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Match Report: MK Dons 2-2 Barrow AFC

14 October 2023

Club News

Match Report: MK Dons 2-2 Barrow AFC

14 October 2023

Barrow staged a sensational late comeback against MK Dons to snatch a late point at Stadium MK.

A Max Dean double put the Dons two goals up at the break as they seemed destined to collect their first three points since August, but Ben Whitfield and Emile Acquah turned the game on its head after bagging two goals in injury time.

Coming into the game Pete Wild was forced to make one change from the side that drew against Notts County last weekend as the injured Tyrell Warren was replaced by Liverpool loanee Luca Stephenson.

And it was Barrow who started the stronger side in today’s game after they first tested Craig MacGillivray in the fourth minute after Sam Foley unleashed a powerful shot from the edge of the area following a short corner from Elliot Newby however, the former Burton Albion stopper got down well to deny the 36-year-old.

Seven minutes later it looked like the home side had taken the lead when Jack Payne’s long shot took a massive deflection but ended up going inches wide of Paul Farman’s goal.

One minute later MK were one goal up when another deflected shot from the edge of the area, this time from Dean crashed into the back of the net.

Despite playing some good football and creating a number of shooting opportunities things went from bad to worse for the Bluebirds on 35 minutes. Striker Dean bagged his brace when he headed home a rebound after Farman had made a great save to deny the Dons seconds earlier.

The second goal seemed to deflate the Barrow side heading into the break so Bluebirds Boss Wild made two changes at the break as Luca Stephenson and Ged Garner made way for Whitfield, and Junior Tiensia.

And it was a substitute in the form of Tiensia who started the second half very brightly and dinked a great ball into the area for Newby who headed his shot hard and low, but the keeper did superbly to claw it away.

Unfortunately, only nine minutes after being subbed on Tiensia was forced off with a suspected ankle injury, but that didn’t halt Barrow’s momentum who thought they’d pulled a goal back in the 65th minute. Robbie Gotts struck a powerful volley towards goal but again the keeper pulled off a great save to tip it over the bar.

After that chance many suspected it wouldn’t be Barrow’s Day, but as always Wild’s men persevered and pulled a goal back in the 93rd minute. Worrall curled a low cross into the area where Niall Canavan cleverly dummied the ball for Whitfield to curl home.

After the goal, Barrow seemed determined to get an equaliser and was rewarded for their efforts only two minutes later when Acquah bent one into the top right corner from 20 yards out.

And after a dramatic ending to the match Barrow deservedly took a point back home with them.

Barrow XI: Farman, Canavan ©, Feely, Chester, Stephenson (Whitfield 45), Newby, Gotts (Telford 68), Campbell, Foley (White 78), Acquah, Garner (Tiensia 45(Worrall 54)

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