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Slough Town overcome thrilling penalty shootout against MK Dons to reach the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup semi-finals

Jack Turner

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Slough Town 2-2 MK Dons (3-2 pens)

Slough Town booked their place in the semi-finals of the Berks and Bucks Senior Cup after overcoming MK Dons in a thrilling penalty shoot-out on Tuesday evening.

The first half at Arbour Park was a lesson of efficiency in front of goal by the hosts who swiftly fired themselves in the ascendancy courtesy of two stunning strikes.

Scott Davies opened the scoring with a superb lob from the halfway line on the 14th minute before Ben Harris doubled the Rebels’ advantage just five minutes later with a fiercely struck free kick from 25 yards.

As the first half drew to a close, Jack Turner was called into action to palm away a low drive from the visitors. But the keeper was powerless to prevent Dylan Asonganyi reducing the deficit with an acute finish on the 36th minute. The half-time score, 2-1.

Asonyangi was the man to bring the game level when he sent Turner the wrong way with a cool penalty just five minutes after the interval. Both sides looked to get their noses in front in a frantic conclusion to the match but with nothing further to seperate the two sides, Jason Richardson’s full-time whistle ensured the game would go to penalties.

The Dons won the toss of the coin and elected to step up to the spot kicks first. Baily Cargill got the visitors off to a perfect start before Dan Roberts matched his efforts. Next, Hiram Boateng saw his shot saved by Turner before the keeper booted in Slough’s second. Kieran Agard blazed the Dons’ third penalty way over the bar before Davies capitalised to make it 3-1. Jordan Bowery kept a cool head however and slotted his kick away to keep the Dons in the shootout. But Mark Nisbet was feeling the pressure as goalkeeper Andrew Fisher denied his strike. The visitors were forced to hold their breath as youngster Malaki Black stepped up to take their final penalty knowing he had to convert his chance. But agoninigsly his 12-yard effort crashed back off the post and ensured the Rebels progressed in the tournament.

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