MK Dons 0-0 Stevenage: Boro lose 5-4 on penalties in Checkatrade Trophy

PUBLISHED: 21:54 03 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:13 04 October 2017

Stevenage played away to MK Dons on Tuesday evening in the Checkatrade Trophy

Stevenage played away to MK Dons on Tuesday evening in the Checkatrade Trophy

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Stevenage lost 5-4 on penalties to MK Dons after a 0-0 draw in 90 minutes in Group G of the Checkatrade Trophy.

Stevenage played away to MK Dons on Tuesday evening in the Checkatrade Trophy Stevenage played away to MK Dons on Tuesday evening in the Checkatrade Trophy

Stevenage boss Darren Sarll and his men treated the 34 loyal Boro fans who made the long trip up to Carlisle last week with a half time pie and a pint but perhaps they should have had another one after Tuesday night following an absorbing if goalless match.

A Boro side containing a mix of youth and experience more than held their own against a home side who had won three of their last four games prior to kick-off.

Former Arsenal and Stevenage forward Chuks Aneke made his first start since February after a serious knee injury.

He showed his talent in the 36th minute as he turned his man and curled a shot wide of Chris Day’s right hand post. Two minutes later he dragged a left-footed shot wide after a powerful run.

The loyal band of Stevenage fans who attended the Checkatrade Trophy match at MK Dons. Credit @laythy29 The loyal band of Stevenage fans who attended the Checkatrade Trophy match at MK Dons. Credit @laythy29

In truth they were rare moments of action in a match high on endeavour but low on end product on a greasy surface.

Veteran Day showed his quality by performing a superb double save on 63 minutes to deny Brandon Thomas-Asante and then Robbie Muirhead to keep the score 0-0.

With Sarll’s men losing 6-2 at home to Oxford United in their first match in the competition he could be pleased at the defensive solidity his team showed at Stadium MK.

The 30,500 stadium is a fine host for football, even if there were only 2,031 fans in attendance – however the supporters were treated to an entertaining penalty shoot-out the home side won 5-4, with Thomas-Asante netting the winning penalty.

Penalties:

Tom Conlon scores 0-1 Stevenage

Aidan Nesbit scores 1-1

Ryan Seager scores 1-2 MK Dons

Chris Whelpdale misses 1-2 MK Dons

Tom Pett scores 2-2

Conor McGrandles scores 2-3 MK Dons

Sam Nombe scores 2-4 MK Dons

Luke Wilkinson scores 3-4 MK Dons

Danny Newton scores 4-4

Brandon Thomas-Asante scored 4-5 MK Dons

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