Carlisle United 1 Exeter City 3: Olufela Olomola's goal was slim consolation for Carlisle as the Blues were comfortably beaten by Exeter at Brunton Park.

Lee Martin, Aaron Martin and Nicky Law all scored for the League Two leaders who could have had more goals but for United keeper Adam Collin.

Lee Martin shot Matt Taylor's side in front on 36 minutes and though Olomola headed the Cumbrians level after the hour mark, defender Aaron Martin restored the Grecians' lead five minutes later.

Law scored in added time and it was no less than the visitors deserved, Carlisle having fallen well short of their opponents in most key areas for much of the game.

They dropped to 19th in the table as a result.

Exeter  made the early running with Law having the first shot and Collin then making two important saves to deny Lee Martin.

After Jack Bridge saw United's first serious attempt, Exeter hit the post when Jake Taylor met Williams' cross.

Better United build-up saw a Nathan Thomas cross fizz through the box but Carlisle were then punished by Lee Martin.

He curled a low shot across Collin after Law had dispossessed Mike Jones in midfield before Randell Williams found Martin.

Pierce Sweeney shot from long range in search of a second while Martin volleyed wide, the Cumbrians unable to gain any control of the game in midfield.

Carlisle's attempted fightback included sub McKirdy on for Canice Carroll at the break, with full debutant Mo Sagaf moving from the left of the attack to central midfield.

United could have been dead and buried early in the second half but keeper Collin kept them in it with a series of fine second-half saves.

He superbly kept out a Ryan Bowman shot on the line and denied the Cumbrian striker again minutes later.

He also saved from Williams before Olomola gave United a lifeline with his third of the season.

A United attack involving Bridge and Sagaf saw McKirdy's cross volleyed towards goal by Nathan Thomas and frontman Olomola nodding the rebound in off the post.

But Carlisle were only level for five minutes as they failed to pick up Aaron Martin at a corner, the big defender burying a free header.

United were then unable to force any chances in the closing 25 minutes with Exeter too comfortable in seeing out the game, ex-United man Tom Parkes on from the bench in defence.

McKirdy was booked for a dive before Collin once again came to the rescue when denying Lee Martin.

Steven Pressley sent on Ryan Loft and Elias Sorensen in the closing stages but Exeter then capped their convincing day when Law was fed to the left of goal and finished comfortably.

United: Collin, Elliott (Sorensen 87), Iredale, Webster, Knight-Percival, Jones (Loft 74), Carroll (McKirdy 46), Bridge, Sagaf, Thomas, Olomola. Not used: Gray, Mellish, Charters, Branthwaite.

Exeter: Ward, Sweeney, A Martin, Moxey, Collins (Parkes 68), Sparkes, Taylor, Williams, L Martin (Jay 90), Law, Bowman (Fisher 90). Not used: Maxted, Woodman, Ajose, Fisher, Richardson.

Ref: Jeremy Simpson

Crowd: 4,167 (198 Exeter fans)