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by Tom Moore, at the Cherry Red Records Stadium
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Pre-Season Friendly: AFC Wimbledon 2 West Ham United 4
West Ham striker Freddie Piquionne scored a 10 minute hat-trick to inspire a wonderful comeback against AFC Wimbledon.
The Frenchman danced through the Dons defence for his first then scored his second from the spot.
His third was the best of the lot as he fired an unstoppable long-range shot past Dons goalkeeper Steve Collis.
The south-west Londoners had taken a two goal lead going into half-time with
AFC Wimbledon made the better start and Hammers goalkeeper Jake Larkins had to be alert straight away, making two quick saves.
The east Londoners started to gain a foothold in the game and Louis Harris had to be alert to stop Rob Hall’s cross.
Luke Moore gave the Dons the lead with a powerful shot that Larkins couldn’t do anything about.
The Hammers looked to come back into the game with Bilel Moshni forcing Collis into an excellent save.
Freddie Piquionne then forced the Dons stopper into another good save.
Brendan Kiernan then stung the palms of Larkins with a free kick that looked destined for the bottom corner.
AFC Wimbledon made it 2-0 with 10 minutes of the first half remaining The two Moores combined and Luke was the goalscorer, lifting it over Larkins.
Whatever Ian Hendon said at half time worked as came from two goals down to lead 3-2 within 10 minutes after the restart, with Piquionne dancing through the Dons defenders and firing home at the near post for their first.
The Hammers were then awarded a 52nd minute penalty for holding in the box and Piquionne sent Collis the wrong way.
Hall then should have given the Irons the lead when he went clean through but could only fire high and wide.
Piquionne then gave West Ham the lead, completing his hat-trick in less than 10 minutes, with a cracking finish from the edge of the area, leaving Collis no chance.
AFC Wimbledon looked to equalise but with the match entering the final 10 minutes, the Hammers had their fourth.
Blair Turgottt tricked his way through the Dons defence and fired a low shot past Seb Brown.
Piquionne was withdrawn with 10 minutes remaining and was replaced by Dylan Tombides.
The final few minutes saw players from both sides go down with knocks and it was the Hammers that emerged victorious when the final whistle blew.
AFC Wimbledon: Collis (Brown 67), Osano (Fenlon 30), Cummings, Harris, Balkestein (Mitchel-King 45), MacDonald, Long, L. Moore (Midson 60), Strutton (Merrifield 60), Kiernan (Bor 89), S. Moore (Sweeney 90).
West Ham: Larkins, Spence, Homans, Powell, Mohsni, Wearen, Turgott, Vose (Miles 82), Puquionne (Tombides 82), McCallum (Makasi 89), Hall (Onariase 89).