January 1, 2013
Long snatches dramatic win
AFC Wimbledon midfielder Stacy Long thrashed in a stoppage-time leveller as the npower League Two's basement side won 3-2 at Torquay, who had levelled seconds earlier.
United thought they had earned a share of the points when top scorer Rene Howe headed in a 90th minute equaliser before the game's late twist.
The Dons scored with their first attack as striker Paul McCallum guided his header into the far corner following Rashid Yussuff's cross from the right wing on six minutes.
Wimbledon's joy was short-lived as United responded within two minutes as the visitors failed to deal with Danny Stevens' incisive run into the box.
Dons keeper Neil Sullivan saved Stevens' close-range shot but Gulls skipper Lee Mansell was on hand to fire in the loose ball.
Wimbledon regained the lead when central defender and captain Mat Mitchell-King scored with an angled drive from the left hand side of the penalty area on 33 minutes.
Forwards Ashley Yeoman and top scorer Howe both tested Sullivan with shots as United pressed for a leveller while midfielder Craig Easton should have scored after being teed up by Yeoman on 65 minutes.
Substitute Luke Moore forced United keeper Michael Poke into a full stretch save with a thumping 74th minute drive before two goals in a thrilling finale left both sets of fans breathless.
|Torquay United||AFC Wimbledon|
|1 Michael Poke||35 Neil Sullivan|
|3 Kevin Nicholson||3 Warren Cummings|
|4 Aaron Downes||5 Pim Balkestein|
|2 Joe Oastler||2 Curtis Osano|
|16 Angus MacDonald||6 Mat Mitchell-King|
|7 Lee Mansell||31 Jonathan Meades|
|18 Craig Easton||7 Stacy Long|
|19 Danny Stevens||23 Rashid Yussuff|
|20 Nathan Craig||38 Toby Ajala|
|9 Rene Howe||10 Jack Midson|
|23 Ashley Yeoman||37 Paul McCallum|
|13 Martin Rice||Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz 33|
|21 Tom Cruise||Louis Harris 4|
|12 Daniel Leadbitter||Kieron Djilali 34|
|30 Kyrtis Mackenzie||Brendan Kiernan 18|
|6 Damon Lathrope||Ryan Herbel 36|
|17 Saul Haldin||Luke Moore 11|
|29 Niall Thompson||Jason Prior 19|
|Niall Thompson for Nathan Craig (62)||Jason Prior for Jack Midson (46)|
|Saul Haldin for Danny Stevens (62)||Luke Moore for Paul McCallum (46)|
|Damon Lathrope for Craig Easton (78)||Brendan Kiernan for Toby Ajala (83)|
|Angus MacDonald (82)|
|Rene Howe (88)|
|· Squads: Torquay United | AFC Wimbledon|