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MATCH REPORT: Shrewsbury Town 1 MK Dons 1

8 February 2020

Shrewsbury Town earn a point against MK Dons.

Town: Joe Murphy, Aaron Pierre, Dave Edwards, Ro-Shaun Williams, Omar Beckles, Conor McAleny, Kayne Ramsay (Sean Goss, 52), Daniel Udoh, Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Josh Laurent, Jason Cummings (Callum Lang, 61).

Subs: Max O’Leary, Scott Golbourne, Callum Lang, Ryan Sears, Donald Love, Sean Goss, Sam Hart.

Dons: Lee Nicholls, George Williams, Dean Lewington, Alex Gilbey, Rhys Healey, Jordan Moore-Taylor, Louis Thompson (Conor McGrandles, 66), Carlton Morris, Jordan Houghton, Callum Brittain (Regan Poole, 71), Sam Nombe.

Subs: Andy Fisher, Joe Walsh, Regan Poole, Ben Reeves, Ben Gladwin, Conor McGrandles, David Kasumu.

Referee: Peter Wright

Assistants: Andrew Hendley and Marvyn Amphlett

Fourth official: Anthony Moore

Town returned to Sky Bet League One action with the visit of MK Dons to the Montgomery Waters Meadow.

Omar Beckles was on the score sheet for Salop as Town went onto earn a draw against the away side.

5791 (447)

First Half:

Conor McAleny looked bright for Town within the opening 10 minutes and drew a foul from Jordon Houghton after just seven minute. Town’s forward continually progressed through the Dons final-third and caused the defender to pull him to the ground.

Both teams were faced with some confusion in the 21st minute as Peter Wright gave a penalty to the Dons after Joe Murphy made a tackle inside the box. Seconds later, the referee pointed for a corner-kick that lead to the ball being cleared.

A poor clearance from MK nearly saw Town take the lead in the latter stages of the half. Conor McAleny latched into a loose ball and drove towards goal but George Williams recovered well to block for forward’s shot.

The away side came inches away from taking the lead in the latter stages of the half through former Town man Louis Thompson. The midfielder drove into Town’s box to let off a powerful shot. To the relief of Joe Murphy, the ball rebounded back off the post and into the keeper’s arms.

The half came to an end with the two teams all square on the score board.

Second Half:

McAleny’s first-half performance carried over into the second, as Town’s number 18 continued to trouble the Dons back four. Sean Goss was also a bright spark for Town as he distributed the ball well in the middle of the park.

Town managed to find the breakthrough with 63 minutes on the clock. After a goalmouth scramble, Omar Beckles received the ball just inside the box and fired a powerful shot into the top left corner of the net.

Dean Lewington was booked in the 67th minute for pulling down McAleny in the middle of the park.

The Dons found themselves back on level terms in the 77th minute. Murphy was forced into make a good parrying save but the ball fell into the path of Rhys Healey who fired home on the half-volley to level the score.

Town continued to press forward to find the next goal and nearly did through Daniel Udoh. Town broke well through Josh Laurent and the midfielder was able to find Udoh in the box. The striker let off a low-driven shot but Lee Nicholls made a good save to keep the score level.

The game came to an end with both teams unable to find a winner.


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