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YOUNGSTERS EARN POINT

24 September 2012

The Hatters’ Under-18s made the short journey up the M1 to Milton Keynes for a first league clash between the two teams due to the Dons’ re-categorisation with the onset of the FA's new Elite Performance Plan (EPPP).
 
In a typical game of two halves, the MK Dons battled back from a 2-0 deficit at half time to grab two late goals to take a point and deny the Town a third straight league victory.
 
In a first half where they dominated the chances, the Hatters went ahead in the eighth minute when Arel Amu was first to the ball in the area with the home keeper out of his goal and his left-footed finish from a tight angle could not be stopped from crossing the line by the retreating defenders.
 
A second goal followed in the 26th minute when Jordan Davis broke through and was pulled down by the Dons' keeper and Charlie Smith duly converted the penalty.
 
A number of excellent chances followed for the Hatters with Zane Banton and Jemale McKenzie-Lowe each having good opportunities to grab a third goal that would have made a comeback from the Dons' unlikely but these were not taken and the lead at half time was only 2-0.
 
The second half was a much different affair with the MK Dons dominant in terms of possession throughout without testing Ben Barnes in the Hatter goal too much.
 
It was not until the 81st minute that the home side got the goal that their endeavours warranted with a midfield player making a run into the box unmarked to score and set up a tense finish.
 
In the 89th minute, the equaliser came when Jerome Jibodu fouled his man and the resulting penalty levelled the score.
 
Luton:  Barnes, Longden, Jibodu, Rees, Burtenshaw, DeBattista, Davis (sub Chabata 60), Smith, McKenzie-Lowe, Banton (sub Cobb 46), Amu (sub Stanley 86).  Subs not used. Carpenter, Haag.
 


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