Red Rewind: York strikers destroy Dons
Manager Martin Foyle had made four changes with midfielders Alex Lawless, Levi Mackin and Chris Carruthers each recalled, in addition to striker Rankine. That meant Paul Harsley, Courtney Pitt and Michael Gash were relegated to the bench and Jamie Clarke left out altogether.
A minute's applause was held in memory of one of the club's most legendary players, former 'Happy Wanderer' Sid Storey, whose passing was announced earlier in the day. And within just 32 seconds the Minstermen displayed their own personal respects as Rankine determinedly held off his marker from Neil Barrett's flighted delivery and drove underneath goalkeeper James Pullen.
The Dons responded with Kennedy Adjei directing a speculative chip straight towards Michael Ingham while City's leading marksman Brodie turned sharply and blazed into the David Longhurst Stand.
The visitors then produced their first serious moment of danger on the quarter-hour when on loan striker Nathan Elder looped a header behind before Carruthers chipped wide in reply.
Moments later and the hosts were given a chance to add to their lead when Brodie was brought down inside the area by Ben Judge after Rankine headed on Ingham's clearance. Brodie suitably side-footed his penalty off the inside of the post for his twenty-eighth goal of the season.
Wimbledon replied as Steve Gregory dragged an effort wide from outside the area. But just five minutes later it was 3-0 with Barrett's glorious through ball allowing Brodie to round the keeper and add his second goal of the evening.
Again the Dons tried to match it as Elder was wide of the mark before Glenn Poole crossed for the same player to head another opportunity off-target. Poole also had an attempt blocked at the expense of a corner.
But the action soon reverted to the other end with Lawless sending in two-goal Brodie to crash another shot marginally wide. However, Barrett's push on Luke Moore offered the visitors a dangerous free-kick from which his own driven attempt was superbly thwarted low by Ingham.
The Minstermen were then awarded another penalty ten minutes prior to the interval as Lawless and James Meredith combined before Carruthers' cross found Brodie again being taken down by Paul Lorraine. Brodie calmly sent his penalty into the same place for goal number thirty of the season.
The Dons soon had a chance to reply with Adjei delivering for Elder to head wide, with York right-back Ben Purkiss then surging forward and drilling behind from 30-yards. Carruthers also tried his luck from distance.
Former Northern Ireland international Ingham made another great save from Poole's 25-yard shot just before the break, while Barrett surged onwards and released Brodie to cross for Rankine to head wide in the final action of a simply brilliant half of attacking football.
Not surprisingly Wimbledon made a change at the break when withdrawing the already cautioned Lorraine, although Lawless was quickly racing forward and almost finding Rankine, while fine covering at the opposite end by David McGurk denied Elder.
Home keeper Ingham then gathered a Moore chip before Carruthers was taken down by Jay Conroy. From the ensuing free-kick delivered by Lawless, it was Rankine's shot that was blocked inside the area and eventually lashed wide by Barrett before Brodie's clever through ball almost released Carruthers.
The Minstermen continued to pour forward with Rankine heading a Purkiss cross straight at Pullen. Indeed attacks were coming from all directions and Lawless' delivery almost produced a volley for Carruthers before a timely diversion helped the ball towards safety.
Home left-back Meredith was next to try his luck with a fierce 30-yard drive that only just cleared Pullen's left-hand upright, while Barrett released the attacking Meredith, whose swift exchange with Lawless very nearly opened up the visitors' over-worked defence again.
It was continuing to be an incredibly open game and Moore almost sent in Elder before their opponents retaliated as Brodie supplied Lawless to fire straight at the keeper from the edge of the area. Poole then despatched a 30-yard free-kick behind for the visitors.
Midway through the second-half and Meredith's ball over the top released the marauding Brodie to again leave his marker and drag his shot wide before Elder went over without reward in the home area.
But City were back on the scoresheet with twenty minutes remaining as Lawless supplied Carruthers, whose whipped cross was missed by Brodie and eventually forced in at the second attempt by the delighted Rankine.
York boss Foyle made a double-change moments later with hat-trick hero Brodie and Barrett being taken off and replaced by Gash and Harsley. Carruthers soon crossed for Lawless to have a shot deflected away before the always ambitious Poole forced a routine long-range collection from Ingham.
The Minstermen completed their final change as Adam Smith came on for Lawless. He immediately supplied for the diving Gash to head a glorious chance wide of the far post from six-yards, while fellow replacement Harsley's corner was almost turned in before Ricky Wellard cut inside and screwed wide for the visitors.
The fabulous hosts again went really close in added time as Purkiss' cross was brought down by Gash and Harsley blasted over the bar; that at the end of a truly glorious evening of entertainment in which the comprehensive victors had spectacularly moved themselves into fourth place in the table.
York City: Ingham, Purkiss, McGurk, Graham, Meredith, Lawless (Smith 83), Mackin, Barrett (Harsley 76), Carruthers, Brodie (Gash 75), Rankine
subs (unused): Parslow, Pitt
Goals: Rankine (1, 70), Brodie (pen 17, 22, pen 35)
AFC Wimbledon: Pullen, Conroy, Judge, Lorraine (Johnson 46), Blanchett, Poole, Adjei, Gregory (Duncan 76), Wellard, Moore, Elder (Hatton 71)
subs (unused): Brown
Ref: M. Naylor (Sheffield)
Att: 2,667 (123 Wimbledon)
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