Dons hammer St James’s Gate in opening friendly

Ben Reeves scored twice against St James's Gate. Pic: Lee Scriven
Ben Reeves scored twice against St James's Gate. Pic: Lee Scriven
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MK Dons kicked off their pre-season campaign in emphatic fashion as they put nine goals past Irish side St James’s Gate on Monday night.

Manager Karl Robinson used 22 players during the 9-1 victory, giving each player 45 minutes, with the exceptions of David Martin and Dean Bowditch - both of whom picked up knocks in training prior to the match.

Giorgio Rasulo in action against St James's Gate. Pic: Lee Scriven

Giorgio Rasulo in action against St James's Gate. Pic: Lee Scriven

New signing George Williams opened the scoring after nine minutes, before Ben Reeves doubled the lead four minutes later, with Giorgio Rasulo making it 3-0 after 20 minutes.

The home side pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before Joe Walsh and another Reeves strike made it 5-1 at the break.

Changing all 11 players on the field didn’t seem to stop Dons’ scoring mood as Brandon Thomas-Asante, Nicky Maynard, Tom Hitchcock and Samir Carruthers added their names to the score sheet.

Dons are in action again on Tuesday night when they take on Drogheda.