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MK Dons’ Alex Gilbey holds nerve to knock out AFC Wimbledon in shootout

“We are the resurrection‚“ read a banner in the Chemflow End at Kingsmeadow but it was the false prophets who came away with the victory after Alex Gilbey converted the winning penalty. MK Dons beat AFC Wimbledon after a 2-2 draw in normal time that saw the hosts lead early and claim parity at the last. Dons have now won five of the eight matches contested between the pair since AFC were founded in an act of opposition to the first – and to this day the only– franchised football club.

The historic enmity between these two teams shouldn’t need explaining. Some of the more recent contretemps might, however. One such instance occurred the last time these two teams met at Kingsmeadow a year ago, when Wimbledon denoted their opponents as simply ‘MK’ on the scoreboard and programme cover. A charge of misconduct followed, and then mediation, which concluded Wimbledon must write MK Dons in full at future fixtures. This was agreed in principle by both clubs. In practice, the scoreboard was apparently broken on the night and AFC, as is their right under EFL rules, chose not to publish a programme.

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