Dons unbeaten in Ireland

UCD vs MK Dons. Pic: Lee Scriven
UCD vs MK Dons. Pic: Lee Scriven

Dons return to England on Thursday with a win and a draw under their belts after two pre-season friendlies on their tour of Ireland.

After brushing aside St James’ Gate 2-0 on Monday night, Karl Robinson’s men fought from two goals down against University College Dublin to draw 2-2.

Luke Chadwick nets the equaliser against UCD. Pic: Lee Scriven

Luke Chadwick nets the equaliser against UCD. Pic: Lee Scriven

Former River Plate and Watford man Santiago Aloi has been on trial with Dons since the club flew out to Ireland, and netted a penalty in the game against UCD to kick-start the fight back.

Adam Chicksen, whose new contract still remains unsigned after more than three months, sat out both games with an ankle injury, while Stephen Gleeson played a part in the first game, but returned to England to take part in a testimonial game for Stockport physio Rodger Wylde.

The tour also saw goalkeeper David Martin get valuable game time too after missing the final three months of the season with a back injury.

Youth was certainly the focus for Robinson while out on tour.

Giogio Rasulo, George Baldock, Dele Alli, Brendon Galloway and Harry Hickford all got valuable time on the pitch ahead of the new season, keen to impress the manager as they stake claims for more regular football.

Patrick Bamford too impressed on his return to the squad on loan from Chelsea, earning a penalty in the first game against St James’ Gate.

It’s a busy month before the start of the League 1 season though as Dons return to two more pre-season friendlies on Saturday, against neighbours Newport Pagnell Town and Leighton Town.