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Fantastic Reds pick up three points against MK Dons.

15 August 2023

The Reds picked up another fantastic win at the Broadfield Stadium this evening with a win over MK Dons. Two brilliantly worked goals that were finished off by Nick Tsaroulla and Danilo Orsi were enough to secure Crawley all three points as Scott Lindsey's side continue their unbeaten start in League Two.

It was a reasonably slow start to the match as both sides looked to find their feet at the Broadfield Stadium. The first real dose of action came in the 8th minute when Dion Conroy was forced to make an excellently timed challenge to deny Jonathan Leko a clear goalscoring opportunity.

This seemed to awaken the Red Devils, who began to play some lovely football in dangerous areas of the pitch. Liam Kelly had Crawley’s first chance of the half as he forced a brilliant save from Craig MacGillivray with a strike from the edge of the box.

Dion Conroy was involved again from the resulting corner, as he was hauled down in the MK Dons penalty area. Everybody at the Broadfield Stadium thought it was a penalty, apart from the officials, who profusely waved away the protests.

The appeals were soon forgotten about when Nick Tsaroulla opened the scoring in the 15th minute. It was a fantastic goal from the Red Devils. Orsi linked up brilliantly with Liam Kelly, who played a perfect pass into the feet of the wing-back. Tsaroulla took a few steps towards goal and picked out the far top corner with a sensational finish.

Unfortunately, Crawley’s lead did not last long as Mo Eisa levelled the score in the 27th minute. A mistake in the middle of the park allowed Eisa to drive at goal. He had options to pass the ball but opted to go alone, and the decision proved to be the right one. Corey Addai got a big hand on the effort, but the ball slowly trickled into the back of the Crawley net.

The first half remained tightly contested, but the two sides entered the break level.

Crawley came out to the second half with a renewed sense of energy and re-took the lead with a brilliant goal in the 52nd minute. Substitute Adam Campbell produced a couple of brilliant touches to find space between a few MK Dons defenders. He then proceeded to slide the ball to Telford, who, with the deftest of touches, found Orsi free in the box. The striker dropped his shoulder and bent a beauty of an effort into the back of the net.

Crawley’s lead was almost doubled by Jay Williams, who came agonisingly close to netting his first Reds goal. A Will Wright free-kick was whipped into the danger area, and Jay Williams jumped higher than anyone and met the cross with good contact. The ball looked destined to loop into the back of the net, but the crossbar denied the defensive midfielder his maiden goal.

Crawley had to hold out for a further ten minutes but continued to create chances. Adam Campbell had a couple of bites at the cherry but could only find the side netting. 

This wasn’t to worry as the final whistle soon sounded to round off a brilliant victory to extend Crawley’s unbeaten run at the start of the League Two season. 

Crawley Town XI: Addai, Tsraoulla, Conroy, Wright, Ransom, Gordon (Campbell 47’), Williams, Kelly, Darcy (Khaleel 84’), Telford (Lolos 64’), Orsi

Attendance: 3282 (505 away)

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