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Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons (aet)

A brilliant 25-yard strike from on-loan midfielder Gboly Ariyibi deep into extra-time handed MK Dons a narrow EFL Cup win at Forest Green.

The first-round tie looked to be heading for penalties until the 22-year-old, on loan from Nottingham Forest, curled a delightful effort beyond goalkeeper Sam Russell in the 110th minute.

There had been little to choose between the sides in normal time with substitute Shamir Mullings forcing Dons keeper Lee Nicholls into a decent save in the 75th minute before having a header blocked on the line moments later.

For the visitors, Ed Upson fizzed an effort just wide and Aaron Tshibola forced a decent save from Russell.

Extra-time saw Rovers go close to breaking the deadlock in the 105th minute when substitute Scott Laird crashed a header against the crossbar from just eight yards.

And even after the visitors had taken the lead, Mark Cooper's men had enough chances to win the game with Liam Noble and Lee Collins both being denied by the keeper before Mullings pushed an effort inches wide in the final seconds.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 23Russell
  • 2Bennett
  • 16Fitzwater
  • 5Collins
  • 6MontheSubstituted forLairdat 103'minutes
  • 17WishartSubstituted forTraoréat 73'minutes
  • 8Noble
  • 10BrownSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 58'minutes
  • 15Cooper
  • 33James
  • 9DoidgeSubstituted forMullingsat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 4Traoré
  • 7Marsh-Brown
  • 11Bugiel
  • 14Mullings
  • 18Evans
  • 24Pickering

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 25BrittainSubstituted forLewingtonat 105+2'minutes
  • 19Ebanks-LandellBooked at 37mins
  • 17DowningBooked at 112mins
  • 2GB WilliamsBooked at 45mins
  • 20Tshibola
  • 8CisséBooked at 28mins
  • 6Upson
  • 7Ariyibi
  • 15SeagerSubstituted forNombeat 80'minutes
  • 16MuirheadSubstituted forAgardat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lewington
  • 13Sietsma
  • 14Agard
  • 18McGrandles
  • 22Rasulo
  • 30Nombe
  • 31Thomas-Asante
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
1,608

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home18
Away21
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, MK Dons 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, MK Dons 1.

Attempt missed. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Nombe (MK Dons).

Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sam Nombe (MK Dons).

Attempt missed. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

Attempt saved. Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

Attempt saved. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sam Nombe (MK Dons).

Foul by Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers).

Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ed Upson (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Liam Noble (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Paul Downing (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Downing (MK Dons).

Attempt saved. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Forest Green Rovers 0, MK Dons 1. Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner.

Second Half Extra Time begins Forest Green Rovers 0, MK Dons 0.

First Half Extra Time ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, MK Dons 0.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Dean Lewington replaces Callum Brittain.

Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from very close range.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Ousseynou Cissé.

Jack Fitzwater (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Scott Laird replaces Emmanuel Monthe because of an injury.

Foul by Jack Fitzwater (Forest Green Rovers).

Sam Nombe (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

First Half Extra Time begins Forest Green Rovers 0, MK Dons 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, MK Dons 0.

Attempt missed. Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Luke James (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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