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Spirited fightback by Dons

3 October 2016

Young Dons battle back against Charlton

AFC Wimbledon’s development side produced a superb second-half comeback to take a point at Greenwich Borough FC this afternoon in their opening Premier League Cup group game.

A young Dons side, under the guidance of Alan Reeves, fought back from 3-1 down at half-time to earn a 3-3 draw against an Addicks side coached by former Wimbledon and AFC Wimbledon player Jason Euell.

“In the first half we were rubbish,” said Alan during an honest post-match interview. “We were second to everything. Approaching half-time we were 3-0 behind, lucky to be three down, and playing like individuals. It was not a Wimbledon side that I’m used to.

“We got a goal back before the break and at half-time I told them a few home truths. I said that it’s a funny game and with a goal back we could get something if we gave it a go in the second-half.

“We gave it a proper go and we could have nicked it. I don’t like coming in at half-time and ranting and raving, but I will if I have to. It was a great reaction from them. I’ll take a beating in a game, as long as we have a go.”

The young Dons were led by skipper Dan Gallagher, back from his loan spell with Kingstonian. The side also included experienced front man Zavon Hines, who helped get Wimbledon back into the game.

Charlton were three up heading towards half-time through two goals from Jorge Teixeira, after Josuah Umerah had opened the scoring after eleven minutes. Seth Owens pulled one back for the Dons and second half penalties from Hines and Toyosi Olusanya (pic) sealed a memorable fightback for Wimbledon.

AFC Wimbledon U23s: Bursik, Smith, Scott, Gallagher (c), Sibbick, Owens, Kaja, McKillop, Oakley, Olusanya, Hines. Subs: Wingate, Urhoghide, Wood, Chapman and Williams-Bowers.

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