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Academy Team - Match centre

AFC Wimbledon
Kingstonian FC
Full time
T Green (15', 24'), R Blankson (42'), Unknown (34' OG)
Wed 8 Mar 14:00 - League

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.

Key moments

15:00
Goal Taylor Green scores for Kingstonian FC
24:00
Goal Taylor Green scores for Kingstonian FC
34:00
Own Goal Own goal conceded by AFC Wimbledon
42:00
Goal Rmarni Blankson scores for Kingstonian FC

Highlights

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90:00 Sub Off
Nash Doukoure is substituted off for Kingstonian FC
90:00 Sub On
Joao Augusto is substituted on for Kingstonian FC
79:00 Sub Off
Billy Simmons is substituted off for Kingstonian FC
79:00 Sub On
Glodi Kayindo is substituted on for Kingstonian FC
73:00 Sub Off
Jay Bush is substituted off for Kingstonian FC
73:00 Sub On
Giovanni Bent is substituted on for Kingstonian FC
72:00 Yellow Card
Rmarni Blankson is yellow carded for Kingstonian FC
67:00 Yellow Card
Harry Mostyn-Privett is yellow carded for Kingstonian FC
64:00 Yellow Card
Ronaldo Cardoso is yellow carded for Kingstonian FC
59:00 Sub On
Billy Simmons is substituted on for Kingstonian FC
59:00 Sub Off
Thomas Hourigan is substituted off for Kingstonian FC
End of period 1
42:00 Goal 0 - 4
Rmarni Blankson scores for Kingstonian FC
34:00 Own Goal 0 - 3
Own goal conceded by AFC Wimbledon
24:00 Goal 0 - 2
Taylor Green scores for Kingstonian FC
15:00 Goal 0 - 1
Taylor Green scores for Kingstonian FC
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As it happened

  • AFC Wimbledon
  • Kingstonian FC
  • 0
  • Taylor Green Goal 15:00'
  • Taylor Green Goal 24:00'
  • Own Goal 34:00'
  • Rmarni Blankson Goal 42:00'
  • Billy Simmons Sub On 59:00'
  • Thomas Hourigan Sub Off 59:00'
  • Ronaldo Cardoso Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Harry Mostyn-Privett Yellow Card 67:00'
  • Rmarni Blankson Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Giovanni Bent Sub On 73:00'
  • Jay Bush Sub Off 73:00'
  • Glodi Kayindo Sub On 79:00'
  • Billy Simmons Sub Off 79:00'
  • Joao Augusto Sub On 90:00'
  • Nash Doukoure Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Cardoso, Ronaldo Cardoso, Ronaldo
Bush, Jay Bush, Jay
Santos, Telmo Santos, Telmo
Blankson, Rmarni Blankson, Rmarni
Kimoto, Jay Kimoto, Jay
Mostyn-Privett, Harry Mostyn-Privett, Harry
Beech-Williams, Keshone Beech-Williams, Keshone
Doukoure, Nash Doukoure, Nash
Hourigan, Thomas Hourigan, Thomas
Morais, Bruno Morais, Bruno
Green, Taylor Green, Taylor

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