Dons turn on the style in home win over United
Published 10/04/2013 | 05:44
It was very much a case of playing at home at LamberDons as the MK Dons put Greystones to the sword at the Bridgewater Park, Lamberton, on Sunday with three second-half goals to the 'Stones' one in reply.
A lacklustre and scrappy first half was followed by a much more competitive second in which both teams seemed to have awoken as from a stupor. Both coaches made substitutions, two by Greystones, and one for the Dons, although at first this made little difference.
Then, quite suddenly, five minutes into the second period, a goal from Adam O'Reilly for the Dons spiced things up, especially when the home side scored again within 10 minutes after a spinning flick from Darren Kinsella from 20 yards out found a ready Kevin Moorhouse boot to send the ball home.
Kinsella was unfortunate a little later, having to be replaced by Ian Dempsey after a painful injury to his right leg saw him collapsing on the sideline.
As if electrocuted by the second Dons' goal, Greystones spun into action and laid siege to the Dons' lines for a sustained 10 minutes.
This brought the seeds of hope to the visitors as their pint-sized forward Thomas Borros made up for lack of physical stature with intuition and intelligence by putting a beauty of a goal passed Dons' goalkeeper Robert Moran from an acute, impossible-looking angle in the goal mouth.
But despite cries of "that's more like it" from Greystones' support crew, the Dons struck back immediately with a wonderfully crafted team effort which saw Josh Fortune wrong-footing a Greystones defender on the half-way line, and racing it up to the 'Stones' left corner, where it was taken up by Kevin Moorhouse, who dribbled his way past two more of the visitors to pass in the penalty area to Adam O'Reilly, who duly slammed it home.
This was the Dons' fourth win in the last five competitive matches and continues their recent good form.