Both teams attempted to play the right way but the Reds were dominant throughout, with all their goals coming inside an entertaining first half. James Wilson scored once and claimed an assist for the other two - netted by Tom Lawrence and Joe Rothwell.
After the lively Gyliano van Velzen had the first effort on goal, James Wilson broke through with a clinical piece of finishing. Lawrence chipped over from the left and the 16-year-old striker calmly took it in his stride, making an extra touch before beating Ben Garratt with the most relaxed of finishes.
Lawrence added a second with a goal of sheer quality that would have graced the first team. James Wilson's backheel allowed the Welshman to cut across the ball with his right foot, sending it curling away from Garratt as he dived in vain to his left, and into the far corner of the net.
It was a wonderful strike but Crewe hit back with a neat move of their own as Ryan Colclough played a one-two with Liam Wilson before comfortably guiding the ball past Pierluigi Gollini. Straight from the restart, Rothwell drove forward by coming off the right wing, collected a return pass from James Wilson and fired home, even though Garratt will feel he should have kept it out.
Lawrence drilled a Tyler Blackett pass against the inside of a post but Alex spurned a glorious chance before the break when Colclough somehow missed the rebound after a Liam Wilson effort came back off Gollini.
The second half was less spectacular with van Velzen and Liam Wilson trading attempts before Lawrence's cheeky chip lacked direction after a