Play-off debutants Crawley storm to first-leg win over MK Dons

Crawley’s first ever Sky Bet EFL play-off match went like a dream as they stormed to a 3-0 win over MK Dons in their rescheduled League Two play-off semi-final first leg.

The game had initially been set for Bank Holiday Monday, but torrential rain in West Sussex had resulted in a waterlogged pitch and pushed kick-off back by almost 28 hours.

When it did finally get under way on Tuesday night, the hosts edged in front through Liam Kelly, just 105 seconds after Max Dean had seen a shot cleared off the line at the other end.

Scott Lindsey’s side passed up a handful of chances to extend their lead before the break, but did so in first-half stoppage time, as Jay Williams poked a free-kick from the left into the bottom corner.

It was job done with just over an hour gone, too, when Ronan Darcy came off the bench to add a third with a deflected strike.

Crawley take their commanding lead into Saturday’s second leg at Stadium MK, which kicks off at 7.45pm, live on Sky Sports Football.

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Liam Kelly gave Crawley the lead

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Jay Williams doubled Crawley’s lead in first-half stoppage time

What’s next?

Live EFL

Thursday 9th May 7:30pm

Crawley and MK Dons will face off against one another in the second leg at Stadium MK at 7.45pm on Saturday May 11, live on Sky Sports Football.

The winners will advance to the Sky Bet League Two play-off final, which will be played at Wembley on Sunday May 19.

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