FA Cup - First Round
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Milton Keynes Dons 3-2 Spennymoor Town

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Highlights: MK Dons 3-2 Spennymoor

Spennymoor Town's historic FA Cup run came to an end on Saturday as managerless MK Dons held off a fightback by their non-league opponents.

The tie looked all but secure for the League One side inside 15 minutes, with goals from Ben Reeves, Brandon Thomas-Asante, and Kieran Agard.

But Joe Tait snatched a quick response in the 19th minute before Andrew Johnson's strike with five minutes to go ensured a grandstand finish.

It took the hosts little more than seven minutes to take the lead when Reeves fired a low right-footed shot past Moors keeper Dan Lowson from the edge of the area.

And the 28-year-old stopper was left picking the ball out of his own net twice in quick succession as MK eased themselves into a comfortable lead.

Thomas-Asante made it 2-0 with a tap in after Dean Lewington's cross found the 17-year-old unmarked in the six-yard box, before Agard's cross-cum-shot bundled its way into the visitors' bottom corner.

But Jason Ainsley's Northern Premier League side - making their first-ever appearance in the first round - got on the scoresheet five minutes later as former Hartlepool defender Tait rose above his marker to meet Craig Gott's cross with a cushioned header into the far corner.

Second half Moors substitute Johnson then made it a nervy finish for the Dons with an emphatic solo goal just five minutes from time - but it proved to be too little too late.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

MK Dons

  • 19Nicholls
  • 12Williams
  • 16Hendry
  • 4Walsh
  • 3Lewington
  • 6UpsonBooked at 63mins
  • 10Reeves
  • 14Agard
  • 9Bowditch
  • 30Thomas-AsanteSubstituted forColcloughat 70'minutes
  • 28MaynardSubstituted forTshimangaat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Martin
  • 20Rasulo
  • 21Brittain
  • 23Downing
  • 24Tilney
  • 27Tshimanga
  • 49Colclough

Spennymoor Town

  • 1Lowson
  • 2Griffiths
  • 5Tait
  • 6Curtis
  • 3Mason
  • 7RamshawSubstituted forJohnsonat 63'minutes
  • 4Chandler
  • 8Henry
  • 10Gott
  • 11AndersonSubstituted forMitchellat 77'minutes
  • 9ArmstrongBooked at 24minsSubstituted forDowsonat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Rafferty
  • 14Watson
  • 15Johnson
  • 16Dowson
  • 17Craddock
  • 18Mitchell
  • 19Taylor
Referee:
Constantine Hatzidakis
Attendance:
4,099

Match Stats

Home TeamMK DonsAway TeamSpennymoor Town
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home21
Away10
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, MK Dons 3, Spennymoor Town 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, MK Dons 3, Spennymoor Town 2.

Foul by Dean Bowditch (MK Dons).

Chris Mason (Spennymoor Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Adam Mitchell.

Jack Hendry (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Mitchell (Spennymoor Town).

Attempt saved. David Dowson (Spennymoor Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Dean Bowditch (MK Dons).

Jamie Chandler (Spennymoor Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ed Upson (MK Dons).

Jamie Chandler (Spennymoor Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Craig Gott (Spennymoor Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Kabongo Tshimanga (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Craig Gott (Spennymoor Town).

Goal!

Goal! MK Dons 3, Spennymoor Town 2. Andrew Johnson (Spennymoor Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kallum Griffiths.

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Spennymoor Town. Adam Mitchell replaces Mark Anderson.

Attempt missed. David Dowson (Spennymoor Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Kieran Agard (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Andrew Johnson.

Attempt blocked. Kabongo Tshimanga (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ryan Colclough replaces Brandon Thomas-Asante.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Kabongo Tshimanga replaces Nicky Maynard.

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Ben Reeves (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Dowson (Spennymoor Town).

Delay in match James Curtis (Spennymoor Town) because of an injury.

Foul by Nicky Maynard (MK Dons).

Joe Tait (Spennymoor Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Spennymoor Town. David Dowson replaces Graeme Armstrong.

Substitution

Substitution, Spennymoor Town. Andrew Johnson replaces Rob Ramshaw.

Booking

Ed Upson (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ed Upson (MK Dons).

Graeme Armstrong (Spennymoor Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Nicky Maynard (MK Dons).

Kallum Griffiths (Spennymoor Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Nicky Maynard (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Ben Reeves (MK Dons) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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