Dons defeat lowly Rochdale

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:17

Dons defeat lowly Rochdale

Brian Barry-Murphy handed Dale a shock early lead in the League One clash at stadium:mk but further first-half goals from Adam Smith, Charlie MacDonald and Mark Beevers sealed the Dons’ second successive win.
Rochdale opened the scoring after eight minutes when Dons keeper David Martin misjudged Barry-Murphy’s inswinging free-kick from an acute angle and allowed the ball to loop inside the far post.
But the Dons came roaring back into the game with three goals in 15 minutes before half-time.
Smith sparked the comeback with a 35-yard screamer into the top corner and then MacDonald turned in Daniel Powell’s cross from close range, before Beevers scrambled in Luke Chadwick’s low cross after 32 minutes.
Dale battled back after the break and Barry-Murphy curled a 25-yard free-kick over the bar and Ashley Grimes fired straight at Martin.

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