellent crosses from the right flank from Dion Sembie-Ferris went unconverted as the Saint’s more than matched the Dons in the early period and the deadlock wasn’t broken until the 34th minute when Sam Nombe was found in space and was played in with a through pass. The linesman’s flag stayed down which allowed the striker to round the goalkeeper and finish into the empty net. The second goal arrived three minutes later when a free kick was taken short by striker Robbie Muirhead and laid off to Aidan Nesbit who dispatched a laser like low drive inside the near post, past the despairing efforts of home keeper Dan Swan and this sent the visitors back into the changing room with a healthy advantage.

The Dons returned onto the green carpet with a completely different line up after the break and the Saints chose to make three changes of their own with keeper Swan replaced by fellow trialist Harry Reynolds, Harry O’Malley replacing the birthday boy James Peters and Matty Miles coming on for Prince Mutswumbuma and theSaints took advantage of their visitors reshuffling of the ranks after 50 minutes as Dion Sembie-Ferris got on the end of some neat inter-passing out wide on the left and struck a sweet shot which caught a slight deflection from a defender and looped over the top of Sietsma in the Dons’ goal to get his team firmly back into the game.

Both teams continued to attack without adding to their tally and after 70 minutes, the tables were turned as the Dons took advantage of St Neots’ raft of substitutions which had taken place two minutes earlier as substitute Dylan Asonganyi was allowed to waltz through the centre of the pitch and unleash a spectacular drive from fully thirty yards into the top right hand corner of Reynolds’ goal to make the score 3-1.

As in Saturday’s game versus Cambridge, fatigue was now taking its toll on the rapidly tiring St Neots boys and the visitors were awarded a penalty kick in the 86th minute after a hand ball by the returning to action James Peters and this was smashed home by Kieran Agard. The scoring was completed two minutes from time when another great strike, this time from George Williams, arrowed past Reynolds and into the near post net.

Another good ninety minutes workout for the boys and now five days to prepare for  the upcoming visit of Peterborough United on Saturday

St Neots Town: Swan, Sinclair, Herd, Knight© Keeble, Parr, Mutswumbuma , Peters, Sembie-Ferris, Williams, Ofosu

Substitutes used: Reynolds (GK), Shaw, Miles, Fulianty, O’Malley , Hudson, Alban, Williams (Tai)

Goals: Sembie-Ferris (50)

 

MK Dons First-half : Nicholls; Brittain, Jackson, Walsh, Lewington (c); Cisse; Watson, Nesbitt; Pawlett; Muirhead, Nombe.

MK Dons Second-half : Sietsma; Williams (c), Tapp, Moore-Taylor, Hancox; McGrandles; Kasumu (Simpson 77), Sole; D’Ath; Agard, Thomas-Asante (Asonganyi 63).

Goals: Nombe (34), Nesbitt (37), Asonganyi (70), Agard (86 pen), Williams (88)

 

Officials: Josh Smith, Ashley List, Callum Walchester

Attendance: 278

 

Mike Green

 

 

 

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