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Summary

  1. FT: Blackpool 3-2 Luton
  2. Blackpool's Cullen scores hat-trick against old side
  3. Potts & Vassell for Luton
  4. FT: Carlisle 3-3 Exeter
  5. Exeter's Grant, Harley & Wheeler score
  6. O'Sullivan & Miller bring Carlisle level
  7. Second legs on Thursday (19:45 BST)

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By Nathan Middleton and James Law

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

Blackpool celebrate
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Thank you for your company tonight.

We hope you have enjoyed the action as much as we have.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday evening.

They meet again

FT: Blackpool 3-2 Luton; Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

Enjoy that? Good, because these four will do it all over again in less than four days' time.

Both second legs will kick-off at 19:45 BST on Thursday. We'll of course be back to bring you the thrills and spills.

For those who like a bit of forward planning, the League Two play-off final will be at Wembley on Sunday, 28 May.

Next up in EFL

Our next EFL offering for you comes on Tuesday night when Championship football returns where Reading and Fulham face each other with a goal a piece already.

Then on Wednesday, Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday will go again at Hillsborough with both hoping to open up more than the 0-0 effort that happened earlier today.

Put it this way, that match was the complete opposite of what you have seen tonight.

'The tie isn't finished'

FT: Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Blackpool midfielder Neil Danns told Sky Sports:

"I can imagine it was a great game for the neutrals and for those watching

"It's probably one of the best games I've been involved in, in a while.

"We’re under no illusions that the tie is finished though."

'It gives us a chance'

FT: Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

Carlisle's Shaun Miller told Sky Sports:

"You always try to make an impact - it's not ideal being 3-1 down, but I'm delighted to see that one nestle in, and it gives us a chance going down there.

"We've got to be happy, being 3-1 down - it was as open a game as you're going to get."

'I knew it was in'

FT: Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Blackpool striker Mark Cullen told Sky Sports: 

"It was nice to get the goals, they are always an added bonus."

On the second goal: "I haven't scored many better than that. As soon as it left my foot I knew it was in the top corner."

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Carlisle goal
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Just the 11 goals across two games tonight, we do spoil you.

What have you made of the efforts from League Two tonight - let us know using #bbcefl.

'There was luck on our side'

FT: Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

Carlisle's John O'Sullivan told Sky Sports:

"That's three times they've been beating us and we've come back, and that has to be in their heads now every time they go ahead.

"There was a bit of luck on our side today - we're happy with the result and we go again on Thursday."

FULL-TIME

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Mark Cullen
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Mark Cullen's hat-trick gives Blackpool the edge in the first leg, but Luton are still very much in this tie.

The Hatters have already beaten the Tangerines twice this season before this so they will fancy turning it around back in front of their own fans. 

The second-leg is a game we can all look forward to.

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Sam Payne: Exeter so unlucky with two wrong offside calls and an own goal and freak cross against them. Unjust if they don't go through.

PENALTY APPEAL

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Big, BIG shouts for a penalty for Luton for a couple of Blackpool infringements in the area, a foul and a handball but the referee is not interested.

FULL-TIME

Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

Keith Curle
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That was a truly remarkable game, which went against everything you'd normally expect from a play-off semi-final first leg.

In the last play of the match, Jake Taylor strikes the foot of the post with a strike which had Mark Gillespie well-beaten.

If only the ref could've lost his whistle - I already cannot wait for the second leg.

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

A sickening clash of heads between Andy Taylor and Pelly Ruddock Mpnazu leaves both players down.

The game is stopped so Taylor in particular can get some treatment.

PENALTY APPEAL

Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

Carlisle have a strong shout for a penalty waved away.

Nicky Adams attempts to cross in and Pierce Sweeney controls with his knee onto his hand.

It would've been a harsh one to give, but the Exeter defender was certainly sweating.

INJURY TIME

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Another five minutes at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool Luton
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GREAT SAVE!

Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

Mark Gillespie does ever so well to close the angle, but Ryan Harley probably should've scored there for Exeter.

He's through on goal but is too casual and the ball is hoofed clear.

Harley had team-mates up with him but went alone and the effort wasn't convincing.

Three minutes of stoppage time left.

CLOSE!

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

The way Alan Sheehan wraps his left boot around this ball is joy to watch, but the Luton man's volley drifts just wide of the post on the volley.

The Hatters suddenly look keen again.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

For the second time this half Exeter are denied a goal by an offside flag.

Reuben Reid dinks the ball over Mark Gillespie, and he looked level with the last defender to me.

If so, the visitors can feel very hard done by.

SUBSTITUTION

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

A huge round of applause from the Blackpool fans drown out the boos from the Luton supporters as hat-trick hero Mark Cullen is taken off.

Ian Black is on for the former Hatters man to shore up the midfield.

Mark Cullen
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GREAT SAVE!

Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

It's the visitors' turn to come ever so close to a potential winner on the night.

Substitute Reuben Reid strikes the ball firmly but Mark Gillespie is on hand to turn the ball around the post for a corner, which comes to nothing.

