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Carlisle United 2-3 Milton Keynes Dons

A sparkling second-half display earned MK Dons victory at Carlisle in a battle of two League Two promotion hopefuls.

It was level at the break as Stefan Scougall's penalty for Carlisle cancelled out a Conor McGrandles opener for the visitors.

However, the Dons got on top with a couple of excellent strikes from Jake Hesketh and Kieran Agard before Hallam Hope netted a late consolation for the home side.

Two goals in the space of three minutes early on brought the game to life with Carlisle replying quickly to McGrandles's 11th-minute strike for Dons.

Dean Lewington's cross into the box prompted a slip by Carlisle defender Peter Grant and McGrandles took the ball smartly on his chest and made room before firing a low left foot shot past Adam Collin.

Carlisle were awarded a penalty when Scougall was brought down inside the area by Baily Cargill and he dusted himself down to coolly tuck away the spot-kick.

There was a scare for Carlisle when Hesketh nearly caught out Collin with a looping cross that bounced off the top of the crossbar.

The visitors regained the lead in the 69th minute when Gary Liddle failed to deal with a ball from Chuks Aneke and Hesketh pounced to curl past Collin from just inside the area.

Paul Tisdale's side extended their advantage in the 77th minute following a great move involving Agard, Hesketh and Alex Gilbey which left the former with a simple close-range finish.

Hope hammered home to give Carlisle a chance of salvaging a draw but they were unable to prevent a second successive defeat.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Carlisle

  • 30Collin
  • 4Liddle
  • 5Gerrard
  • 18Grant
  • 2Miller
  • 16ThomasSubstituted forMcCarronat 67'minutes
  • 15SlaterSubstituted forCullenat 66'minutes
  • 21Etuhu
  • 17O'Hare
  • 22ScougallSubstituted forKennedyat 81'minutes
  • 9Hope

Substitutes

  • 7Kennedy
  • 8Jones
  • 11Glendon
  • 13Cullen
  • 19Simpson
  • 27McCarron
  • 29Gray

MK Dons

  • 22MooreBooked at 81mins
  • 4Walsh
  • 16Martin
  • 26CargillBooked at 14minsSubstituted forAnekeat 45'minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 25Brittain
  • 18McGrandlesBooked at 60mins
  • 6Cissé
  • 3Lewington
  • 11HeskethSubstituted forWalkerat 88'minutes
  • 8Gilbey
  • 14AgardSubstituted forWheelerat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Nicholls
  • 5Baudry
  • 10Aneke
  • 21Wheeler
  • 24Houghton
  • 33Harley
  • 34Walker
Referee:
Peter Wright
Attendance:
10,459

Match Stats

Home TeamCarlisleAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home17
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Carlisle United 2, MK Dons 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Carlisle United 2, MK Dons 3.

Attempt missed. Kelvin Etuhu (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. David Wheeler (MK Dons) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Callum Brittain.

Foul by Kelvin Etuhu (Carlisle United).

Conor McGrandles (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 2, MK Dons 3. Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gary Liddle with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Kelvin Etuhu (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Stephen Walker replaces Jake Hesketh.

Foul by Liam McCarron (Carlisle United).

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Miller (Carlisle United).

Callum Brittain (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Chuks Aneke (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Gary Liddle (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chuks Aneke (MK Dons).

Gary Miller (Carlisle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Wheeler (MK Dons).

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Jason Kennedy replaces Stefan Scougall.

Booking

Stuart Moore (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. David Wheeler replaces Kieran Agard.

Attempt missed. Peter Grant (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.

Corner, Carlisle United. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jake Hesketh (MK Dons).

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 1, MK Dons 3. Kieran Agard (MK Dons) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Alex Gilbey.

Attempt missed. Mark Cullen (Carlisle United) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Callum O'Hare (Carlisle United).

Kieran Agard (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hallam Hope (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ousseynou Cissé (MK Dons).

Foul by Stefan Scougall (Carlisle United).

Jake Hesketh (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Adam Collin.

Attempt saved. Alex Gilbey (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Carlisle United 1, MK Dons 2. Jake Hesketh (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Liam McCarron replaces Nathan Thomas.

Substitution

Substitution, Carlisle United. Mark Cullen replaces Regan Slater.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Hallam Hope.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Lincoln City321711457332462
2Bury33179763392460
3Mansfield331513548262258
4MK Dons33168953341956
5Forest Green331412750321854
6Colchester331581053361753
7Carlisle331641352411152
8Exeter32149943321151
9Stevenage33146133842-448
10Oldham3212101050391146
11Tranmere321210104540546
12Grimsby33144153739-246
13Crewe33137133942-346
14Swindon321210103841-346
15Newport31127123949-1043
16Northampton33815104145-439
17Crawley33115173646-1038
18Cambridge32106162950-2136
19Cheltenham3298153649-1335
20Port Vale3289152739-1233
21Morecambe3288163350-1732
22Yeovil3379173246-1430
23Macclesfield3378183455-2129
24Notts County32610163361-2828
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