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CENTRAL LEAGUE REPORT: Swindon Town 8-2 MK Dons

Reds Finish Reserve Season On A High

30 April 2018

Swindon Town finished their 2017/18 Central League campaign with a flourish after thrashing MK Dons 8-2 at The Energy Check County Ground this afternoon.

Paul Mullin and Kaiyne Woolery both grabbed a brace whilst Donal McDermott, Jordan Young, Sol Pryce and Jordan Edwards were also on target for the Reds. 

Alan McLoughlin was able to name a fairly strong team for his side's last Central League fixture of the season, with first-teamers in the ilk of Ben Purkiss, Amine Linganzi, Donal McDermott, Paul Mullin and Kaiyne Woolery all starting.

Tom Smith, who has impressed on loan at Bath City this season, Jordan Young, Will Henry and Joe Romanski were also handed some crucial game time. 

MK were able to carve out an early chance with a shot whistling just past the post, before Ben Purkiss hit the bar with a well-struck cross at the other end.

Tom Smith could then only skew a shot wide as Town were able to enjoy the better of the play in the opening exchanges.

The Reds soon had another opening as Purkiss was able to pick out Kaiyne Woolery perfectly inside the area, but the striker's header back across goal wasn't able to be tucked home by Jordan Young.

The opportunities kept on presenting themselves for Town with Amine Linganzi doing well to close down Ethan Wallbank in the visiting goal, with the ball ricocheting off the two players before bouncing inches wide of the post.

It was all one-way traffic but Swindon were unable to make their pressure count with Jordan Young cutting in before firing a shot over the bar.

Good link-up play between Louis Spalding and Tom Smith led to Young feeding Donal McDermott, who saw his well-struck drive deflected behind, and Woolery was also off-target moments later after dragging a shot wide.

Will Henry then had to be alert at the other end to tip a firm drive behind, before McDermott flashed a shot across the face of goal at the other end.

Woolery came close with time running out in the first-half after drawing a smart stop from Wallbank, but the MK stopper was unable to prevent the opener from finally arriving moments later after McDermott buried a lofted effort into the far corner. 

There was a flurry of goals on the stroke of half-time as Mullin volleyed home from Purkiss' cross to double Town's advantage, before Kayne Roberts smashed home a superb effort to cut the deficit in half.

Town started off where they left off after the break and they were able to quickly restore their two-goal advantage, Mullin producing a composed finish after being teed up by Linganzi inside the area.

And Town were not done there with Young hammering home from distance to further strengthen his side's grip on the game. 

Woolery then made it 5-1, smashing home on the rebound from close-range after Young saw his initial shot saved.

The goals kept on coming too with Sol Pryce coming off the bench to head home from Purkiss' cross, and Jordan Edwards also got in on the act moments later thanks to a beautiful curled finish from distance.

Woolery made it eight for Town minutes later with a close-range finish, before Roberts grabbed a consolation for MK at the other end to round off the scoring. 

TEAMS: 

SCORERS - Donal McDermott (40), Paul Mullin (44, 50), Kayne Roberts (45, 78), Jordan Young (55), Kaiyne Woolery (63, 77), Sol Pryce (67), Jordan Edwards (72).

SWINDON TOWN (4-2-3-1) - Henry; Purkiss (C), Romanski, Giamattei, Spalding; Linganzi, Smith; McDermott, Young, Mullin; Woolery.

SUBS - Matthews, Rejek, Haines, Edwards, Pryce. 


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