Offiong the hero for Cumbrians: Match Review

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Substitute Richard Offiong grabbed an injury-time winner as Carlisle sealed a 3-2 win at Exeter on a night they so nearly threw away a two-goal lead.

The Cumbrians went in front after 33 minutes when Kevan Hurst's fantastic cross was met with an emphatic header by Joe Ayinsah 10 yards out. Exeter's defence just did not pick him up and he planted a fine header into the net via Paul Jones' upright.

Ayinsah doubled his tally on the stroke of half-time when Graham Kavanagh's deep free-kick was turned back across goal and the striker tapped in from close range. Again, Exeter's defence was nowhere to be seen.

Exeter introduced two big men - Barry Corr and Richard Logan - at the start of the second half and went more route one looking for a way back into the contest.

It worked as well as with 11 minutes remaining they finally got a goal their pressure deserved as Corr's shot was blocked and Adam Stansfield lashed a fine shot into the net from 18 yards.

Carlisle were happy to defend for much of the second half and rarely threatened the Exeter goal and the equaliser came in the 90th minute when Ryan Harley tapped in from close range after Steve Tully's shot had been saved.

It was no more than Exeter deserved after laying siege to the visitors' goal - but ultimately it was all in vain.

Straight from kick-off, Offiong notched the winning goal when he followed up his own shot that had hit the inside of the post.

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Ryan Harley
Barry Corr
Richard Logan
League One
Richard Offiong
Graham Kavanagh
Carlisle United
Adam Stansfield
Steve Tully
Kevan Hurst
Paul Jones
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