Jack Rudoni’s stunning late strike gave AFC Wimbledon a vital three points in their battle against relegation as they beat Gillingham at Plough Lane.
After 89 scrappy minutes in which neither side had looked particularly likely to score, Rudoni unleashed a powerful drive into the top corner from 25 yards to win the game.
The home side had the better chances in a poor first half, with Ethan Chislett firing over from six yards and Ryan Longman forcing a fine save from Jack Bonham on the stroke of half-time.
Gillingham failed to muster a single shot on target in the first half but did improve after the break.
Half-time substitute Jordan Graham stung Sam Walker’s palms moments after coming on, Robbie Cundy and Connor Ogilvie saw headers fly just wide and Vadaine Oliver might have done better with a stabbed effort after a scramble.
But out of nothing, Rudoni’s wonder goal earned Mark Robinson’s side all three points in his first home game as permanent manager, moving the Dons on to 28 points.
Match report supplied by PA Media
- 11ChislettSubstituted forMcLoughlinat 82′minutes
- 29LongmanSubstituted forOsewat 90+1′minutes
- 14McKenzieSubstituted forO’Keefeat 45′minutesBooked at 90mins
- 21O’ConnorSubstituted forJohnsonat 84′minutes
- 11LeeSubstituted forGrahamat 45′minutes
- Paul Howard
Match ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Gillingham 0.
Second Half ends, AFC Wimbledon 1, Gillingham 0.
Attempt blocked. George Dobson (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Hand ball by Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon).
Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jack Tucker (Gillingham).
Stuart O’Keefe (Gillingham) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Paul Osew replaces Ryan Longman.
Goal! AFC Wimbledon 1, Gillingham 0. Jack Rudoni (AFC Wimbledon) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Shane McLoughlin.
Foul by Jack Rudoni (AFC Wimbledon).
Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Darnell Johnson (AFC Wimbledon).
Tyreke Johnson (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Gillingham. Tyreke Johnson replaces Thomas O’Connor.
Darnell Johnson (AFC Wimbledon) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Robbie Cundy (Gillingham).
Substitution, AFC Wimbledon. Shane McLoughlin replaces Ethan Chislett.
Foul by Ethan Chislett (AFC Wimbledon).
Stuart O’Keefe (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Joe Pigott (AFC Wimbledon).