‘The Beast’ strikes to bring historic win for AFC Wimbledon over bitter rivals MK Dons

Adebayo Akinfenwa made history by coming off the bench to score the winner as AFC Wimbledon beat rivals MK Dons for the first time, 3-2.

Having been beaten 3-1 at Stadium MK in August, Wimbledon got their revenge on the same ground and in the process booked their place in the third round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The tie got off to the worst possible start for the south west London side when defensive confusion allowed an early site of goal for Daniel Powell who converted to put the home side 1-0 up after just two minutes.

Wimbledon levelled through Adebayo Azeez before Benik Afobe restored MK Dons’ lead five minutes before the break after more uncertain defensive work from the visitors.

But the game was turned on its head after a triple substitution by Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley in the 65th minute.

The former Dons player brought on frontline strikers Akinfenwa and Matt Tubbs as well as winger Sean Rigg. The impact was immediate.

Just two minutes later the substitutes combined to level the match again, Akinfenwa heading on to Rigg to finish.

Then with just ten minutes left on the clock, the roles were reversed as Rigg cut the ball back to Akinfenwa who lashed home the winner to the delight of the travelling fans.

Picture courtesy of Rob Cornell, with thanks

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