‘Perfect start’ – Carlisle take early lead in FA Cup tie

League Two Carlisle United comfortably beat non-league Dulwich Hamlet to reach the second round of the FA Cup.

Dulwich, of the National League South, were playing in the first round of the competition for the first time in 21 years but an upset never looked likely.

Olufela Olomola volleyed Carlisle ahead before Harry McKirdy made it 2-0.

Christian Smith’s header gave Dulwich hope but Mike Jones’ stunning strike and McKirdy’s clinical finish wrapped up the win for Carlisle.

The visitors have now successfully navigated the FA Cup first round for five consecutive seasons and go into the hat for Monday’s second-round draw.

Despite the result, it was a memorable evening for Dulwich, with a record crowd of 3,300 in attendance at the club’s Champion Hill ground.

Their run to the first round has also earned them £36,750, which helped fund the signings of Ben Dempsey on loan from Charlton and free agent Nathan Smith, with the two players joining just hours before kick-off on Friday.

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