Ben House looks to continue his goal a game form against the Dons today in the clubs first-ever meeting in their history. Will he be able to make it six in six for The Spitfires today against a much tougher opponent? Luke Costello will be taking you through the action as it happens.
MK Dons have failed to make it out of the first round of the FA Cup for the past three years, whereas Eastleigh, who compete two leagues below the League One side in the National League, made it to the second round last season. Eastleigh come into this game full of confidence after a 2-1 win in their last game against Bromley continuing their great start to the season which sees them in sixth place in the National League. Can the Spitfires carry over their hot form into the cup and cause an upset against a Dons side who have struggled early in the season?
Cameron Jerome will be looking to use his Premier League experience to get a win for The Dons today against a side that will not have dealt with many players of his calibre in the past, will he prove too difficult to deal with for the Eastleigh defence?
Eastleigh line up:
MK Dons line up:
The players stand together around centre circle to remember the brave soldiers who lost and risked their lives during the First World War. Lest we Forget.
The Dons in red getting the ball rolling after the players take the knee. Very nice to see this message spread through all levels of English football.
1″ Eastleigh begin the game with a dangerous attack with Joe Tomlinson putting a teasing ball into the box.
Eastleigh looking dangerous on the wings early having two attacks down either flanks, no crosses trouble the MK Dons defence.
4″ A good ball from Dean Lewington leads to an MK Dons corner after Daniel Harvie’s cross is blocked.
5″ Dons’ Louis Thompson hits the side netting from a drilled shot.
9″ House gets played through early and is just out-muscled in the box and Eastleigh win a corner. Easily could have scored there.
Eastleigh are looking very confident and motivated today, a very fast pace has been set early, it’s looking like it could be a very exciting game.
14″ Lasse Sorensen drills a dangerous ball into the box for The Dons after some good play down the left wing, dealt with well by Joe McDonnell.
15″ Carlton Morris uses good skill to beat the Spitfire’s left back and puts another drilled ball into the box that is gobbled up by the keeper.
The corner wasted by Sorensen.
17″ Harvie is called offside after a looping ball in behind.
19″ Morris takes a curved shot from the left-hand side of the box after a good spell of possession for The Dons. Safe hands from McDonnell again.
MK Dons have started to come into the game now, controlling possession, creating chances and not allowing Eastleigh any space.
22″ Goal kick for Eastleigh after Morris’ cross loops over everyone and out.
23″ Morris wins the ball off Alex Wynter and breaks away down the left but plays a heavy pass out of play. The left side is looking like the main threat for The Dons.
Eastleigh are getting their best chances from long balls over the top, MK Dons’ defence seem to be struggling a little bit with the physicality and pace of the Spitfire players.
27″ Eastleigh waste a free-kick after trying to take a quick one. Good idea but a miscommunication between the teammates.
Dons captain Lewington has made over 800 appearances for the club, including appearances for Wimbledon. What a club hero.
32″ Lewington puts a whipped ball into the box which is attacked by The Dons attack but a foul is given.
35″ Ben House is booked after a very rash challenge on the edge of the box. Morris and Sorensen are stood over the ball.
36″ Terrible free-kick, chance wasted.
Eastleigh have struggled to carve out a clear cut chance for a while now, the quality gap is starting to show as MK Dons are dominating this game.
40″ Great fake shot by Harvie sends the defender to the shops, the following cross is blocked.
43″ Thompson cuts inside twice with two good bits of skill, another foul is given in a dangerous area. Poole stands over this one.
44″ Once again, a terrible free-kick. MK Dons may live to regret not taking these very good chances.
45″ Jack Payne drills a long range effort that hits the side netting, very close to going in through a crowd of players. First real chance for Eastleigh in 15 minutes.
Half time. 0-0 here.
The Spitfires kick off the second half.
47″ Stephen Walker uses a nice Ronaldo Chop to create some space for a shot a wins a corner for The Dons.
Eastleigh have scored 13 of their 18 goals this season, are we in for some late FA Cup drama?
50″ Yellow card for Morris as he brings down House.
52″ House has a golden opportunity that you would expect him to put away given his form, he absolutely drags the shot though.
55″ Walker is looking like MK Dons main attacking threat so far, running at the Eastleigh defenders with pace and creating chances. He’s won a corner here.
56″ Morris’ header cannons off the post from Harvie’s great corner, great chance to be ahead again for Milton Keynes.
