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Dons finish with a draw

Wimbledon top the group by taking a point

1 November 2022

In our final Papa John’s Trophy group game, Portsmouth emerged with an extra point as they got the better of a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 draw.

It may have been an unfortunate end to the first stage of the competition for our side, but a young Wimbledon team more than matched their League One hosts for much of the regulation time.

The main highlight for us at Fratton Park was a brilliant individual goal from Ayoub Assal, whilst there were bright performances from captain on the night Isaac Ogundere, Huseyin Biler and the lively Aron Sasu, to name but a few.

Portsmouth's 3-1 penalty shoot-out win earned them two points on the night - one more than the Dons - but both sides progressed to the last-32 of the competition with Wimbledon as group winners.

We will now be aiming to continue our progress in the knockout stages later this season.

Johnnie Jackson made numerous changes to the side which dramatically defeated Harrogate Town 3-2 with only Assal and Paris Maghoma keeping their places in the starting eleven.

Meanwhile, youngsters Sasu and Morgan Williams were named on a bench that also featured Josh Davison, Alex Woodyard, Ryley Towler, Jack Currie and Nik Tzanev.

With the hosts needing at least a point in order to progress to the knockout stages, they understandably named an experienced side which quickly threatened in the opening quarter.

Luckily for the Dons Kyle Hudlin was on hand to head clear off the line as Pompey went close from an early corner. We wouldn’t get off so lightly the next time they came forward though as Ronan Curtis fired home after an initial shot had been blocked into his path.

Hudlin was then first to have an effort up the other end as he headed straight at Josh Oluwayemi. This appeared to spur Portsmouth into life who were then denied a second by Nathan Broome’s clever stop.

Biler provided a good outlet from an unfamiliar spot at left-back during the first-half, with our side getting most of their joy down the flanks at a wet and windy Fratton Park.  

Despite falling behind our side found a second wind after the break and quickly equalised. A clearance was mistimed on the far side, leading to Assal charging down the left, our number 10 worked himself some space before curling home a beauty into the top-right corner of the net.

We then came agonisingly close to taking the lead twice as Ogundere first saw his downward header hacked off the line from a corner before Hudlin arrowed a 30-yard shot just wide of the upright.

Sasu injected pace off the bench, with his run and low cross almost being finished off by fellow substitute Currie. The striker then came close to scoring himself as his long range effort almost crept in.

The 90 minutes of regulation time finished level, meaning the match headed to penalties. Kwaku Frimpong, Courtney Senior and Sasu sadly saw their spot kicks saved, with the hosts prevailing in the shoot-out 3-1.

AFC Wimbledon: Nathan Broome, Ayoub Assal (Jack Currie), Kyle Hudlin, Paris Maghoma (Alex Woodyard), Huseyin Biler, Alfie Bendle, Courtney Senior, Isaac Ogundere, Kwaku Frimpong, Luke Jenkins (Ryley Towler), Quaine Bartley (Aron Sasu)

PICS: Graham Hunt (Pro Sports Images)

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Tickets for Trophy group finale at Fratton Park

Buy online until 3 pm today

31 October 2022

Johnnie Jackson's men will on Tuesday night be aiming to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Papa John's Trophy this season - and you can pay on the day to watch the Dons.

Please note that advance tickets are only available until 3 pm today from our online ticket shop.

Following this, tickets will be available for our fans to buy on the night from Portsmouth's ticket office in their club shop, which is situated in Anson Road. There will be no cash sales at the turnstiles for our fans on the night.

Wimbledon fans will be accommodated in the Milton End with ticket prices as follows:

  • Adult £10
  • Senior (65+) £5
  • Young Person (18 – 22) £5
  • Junior (17 and under)  £2
  • Ambulant £5
  • Helper (free of charge)

We will be guaranteed top spot if we avoid defeat against Portsmouth, with the home side needing a points return of their own if they are to progress to the knockout round of the competition.

Victories over Aston Villa Under-21s and Crawley Town have already sealed our progression, but we would still love to see as many of you as possible for the trip to the South Coast.

Parking (limited spaces)

Car parking for both home and away fans is located behind the North Stand. This can be entered via Anson Road off Rodney Road, PO4 8SX. If supporters wish to book a car park space, they will need to contact Portsmouth directly on 0345 646 1898 (Option 1).

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