Date: 5th May 2007 at 5:44pm
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THE scoreline was an unfair reflection on a game that Stanley had dominated for over 65 minutes.
The Dons upped their game in the last 15 minutes and tore Stanley to pieces, but the papers in the morning will all say of how MK Dons bossed the game, they always do turn the blind eye against clubs in Stanley’s position.

MK Dons stated their intention early on, with two corner kicks within two minutes of the game, the resulting header from Drissa Diallo, drifted wide though and the scores remained level.

David Brown was taken out by Diallo on the edge of the area minutes later, youngster Bobby Grant, who was making his Stanley debut, stepped up to take the kick but it floated inches over Bankholes net.

Lloyd Dyer and Izale McLeod linked up well in midfield, before Dyer’s wipped cross caused problems for the Stanley defence. Godwin Antwi scuffed his clearance, thankfully it fell in to the arms of David Martin.

13 Minutes in and Bobby Grant broke in to the MK Dons penalty area, bypassing three MK Dons defenders before slotting the ball accross to David Brown who strook the ball in to the bottom left hand corner with a powerful sidefoot.

Stanley started to play with more confidence, Grant once again getting the cross in to the box from the left wing, but this time it was just too far for the head of Brown and it rolled out for a goalkick.

Grant was once again involved,this time winning the corner off the legs of Dom Blizzard. The resulting corner by the youngster wasn’t good enough though and was easily cleared.

Following a long ball over the top of the Stanlet midfield, i fell to Peter Cavanagh who hesitated with his clearance and was dispossesed by McLeod who tried to turn Godwin Antwi’s tackle but failed and Stanley managed to clear.

Dean Lewington took out Paul Mullin, as the pair clashed heads, Mullin walked off with a bloodied eye following the clash. Leighton McGivern was sent out to warm up, while Mullin disappeared down the tunnel for treatment.

tnley were down to 10 mean but it didn’t stop Stanley from attacking, Jay Harris hitting a fantastic ball from 30 yards out,but it looped straight in to the arms of Bankhole.

Jude Striling launched a throw in to Saley’s penalty area, with Sean O’Hanlon raising highest to get to the ball but his touch sparked a scramble, but thankfully for Stanley Antwi got there first and smashed the ball in to the stand.

Jay Harris almost put MK Dons equal, yes that Stanley player Jay Harris. His header went straight on to his own post, David Martin did manage to get a touch on the ball though, or it might well of been an own goal.

Paul Mullin appeared from the tunnel, bandaged up and with a new numberless shirt on, no subsititutons were needed and Mullin came straight back on, with just over six minutes remaining of the first half.

Leon Knight delivered the perfect ball in to the box, Michael Welch did the best air kick you have ever seen, but managed to eventually got the ball clear. He did get a kick on his faultering ankle though and was on the ground for a number of minutes before eventually limping off.

Grant continued his great half by trying a speculative lob from 30 yards, but the keeper managed to get back to his line just in time to see it fall on the top of the netting.

A great break from Stanley lead to a four on three situation, Harris crossed in to the box and Mulin met it, but the tiring Mullin saw his header thunder off the near post and out of play.

Liam Richardson cleared a McLeod shot off the line just seconds before half time, MK Dons’ players surrounded the referee claiming for a penalty, but it was clear to see at Richardson stopped it with his chest.

Half-Time Score: MK Dons 0-1 Accrington Stanley

Grant was involved straight away following the restart, firstly keeping the ball in play and then knocking the ball in to the six yard box, where Mullin watched his header fly over the crossbar.

David Martin pulled a series of fantastic saves, firstly divng down to his right to turn the ball around the post for a corner kick, then making a double save with his legs after another scramble in the Stanley area.

MK Dons had yet another corner seconds later, after O’ Hanlon’s shot was judged to have come off a Stanley player.

Martin Allen’s side recieved a very dodgy penalty kick when Richardson brought McLeod down inside the area. Keith Andrews stepped up and sent Martin the wrong way slotting the ball in to the bottom right hand corner.

David Brown got the ball straight from the kick-off and ran up field before unleashing a powerpacked shot which was always rising in to the stand. Andy Todd wasn’t happy with Brown’s decision to shoot, as he was unmarked on the right hand side.

Andy Todd unleashed an absolute peach of a strike, but it crashed in to the side netting. The travelling Stanley Ultras started celebrating, as they were seated down the other end of the Stadium, but they soon returned to their usual jubilent selves after realising it hadn’t gone in.

Andy Todd was bundled to the floor 20 yards from goal, as youngster Bobby Grant, Andy Todd and Cavanagh crowded around the ball. Everyone expected Grant to have other crack, but it wasn’t to be and Cavanagh’s shot was straight at the ‘keeper.

Jay Harris had to clear Gareth Edds snap shot from the line before MK Dons snatched their second of the game. The goal capped off a great second half turn around. Sean O’Hanlon drilling the ball home past Martin as the Dons piled on the pressure. Soon after, the Dons shot smacked off the crossbar and it cleared off the line again by Jay Harris.

David Martin was called in to action again, double saving from both McLeod and Edds, to keep Stanley with a glimmer of hope. Martin was subsituted for Ian Dunbavin stragt after, so he could recieve his applause on his last game in a Stanley shirt.

Andy Todd had another pop at goal, this time his powerful shot was straight at Bankhole. McLeod was again testing the Stanley defence, ripping Peter Cavanagh in half before scuffing his shot wide of Dunbavin’s goal.

14 Minutes later and MK Dons made it three, as Stanley started to feel the wrath of the home team. Jude Stirling, who was making his return from injury, noding in the goal.

Jay Harris chipped the ball to Bobby Grant who smashed a fantastic volley, which was just two yards over MK Dons’ crossbar, that just shows how much confidence this lad has, remember he was on his debut and he is only 17.

Michael Welch had a shot from a late free-kick, and the kick was four yards inside his own half, good effort Welchy.