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Young Dons aim to extend fine start in Merit League

Highlights, reaction, and a report from the latest match for our Under-18s

21 February 2019

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AFC Wimbledon’s youngsters will be aiming to maintain an impressive start in Merit League Division One at home to Portsmouth on Saturday.

The young Dons did enough to qualify for matches in the top tier of the EFL Youth Alliance during the second half of the season and a 3-1 victory at home to Luton Town kicked off the fixtures with a maximum points return.

In a bright start, Jack Madelin headed from a corner and Ayoub Assal had a shot saved by the Luton goalkeeper. On 27minutes, Wimbledon took a deserved lead after an excellent corner from Reece Weekes (pictured) was headed down by Archie Procter for KJ Osu to convert, giving him two goals in his last two appearances.

Despite missing good chances, The Dons had a perfect opportunity to double the lead when Assal went on another one of his clever runs that ultimately saw him brought down for a penalty in first- half stoppage time. Assal stepped up, but the Luton goalkeeper guessed the right way and made a good save.

The second half began in a similar style to the first with the young dons on the front foot and it was another corner from Weekes that made it 2-0 with his cross bouncing off Jake Peck and into the net for an own goal. Weekes also struck the far post with an audacious effort from the right flank. However, it was 3-0 when a quick counter-attack ended with Paul Osew’s cross setting up Huseyin Biler and though his shot was saved, David Fisher responded quickest to score. Though Josh Allen scored for Luton, it turned out to be of consolation value only.

To watch the highlights, click on the link below to our official You Tube channel.

An interview following the game with Under-18s Assistant Manager James Oliver-Pearce and David Fisher can be viewed below.

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