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Young Dons bounce back

26 November 2013

Dan Ageyi seals victory against Dagenham

has urged his youngsters to repeat Saturday’s performance on a regular basis after the Under-18s bounced back to form with an impressive victory at Dagenham & Redbridge.Mark Robinson 

With a 2-0 result in their favour, an outcome that Neal Ardley’s first-team would certainly settle for tonight, the young Dons produced a display that suggested they are ready to put their poor recent run behind them.

earned the man of the match award for setting up both goals and producing a commanding performance at the back.Taylor Roles (pictured above) were on target, but Dan Ageyi and Ben Harrison

Mark Robinson said: “I am really pleased that the boys have got a win. We really took the game to them in the first-half and always looked likely to score goals. We still have so much more to give though in terms of the possession football that we try to play. I know that we can control the tempo of games even more and we need to recognise when a door has been closed and keep the ball better.

“I now expect the same attitude and commitment this week in training as we look to build on this performance both individually and collectively. We were never a bad side during our poor spell of results and we’re not now where we need to be because of one result. We are a very young group with huge potential and that will only be fulfilled if they consistently carry out the demands put on them both on and off the pitch.”

minute.th also came close to making a breakthrough, before the deadlock was broken in superb fashion in the 25Egli Kaja and Dan Pearse found space on the right and cut the ball back smartly for Billy Frost, but his effort was brilliantly saved. Captain Dan Ageyi and they came so close to an opener after just eight minutes. The impressive Chris PerryThe Dons produced a bright start against a Dagenham side managed by former Wimbledon defender

, produced an excellent 60-yard pass that picked out Harrison, who met the through ball with a fantastic long-range header that looped into the net.Ryan Sweeney and Chris VleitinckTaylor Roles, who had so far defended solidly alongside

However, the Dons did make it 2-0 five minutes before half-time when Roles met a corner with a downward header that fell nicely for Ageyi to apply the finish.  so nearly doubled the advantage after winning a duel with the Dagenham goalkeeper. Callum Wilson had to be alert to maintain the advantage. However, Wimbledon continued to look dangerous at the other end and Jordan KnightDagenham did respond with a spell of pressure and Dons goalkeeper

came close to giving Wimbledon a 3-0 half-time lead and Ageyi, Frost and Wilson all had chances after the break to increase the advantage, but two was enough in the end.Dan GallagherHowever, that was only after fine late saves from impressive young goalkeeper Knight.

with experience of playing in the Football League Youth Alliance. Ryan Ramsay and Jason StrippThere was a bonus for Wimbledon in victory during the latter stages with Mark Robinson able to provide Under-16s


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