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Oakley nets in Watford loss

16 August 2013

Young Dons emerge with credit in defeat

AFC Wimbledon Under-18s suffered a gallant defeat today as they pushed hosts Watford all the way in front of Gianfranco Zola.

(pictured) charged down a clearance from their goalkeeper to net the equaliser. However, Jorrell Johnson added to Tom Rosenthal’s opener midway through the second-half to eventually earn a 2-1 win for the Hornets.George OakleyWith Watford’s first-team manager watching on, the Dons cancelled out the home side's early goal when

also just missed the target.Daniel Agyei powering through on goal, but he shot agonisingly wide and Will NightingaleIt was a case of what might have been for Wimbledon late on though as they twice came close to an equaliser. First, a great team move ended with

Those missed chances meant Wimbledon slipped to their first Football League Youth Alliance (South East) defeat of the season after last Saturday’s opening win against Barnet, but there were plenty of positives to take from their performance in defeat.

said it was “a very good performance” that highlighted the potential of this year’s crop.David Walsh away on a coaching course and his assistant Mark RobinsonThere was no drop in standards with Academy Manager

were all outstanding, according to Walsh.Rob Switon  andChris VlietinckRyan Sweeney, Wimbledon’s defensive trio of 

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