Match ends, Cambridge United 2, Crawley Town 0.
Cambridge took their League Two play-off challenge to the final day of the season with victory over Crawley.
Defender Scott Wharton gave the U's the lead against the run of play 10 minutes before half-time, glancing Harrison Dunk's corner across Glenn Morris and into the net.
Cambridge had previously been saved by the post when Andre Blackman's effort from distance bounced back off the inside of Will Norris' upright, before Norris produced a superb stop to keep out Jimmy Smith's effort from the edge of the box.
After the interval, Leon Legge nearly doubled the lead with another header from a corner, only for substitute keeper Yusuf Mersin to turn his effort over the bar.
With a minute to play, United sub Gerry McDonagh ran through on goal and was brought down by Josh Payne, who was sent off, with Luke Berry sealing the win from the subsequent penalty.
Shaun Derry's side must win at Wycombe next weekend to have any chance of making the top seven, while hoping for favourable results elsewhere.
Match report supplied by the Press Association
- 6LeggeBooked at 45mins
- 24NewtonSubstituted forMcDonaghat 28'minutesBooked at 62mins
- 21ElitoSubstituted forWilliamsonat 84'minutes
- 12MorrisSubstituted forMersinat 45'minutes
- 14BlackmanBooked at 45mins
- 4PayneBooked at 89mins
- 24DjalóBooked at 43minsSubstituted forHarroldat 60'minutes
- 7BoldewijnSubstituted forRobertsat 60'minutes
- 8SmithBooked at 82mins
- Brett Huxtable
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Cambridge United 2, Crawley Town 0.
Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Lewis Young.
Goal! Cambridge United 2, Crawley Town 0. Luke Berry (Cambridge United) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Josh Payne (Crawley Town) is shown the red card for violent conduct.
Penalty Cambridge United. Gerry McDonagh draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Josh Payne (Crawley Town) after a foul in the penalty area.
Attempt missed. Ben Williamson (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.
Attempt blocked. Gerry McDonagh (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Ben Williamson (Cambridge United).
Mark Connolly (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Substitution, Cambridge United. Ben Williamson replaces Medy Elito.
Foul by James Dunne (Cambridge United).
Matt Harrold (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).
Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Greg Taylor.
Brad Halliday (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Roberts (Crawley Town).