Wednesday 08 January 2014
Exeter City's extraordinary giant-killing run in the Under-21 Premier League Cup continued on Wednesday night as they overcame Blackburn Rovers to reach the quarter-finals.
The Category 3 Academy, who had knocked out Crystal Palace and Southampton in previous rounds, claimed another Category 1 scalp by coming from behind to beat Blackburn at St James' Park.
Jordan Preston had given Rovers the lead against the run of play with a header late in the first half from Raheem Hanley's cross, but Exeter rallied after the break, converting their dominance into goals early in the second period, firstly from captain for the night Scot Bennett and then Jimmy Keohane.
Bennett, who has 88 first-team appearances, put the Grecians level when Keohane's corner was turned back towards goal. Soon afterwards Keohane got on the end of a fine cross by full-back Aaron Dawson for the deciding goal.
Exeter laid siege to Rovers' goal and might have extended their advantage through Jake Gosling and Matt Jay, only for a superb display by Rovers goalkeeper David Raya to deny them a more convincing winning margin.
There are two remaining fifth-round ties to be played in the inaugural competition with Fulham hosting Arsenal on Thursday night and Watford and Reading locking horns at Basingtoke FC on 16 January.
The draw for the quarter-finals will take place later today and will be revealed on premierleague.com.
Friday 20 December
Everton (Long 2) 2-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3 (Bancessi, Zeli, Kostrna)
Sunday 22 December
Manchester City (Fofana, Cole) 2-0 West Bromwich Albion
Monday 23 December
Newcastle United (Armstrong 2) 2-1 Leicester City (Dawson)
Burnley (Howieson, Gilchrist, Frost) 3-0 Bolton Wanderers
Reading P-P Watford
Monday 7 January
West Ham United (Beeney OG) 1-2 Chelsea (Brown, Ake)
Tuesday 8 January
Exeter City (Bennett, Keohane) 2-1 Blackburn (Preston)
Thursday 9 January
Fulham v Arsenal, 7pm, Motspur Park
Thursday 16 January
Reading v Watford, 7pm, Basingtsoke Town FC Ticket details
To discover all Under-21 Premier League Cup results to date, click here.
Find out the full Barclays Under-21 fixture list here and view the table here.