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Posted Tuesday, April 3rd 2018

Report: MK Dons U23s 5-1 Bristol City U23s

Holders City Under-23s suffered a heavy defeat to MK Dons in the Central League Cup semi-final at Stadium:MK.

Trailing 2-0 at half-time, Luke Williams’ side were given a mountain to climb to reach a second successive Central League Cup final.

It was 4-0 by the time substitute Antoine Semenyo scored a consolation goal for the visitors, who conceded once more in stoppage time.

George Dowling and George Nurse fired late goals to help City lift this trophy in May, with a 2-1 victory over Barnet. And the same two players were named in the starting XI as City looked to make it the showpiece final once more.

However, it was a one-sided affair from the moment Sam Nombe raced on to Connor Furlong’s pass and dispatched a confident shot beyond Jojo Wollacott.

Aidan Nesbitt doubled the advantage before half-time with a clever finish, having been sent through on goal by Hugo Logan’s through ball.

Nombe’s second goal shortly after the restart all but ended the game as a contest, as he finished fortuitously at the second attempt after his initial effort had rebounded back off the post.

Substitute Liam Sole added a fourth with a brilliant curling effort, before Semenyo fired home from close range to at least get City on the scoreboard.

In stoppage time Giorgio Rasulo added a fifth from the penalty spot – after Ben Tilney had gone to ground in the box under pressure from Wollacott – taking the Dons through to the final against Southend United.

City Under-23s: Wollacott, Ali, Harvey Smith, Harrison, Nurse, Richards (Semenyo 75), Morton, Bakinson, Dowling, Day (Hinds 65), Holden. Subs not used: Carey, Plavotic, Turner-Williams.

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