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Balanta earns Dons points: Match Review

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Substitute Angelo Balanta's superb solo goal earned MK Dons their first point in four games in a 1-1 against Colchester.

Balanta curled home from long range in the 66th minute to cancel out Magnus Okuonghae's first-half opener for the U's, who remain unbeaten in League One.

Colchester tore the Dons to shreds in a scintillating first-half display and Anthony Wordsworth missed an early sitter when he slotted Ashley Vincent's pin-point low cross wide from five yards.

David Mooney glanced a near-post header just wide and Wordsworth's deflected free-kick flew inches past the post before Okuonghae finally put the Us ahead on 25 minutes.

Wordsworth's corner kick fizzed through a crowded box and Okuonghae ran onto it to drill a fierce first-time shot low past keeper David Martin from 15 yards.

The Dons seized control after the break and Danny Woodards' close-range flick was blocked on the goal-line by Andy Bond, while Dean Lewington headed wide from nine yards.

Vincent almost doubled Colchester's lead when he lashed a 25-yard shot against the crossbar.

But Balanta equalised for the Dons when he ran at Us full-back John White and exquisitely curled the ball past keeper Mark Cousins from 22 yards.

Vincent and substitutes Kayode Odejayi and Liam Henderson all went close to winning it for Colchester in a frantic finale.

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John White
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Liam Henderson
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Kayode Odejayi
Dean Lewington
Mark Cousins
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