Jamie Cureton opened his account for Exeter with two goals to beat 10-man Yeovil in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
The striker beat Adam Virgo to a long ball before firing past John Sullivan to put the Grecians ahead.
Yeovil's Sam Williams was then sent off for headbutting Troy Archibald-Henville but they equalised when Andrew Welsh fired past Paul Jones.
However, Exeter hit back when Cureton turned home Jake Thomson's cross before Ryan Harley floated in a free-kick.
Yeovil Town boss Terry Skiverton told BBC Somerset: "We're exactly where we were last season with the same amount of points and knocked out of both cups in quick succession and I'm disappointed because I think we've got a better squad.
"Silly decisions and sloppy goals have cost us tonight and that's something we've got to learn from.
"We're now without Sam Williams for three games for a piece of stupidity and now other people are going to get their chance."
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Tuesday, 31 August 2010
05 Huntington yellow card
15 Stewart (Freeman 83)
21 Kalala (Ayling 61)
09 Williams red card
05 Archibald-Henville yellow card (Thomson 53)
11 Golbourne yellow card
18 Jones (Edwards 53)
Ref: MaloneAtt: 2,954
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:47 The referee ends the match.
90:00+3:43 Jamie Cureton is ruled offside. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
90:00+3:22 Ryan Harley decides to take the corner short.
90:00+1:06 GOAL - Ryan Harley:Yeovil 1 - 3 Exeter Ryan Harley finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from outside the penalty box to the top left corner of the
goal. Yeovil 1-3 Exeter.
90:00+0:25 Booking Paul Huntington goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
88:59 Paul Huntington gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Sercombe.
86:28 Ryan Harley has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
85:43 Andrew Welsh crosses the ball, Rob Edwards manages to make a clearance.
84:56 The ball is crossed by Jamie Cureton.
84:32 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jake Thomson by Andrew Welsh. Richard Duffy takes the free kick.
82:42 Substitution Cameron Stewart leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Freeman.
80:28 Jamie Cureton crosses the ball, save made by John Sullivan.
77:58 Assist by Richard Logan.
77:58 GOAL - Jamie Cureton:Yeovil 1 - 2 Exeter Jamie Cureton finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Yeovil 1-2 Exeter.
77:42 Richard Logan crosses the ball,
75:25 GOAL - Andrew Welsh:Yeovil 1 - 1 Exeter Andrew Welsh gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Yeovil
74:37 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Logan on Adam Virgo. John Sullivan takes the free kick.
73:40 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ryan Harley from the right by-line, Close range header by Richard Logan misses to
the right of the target.
72:44 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ryan Harley.
72:07 Shot by Richard Logan from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
71:35 Outswinging corner taken by Cameron Stewart.
68:02 Dean Bowditch produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
65:29 Foul by Scott Golbourne on Andrew Welsh, free kick awarded. Shot on goal comes in from Andrew Welsh from the free kick.
64:41 Outswinging corner taken by Ryan Harley, clearance made by Nathan Smith.
60:39 Substitution Luke Ayling replaces JP Kalala.
60:39 Jamie Cureton is caught offside. John Sullivan takes the free kick.
58:16 The ball is sent over by Nathan Smith.
57:14 Andrew Welsh takes a shot. Save by Paul Jones.
56:03 The referee blows for offside against Jamie Cureton. John Sullivan restarts play with the free kick.
54:27 Centre by Jake Thomson, save by John Sullivan.
51:51 Substitution Billy Jones goes off and Rob Edwards comes on.
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