Dons win opening pre-season friendly in Ireland

Match Report
Match Report

Dons got off to a routine start in Ireland with their first win of the season, beating St James’ Gate 2-0.

Shaun Williams slotted home a first half penalty before Izale McLeod netted an overhead kick to mark the first of 10 pre-season friendlies this month.

Adam Chicksen, who still hasn’t put pen to paper on a new contract, sat out the match with an ankle injury, but there was a starting role for Santiago Aloi on the left flank.

And he almost made a mark early in the game when he fizzed a shot just wide of the upright after beating three defenders.

Stephen Gleeson was rested after half an hour, replaced by Luke Chadwick.

Loan signing Patrick Bamford was a thorn in St James’ side, and his trickery saw him brought down in the penalty area just before half time. Williams picked out the top corner to give Dons a deserved 1-0 lead.

Daniel Powell could have made it 2-0 before the break but squandered his chance by firing wide.

Karl Robinson introduced six new faces at half time, including David Martin between the sticks, making his first appearance for the club since February. He was barely called upon though.

And it took just two minutes for the new line-up to gel, as McLeod’s looping overhead effort found the back of the net.

Dele Alli almost added his name to the score sheet 11 minutes from time but his effort rose just over the top, while McLeod too had a decent effort blocked by the home keeper.

MK Dons first half: McLoughlin, Otsemobor, Flanagan, Williams, Galloway, Smith, Gleeson (Chadwick 30), Powell, Rasulo, Aloi, Bamford (McLeod 43).

MK Dons second half: Martin, Otsemobor (Hickford 58), Kay, Galloway, Lewington, Potter, Alli, Baldock, Williams (Aloi 68), Chadwick, McLeod.