MK Dons have begun their Leasing.com Trophy campaign with a 3-0 win away at Stevenage.
A first half Conor McGrandles goal and two late goals from Sam Nombe ensured a winning start to the competition for MK Dons, and a successful warm-up for the Dons’ league game against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
The Dons named a highly changed side, with only 3 starters remaining from the weekend’s defeat to Accrington Stanley.
After an even start, the away side struck first when McGrandles was first to a half-cleared corner and swept the ball into the back of the net.
The visitors could’ve made it 2-0 before the break, with Brennan Dickenson firing wide on his first start.
Stevenage’s best response fell to early sub Craig Mackail-Smith, who forced a stop from Stuart Moore.
Jordan Bowery and Jordan Houghton came close either side of the break, while Moore was forced into a save to keep out an error by David Kasumu.
A largely even second period would see the Dons make it 2-0 with 13 minutes remaining, as Nombe received a long ball from the back and finished beyond Sacha Bastien.
Nombe would then get a second 7 minutes later, with the striker racing onto a through pass before finishing.
The Dons’ next game in the competition will see them face the Fulham U21s in early October.