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21:49 26th February 2002

Plymouth Argyle v Exeter City

The Grecians' start the game making no changes to the squad that beat Oxford on Saturday at the Kassam Stadium.  City start the game on a surprisingly good pitch attacking the The Barn Park end where the 1200 City supporters are situated. Starting the game in the fantastic new surroundings of the revamped Home Park Stadium, Plymouth are having the majority of the possession but with no real attacking play.  If you are not here you are missing an absolutely cracking atmosphere with probably the highest attendance of the season for Division Three. Five minutes into the game and Fraser missed a Beswetherick cross that ended up at the feet Steve Adams to smash into the back of the net to earn Argyle the early advantage.  Passion starts showing early on as Steve Adams has an off the ball incident with Roberts' which earns him a yellow card.  From the resulting free kick Roscoe stepped up and put the ball a fraction over the top left corner. Tem minutes into the game and Argyle could have doubled the lead as  Stonebridge cracked in a shot that Fraser punched back into play which Ampadu cleared.  Flack was the next to go in the book after a foul on Hodges. The first casualty of the game was a substitution for one of the Assistant Referees who seemed to be having chest problems.  Graeme Tomlinson then entered the book for failing to retreat ten yards at a corner. City's first shot came from Graeme Tomlinson who skied a twenty five yarder in the twenty third minute.  Paul Wotton drilled a thirty five yarder towards goal that went just wide of the left post.  Argyle extend the lead in the twenty ninth minute as a free kick was swung in which got a deflection and fell to the head of the impressive Marino Keith to guide the ball past Fraser (or the general impression in the press box - Curran O.G). City go to the other end and win our first corner of the game which is swung in by Roberts only to see the ball cleared away back towards the centre circle.  Glenn Cronin then entered the book in the fortieth minute when he absolutely clattered Stonebridge thirty five yard from goal. Forty three minutes and Roscoe tried his luck from twenty five yards with the outside of his left boot which looked to have lobbed Larrieu who somehow got a hand too it.  Next up came a male streaker who ran onto the pitch and tried to rugby tackle Stuart Fraser! Half Time Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Exeter City The first half starts with Breslan replacing Tomlinson at half time and City are now attacking the Devonport End.  Roscoe had the first City shot of the second half as Flack laid the ball for him to strike left footed wide of the post. City have started the second half with better possession and positioning and are starting to create more chances than Argyle most notably with a Breslan cross being met 10 yards out by the forehead of Flack. Christian Roberts ran through several defenders and pushed the ball out into the right channel before unleashing his shot that was saved by Larrieu.  Next up is a lengthy stoppage as Breslan and Coughlan have a clash of heads in the Argyle box. Alex Watson became the fourth City player to enter the book after a tackle on Ian Stonebridge in the sixty seventh minute.  Sean McCarthy came on to a chorus of boo's from the Argyle fans to replace Steve Flack in the sixty ninth minute. Lee Hodges smashed in a left foot drive from twenty five yards out which was superbly turned around the post by Stuart Fraser for a Plymouth corner.  McCarthy sent his first shot high of the crossbar which the Argyle fans had great delight in whistling at. Marino Keith sealed City's misery in the seventy sixth minute with an absolutely delightful twenty yard chip that left Fraser stranded to send the 16,369 supporters in the ground ecstatic.  Sean McCarthy then compounded the misery even more by getting a straight red for an elbow on Coughlan. Paul Buckle came on to replace Glenn Cronin in the eightieth minute.  The Argyle fans now clearly enjoying themselves have Mexican waves circling the ground.  Plymouth still look as if they want more as Beswetherick launches a twenty five yarder that Fraser can only parry.  Kevin Wills  should have made it four but saw his effort come back off of the left post in injury time. All in all a very disappointing night where Plymouth Argyle taught us a lesson in how to play football and showed why they are top of the Third Division. 
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