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Lolos' late strike secures Crawley all three points at the Broadfield Stadium.

16 September 2023

Crawley picked up another fantastic victory in Sky Bet League Two this afternoon with late drama as Klaidi Lolos smashed a 95th-minute winner into the back of the Tranmere net with only minutes left to play. Crawley had fallen behind twice in the fixture but showed great resilience to come from behind and claim all three points.

The Reds survived an early scare as Connor Jennings flashed an effort over the bar inside the opening ten minutes. Scott Lindsey’s side certainly hadn’t started as well as they had in their previous outing, as Tranmere looked feisty in the opening changes.

The visitor's persistence paid off as Charlie Jolley put his side ahead in the 21st minute. There was a great deal of confusion as many thought that Jolley was offside when he received the ball, but the linesman kept his flag down, and Jolley rounded Addai before smashing the ball into the back of the net.

Crawley started to play some great football towards the end of the first half as they searched for an equaliser. There were plenty of chances for the Reds before the break, but Tranmere nullified the attacks well, which seemed to frustrate many of the players and fans at the Broadfield Stadium.

Corey Addai kept Crawley in the game at the start of the second half with a fantastic save in the first minute of play. Goalscorer Jolley raced through on goal, but the Crawley goalkeeper stood firm and palmed an effort to safety.

Scott Lindsey’s side kept the pressure high and got their reward on the hour mark as Ronan Darcy pulled things level. Laurence Maguire and Nick Tsaroulla linked up well, which allowed the latter to pull the ball back to Darcy, who slotted the ball into the back of the net to score his first Crawley goal.

Just as things started to look up, Tranmere took the lead again. Only six minutes after Darcy’s leveller, Sam Taylor had restored his side's lead with a tidy finish from inside the penalty area.

This wasn’t to matter, however, as Tsaroulla levelled things up just two minutes later. The ball fell kindly to the wing-back, who took his chance well with an accurate finish that caught Tranmere goalkeeper Luke McGee off guard. 

The momentum had now swung firmly in Crawley’s favour, but Tranmere looked destined to hold on for a point. 

However, Klaidi Lolos and the Red Devils had other ideas. The ball was fed to Lolos on the edge of the box, and the attacker shimmied inside his man to create himself an opening before rocketing a beauty of an effort into the bottom corner to send the Broadfield Stadium into pandemonium.

REDS XI: Addai, Darcy, Johnson (Henry 83’), Wright, Maguire, Tsaroulla, Gladwin (Lolos 73’), Kelly (Omole 98’), Conroy, Campbell (Roles 83’), Orsi

Attendance: 2951 (285 away)

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