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  • LIVE SCORE: EXETER CITY 0 AFC BOURNEMOUTH 2 (Bennett og. 54, Gosling 74).
  • Exeter: Pym, Wheeler (Dawson, 75), Tillson, Bennett, Baldwin, Woodman (Riley-Lowe, 60), Davies (Oakley, h-t), Grimes, Butterfield, Keohane, Nichols. Subs: Hamon, Dawson, Jay, Pope, Watkins.
  • Cherries: Flahavan, Smith, Ward, Cargill, Harte, Stanislas (Ritchie, 90), MacDonald, Gosling, Fraser (Arter, 77), Rantie (Wilson, 77), Pitman. Subs: Francis, Kermorgant, McCarthy, Buchel.
  • Cherries boss Eddie Howe kicks off with an entirely different XI to the one that started Saturday's 4-0 crushing of Huddersfield.


We're closing the blog now, thank you for joining us tonight. 

Check out Neil Perrett's match report here

Goodnight from Devon and join us for Saturday's first home match against Brentford. 


Tonight's non-league full times: Hungerford Town 0 Poole Town 0

Fleet Town 1 Bashley 0

Bemerton HH 0 Hamworthy United 5

Bournemouth Poppies 2 Lymington Town 0


Non-league full times in a bit, then we'll close the blog. 


Cherries possession eventually makes the difference

Cherries starved Exeter of the ball, particularly in the first half and that possession forced the errors from which the visitors profited tonight. 

Exeter were plucky, played well within comparitive limitations. Centre-half Pat Baldwin was excellent. 

Cherries were throughly professional, Junior Stanislas and his quality from wide areas made all the difference. 


Exeter City 0 Cherries 2. 


Exeter miss a big chance, low ball across the face of goal, missed at the far post. 


Ritchie's swirling cross-shot from a short corner swings just wide of the far post with Pym beaten. 


Four minutes added time. 


For Cherries: Matt Ritchie on for Junior Stanislas on 90 minutes. 


Another delicious centre from Stanislas just evades Pitman. 



Kamikaze moment at the back for Cherries, ball drops to Keohane 20 yards out, flustered visitors try to retreat, Exeter striker dallies and sidefoots wide. 


For Cherries: Harry Arter on 85 minutes. 

Trips Keohane. Could have no complaints. 


Smith down for a lengthy spell of treatment but back on his feet now, not much sympathy from the home crowd. 


Wilson great feet, between two defenders looked like Riley-Lowe knocked him over in the box, decision went the other way. 


Ball into the left channel, Wilson beats Pym to it, open goal with keeper out on the wing but Dawson successfully held up the Cherries' striker. 


Ball into the left channel, Wilson beats Pym to it, open goal with keeper out on the wing but Dawson successfully held up the Cherries' striker. 


Double change for Cherries: Arter and Wilson on for Fraser and Rantie on 77 minutes. 


For Exeter City: Dawson for Wheeler on 75 minutes. 


Another fizzing low ball from the right by Stanislas was too hot for Pym to handle, Gosling on hand to net. 


Exeter City 0 Cherries 2 

Dan Gosling (74) 


Fraser with a majestic run, beautifully slips in Rantie, left side of the box, Pym spreads himself brilliantly to stop goalbound effort with flailing arm. 


Grimes low drilled effort, comfortable for Flahavan. 

Exeter enjoying their best spell of the game, Cherries possibly tiring a little. 




Quick free kick from Grimes, Nichols nods down for Keohane, lashes just over. 

Exeter still having a good go, Cargill just did well to cut out another City attack. 


Exeter's penalty appeal for handball falls on deaf ears. 


For Exeter: Scot Bennett on 63 minutes. 

Fould on Fraser in full flight. Can have no complaints. 


For Exeter: Riley-Lowe for Woodman on 60 minutes. 


Stanislas at the hub of everything, Cherries have gone up a gear since the goal. 


Stanislas finds Rantie right edge of the box, shimmies, cuts back for Pitman but ball rolls just behind his strike partner. 


Harte corner, finds Ward, effort stifled by a ricochet, collected by Pym. 


Stanislas down the right again, cross-shot charged down by Baldwin, loops just over the stranded keeper, deflection would have beat Pym had it been on target. 


Exeter City 0 Cherries 1 Scot Bennett OG (54)

Pitman to Stanislas who whips in a low ball, Bennett bundled into his own net. 



Pace has picked up, Fraser's run and cross earns a corner after it's sliced away. 


Another chance for the Grecians. 

Woodman for Wheeler, half-volley across goal, flies past the far post. 


Big chance for Exeter. 

Nicholls dinked in Grimes, in space left of centre edge of the box, sliced wide, snatched at it. Could have taken it forward. 


For Exeter: Matt Oakley on for Arron Davies at half-time.


Rantie burst down the left, jinked from side to side, cut back to Pitman whose shot was charged down. 


Two minutes ago. 


Quirky moment of the half

Exeter's ball boy ran onto the pitch to collect Brett Pitman's cross before it had left the field of play. 

Home fan has text someone in the press box and said it was the longest Exeter had held onto the ball. 


