AFC Wimbledon’s Under-23 development squad hit the goal trail this afternoon in a Central League South match at Peterborough United.
In a game played at Peterborough’s training ground, the Dons triumphed 4-1, thanks to a Tyler Burey double and goals from Ossama Ashley and Tommy Wood.
Ashley opened the scoring after just 55 seconds after an assist from Kosta Sparta. Alfie Egan (pictured in action above) then showed his creative skills. First, the midfielder set-up Wood to double the advantage in the 10th minute, before Burey finished off in the 17th minute after more good work from Egan.
It was 3-0 to Wimbledon at half-time and it could have been more five minutes into the second-half, but Wood was unable to convert from the penalty spot. However, it was four on the hour when Burey finished off after good work by Ashley. However, Burey was shown a straight red card just a few minutes later after an off the ball incident.
Though Peterborough did finish strongly by netting a late consolation goal from the penalty spot, it came too late to make any difference.
Speaking after the game, coach Alan Reeves said that the Dons were up against younger opposition, but he was pleased with the attitude that his side showed.
“They were very young with a lot of Under-18s in their team,” said Alan. “It’s usually us taking on more experienced teams in this league, but it was the other way around this time. The pitch was not conducive to good football, so I told our players that their work-rate had to be good and it was on the day.
“We’ve played a lot of teams that are better than us on paper and with more experience. I often say to our players before these games that if the opposition don’t fancy it we can get a result by working harder than them. Today, it was a role reversal and our players had to be up for it and be more aggressive, so that we didn’t get out-worked. We managed to do that and we scored some good goals, but they kept at it and deserved their consolation goal.”
Picture credit: Joe Dent, Peterborough United FC.