September 8, 2012
Grecians too strong for U's
Jamie Cureton struck twice as Exeter maintained their excellent start to the season with a 4-2 victory at fellow high-fliers Oxford.
The Grecians' triumph ended Oxford's 100% home record as the U's were brought down to earth after their midweek derby cup win over Swindon.
Cureton ran 40 yards through the middle of Oxford's backline in the 11th minute and, with defenders backing off, drove powerfully past `keeper Ryan Clarke from 18 yards.
Sixteen minutes later midfielder Scot Bennett doubled the Grecians' lead with a thumping header from Liam Sercombe's corner.
Cureton, 37 years young, showed good pace before firing in a third at the start of the second half, taking his season's tally to five goals.
Oxford threatened a comeback as Jake Forster-Caskey converted a penalty after Craig Woodman tripped Damian Batt and Alfie Potter bundled in a second.
But the excellent John O'Flynn wrapped it up for City with a low angled drive.
Oxford's day then got even worse with James Constable sent off for two quickfire yellow cards nine minutes from time.
|Oxford United||Exeter City|
|1 Ryan Clarke||1 Artur Krysiak|
|17 Tony Capaldi||16 Kevin Amankwaah|
|6 Jake Wright||6 Danny Coles|
|4 Michael Raynes||3 Craig Woodman|
|2 Damian Batt||5 Pat Baldwin|
|8 Simon Heslop||4 Scott Bennett|
|14 Sean Rigg||8 Matt Oakley|
|7 Adam Chapman||11 Arron Davies|
|18 Jake Forster-Caskey||7 Liam Sercombe|
|10 Deane Smalley||12 Jamie Cureton|
|15 Alfie Potter||19 John O'Flynn|
|21 Wayne Brown||Rhys Evans 24|
|24 Daniel Boateng||Steve Tully 2|
|3 Sean McGinty||Jordan Moore-Taylor 37|
|20 Peter Leven||Tommy Doherty 14|
|9 James Constable||Jimmy Keohane 22|
|11 Jon-Paul Pittman||Guillem Bauza 21|
|29 Tom Craddock||Elliott Chamberlain 31|
|Tom Craddock for Simon Heslop (55)||Guillem Bauza for Jamie Cureton (57)|
|Jon-Paul Pittman for Sean Rigg (60)||Tommy Doherty for John O'Flynn (84)|
|James Constable for Deane Smalley (73)|
|Jake Forster-Caskey (75)||Craig Woodman (62)|
|James Constable (80)|
|James Constable (81)|
|· Squads: Oxford United | Exeter City|