EFL Cup
Forest GreenForest Green Rovers0MK DonsMilton Keynes Dons1

Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Milton Keynes Dons (aet)

A brilliant 25-yard strike from on-loan midfielder Gboly Ariyibi deep into extra-time handed MK Dons a narrow EFL Cup win at Forest Green.

The first-round tie looked to be heading for penalties until the 22-year-old, on loan from Nottingham Forest, curled a delightful effort beyond goalkeeper Sam Russell in the 110th minute.

There had been little to choose between the sides in normal time with substitute Shamir Mullings forcing Dons keeper Lee Nicholls into a decent save in the 75th minute before having a header blocked on the line moments later.

For the visitors, Ed Upson fizzed an effort just wide and Aaron Tshibola forced a decent save from Russell.

Extra-time saw Rovers go close to breaking the deadlock in the 105th minute when substitute Scott Laird crashed a header against the crossbar from just eight yards.

And even after the visitors had taken the lead, Mark Cooper's men had enough chances to win the game with Liam Noble and Lee Collins both being denied by the keeper before Mullings pushed an effort inches wide in the final seconds.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Forest Green

Formation 5-3-2

  • 23Russell
  • 2Bennett
  • 16Fitzwater
  • 5Collins
  • 6MontheSubstituted forLairdat 103'minutes
  • 17WishartSubstituted forTraoréat 73'minutes
  • 8Noble
  • 10BrownSubstituted forMarsh-Brownat 58'minutes
  • 15Cooper
  • 33James
  • 9DoidgeSubstituted forMullingsat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Laird
  • 4Traoré
  • 7Marsh-Brown
  • 11Bugiel
  • 14Mullings
  • 18Evans
  • 24Pickering

MK Dons

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Nicholls
  • 25BrittainSubstituted forLewingtonat 105+2'minutes
  • 19Ebanks-LandellBooked at 37mins
  • 17DowningBooked at 112mins
  • 2WilliamsBooked at 45mins
  • 20Tshibola
  • 8CisséBooked at 28mins
  • 6Upson
  • 7Ariyibi
  • 15SeagerSubstituted forNombeat 80'minutes
  • 16MuirheadSubstituted forAgardat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lewington
  • 13Sietsma
  • 14Agard
  • 18McGrandles
  • 22Rasulo
  • 30Nombe
  • 31Thomas-Asante
Referee:
Anthony Backhouse
Attendance:
1,608

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home18
Away21
Shots on Target
Home9
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, MK Dons 1.

  2. Post update

    Second Half Extra Time ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, MK Dons 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Scott Laird (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Sam Nombe (MK Dons).

  6. Post update

    Charlie Cooper (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sam Nombe (MK Dons).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Shamir Mullings (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Lee Nicholls.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Keanu Marsh-Brown (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  13. Post update

    Lee Collins (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Sam Nombe (MK Dons).

  15. Post update

    Foul by Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers).

  16. Post update

    Gboly Ariyibi (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Drissa Traoré (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ed Upson (MK Dons).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Liam Noble (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  20. Booking

    Paul Downing (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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