Exeter 2-3 Ipswich (AET)

Last updated : 11 August 2010 By James Tzanoudakis

Exeter were first on the score sheet early in the second half. In the 54th minute, Daniel Nardiello sent in a fine cross which Ryan Harley struck low and hard to Murphy’s right-hand corner. Ipswich players questioned an earlier incident involving a handball, however the goal stood to Town’s dismay.

On the 64th minute Ipswich were level. Shane O'Connor got himself into a good position and crossed from the right. Ronan Murray connected well and sent a looping header into the back of the net.

With 73 minutes played, Town went ahead after the impressive Murray played through Norris, who calmly slotted away for 2-1.

With just over 10 minutes to go, former Blues striker Marcus Stewart was brought on, receiving a standing ovation from the travelling Town fans.

Only nine minutes of normal time remained, when the home side levelled. Ryan Harley hit a shot from just outside the area, striking the underside of the bar and going in - forcing the game into extra time.

In the 97th minute, Town went in front again. Jon Stead’s shot was cleared of the line, but David Norris was quick to react, netting his second of the night to seal the victory.

All in all it was a decent result, from a Town side that faced a resilient Exeter. Keane will no doubt be happy with the performance of his young Ipswich team, with promising signs evident for the future.