MK Dons fans were treated to a momentous Stadium MK return as they were swimming in a Poole of goals with their second-string side running out comfortable winners against Norwich City U21s. Kieran Agard became MK Dons’ third all-time top goalscorer and Lasse Sørensen scored his first career goal.
MK Dons were much-changed as they prepared to face their unofficial feeder club. Carlton Morris, who has been in great form, was ineligible as Norwich City are his parent club. This paved the way for Kieran Agard to make a first competitive appearance in 11 months as George Williams made his first start since his injury.
To Dons’ fans surprise, the first player to score in front of them since Rhys Healey back in February at Rotherham was the forgotten man: Kieran Agard. He has grabbed his chance with both hands to set MK Dons on their way to EFL Trophy advancement.
Immediately following this, the men in white should have had a second. Agard could have had a brace in double-quick time and following his blocked effort, Matthew Sorinola somehow failed to double the Dons’ advantage.
Despite this dominance, Agard’s header was to be the only goal in a dominant first half for the Buckinghamshire side. Russell Martin would have been pleased with that first period but perhaps felt that his side should have hit two or three.
Half-time: MK Dons 1-0 Norwich City U21s
The second half carried on much like the first, with The Dons on top but failing to build on their lead. The fortunate fans, who got to be part of history, began to ramp up the noise.
Last midweek, Lasse Sørensen played a major part with an assist at The Valley and this midweek, he was doubling his side’s lead. Even though there was still over half an hour to go, you felt that MK Dons had this game sown up.
If there were still any doubts, they were put to bed as Sørensen crossed for Regan Poole to head in MK Dons’ third. MK Dons would have been the favourites before the match but no one was expecting this.
After seemingly losing his first-team spot to Carlton Morris, Stephen Walker was desperate to get in on the action tonight and he duly did by smashing past Jon McCracken to put The Dons 4-0 up with their fourth different goalscorer.
The men from MK1 were not prepared to give these young Canaries any respite as Kieran Agard scored his 50th MK Dons goal to put his side 5-0 up. Cowshed regulars will be hopeful that this is the revival of Agard’s MK Dons career.
Regan Poole completed a brace of his own to make it 6-0 to Martin’s men and they have shown the depth of their squad tonight. Many first-teamers were rested and there was no consequence whatsoever. Players like Cameron Jerome and Scott Fraser were able to take well-earned rests.
The Dons were evidently buoyed by the return of their fans as they put on a show for the Stadium MK faithful. MK Dons had one of the most comfortable second halves you will ever see. Russell Martin will be delighted and now there is potential for an EFL Trophy run.
Full-time: MK Dons 6-0 Norwich City U21s
Man of the match: Lasse Sørensen