Countdown to Devon derby: Daniel Nardiello strikes late on to give Exeter City JPT victory to savour

Recent Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle moment to remember

No. 2 Daniel Nardiello fires home in injury time to claim victory in JPT match at Home Park
It is not long until Exeter City's home match with Plymouth Argyle at 1pm on Saturday, September 17. There have been plenty Devon derby moments to remember in recent years and, as we count down the days to another great game at St James Park, we are going recap 10 of the best.

Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle hadn’t met in a competitive fixture for nearly nine years when they were drawn against each other in the area quarter-final of the Johnstone Paint Trophy.

Ryan Harley gave Exeter City the perfect start by firing past Argyle keeper Romain Larrieu inside two minutes, with a perfectly-placed shot from the edge of the box.

City had the better of the first half, with Harley against testing Larrieu, while Plymouth were wasteful in the final third.

However, the home side were level six minutes into the second half after a poor clearance from Artur Krysiak fell kindly at the feet of Argyle’s Chris Clark and he sent the ball back over the City keeper’s head from 40 yards.

Jamie Cureton and Richard Logan both went close to restoring the Grecians lead, before substitute Nardiello fired home. Having been put through by Logan, Nardiello skillfully evaded a couple of challenges before firing the ball low into the left-hand corner of the net with 90 minutes on the clock.

“Daniel is likely to score at any point, he has a real eye for goal,” said manager Paul Tisdale. "I’m very pleased for him and the supporters.”

Argyle manager Peter Reid said: “We gave the ball away in too many comfortable positions so that was disappointing, but we live to fight another day. I’ve got some good players and I’ve got some players that I need to move on, that’s just a fact of life. I’m enjoying the challenge, but I’m disappointed with tonight’s result.”

City reached the area final of the competition that season and also went on to achieve their joint-best finish in the Football League of eighth in League One. Tickets for the Devon derby at 1pm, on Saturday, September 17 are on sale now. You can buy them online by visiting
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