Jaimez-Ruiz saves two penalties in exciting finish at Barking
Wimbledon earned a dramatic London Senior Cup win at Barking with Jason Prior’s first goal for the club providing a lifeline in the last minute and then the Dons winning a penalty shoot-out.
Venezuelan goalkeeper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz (pictured) was Wimbledon’s hero as he saved from Scott Walsh and Luke Foster in the penalty shoot-out with successful spot kicks from Dan Pearse, Charlie Strutton, Prior and Harlen Basker earning a 4-2 win. That came after a last-gasp header from Prior – his first Wimbledon goal since joining from Bognor last January – had earned a 1-1 draw at full-time.
minute that should have led to the opening goal. Dan Pearse started the move by finding Charlie Strutton in space on the left and it should have been 1-0 when the ball fell kindly for Jason Prior, but he missed an open goal from just 10 yards out.thWimbledon started the match with seven of Mark Robinson’s Under-18s in their line-up at Barking tonight. It was never going to be easy for Chace Jacquart and his team-mates to impose their passing style on the hosts due to a poor playing surface at Mayesbrook Park. However, the Dons put together a fine move in the 15
goal of the season. At this stage, Wimbledon were finding it difficult to make an impression in an attacking sense, despite the presence of Prior, Strutton and Brendan Kiernan in their ranks. And the Essex Leaguers could have doubled their advantage on the half hour when Jonathan Mogege sped down the right and crossed for James Barlow, but he just failed to get enough on the header. At a ground reminiscent of Wimbledon’s Combined Counties League days, the hosts demonstrated a real passion to take the scalp of their opponents. That meant they quite comfortably held onto their 1-0 at the half-time break and Wimbledon knew that they had to do better.thThe Dons paid for that missed opportunity less than a minute later when they failed to defend from a long throw-in and Demebi GB-Dumaka beat Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz at his near post to open the scoring. Though Jaimez-Ruiz will know he could have done better, it was sharp forward play from Dumaka, who notched his 20
That did produce a response from the visitors and they had their best spell of the match just before the hour. Jacquart was the instigator as he picked out Strutton on the right, but Prior was just unable to get on the end of his strike partner’s cross. Wimbledon came close to an equaliser from the subsequent corner when Matt Cunnington rose highest from a corner, but his header bounced off a post. Wimbledon twice could have been further behind in the opening exchanges of the second-half. First, Luke Foster blazed over the crossbar under pressure from Jaimez-Ruiz and then Barlow forced the Venezuelan goalkeeper into a decent save.
minute with Tom Beere replacing Fayers. However, the hosts could have sealed it 15 minutes from time when Foster crossed for Barlow, but he headed over from close range. Wimbledon did stage a late rally and forced the hosts back during the final stages in a spell that brought chances for the visitors. Substitute Harlen Basker was foiled by Barking goalkeeper Christian Baffour and then Kiernan’s shot was well saved and the rebound fell kindly for the hosts. Just when it looked like Wimbledon’s late pressure would yield no reward, there was a late twist in the tale. Pearse delivered a teasing cross from the right and Prior met it perfectly with a superb header into the top corner.rdThe Wimbledon management team of Neal Ardley, Neil Cox and Simon Bassey decided to make a change in the 63
With the outcome decided by a penalty shoot-out instead of playing extra-time, the 168 supporters had an exciting conclusion to enjoy. Jaimez-Ruiz provided the edge for the Dons with two penalty saves to make amends for his earlier mistake and Harlen Basker scored the winning spot-kick to earn Wimbledon a quarter-final home tie against Cray Wanderers.
AFC Wimbledon: Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz, Matt Cunnington, Charlie Fayers (Tom Beere), Dan Pearse, Oluyesi Daley, Duvaine Lindo (Greg Hayden), Brendan Kiernan, Chace Jacquart (Harlen Basker), Jason Prior, Charlie Strutton, Khan Williams-Mitchell.