Milton Keynes College are just 90 minutes away from a dream final at St George’s Park after two Dan Bevis goals helped them to a 3-2 victory over Tresham College, writes Liam Andrews.
Alex Dixon gave MK College the lead midway through the first half, before the visitors from Kettering equalised with a wonderful chipped effort.
Tresham then went ahead from the penalty spot, but after the break Bevis slotted home two goals to give MK the win and put them into the last four of the British Colleges competition.
It was Tresham who had the first chance of the game as keeper Joe Hartfield was forced into a good low save.
MK thought they had taken the lead when Dixon curled in a ball towards the far post, but Jake Seeley couldn’t get anything on it. However, the breakthrough came when Dixon found himself in space to fire past the visiting keeper.
Their lead didn’t last long though as Dion Sembie-Ferris raced to latch onto a ball and delivered a beautiful lob over the stranded Hartfield.
And it soon went from bad to worse for MK when a silly challenge on Sembie-Ferris saw Tresham awarded a penalty, and Hartfield was beaten from the spot by Opoko.
Bevis grabbed the equaliser not long after half time when he slotted under the goalkeeper following Steve Blood’s blocked effort.
And it was the same player who scored the winner as Tresham failed to deal with Lewis Strafford’s long throw, leaving Bevis free to fire home and make it 3-2.
MK could even have extended their lead. Seeley played a great ball into Dixon who drifted a clever cross into the box and Blood looked certain to score, but his effort rose high over the bar.
Dixon then broke through again with pace, but the keeper got down well to deny the talented striker another goal.
MK College will play either Yeovil or South Gloucestershire and Stroud in the semi-final, with the chance to play at England’s new training camp St George’s Park in the final.
Mark Walsh, manager of MK College, said: “I’m very happy, we’re just 90 minutes away from the final at St George’s Park now which is excellent.
“I’m really pleased with the workrate because I feel in recent weeks we have lost that and we have started to develop a bit of complacency about us.
“It wasn’t pretty, normally we pride ourselves on playing good attractive football, but today was totally the opposite.
“It was about stripping back egos, stripping back swagger and introducing the work ethic, and that was key to the great performance today.”
MK College: Hartfield, Fathers, Bowdrey, Crow, Bevis, Collins, Phillips, Blood, Seeley, Kazongo, Dixon. Subs: Strafford, Mabe, Samba.