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  • By Christian Mayes

AFC Dons crash out of Carabao Cup to two late, late goals by Gillingham


Pough Lane Picture: Christian Mayes
Plough Lane Picture: Christian Mayes

By Christian Mayes at Plough Lane


AFC Wimbledon went crashing out of the Carabao Cup in a heated contest at Plough Lane tonight when Gillingham's super subs Mikael Mandron and Jordan.Green notched up heart-breaking last-gasp goals Mandron, who was sent on in the 66th minute by Gills manager Neil Harris, curled in a left footed shot from outside the area in the 90th minute, before Green added another in the second of six added minutes to put Gillingham into tomorrow’s second round draw. Dons manager Johnnie Jackson handed debuts to goalkeeper Nathan Broome and Isaac Ogundere in a much-changed side from the weekend’s 0-0 draw to Hartlepool, while Harris also made several changes to the visiting side’s line-up. Gillingham almost made the perfect start through Lewis Walker, who was put through one-on-one with debutant Dons keeper Nathan Broome, but the Gills forward rolled his effort wide. Wimbledon grew into the first half and created chances for on-loan Huddersfield striker Kyle Hudlin and Nathan Young-Coombes, both of whom forced fine saves from Gillingham keeper Jake Turner. Gillingham defender Will Wright’s free kick looked to be heading in before Broome dived to his right to keep the scores level midway through the second half. The away side thought they had opened the scoring in the 78th minute when the ball found its way into the Dons net following a goalmouth scramble, before a lengthy discussion between referee Craig Hick resulted in the goal being disallowed for a foul on Broome. Wimbledon attacking midfielder Ayoub Assal created several chances in the second half as the home side attempted to turn their dominance in possession into goals. However, Gills keeper Jake Turner had a fine evening between the posts to keep Gillingham in the contest, before the substitutes secured the win for the away side. Gillingham now go into the draw for the second round, which takes place on Wednesday night following the outcome of Sheffield Wednesday v Sunderland. The result was the reverse of the opening day contest between the two sides, which AFC Wimbledon won 2-0. Wimbledon are next in action on Saturday afternoon against Doncaster Rovers, at home in League Two, while Gillingham travel to Tranmere. Teams:: AFC Wimbledon: Broome; Nightingale, Kalambayi, Gunter, Ogundere, Currie, Marsh, Maghoma, Assal, Young-Coombes, Hudlin. Gillingham: Turner; Tutonda, Baggott, Ehmer, Wright, Alexander; Macdonald, Williams, Lee; Walker, Kashket

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