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by Tom Moore, at the Cherry Red Records Stadium
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Pre-Season Friendly: AFC Wimbledon 0 Portsmouth 2
Now it’s the waiting game for Portsmouth.
After a 2-0 win at AFC Wimbledon, Pompey will discover their fate on Friday as to whether they will exist as a club.
For AFC Wimbledon, it was a reminder of the situation they found themselves in 10 years ago after the old Wimbledon moved to Milton Keynes.
But on footballing matters, it continued in the same vein with another defeat in pre-season continuing the worst preparations, results wise, according to Stuart Cash.
It was the visitors who took the lead as Luke Rodgers, who was put through by a long ball, rounded Dons stopper Seb Brown to tap home.
AFC Wimbledon looked to level the scores but Angus MacDonald’s free-kick was comfortably wide of goalkeeper Glenn Morris’ goal.
But Pompey went down the other end and doubled their lead through Liam Walker, with a wonderful curling finish midway through the first half after good work from Izale McLeod.
Morris had to be on hand to tip over Luke Moore’s close-range header straight after as the Dons found their feet in this game.
McLeod should have made it 3-0 after a great ball over the top from Liam Lawrence but his control let him down.
Walker was lively down the right and unleashed a left footed shot that curled just wide of the Wimbledon goal.
Stacy Long then struck the woodwork with a stunning effort that had Morris stretching and beating.
Pim Balkestein was the next Dons man to come close with his header flashing wide of the post.
Pompey asserted their dominance again with Brian Howard going close as the clock ticked down to half-time with the visitors going in two goals to the good.
The home side came out the stronger after half-time and Jack Midson went close from the right hand side of the penalty area.
Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood, a half-time substitute, made a sensational double save and he repeated the trick from Midson, Moore before Kiernan fired wide when the ball fell loose.
Angus MacDonald was then booked for a bust-up with Josh Thompson – with the Pompey player also seeing a yellow card.
Portsmouth nearly had a third when Adam Webster’s header was acrobatically saved by Brown and he repeated the trick from the resulting corner from McLeod.
The full time whistle was met with a continuation of noise from the visiting fans.
Now, they must wait as D-Day is just over 24 hours away.
AFC Wimbledon: Brown, MacDonald, Cummings, Long, Balkestein, Mitchel-King (Fenlon 65), Jolley (Harrison 65), S. Moore, Midson, Kiernan (Strutton 79), L. Moore (Merrifield 85).
Subs not used: Jaimez-Ruiz.
Portsmouth: Morris (Eastwood 46), Dumbuya (Wesbster 80), Ben Haim, Thompson, Harley, Walker, Lawrence (Djilali 67), Howard, Rodgers (Compton 67), McLeod, Harris (Clifford 46).
Substitutes not used: Wallace, Magri.