Three minutes of normal time remain.

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Blackpool certainly now seem content with a one goal lead to take to Kenilworth Road as they're not flying forward as much as they were.

That could be tiredness mind, they have put in a shift tonight.

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James Cox: These League Two playoffs are so boring.

After Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday earlier, we weren't feeling too optimistic. But both matches this evening have been outstanding!

Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

Nicky Adams almost completes the turnaround for Carlisle, who were trailing 3-1 not so long ago.

Shaun Miller finds the midfielder, but his effort is blocked behind for a corner.

Exeter keeper Bobby Olejnik punches the set-piece clear, and the visitors survive.

The bumper crowd at Brunton Park have certainly got their money's worth this evening.

Brunton Park
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SUBSTITUTION

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Neil Danns now off for Blackpool with on loan Wigan winger Jordan Flores on for him.

Gary Bowyer looking an anxious man despite his side leading.

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Lots of possession from the men in white all of a sudden as Luton knock the ball around with some purpose.

Blackpool just keeping them at an arm's length and looking to counter whenever they can from deep.

SUBSTITUTION

Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

Finally Exeter have a couple pragmatic changes.

Goalscorers David Wheeler and Joel Grant come off, with the more conservative Jack Stacey and Lee Holmes coming on.

Is Paul Tisdale happy with a draw? Carlisle certainly look the more likely to find a winner, with 12 minutes left.

SUBSTITUTION

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Isaac Vassell's evening is done with Jack Marriott on for him up top for Luton.

He already has 12 goals this season, he could do with getting a 13th to level up the night for his side.

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Blackpool Luton
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The intensity of this game has just gone down a few notches but you can't blame the players for that. 

It's been 73 minutes of frantic pace for a lot of it.

GOAL (S Miller)

Carlisle 3-3 Exeter

Lost for words.

Nicky Adams, that cross was quality of the highest order - the midfielder comes in from the left and plays the ball in for substitute Shaun Miller, who heads home.

It's two goals in a minute for Carlisle, and all of a sudden they look favourites!

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Right Luton, what have you got?

The way this game is panning out either side could still win this. Proper entertainment this evening.

GOAL (O'Sullivan)

Carlisle 2-3 Exeter

An absolute freak goal...

John O'Sullivan attempts a cross from deep, but overhits it and it loops over the helpless Exeter keeper Bobby Olejnik.

Carlisle have a lifeline.

John O'Sullivan
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SUBSTITUTION

Carlisle 1-3 Exeter

Another change for the hosts - George Waring is on for James Bailey.

A defensive player off for Carlisle, who have made all their changes with 25 minutes left.

And how about this - Exeter take off left-back Craig Woodman for striker Reuben Reid. How about that?!

GOAL (Cullen)

Blackpool 3-2 Luton

Mark Cullen
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You cannot say this is not deserved for Blackpool who have dominated the game since Luton's second goal.

A hat-trick for Mark Cullen against the side he left to join the Tangerines in 2015 as he coolly strokes home a penalty with the keeper going the wrong way.

1-0 up. 2-1 down. 3-2 up. This is fun.

PENALTY

Blackpool 2-2 Luton

A chance for Blackpool to take the lead...

'Luton defence is slow'

Blackpool 2-2 Luton

Keith Southern

former Blackpool midfielder on BBC Radio Lancashire

This Luton back three are not great. Anything down the sides of them they look cumbersome and slow.

It's an area where Blackpool can look to target if they get some quality in behind.

DISALLOWED GOAL

Carlisle 1-3 Exeter

Exeter pile forward and have a man over - Joel Grant drills the ball across goal and Ollie Watkins lifts the ball into the roof of the net.

It's an incisive break, but Carlisle are saved by the offside flag.

Was it the right call? I can't tell from the replay, that's how close it was.

YELLOW CARD

Blackpool 2-2 Luton

The open nature of the game continues, with Luton looking to counter now after soaking up these Blackpool attacks.

Gary Bowyer's side are not dominating as they were though.

Alan Sheehan's handball stopping a through ball gets him the first yellow card of the game.

Carlisle 1-3 Exeter

Shaun Miller almost scores with his first involvement, beating a defender, but as he tries to round Exeter keeper Bobby Olejnik, he has the ball taken off him.

Most managers would be screaming at their side to tighten up if they were two goals up away from home, but not Exeter manager Paul Tisdale...

SUBSTITUTION

Carlisle 1-3 Exeter

Keith Curle
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We pass the hour mark and Carlisle boss Keith Curle has decided to shuffle his pack.

Michael Raynes is replaced by Shaun Miller - are the hosts going three at the back?

A risky move, with a striker coming on for a defender.

Blackpool 2-2 Luton

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There has not been a lot for Blackpool fans to shout about in recent seasons as they have slid down from the Premier League to the fourth tier.

But those inside Bloomfield Road in tangerine have certainly had been able to get at least a bit of joy you'd hope from the performance so far.