Non-league half time: Bournemouth Poppies 0 Lymington Town 0. 

Does anybody fancy scoring tonight? 


Ex-Cherries youngster Lewis Lindsay has been handed his Poole Town debut at Hungerford Town tonight. Looks like he's playing right-back. 


Non-league latests: Fleet Town 1 Bashley 0

Bemerton HH 0 Hamworthy United 3

Non-league half-time: Hungerford Town 0 Poole Town 0





A couple of snaps... 


Cherries frustrated in one-sided first half

Well, the general feeling is that Cherries could run away with this, provided they score. 

Exeter have been very hard-working but lacked quality. Cherries have lacked a little punch but still very slick with the ball.

One goal could open the floodgates. 


Attendance: 2,648, including 735 visiting supporters. 


Exeter City 0 Cherries 0. 


One minute added time. 


Another slick build-up finds good movement from Pitman to wrap his foot round an instinctive 20-plus yard effort which sails just over the helpless Pym's crossbar. 


Fraser and Rantie combine beautifully, throughball just evades Pitman. 

Cherries in complete control, a goal is coming, promise. 


Great build-up Fraser seems set to score, denied by Baldwin again. 

Ball not cleared, Rantie looks to smash home, charged down by a mass of bodies, goes out for a corner which comes to nothing. 


From the corner, Elliott Ward crashes a header goalwards but it is cleared by Arron Davies on the far post. 


Smith forward, flicked on by Fraser, Pitman finds Rantie down the right channel, cuts inside but Baldwin cuts it out. 


Baily Cargill did well a few moments before, recovering from getting caught wrong side down the right channel and stretching to play a well-weighted ball back to Flahavan


Fraser fouled 25 yards out, Stanislas whips free kick round the wall but it bounces round the post. 


Non-league latest: Bemerton HH 0 Hamworthy United 1


Gosling, Rantie, Pitman swings a boot at it, charged down by Baldwin once more. 


Pitman hooks a powerful finish towards goal, another fine reaction stop from Pym. 


Pitman to Rantie, slides in Stanislas one-on-one to curl finish round Pym but effort cannons off the post. 

The winger will be disappointed, had time and space. 


Adam Smith gallops forward, another good tackle from Baldwin. 


Rantie and Stanislas battle for the ball on the edge of Exeter's box but get snuffed out. 

Hosts battling well, Cherries neat but not quite found their killer instinct yet, keeping the ball well and can't help thinking they will wear City down in doing so. 



Gosling again finds Fraser for the first big chance of the night, point-blank save from Exeter keeper Christy Pym who spread himself well. 


Tremendous ping from Gosling set Fraser away but the ball was cleared. 


Cherries being frustrated by a hard-working and composed young Exeter side at the moment. 

Nothing to trouble either keeper in the opening 20 minutes. 



Cherries comfortable in possession so far, Gosling looks tidy with the ball, Fraser his usual tencious self, Stanislas lively. Ward keen to get things going quickly from the back. 


Harte spreads corner out to Pitman in space on the edge of the box but the striker shanks his effort over the crossbar. 




Smart exchange between Stanislas and Rantie ends with a well-timed sliding tackle from Exeter's Pat Baldwin. 


Cherries on the front foot but no way through so far. 


Tepid start to the game, closest we've come to serious action so far is Brett Pitman's cross-shot which drew a few gasps from the crowd. 


We're off. 


Elliott Ward captains Cherries tonight. 


The teams are coming out at St James' Park. 


Seven ties and 10 years since Cherries last scored in an away League Cup tie

The League Cup has rarely given Cherries fans much to shout about in recent years, particularly away from home. 

The last time Cherries scored an away goal in this competition was the memorable 3-3 draw with Blackburn Rovers before triumphing 7-6 in a penalty shoot-out in which boss Eddie Howe netted from 12 yards. 

Since then, Torquay United (0-0, Cherries won on penalties), Wigan Athletic (0-1), West Bromwich Albion (0-1), Milwall (0-4), Southampton (0-2), Oxford United (0-0, Cherries lost on penalties) and Watford (0-2) have all shut out Cherries. 



Exeter's team

Grecians: Pym, Wheeler, Tillson, Bennett, Baldwin, Woodman, Davies, Grimes, Butterfield, Keohane, Nichols. 

Subs: Hamon, Oakley, Dawson, Riley-Lowe, Jay, Pope, Watkins. 


Cherries change their entire XI

Boss Eddie Howe has changed all 11 players from Saturday's 4-0 win at Huddersfield Town. 

Defender Baily Cargill makes his competitive debut for Cherries, while fellow youth-team product Jake McCarthy is on the bench. 

Darryl Flahavan and Elliott Ward return from injury, new boys Junior Stanislas and Dan Gosling get their first starts. 

Cherries: Flahavan, Smith, Ward, Cargill, Harte, Stanislas, MacDonald, Gosling, Fraser, Rantie, Pitman. 

Subs: Francis, Arter, Wilson, Kermorgant, Ritchie, McCarthy, Buchel. 



Live updates coming up from AFC Bournemouth's trip to Exeter City in the Carling Cup first round. 


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