Eastleigh look happy to allow MK Dons to keep possession and carve out chances, they need to get a good spell of possession under their belt.
61″ Substitution for MK Dons, Ben Gladwin on for Harvie.
Ben Gladwin has played for 15 clubs in his career so far, bit of a Football League journeyman.
65″ Thompson takes the ball past Wynter with ease but plays a poor pass instead of pulling the trigger, another good chance gone begging for Milton Keynes.
68″ Double substitution as Scott Frazer and Matthew Sorinola come on for Thompson and Warren O’Hora.
71″ Free-kick lumped into the box by Eastleigh which is met by Boyce again, no real contact though and the ball trickles out for a goal kick.
73″ Morris played through beautifully by Walker but he absolutely shanks his effort from close range. Where was the composure?
76″ Substitution for The Spitfires, Dan Smith makes way for Tyrone Barnett.
80″ Barnett involved early, whipping in a menacing ball which is dealt with easily by the MK Dons defence.
If this game stays goalless it will go on to extra time and penalties if needed, it will be interesting to see how Eastleigh deal with the attacking bombardment that they about to face in these last 10 minutes.
84″ Barnett wins another header after a long pumped ball, he looks to be a threat if players start to gamble off him.
86″ Walker uses great trickery like he has all game to get away from Payne but he tries to shoot through too much traffic and the danger is cleared.
87″ Eastleigh have just had a golden opportunity to score again but the chances keep falling to defenders. Wynter misses a free header from no more than six years, easily saved by Lee Nicholls.
Eastleigh are trying to run the clock down whenever they get the ball, they’re happy to play for extra time.
90+3″ Walker’s shot is blocked by Boyce and the game comes to an end.
Full time. 0-0 here at the Silverlake Stadium and extra time awaits.
Eastleigh kick off extra time, who has what it takes to advance to the second round of the FA Cup?
93″ Extra time is started off with a comfortable piece of possession by MK Dons, no real chances yet.
94″ McDonnell makes another comfortable save, he hasn’t been properly tested at all this game.
95″ Sam Smart latches onto a cleared ball for Eastleigh, Nicholls reads the cross well and pounces on it.
96″ Substitution for MK Dons, Jay Bird comes on for Sorensen.
98″ Walker finally tests McDonnell with a shot from outside the box that stings the palms of the Eastleigh keeper but dealt with relatively easily.
101″ Walker uses good strength to get down the left-wing, Smart is starting to get exploited down that flank as he hasn’t stopped running all game.
103″ Poole unleashes a thunderbolt from long range that is tipped over the bar by McDonnell.
Eastleigh have no players in the opposition’s half, they have 11 men behind the ball and are trying to take this game to penalties.
Half time in extra time. 0-0.
Milton Keynes kick off the second half extra time.
107″ McDonnell with another fantastic save! Lewington’s shot look destined for the bottom right corner but the keeper parries it away.
109″ Walker is down with a head injury, players will be using this time to get water onboard and catch their breath.
112″ Danny Hollands really showing what the FA Cup means to these Eastleigh players, he just headed the ball whilst he was on the ground and a Dons player was about to kick it. Great commitment.
115″ Freekick given to Eastleigh after a dangerous spell of Milton Keynes possession on the edge of The Spitfire’s box. Small rest bite for the Eastleigh players.
The Eastleigh players will be confident going into penalties after their keeper’s performance today, he has been excellent.
120″ Tom Bearwish throws his body on the line and gets kicked instead of the ball, free kick for Eastleigh as we look to go into penalties.
Full time + extra time. 0-0.
Barnett takes the first penalty for Eastleigh
Poole takes the first penalty for MK Dons
Cav Miley for Eastleigh
Gladwin for the Dons
Third penalty for Eastleigh taken by Tomlinson
Next for the Dons is Morris
Pierce Bird for Eastleigh
Stephen Walker for MK
Next up for Eastleigh it’s Bearwish.
Frazer can win it for the Dons here
Full time. 0-0. MK Dons win 4-3 on penalties.
Heartbreak for Eastleigh as they ran themselves into the ground for 120 minutes against a team two divisions above them to have the game snatched on penalties. So unfortunate but that’s the FA Cup, MK Dons advance to the second round for the first time in three years after dominating Eastleigh for the entirety of the game, a well-deserved victory for Russell Martin’s men.