Dons fight back to draw with K's Academy
The K’s Academy squandered the chance of a victory by surrendering a two-goal lead against the Division’s bottom side.
The K’s were quickly into their stride and Taylor Green (twice), Bruno Morais and Thomas Hourigan all had chances in the opening ten minutes.
The K’s deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute. Rmarni Blankson hit a good cross-field pass into the path of Taylor Green who applied the finish past Dons keeper, Will Lonsdale.
Wimbledon were level two minutes later. Poor defending from a corner allowed Giordano Zabotti the chance to hit a crisp drive past Ronaldo Cardoso.
The K’s were soon back on the attack and Jay Kimoto tested Lonsdale with a low shot that was pushed around the post for a corner.
The K’s regained the lead in the 24th minute. Keshone Beech-Williams brought the ball out of defence before setting up a chance for Taylor Green who made no mistake with his low shot.
Rmarni Blankson had two shots saved by Lonsdale before the K’s increased their lead through a 34th minute own goal when Debarge Cobourne hit a lofted back pass that beat his keeper.
Wimbledon pulled a goal back in the 39th minute through Auguste Koute after the K’s had lost possession inside their own half.
With three minutes to go before half time, Rmarni Blankson tapped home a fourth goal for the K’s after Wimbledon had got themselves into a defensive tangle.
Half time: 2-4
In the early stages of the second half, the K’s had further chances to increase their lead. Thomas Hourigan fired over the bar with the keeper out of position, whilst Bruno Morais hit a free kick that skimmed the top of the bar.
However, the K’s defensive frailties were punished in the 65th minute. A long punt downfield by Lonsdale was not dealt with by the K’s defence, and as Cardoso came out to deal with the situation he was adjudged to have fouled the advancing Dons striker. After a lengthy debate between the referee and his assistant they decided to award a penalty to the Dons which was confidently dispatched by Auguste Koute.
The K’s looked rattled now, and despite Wimbledon being reduced to ten man following a high challenge on Jay Bush, The Dons looked more than capable of clawing their way back into the game.
The equaliser came in the 80th minute. Giordano Zabotti evaded a couple of weak challenges before firing a shot that sailed over Cardoso.
The result could have gone either way late on with both teams defending poorly. Zabotti almost won it for the Dons in the 89th minute when his explosive shot struck the post, whilst Giovanni Bent and Bruno Morais both had late chances for the K’s.
Although they had gained an away point, this felt more like a defeat for the K’s. They were left to rue a string of missed chances and an insipid second half performance which saw them throw away what should have been a certain victory.
Kingstonian: Ronaldo Cardoso, Jay Bush, Telmo Santos, Jay Kimoto, Harry Mostyn-Privett, Keshone Beech-Williams, Taylor Green, Nash Doukoure, Rmarni Blankson, Thomas Hourigan (Capt.), Bruno Morais.
Subs: Billy Simmonds (for Hourigan, 59 mins), Joao Augusto (for Doukoure, 90 mins), Giovanni Bent (for Bush, 73 mins), Glodi Kayindo (for Simmonds, 79 mins).
Goals: Taylor Green (15 mins, 0-1), Giordano Zabotti (17 mins, 1-1), Taylor Green (24 mins, 1-2), Debarge Cobourne (Own Goal) (34 mins, 1-3), Auguste Koute (39 mins, 2-3), Rmarni Blankson (42 mins, 2-4), Auguste Koute (Pen, 65 mins, 3-4), Giordano Zabotti (80 mins, 4-4).
Man of the Match: not awarded.
Report by: Peter Hazell.