League Two
ExeterExeter City1CambridgeCambridge United0

Exeter City 1-0 Cambridge United

Last season's League Two play-off finalists Exeter opened the new season with a comfortable win against Cambridge at St James' Park.

The only goal of an entertaining game came from Reuben Reid in the fifth minute after Jordan Moore-Taylor's long ball was needlessly handled inside the penalty box by Jake Carroll.

Although Reid saw his penalty saved by David Forde, the ball came straight back to him to tap in the rebound.

David Wheeler saw a header come back off the inside of the post, while Cambridge almost levelled when Exeter goalkeeper Christy Pym completely missed a kick, but he managed to get back to scramble Luke Berry's shot off the line.

Liam McAlinden then missed a golden chance for Exeter, heading wide from six yards, before Lloyd James skied another glorious chance for Exeter high from 10 yards with just Forde to beat.

McAlinden skied another great chance high shortly after half-time before being denied by Forde, while a rare Cambridge attack saw Berry volley over after good work by Uche Ikpeazu.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Exeter

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Pym
  • 2Sweeney
  • 15Moore-Taylor
  • 39Brown
  • 3Woodman
  • 6Tillson
  • 4James
  • 25Taylor
  • 11Wheeler
  • 33ReidSubstituted forBruntat 79'minutes
  • 19McAlindenSubstituted forHarleyat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Archibald-Henville
  • 7Harley
  • 10Holmes
  • 13Hamon
  • 14Brunt
  • 20Jay
  • 23Croll

Cambridge

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Forde
  • 24Davies
  • 6Legge
  • 5Taylor
  • 3Carroll
  • 4DeeganBooked at 35minsSubstituted forDunkat 71'minutes
  • 16O'Neil
  • 7MingoiaSubstituted forElitoat 45'minutes
  • 8Berry
  • 18MarisSubstituted forIkpeazuat 45'minutes
  • 14Ibehre

Substitutes

  • 9Ikpeazu
  • 10Azeez
  • 11Dunk
  • 13Mitov
  • 15Osadebe
  • 21Elito
  • 25Darling
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
4,282

Match Stats

Home TeamExeterAway TeamCambridge
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home11
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 1, Cambridge United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 1, Cambridge United 0.

  3. Post update

    Jake Taylor (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Uche Ikpeazu (Cambridge United).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Harley (Exeter City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Brunt (Exeter City).

  9. Post update

    (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    David Wheeler (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Liam O'Neil (Cambridge United).

  12. Post update

    Lloyd James (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Medy Elito (Cambridge United).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Cambridge United. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

  15. Post update

    Foul by David Wheeler (Exeter City).

  16. Post update

    Jake Carroll (Cambridge United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Ryan Brunt replaces Reuben Reid.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City).

  19. Post update

    Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jabo Ibehre (Cambridge United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton11008263
2Coventry11003033
3Accrington11003123
4Grimsby11003123
5Port Vale11003123
6Morecambe11002113
7Swindon11002113
8Exeter11001013
9Newport10103301
10Stevenage10103301
11Barnet10102201
12Crewe10102201
13Forest Green10102201
14Lincoln City10102201
15Mansfield10102201
16Wycombe10102201
17Carlisle100112-10
18Cheltenham100112-10
19Cambridge100101-10
20Chesterfield100113-20
21Colchester100113-20
22Crawley100113-20
23Notts County100103-30
24Yeovil100128-60
View full League Two table

Top Stories