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Tuesday 28 February 2012
London Senior Cup

AFC Wimbledon    5 - 0    Metropolitan Police

Match report

Record signing Byron Harrison struck his first goals for the Dons tonight to help his side into the semi-finals of the competition.

It may only have been the London Senior Cup, but that will not have mattered to the January transfer window signing from Stevenage Borough, who had gone eight games without a goal before tonight. And Harrison’s performance was not the only positive for Terry Brown on the night as Christian Jolley matched his strike partner with two goals, before he departed the action at half-time with Saturday’s trip to Hereford United in mind.

A goal from rising midfielder Huw Johnson, great saves by stand-in goalkeeper Jack Turner, and another run out for Kieran Djilali also made it a hugely worthwhile exercise for the Dons in front of 417 spectators.

Jolley took less than eight minutes to make his mark yet again after his late heroics at Crewe Alexandra on Saturday. Three days after he rose highest in the box to end his four-month goal drought, Jolley scored again with his head when he nodded home from close range after Brett Johnson had flicked on a Brendan Kiernan corner.

But the Dons never had it all their own way and Met Police came so close to drawing level just three minutes later when a Tyron Smith drive deflected off Stafforde Palmer and hit a post. Wimbledon also needed goalkeeper Jack Turner to keep them ahead when he saved superbly from Elliot Taylor.

The hosts showed promise in attack, but without really finding a cutting edge in the first-half. However, Brendan Kiernan showed excellent skills to round Met Police goalkeeper Jamie Butler and cut the ball back across the face of goal, but no one was on the end of it. Turner twice rescued Wimbledon before half-time with excellent saves to deny both Jack MacLeod and Palmer, but the hosts were gifted a second in the 43rd minute. It was that man Jolley once again as he robbed the ball off Steve Sutherland and fired home from close range.

Reserve team boss Marcus Gayle, who took charge of first-team affairs for the night, gave a chance to Louie Theophanous for the second-half with Jolley making way. But Wimbledon earned a 3-0 lead less than five minutes after the break with the goal of the game when Djilali found Johnson and he found the back of the net with a superb 25-yard strike.

It was all about Harrison after that as he finally broke his Dons duck 20 minutes from time by finishing into an empty net after good work by the impressive Kiernan and Ade Osifuwa. The rejuvenated striker then doubled his account less than seven minutes later when he rounded Met Police goalkeeper Jamie Butler and he was only denied a hat-trick when his shot was cleared off the line near the end.

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