The FA Cup - First Round
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Exeter City 2-3 Blackpool

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport at St James Park

Blackpool progressed into the second round of the FA Cup thanks to three first-half goals at Exeter City.

Joe Dodoo gave the visitors the lead after just 85 seconds as he headed home after John O'Sullivan had nodded Harry Prichard's deep cross back across goal.

Mark Cullen's scrappy header from a corner doubled the lead before Pritchard tapped in the third from Dodoo's low ball across the face of goal.

Exeter weathered early Blackpool pressure and pulled a goal back through Jordan Tillson, who scored a rare goal as he followed up Pierce Sweeney's penalty which was saved by Christopher Mafoumbi.

Tristan Abraham's late long-range strike set up a grandstand finish, but Blackpool held on to reach Monday's second-round draw.



Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Hamon
  • 2SweeneySubstituted forOatesat 73'minutes
  • 4O'Shea
  • 23Croll
  • 3Woodman
  • 27Collins
  • 6TillsonBooked at 81mins
  • 25Taylor
  • 8Law
  • 11Stockley
  • 14ForteSubstituted forAbrahamsat 52'minutes


  • 5Martin
  • 17Jay
  • 18Oates
  • 19Abrahams
  • 22Weale
  • 41Dean


Formation 4-4-2

  • 37Mafoumbi
  • 17McLaughlinSubstituted forDelfounesoat 89'minutes
  • 16Tilt
  • 6Heneghan
  • 20Turton
  • 18O'SullivanSubstituted forNottinghamat 74'minutes
  • 15Thompson
  • 25Guy
  • 14Pritchard
  • 9CullenSubstituted forFeeneyat 67'minutes
  • 11DodooBooked at 72mins


  • 7Delfouneso
  • 12Nottingham
  • 13Boney
  • 19Taylor
  • 24Feeney
  • 26Davies
  • 30Avon
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Match Stats

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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Exeter City 2, Blackpool 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Exeter City 2, Blackpool 3.

  3. Post update

    Craig Woodman (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Harry Pritchard (Blackpool).

  5. Goal!

    Goal! Exeter City 2, Blackpool 3. Tristan Abrahams (Exeter City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Ryan McLaughlin.

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    Foul by Jake Taylor (Exeter City).

  8. Post update

    Liam Feeney (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tristan Abrahams (Exeter City).

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    Ben Heneghan (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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    Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Oliver Turton (Blackpool).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Tristan Abrahams (Exeter City).

  15. Post update

    Ben Heneghan (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Booking

    Jordan Tillson (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Tillson (Exeter City).

  18. Post update

    Jordan Thompson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Nottingham replaces John O'Sullivan.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Exeter City. Jimmy Oates replaces Pierce Sweeney because of an injury.