Gillingham 1-4 MK Dons: Dons win again as O'Keefe sees red
Stuart O'Keefe's first half red card changed the game | Photo by James Chance - Getty Images

MK Dons defeated Gillingham in League One action on Saturday to keep up their good form and heap more misery onto Gillingham.

After Vadaine Oliver gave the Gills the lead, a first half red card for Stuart O'Keefe allowed Scott Twine, Peter KiosoTroy Parrott and Max Watters to secure the three points for the Dons.

Story of the match

First half

Kyle Dempsey almost got Gillingham off to the perfect start when he forced Andrew Fisher into a low save early, before Jamie Cumming had to be alert to prevent Troy Parrott from opening the scoring at the other end.

The game continued in a fluid fashion and Vadaine Oliver gave Gillingham the lead just after 20 minutes. After good skill from Kyle Dempsey and a blocked shot by Alex MacDonald, the latter chipped a neat cross to the back post where Oliver found himself unmarked and headed home to give the hosts the lead.

Soon after, however, the game turned on its head. Stuart O’Keefe was adjudged to have brought down Scott Twine in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. O’Keefe received a second yellow card and therefore a red in the process before the penalty was taken.

Chelsea loanee Jamie Cumming saved Twine’s penalty, but the midfielder put in the rebound the square things up.

Twine began to receive some hate from the stands as he hit the deck again, but his team were soon ahead when Peter Kioso added a second for the visitors. After the wide man was fed the ball on the right, he turned David Tutonda inside out and fired high past Cumming into the roof of the net for the goal.

Second half

Troy Parrott missed a good chance at the start of the second half as Gillingham switched things up at the break, before a couple more chances went amiss for the visitors.

Gerald Sithole thought he’d won a penalty when he hit the deck when contesting with Fisher, but the referee waved play on. Vadaine Oliver then tried to reach a ball back to the ‘keeper, but could only poke an effort straight at Fisher and the forward was denied.

Oliver produced a great save from Fisher on the volley, as Gillingham continued to fight, and Robbie McKenzie and Max Ehmer then had efforts blocked in the box from the resulting corner.

Jamie Cumming saved low from Troy Parrott as Gillingham began to take a few risks, and the risks didn’t pay off as a Max Ehmer own goal via a Troy Parrott cross secured the victory for MK Dons late on in the match.

Max Watters added to Gillingham's misery late on, firing home at the second time of asking, and MK ran out heavy victors in the end.

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