Dons come from behind to see off Leighton Town

Stephen Gleeson scores a screamer for Dons.
Stephen Gleeson scores a screamer for Dons.

Leighton Town took a shock lead against MK Dons in the second of their pre-season friendlies on Saturday.

None of the squad which took on Newport Pagnell Town earlier in the day were included in the game at Bell Close on Saturday evening, with a mix of experience and youth in Karl Robinson’s starting 11, including new signing Ben Reeves.

But it was James Gray who put Leighton ahead within three minutes of kick off, breaking free Antony Kay to slot home past David Martin.

Martin’s return to action was short lived though, as he limped off after 12 minutes holding his thigh. He was replaced by Charlie Burns.

Will Summerfield looked impressive in partnership with George Baldock on the right flank, and could have drawn Dons level but dragged his shot wide, while Alan Smith had a header blocked.

It took a moment of brilliance from Stephen Gleeson to pull Dons level after 32 minutes, rifling in a volley from 25 yards, beating Town keeper Nick Claessen.

Dons took the lead nine minutes after the restart when Jon Osae was scythed down in the area. Shaun Williams coolly scored the penalty to put Dons 2-1 up.

Five minutes later, Gleeson doubled Dons’ lead with another spectacular strike from 30 yards sailing into the top corner.

But the lead was halved a minute later when Sean Sinnott rounded Burns to pull one back for Leighton.

As Robinson withdrew his experienced heads and replaced them with the youth team, and it paid dividends.

After surviving a Leighton Town penalty appeal and seeing one chalked off, Jacob Daffern wrapped it up by firing in Dons’ fourth of the afternoon to secure the 4-2 victory.