The Masters’ Darts were taking place at Stadium MK whilst Milton Keynes hit a double of their own in the first Dons versus Dons encounter at the new Plough Lane. The pantomime villains of the story, as covered in mainstream media, now have as many league wins at Plough Lane as their opponents.
Fans of the visitors were surprised to learn of the sale of Regan Poole to Lincoln City on the morning of the match as Russell Martin made only one change to the side that lost at home to Charlton Atheltic on Tuesday. Louis Thompson made his first start in months, after injury, as he came in for Ben Gladwin.
The first major scare for either set of Dons players did not come until the 30th minute after a goalmouth scramble in the MK Dons penalty area almost resulted in Joe Pigott stabbing home but the men in white managed to scramble it clear.
Cameron Jerome let the home side off the hook when his pressure forced a poor backpass which he seized upon but his first touch was poor and allowed Sam Walker to plunge onto the ball.
The football matched the weather in South London as it was a very grey first half at Wimbledon’s new home. This left the game finely balanced ahead of the second period.
Half-time: AFC Wimbledon 0-0 MK Dons
Matt O’Riley established himself as a new fans’ favourite as he scored in the derby in only his second appearance for his new side. A fantastic one-two between Jerome and Scott Fraser resulted in a brilliant cut-back from the former and O’Riley was in the perfect position to poke home on the hour-mark.
Cowshed goers would have only just finished celebrating the first goal before they were able to enjoy seeing their side double their lead. Matthew Sorinola had only just come on as a substitute in the left-wing back position for Daniel Harvie and the youngster was able to use his right-footedness to cut inside and unleash a strike which deflected into Walker’s top right corner.
This brief period in which all the damage was done took the wind firmly out of AFC sails. Glynn Hodges receiving a booking from referee: Ben Toner was the only noteworthy contribution that his side made to the second half.
Seeing as the London side were bottom of all recent League One form tables, Martin would have been expecting this from his side and as a result, gets his first Dons derby win as a manager.
Full-time: AFC Wimbledon 0-2 MK Dons
Man of the match: Dean Lewington