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AFC Wimbledon 1 Gillingham 0: Jack Rudoni clinches the points for the Dons late on at Plough Lane


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Gillingham were beaten at AFC Wimbledon after conceding a goal a minute from time.

A super strike from distance by Jack Rudoni won it for the Dons in a match where the Gills had struggled first half before taking charge in the second. Despite that, in a game that lacked quality, the game was settled with a stunner.

Gillingham manager Steve Evans watched his side beaten late on at Wimbledon
Gillingham manager Steve Evans watched his side beaten late on at Wimbledon

Gillingham boss Steve Evans made three changes to the team which started the weekend game against Bristol Rovers - one which took them until the second half to really come alive. Vadaine Oliver, Robbie McKenzie and Tommy O’Connor all won a place back in the side.

It was Gillingham’s first visit to Wimbledon’s new Plough Lane ground, a venue which hadn’t brought the Dons much success this season, boasting just two wins from 11 league encounters before Tuesday’s match. Overlooked by half-built apartment blocks and towering cranes, Plough Lane was nestled in the middle of a building site.

The Gills struggled to show any real quality in the opening half and the best of the chances went to the Dons.

Ethan Chislett fired over a great chance on the half hour mark, from just a few yards out, when Robbie Cundy’s block dropped to the Wimbledon man.

Gillingham had only a couple of half chances, a shot in that box from Cundy that keeper Sam Walker got a hand to and chances from Oliver and Connor Ogilvie that were both headed wide of the mark.

Gillingham goalkeeper Jack Bonham was beaten late on against Wimbledon
Gillingham goalkeeper Jack Bonham was beaten late on against Wimbledon

Just before the interval the Dons had a super chance to open the scores when Ryan Longman got between Ryan Jackson and Kyle Dempsey before a low curling effort destined for the bottom corner before Jack Bonham stuck out a hand to make the save.

Graham was one of two subs at the break and within seconds he had a shot at goal after Jackson’s long throw was cleared into his path. Walker saved and the home side were able to clear. Moments later Cundy nodded a Graham cross wide.

Gillingham were a much better team second half and had the Dons camped in by the hour mark.

Oliver poked a shot wide with 20 minutes left and despite the improvements the Gills still struggled to test the home keeper.

Gillingham had a couple of penalty appeals turned down late in the game, with Akinde going down in the box before claims Alex Woodyard had handled the ball.

Wimbledon struck a massive blow for the Gills with a minute left, Rudoni picking his spot from 25 yards to clinch the win, a shot that Bonham was unable to keep out.

Wimbledon: Walker, Woodyard, Nightingale, Chislett (McLoughlin 82mins), Rudoni, Guinness-Walker, Heneghan, Dobson, Johnson, Longman (Osew 90mins), Pigott. Subs not used: Tzanev, O'Neill, Csoka, Alexander, Oksanen.

Gillingham: Bonham, Jackson, Ogilvie, Cundy, Tucker, Dempsey, Lee (Graham), O’Connor (Johnson 84mins), McKenzie (O’Keefe 46mins), Akinde, Oliver. Subs not used: Bastien, Morton, Willock, MacDonald.

Referee: Paul Howard

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