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Grimsby booked their place in the second round of the FA Cup for the first time in five seasons after coming from behind to beat MK Dons.

Kieran Agard put the League Two promotion contenders in front at Blundell Park, before goals from Elliot Embleton, Wes Thomas and Charles Vernam turned the tie around in the second half.

Agard opened the scoring after 23 minutes as he stole the ball off Danny Collins before slotting past home goalkeeper James McKeown.

It came after the same player had been expertly denied by McKeown, the League Two player of the month for October.

At the other end, Embleton saw two efforts saved by Lee Nicholls before going one better shortly after the break with a superb equaliser.

Thomas then put Grimsby ahead for the first time, chesting down in the box and prodding the ball under Nicholls.

It was 3-1 shortly afterwards when Vernam, a summer signing from Derby, found the top corner to complete Grimsby’s first cup victory since 2013-14.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Grimsby

  • 1McKeown
  • 27Hendrie
  • 24Davis
  • 6Collins
  • 12Famewo
  • 22EmbletonSubstituted forWoolfordat 90+1’minutes
  • 15Clifton
  • 7Hessenthaler
  • 30Pringle
  • 18VernamSubstituted forWelshat 77’minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 39ThomasSubstituted forCardwellat 86’minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hall-Johnson
  • 4Welsh
  • 11Cook
  • 16Woolford
  • 17Cardwell
  • 19Fox
  • 23Russell

MK Dons

  • 1Nicholls
  • 25Brittain
  • 4WalshBooked at 84mins
  • 26Cargill
  • 2WilliamsBooked at 73mins
  • 8Gilbey
  • 24HoughtonBooked at 57minsSubstituted forCisséat 79’minutes
  • 3Lewington
  • 14Agard
  • 10AnekeSubstituted forD’Athat 64’minutes
  • 32HealeySubstituted forSimpsonat 75’minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Cissé
  • 7Watson
  • 12Hancox
  • 19Simpson
  • 20D’Ath
  • 22Moore
  • 28Jackson
Referee:
Carl Boyeson
Attendance:1,991

Match Stats

Home TeamGrimsbyAway TeamMK Dons
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Grimsby Town 3, MK Dons 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Grimsby Town 3, MK Dons 1.

Attempt saved. Joe Walsh (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

John Welsh (Grimsby Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John Welsh (Grimsby Town).

Lawson D’Ath (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martyn Woolford (Grimsby Town).

Joe Walsh (MK Dons) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Martyn Woolford replaces Elliot Embleton.

Attempt missed. Joe Walsh (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. Harry Cardwell replaces Wes Thomas.

Dean Lewington (MK Dons) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jake Hessenthaler (Grimsby Town).

Attempt missed. Callum Brittain (MK Dons) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Joe Walsh (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Walsh (MK Dons).

Wes Thomas (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Lewington (MK Dons).

Ben Pringle (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ousseynou Cissé (MK Dons) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Joe Walsh (MK Dons).

Wes Thomas (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Ousseynou Cissé replaces Jordan Houghton.

Foul by Robbie Simpson (MK Dons).

Danny Collins (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Grimsby Town. John Welsh replaces Charles Vernam.

Attempt saved. Ben Pringle (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Robbie Simpson replaces Rhys Healey.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 3, MK Dons 1. Charles Vernam (Grimsby Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Harry Clifton.

Booking

George Williams (MK Dons) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Akin Famewo (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Williams (MK Dons).

Delay in match Akin Famewo (Grimsby Town) because of an injury.

Foul by Rhys Healey (MK Dons).

Akin Famewo (Grimsby Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, MK Dons. Conceded by Danny Collins.

Substitution

Substitution, MK Dons. Lawson D’Ath replaces Chuks Aneke.

Attempt blocked. Rhys Healey (MK Dons) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Grimsby Town 2, MK Dons 1. Wes Thomas (Grimsby Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

Corner, Grimsby Town. Conceded by Joe Walsh.

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