AFC Wimbledon U-18s 2 Cheltenham Town U-18s 5
ZACK Kotwica fired a hat-trick as Cheltenham Town progressed to the third round of the FA Youth Cup at AFC Wimbledon.
They needed extra-time to see off the ten-man Dons, who led 2-1 with 88 minutes on the clock, but Kotwica's first took the tie to extra-time, during which he completed his treble along with a goal from Owen Donaghue as Wimbledon wilted.
Their reward is a home tie against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday, December 18.
In terrible conditions at Kingsmeadow, both teams struggled with the strong wind and rain.
Yousef Bamba put Wimbledon ahead in the 20th minute, but Spencer Hamilton levelled, forcing the ball over the line after a corner on the right from Adam Powell three minutes later.
Dons skipper Dan Pearse was sent off for a challenge on Joe Hanks in the 55th minute, but Bamba restored Wimbledon's advantage in the 81st minute.
Substitute Donaghue set up Kotwica who saved Cheltenham with two minutes on the clock and th young Robins then ran away with it.
AFC Wimbledon: J Greenaway (B Bishop 34); G Hayden (H Basker 95), O Daley, O Roberts, M Cunnington; Y Bamba, D Pearse, C Jacquart, C Fayers, S Baffour (K Tarbie 60); C Oakley. Subs not used: C Craig, C Vleitinck.
Cheltenham Town: D Reaney; K Thomas (L Hitchman 106), M Gonzalo, S Hamilton, C Marshall; Z Kotwica, J Hanks, H Williams, A Powell (E Williams 86), J Bowen (O Donaghue 84); B Dale. Subs not used: H Rivers, L Morana.
REFEREE: Christopher O’Donnell.
STAR MAN: Zack Kotwica.
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