Jordan Moore Taylor was a late omission from the squad through illness, and the three overage players for City being David Wheeler, Jimmy Keohane and captain Bennett.
City claimed another scalp and dominated the fixture throughout and were desperately unlucky to be the team trailing as Jordan Preston headed Rovers into the lead late in the first half.
Grecians into the quarter final with win over Rovers
But quick fire goals after the interval by Scot Bennett and Jimmy Keohane gave the Grecians the lead they deserved and a place in the last eight of the nationwide competition and potentially a glamour tie in the next round.
only a recovery tackle by Aaron Tumwa denied an opener.
Wheeler had a left footed effort after coming in off the line which cleared the bar, and on two occasions Rovers had to defend with James Harden Adidas Signature Shoe
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On a rare foray, Rovers could have taken the lead as a ball flashed across goal was almost turned in by Connor Mahoney, but just skimmed off the midfielder's studs.
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So it came as a stomach punch when the opener fell the visitors' way, as a Raheem Hanley cross from deep found the head of Preston, who guided a header past Christy Pym.
beat Blackburn to book a place in quarter finals
It was another Gila Monster Harden famous night for the youngsters of Exeter City as they secured a place in the quarter final of the Under 21 Premier League Cup.
string together any flowing moves. Exeter could have taken a lead when Wheeler nutmegged his man and Adidas Duramo Atr Outdoor Sneaker
Aaron Dawson, storming forward from the back, delivered a perfect cross for Jake Gosling who was arriving late, but Raya pulled off an unthinkable save to keep it out. Another great ball from the right back nearly found Keohane, who just couldn't prod in.
Matt Jay was almost laid in by Tom Nichols too after Wheeler rose brilliantly to nod in the striker, but the flag had gone up for offside. Even Bennett was getting in on the action as he stormed out from the back and set himself up for a volley, which goalkeeper David Raya collected.
No less than ten of the starting XI for City had experience in a matchday squad for the first team, including captain for the night Bennett who has 88 first team games under his belt.
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