Wimbledon rise to the occasion!
the same division as the club their fans still refuse to acknowledge, MK Dons, created when the old Wimbledon was so controversially relocated.
“I am looking forward to playing in League One,” Ardley added. “It was inevitable that if we continued being successful our paths would cross in league games.
“There will be an edge to the MK Dons games, but they are just two games towards our points tally.”
Plymouth finished two places and six points ahead of the Dons but seemed to be overawed by the occasion in front of a 30,000-strong Green Army.
“We didn’t perform well enough,” admitted manager Derek Adams. “Credit to Wimbledon, but we are disappointed not to have won.
“It wasn’t an exciting game and we probably played into Wimbledon’s hands a bit, we didn’t trouble their goalkeeper enough.
“It’s a huge disappointment to come here and not show people what we can do. We are disappointed but we’ve come a long way with a threadbare squad and it’s testament to the players to have even got here today.”
With 1988 heroes Lawrie Sanchez and Dave Beasant watching from the stands, Wimbledon deserved their victory as Plymouth, playing in front of an impressive 30,000 Green Army, seemed overawed by the occasion.
Amid the poor control and mis-placed passes from Argyle, one nervous clearance from Callum Kennedy’s free-kick almost fell to Taylor six yards out, but he could not get enough on the ball.
Taylor then saw an angled shot deflected into the sidenetting, Jake Reeves sent a volley wide and Kennedy’s drive was held by goalkeeper Luke McCormick.
All Argyle had to show for a pedestrian first half was a Graham Carey effort which flew well over Kelle Roos’ crossbar.
The Dons, by contrast showing no signs of nerves, surged forward again after the break and Andy Barcham’s goalbound volley was charged down before Tom Elliott’s header was deflected over.
Veteran midfielder Dannie Bulman should have set up Barcham for the opener on the hour but made a mess of a simple square pass and the chance disappeared.
Plymouth finally forced a save from Dons keeper Roos when Carey curled in a freekick which the Dutchman palmed around his post.
Roos dealt with tame headers from Peter Hartley and Craig Tanner before Dons boss Neal Ardley sent on man mountain Akinfenwa.
The striker known as ‘the Beast’ promptly helped his side win a corner, and although Kennedy’s delivery was poor the ball came back out to him on the left wing.
This time Kennedy swung in an inviting ball which Taylor needed the slightest of touches to guide past McCormick and send the Dons fans wild.
Akinfenwa almost grabbed a second but his header was palmed over by McCormick before, deep into stoppage time, substitute Adebayo Azeez was tripped in the area by Jordon Forster. The big man demanded the ball and tucked away the penalty to really get the party started.
Wimbledon’s Lyle Taylor celebrates after giving Wimbledon the lead.