Match ends, Crawley Town 0, Carlisle United 3.
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.
- 15DaviesSubstituted forSesayat 45'minutesBooked at 80mins
- 14AllarakhiaSubstituted forFrostat 73'minutes
- 39HessenthalerSubstituted forWattersat 65'minutes
- 7RileySubstituted forArmerat 90+2'minutes
- 8GuyBooked at 78mins
- 12MellishSubstituted forDevineat 90'minutes
- 9AlessandraSubstituted forReillyat 90+2'minutes
- 20ToureSubstituted forPatrickat 76'minutes
- Antony Coggins
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Crawley Town 0, Carlisle United 3.
Foul by Tom Nichols (Crawley Town).
Callum Guy (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Carlisle United. Jack Armer replaces Joe Riley.
Substitution, Carlisle United. Gavin Reilly replaces Lewis Alessandra.
Foul by Josh Doherty (Crawley Town).
Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Carlisle United. Joe Riley tries a through ball, but George Tanner is caught offside.
Substitution, Carlisle United. Daniel Devine replaces Jon Mellish.
Attempt missed. Tyler Frost (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Max Watters with a cross.
Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United).
Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).
Joshua Kayode (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Jake Hesketh (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Omari Patrick (Carlisle United).
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.
Foul by Ashley Nadesan (Crawley Town).
George Tanner (Carlisle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.