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Final Third Development League digest

11 December 2014

A week of Cup action featured wins for Brighton, AFC Wimbledon, Derby and Scunthorpe.

Final Third Development League Cup – Southern Group A

Brighton & Hove Albion secured a comfortable 2-0 victory against Milton Keynes Dons at Culver Road in their first Final Third Development League Cup outing.

Jesse Starkey got the ball rolling in the 12th minute for the Seagulls, scoring a low effort, while Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Glen Rea added a second on the hour mark.

There was a top-of-the-table clash between AFC Wimbledon and Luton Town on Monday evening and it was the Dons who prevailed to move clear at the summit.

Jamal Branker scored the only goal of a hard-fought game for the hosts and that means they have won two from two, to top the table, three points clear of the Hatters, Milton Keynes Dons and Brighton.

Final Third Development League Cup – Southern Group B

In Southern Group B, Portsmouth and Newport County played out an exciting 2-2 draw.

Chris Zebroski scored the opener from the penalty spot for Newport before Ben Close and Conor Chaplin netted to put Pompey ahead in the second half.

That wasn’t the end of the scoring, though, as the visiting Exiles were awarded their second penalty of the match in the 88th minute, and Rene Howe stepped up confidently to convert.

Final Third Development League Cup – Northern Group B

Jamie Hanson and Ivan Calero scored in either half as Derby County overcame Northern Group B leaders Rotherham United 2-0.

Hanson’s effort was a well-placed free-kick, while Calero’s in the second half was a low, left-footed strike, and the result followed the Rams’ 5-1 mauling of Mansfield in their previous Cup game and saw them go level on points with the Millers.

Final Third Development League Cup – Northern Group C

Scunthorpe United hauled themselves off the bottom of Northern Group C with a 1-0 victory against Hartlepool United.

The Iron lost their first Final Third Development League Cup game of the campaign but improved against Pools to win 1-0, with Kyle Wootton on target for the only goal of the afternoon.

The result moved them above Gateshead in their Cup group on goal difference.

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