League Two
CrawleyCrawley Town0CarlisleCarlisle United3

Crawley Town 0-3 Carlisle United

Rhys Bennett scores Carlisle's opening goal
Rhys Bennett (left) scored the opening goal on his first league start for Carlisle

Crawley's 14-match unbeaten home league run came to an abrupt end when Carlisle ran out thoroughly deserved winners at the Broadfield Stadium.

To rub salt into the wound, this was the heaviest defeat under head coach John Yems, who side had not lost at home in the league for almost exactly a year.

Carlisle dominated for long periods and defender Rhys Bennett, drafted in for his full league debut, struck to give the Cumbrians the lead two minutes before the interval.

Bennett scored at the second attempt from close range after fit-again keeper Glenn Morris blocked his initial effort having previously kept out a shot from Gime Toure.

Striker Joshua Kayode, who scored for the Republic of Ireland Under 21s against Luxembourg in midweek, should have hit the target mid-way through the half when he shot weakly at Morris from a good position after Nick Anderton had set him up.

Carlisle had broken up their 348-mile trip to West Sussex by training on one of Aston Villa's grass pitches, and Lewis Alessandra and Toure both forced Morris to save before Bennett's opener.

Kayode doubled the lead ten minutes after the break with a clinical finish, slipping the ball past Morris after good work by George Tanner.

It got worse for Crawley on 63 minutes when keeper Morris could only parry a shot from Alessandra and Aaron Hayden poked the ball home from close range.

Crawley's woes were compounded when substitute David Sesay was sent off eight minutes time, receiving a straight red card for bringing down the on-rushing Omari Patrick on the edge of the area.

Match report supplied by PA Media.



  • 1Morris
  • 15DaviesSubstituted forSesayat 45'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 5McNerney
  • 24Craig
  • 3Doherty
  • 14AllarakhiaSubstituted forFrostat 73'minutes
  • 8Powell
  • 39HessenthalerSubstituted forWattersat 65'minutes
  • 29Hesketh
  • 10Nadesan
  • 16Nichols


  • 6Dallison-Lisbon
  • 11Frost
  • 18Sesay
  • 23Ashford
  • 26Galach
  • 36Watters
  • 37Nelson


  • 21Farman
  • 2Tanner
  • 6Hayden
  • 32Bennett
  • 3Anderton
  • 7RileySubstituted forArmerat 90+2'minutes
  • 8GuyBooked at 78mins
  • 12MellishSubstituted forDevineat 90'minutes
  • 14Kayode
  • 9AlessandraSubstituted forReillyat 90+2'minutes
  • 20ToureSubstituted forPatrickat 76'minutes


  • 1Norman
  • 4Devine
  • 5Hunt
  • 10Reilly
  • 11Patrick
  • 17Armer
  • 31Obiero
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Carlisle United 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Carlisle United 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Tom Nichols (Crawley Town).

  4. Post update

    Callum Guy (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Jack Armer replaces Joe Riley.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Gavin Reilly replaces Lewis Alessandra.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Josh Doherty (Crawley Town).

  8. Post update

    Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Carlisle United. Joe Riley tries a through ball, but George Tanner is caught offside.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Carlisle United. Daniel Devine replaces Jon Mellish.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyler Frost (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Max Watters with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

  15. Post update

    Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Jake Hesketh (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Omari Patrick (Carlisle United).

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Joe Riley (Carlisle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua Kayode.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town).

  20. Post update

    George Tanner (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.