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REPORT | MK DONS 1-5 CRAWLEY TOWN (1-8 AGGREGATE)

Reds book a place at Wembley for the first time in their history.

11 May 2024

Club News

REPORT | MK DONS 1-5 CRAWLEY TOWN (1-8 AGGREGATE)

Reds book a place at Wembley for the first time in their history.

11 May 2024

Crawley blew MK Dons away for the second time in a matter of days as a 5-1 victory at Stadium MK and an 8-1 win on aggregate booked them a place at Wembley for the first time in the club's hsitory.

Scott Lindsey's side had established a 3-0 first-leg lead in West Sussex on Tuesday night, and that was extended to 5-0 within the first half-hour in Buckinghamshire, courtesy of Jay Williams and Danilo Orsi.

Three minutes in, Williams stormed forward from midfield, pinched the ball from Alex Gilbey and squeezed a shot into the bottom left corner under pressure to send the away end of over 1,600 into raptures. MK enjoyed spells of possession after that, but they were passive with it and so it came as little surprise when Crawley - who looked like the home side - established a 5-0 aggregate lead with Orsi taking advantage of Dan Harvie's misjudging of a bounce and firing in his 22nd goal in all competitions this season.

Max Dean volleyed in to pull one back for the hosts to give the home side a glimmer of hope, which was slightly controversial, as the MK man was caught stamping on Williams by the Sky Sports cameras and was fortunate to avoid the attention of the officials.

Two minutes into the second half, Crawley had restored their two-goal cushion on the night in style, with Klaidi Lolos threading the ball to Liam Kelly, who squared for Orsi to nonchalantly roll in his second of the night. The shouts of 'ole' could be heard from the away section by this point.

Dean was then dealt some tough luck as he saw a penalty well-saved by Reds goalkeeper Corey Addai before Jack Roles came off the bench to smash in a fourth, shortly after he had crashed a shot off the left-hand post.

Orsi then turned in a Ronan Darcy cross in second-half stoppage time to complete his hat-trick and round off a thoroughly one-sided affair with the aggregate score reading 8-1 in favour of the mighty Red Devils. 

Not only did the Reds book their place at Wembley for the first time in their history, but they also broke the record for the biggest aggregate win in EFL Play-Off history. A truly remarkable night to be a fan of Crawley Town Football Club.

REDS XI: Addai, Forster (Gordon 42'), Conroy, Maguire, Wright (Mukena 46'), J.Kelly, L.Kelly, Williams (Tsaroulla 65'), Lolos (Roles 53'), Campbell (Darcy 53'), Orsi

Attendance: 10,053 (1,630)


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