December 2, 2012
Wimbledon suffer Cup heartbreak
Jon Otsemobor scored a last-gasp winner to send MK Dons into the FA Cup third round at the expense of bitter rivals AFC Wimbledon.
Jack Midson's diving header had looked set to earn Wimbledon a replay after cancelling out Stephen Gleeson's stunning opener, but Otsemobor flicked home in the last minute to break the visitors' hearts.
The match was the first between the two clubs since 1988 FA Cup winners Wimbledon FC were uprooted from south west London in 2003 and moved over 50 miles north of the capital to the Buckinghamshire town, before being renamed MK Dons the following year.
Angry Wimbledon FC fans subsequently formed AFC Wimbledon from scratch in the Combined Counties League before enjoying a rapid rise up the football pyramid, and are now just one division below npower League One promotion challengers MK Dons.
The bad blood between the clubs was in evidence throughout, with both sets of fans goading the other, but in the main the match passed off without incident, save for a brief pitch invasion following Wimbledon's equaliser.
The hosts controlled the first half but they struggled to create clear chances in the face of a disciplined Wimbledon rearguard action.
Angelo Balanta came close when he curled the ball just wide of the post after a neat turn on the edge of the box before Gleeson broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, blasting a 30-yard shot into the top-right corner.
MK Dons burst out of the blocks after the break and skipper Dean Lewington had a 25-yard free-kick pushed over the crossbar by Neil Sullivan before Balanta and Dean Bowditch both lashed strikes into the side-netting.
But Midson made the most of a rare Wimbledon counter-attack to equalise after 59 minutes, glancing a fine diving header past David Martin from Toby Ajaya's cross.
A number of Wimbledon fans spilled onto the pitch following the goal, but stewards quickly restored order.
In a frantic finale, Ryan Lowe had a goal ruled out for offside for Milton Keynes and Wimbledon skipper Steven Gregory was denied by Martin before Otsemobor hung out a leg to backheel substitute Zeli Ismail's mis-hit shot over Sullivan to spark wild scenes of celebration for the hosts.
|Milton Keynes Dons||AFC Wimbledon|
|1 David Martin||35 Neil Sullivan|
|24 Antony Kay||29 Will Antwi|
|2 Jon Otsemobor||2 Curtis Osano|
|3 Dean Lewington||30 Yado Mambo|
|26 Luke Chadwick||15 Jim Fenlon|
|8 Darren Potter||7 Stacy Long|
|6 Steven Williams||28 Steven Gregory|
|7 Stephen Gleeson||38 Toby Ajala|
|14 Ryan Lowe||10 Jack Midson|
|9 Dean Bowditch||11 Luke Moore|
|29 Angelo Balanta||9 Byron Harrison|
|16 Ian McLoughlin||Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz 33|
|4 Mathias Doumbe||Pim Balkestein 5|
|12 Adam Chicksen||Mat Mitchell-King 6|
|11 Alan Smith||Callum McNaughton 14|
|32 Zeli Ismail||Kieron Djilali 34|
|10 Charlie MacDonald||Huw Johnson 17|
|28 Ibrahim Sekajja||Charlie Strutton 21|
|Zeli Ismail for Angelo Balanta (66)||Charlie Strutton for Byron Harrison (71)|
|Alan Smith for Ryan Lowe (80)||Huw Johnson for Luke Moore (80)|
|Mathias Doumbe for Luke Chadwick (90)||Pim Balkestein for Jim Fenlon (90)|
|Luke Moore (46)|
|Jack Midson (61)|
|Toby Ajala (86)|
|· Squads: Milton Keynes Dons | AFC Wimbledon|