Late winner from the substitute
edging out Crawley Town.Harlen BaskerAFC Wimbledon Under-18s bounced back to winning ways in dramatic style on Saturday with a superb injury-time header from
said the 2-1 victory was the least his side deserved for a much-improved display after last Saturday’s 3-0 defeat against Barnet.David WalshAssistant Manager
Wimbledon’s starting 11 at home to Crawley was made up completely of first year Under-18s, but the young squad are coping well with the step-up so far as they have now lost just once in five games in the Football League Youth Alliance South East.
.Oliver Haines broke the deadlock. It was a fine goal that gave Wimbledon the lead too as Kaja produced a clinical low finish into the bottom corner after a cross from Egli KajaSaturday’s match exploded into life at the start of the second-half when
(now Crawley Youth Team Manager) guiding them from the sidelines, levelled just eight minutes from time with a breakaway goal.Mark BeardWimbledon were unable to add to their 1-0 lead though and it appeared that they would be punished for that when the visitors, who had former AFC Wimbledon player
was this time the provider as he picked out substitute Basker (pictured above) and his deft header found the bottom corner to earn a last-gasp winner.Rob SwitonHowever, the hosts laid siege to the Crawley goal in the latter stages with a determination that eventually yielded reward for Wimbledon.
keeping possession very effectively in midfield. We moved the ball better and it was also a good defensive performance.”Billy Frost and Dan GallagherDavid Walsh said: “It was an excellent performance from the boys. There was a very good work rate from all 14 of our players on the day and it was a much better display than last week. When we had the ball we kept it much better with
Billy Frost earned Wimbledon’s man of the match award for his impressive midfield display.
AFC Wimbledon Under-18s: Jordan Knight, Callum Wilson, Taylor Roles, Ryan Sweeney, Ben Harrison, Dan Gallagher, Billy Frost, Oliver Haines (Nas Majeed), Daniel Agyei (Rob Switon), Egli Kaja, Callum Overton (Harlen Basker).