League Two
ExeterExeter City0PlymouthPlymouth Argyle2

Exeter City 0-2 Plymouth Argyle

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Paul Arnold Garita
Paul Arnold Garita was making just his second start in English football, having joined Argyle on loan from Bristol City on transfer deadline day

Paul Arnold Garita starred as Plymouth Argyle beat Exeter City in the 104th Devon derby to stay top of League Two.

The Cameroon-born striker set up the opener as he played Craig Tanner's cross into the path of Graham Carey.

He powered his way through the Exeter centre-backs 20 minutes later to score the second before Robbie Simpson missed an excellent chance for City.

Garita was forced off with a knee injury just after half-time before Lee Holmes hit the post for Exeter.

Exeter have not won at St James Park since they last beat Argyle on 2 April, a run of just two wins in their last 20 home games in League Two.

All the hype before the game surrounded Exeter's newest signing - former Plymouth striker Reuben Reid - but it was Argyle's newest frontman that stole the headlines as Carey slotted home from Garita's knock down to get his fourth goal of the season in front of the jubilant 1,545 fans that made the 46-mile journey north east.

Sonny Bradley had a header cleared off the line by Exeter's Jordan Moore-Taylor two minutes before Garita got the second, as Craig Tanner's perfectly-weighted through-ball set the forward away before he powered through the centre of City's defence to slot in under Bobby Olejnik.

City should have halved the deficit four minutes before the break, but Simpson's header from close range went over when it seemed easier to score.

Garita was forced off early in the second half after injuring his hamstring, and with it much of the attacking impetus left the game.

His replacement Jake Jervis has an effort saved by Olejnik while Jake Taylor headed wide for City soon after.

Reid came on with just under half an hour to go, but it was Holmes who had City's best chance to score as he hit the outside of the post with an excellent strike from an angle before Argyle's other goalscorer Carey was forced off with injury.

Argyle celebrate
Plymouth Argyle celebrate Graham Carey's fifth-minute opener
Reuben Reid
Reuben Reid could not match the hat-trick he scored for Argyle at Exeter two seasons ago

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Olejnik
  • 28Stacey
  • 31Sweeney
  • 29Croll
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 25Taylor
  • 4James
  • 7HarleySubstituted forHolmesat 44'minutes
  • 14Watkins
  • 8Simpson
  • 12GrantSubstituted forReidat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Woodman
  • 10Holmes
  • 16Oakley
  • 19McAlinden
  • 23Riley-Lowe
  • 30Pym
  • 33Reid

Plymouth

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Miller
  • 15Bradley
  • 5BulvitisBooked at 45mins
  • 16Purrington
  • 24Fox
  • 4Songo'o
  • 10CareySubstituted forThrelkeldat 77'minutes
  • 8SlewSubstituted forJervisat 45'minutes
  • 27Tanner
  • 26GaritaSubstituted forGoodwillieat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Goodwillie
  • 9Spencer
  • 11Donaldson
  • 14Jervis
  • 18Threlkeld
  • 21Dorel
  • 22Ijaha
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
6,612

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away6
Corners
Home11
Away7
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 0, Plymouth Argyle 2.

  3. Post update

    Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Craig Tanner (Plymouth Argyle).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Lee Holmes (Exeter City).

  6. Post update

    Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

  10. Post update

    Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Reuben Reid (Exeter City).

  15. Post update

    Ben Purrington (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Robbie Simpson (Exeter City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Oscar Threlkeld replaces Graham Carey because of an injury.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Exeter City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth8602106418
2Doncaster8512178916
3Crewe8431128415
4Morecambe85031213-115
5Portsmouth8422116514
6Colchester84221411314
7Luton8413159613
8Carlisle8260119212
9Mansfield833277012
10Leyton Orient8323119211
11Accrington83231111011
12Notts County83231213-111
13Crawley8323810-211
14Barnet724175210
15Grimsby83141514110
16Stevenage83141415-110
17Hartlepool82421216-410
18Blackpool823311929
19Wycombe8224713-68
20Cheltenham8143910-17
21Yeovil8215612-67
22Newport7133912-36
23Exeter8206613-76
24Cambridge8035513-83
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