MK Dons have progressed to the Second Round of the Carabao Cup as they knocked out AFC Wimbledon on penalties.
The game progressed to spot-kicks after an eventful 2-2 draw in 90 minutes at the Cherry Red Records Stadium, with AFC Wimbledon striking a 94th minute equaliser.
Both sides missed a penalty in normal time, and both sides also missed a penalty in the shootout after 3 kicks each.
The decisive kick came with the home side’s 4th, when AFC Wimbledon’s Joe Pigott, who missed a kick in normal time, put his spot kick over the bar. With the next kick, MK Dons’ Alex Gilbey decided the match.
The result puts the Dons into Round 2 of the Carabao Cup.
AFC Wimbledon struck first when Scott Wagstaff struck home at a corner moments after Conor McGrandles missed a penalty for the visitors. MK Dons were given a penalty after a foul on Regan Poole but the Scot struck his kick over.
McGrandles then quickly put the Dons level during the first half as he side-stepped the home goalkeeper before finishing.
No goals came despite both sides’ best attempts in a quickfire first half, before the visitors then took the lead for the first time through a strike bent home from range by David Kasumu moments after half-time.
Pigott then saw a penalty saved by MK Dons goalkeeper Lee Nicholls after Ryan Harley’s foul.
It looked like the game was heading for an away win in regular time until Luke O’Neil forced penalties with a 94th minute half-volley after the visitors failed to clear their lines.
But ultimately, the away side were not to be denied as they won the shootout. In the penalty shootout, Callum Reilly and Baily Cargill each saw spot kicks saved before Pigott struck an effort over Lee Nicholls’ goal.
Gilbey duly won the shoot-out, confirming MK Dons’ progression into Round 2, and with it a second round tie against Southend United at Roots Hall.