Don’s left heartbroken thanks to a late wonder strike from Natasha Thomas. Thomas’ acrobatic volley sees the tractor girls take all three points at Stadium MK as The Dons are left to rue missed opportunities.
After a gruelling 3 game match week the Dons faced Ipswich Town at stadium MK. Going into the game they had been in fine run of form with two back-to-back 3-0 wins and were confident of getting a result vs a side that they have struggled with over the past few seasons.
Dons started off brightly as they looked defensively sound as they looked to subdue and frustrate Ipswich. They allowed Ipswich most of the early position as they looked to counter quickly, and this tactic was working very well. As Mollie Coupar, Emily Wilson who was met by the Ipswich Town offside trap, and Laura Mitchell had opportunities bit fired wide.
Chloe Samson had some early work to do in the first half and produced a great near post save from a shot from Baker. Town almost took the lead just before the break as Peskett was at the forefront of the action. But Ruby Doe was unable to direct her back-post header on target.
Dons themselves had a late chance at the end of the first half, but Gemma Biggadike’s header from a corner ultimately landed over the bar. 0-0 HT
Second Half – The Dons almost caught Town on the break into the second half as Nicola Puddick raced away down the left-hand side. Puddick fired off her shot but was saved Poppy Soper and Mitchel was unable to react in time as the ball was spilled in the area.
Lily Dolling also went close as, she was able to get passed Horwood and dirft into the area only to fire the ball wide on the angle.
But as the game entered its latter stages. It felt like 0-0 would have been the final score. But up popped Thomas who unleashed a fantastic near post volley that flew past Sansom in goal breaking the hearts of the Dons as they barely had any time to respond. 0-1 FT
MK Dons: Sansom (C), Warren, Puddick (Newman 80), Biggadike (Giddings 90+2), Beaver, Stovold, Mitchell (McLean 80), Rush, Coupar, Attenborough, Wilson (Dolling 72)
Unused: Creaney, Giddings
Ipswich Town: Soper, Barker, Boswell, Wearing, Hughes, Horwood (c), Robertson, Peskett, Doe, Gunning-Williams (Thomas), Turner (Mitchell)
Unused: Hartley, Williams, Smith
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Match Images – MK Dons vs Ipswich Town