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Posted Sat 06 Aug 11 at 18:05 PM

Report: Tranmere 1 Chesterfield 0

Robbie Weir's first goal for Rovers earned them an opening day victory over Chesterfield at Prenton Park. The strike gave Tranmere the victory their play deserved, with Les Parry's side dominating creating a number of decent chances in both halves while Owain Fon Williams was rarely tested in goal. With Enoch Showunmi ruled out through injury, the central striker's role went to new signing Mustafa Tiryaki, with Martin Devaney and Adam McGurk either side of him. Robbie Weir, John Welsh and Andy Robinson made up the midfield with Zoumana Bakayogo, Mark McChrystal, Ian Goodison and Michael Kay in defence in front of goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams. The season began with a typically frantic first few minutes, with Rovers coming closest to the first chance of the match when Tiryaki flicked a long ball into the path of McGurk but his cross was cut out by Simon Ford. At the other end Rovers had to defend strongly when Goodison lost possession and the Spireites quickly countered. After McChrystal forced them back out of the area, Fon Williams eventually brought the danger to an end when he rose high off his line to claim a cross. A Chesterfield corner gave Tranmere the chance to initiate a counter attack of their own on eight minutes with Bakayogo releasing Devaney into the area. However, his attempt to cross the ball over visiting keeper Tommy Lee failed and the Spireites stopper caught at his near post. The first shot of the game came on 15 minutes when Devaney ran past three challenges before bringing a save out of Lee with a low drive from 15 yards. Mark Randle sent a free kick over the bar for Chesterfield on 20 minutes while Bakayogo wasted a fine crossing opportunity at the other end soon after, following a fine back pass from McGurk to send him into space. Robinson looped a header over the bar after good work from McGurk outside the area on 27 minutes while Welsh volleyed straight at Lee two minutes later from Bakayogo's flick down. Devaney skipped past a challenge on the right on 31 minutes with a fine run down the right that ended in a fine cross that had to be turned over the bar by a Chesterfield defender. From the corner that followed McGurk put his header over the bar. Tiryaki picked up a loose ball on the halfway line on 36 minutes and raced towards the opposition goal. With the option of McGurk to his left or Robinson to his right, he opted instead for a long range effort and sent a powerful effort narrowly past the right hand post. Some close control allowed Tiryaki to turn inside the area on 41 minutes but his shot was blocked and Chesterfield cleared. The second half began at a similar tempo to the first, with an early penalty appeal for a foul on Robinson turned down and Devaney twisting and turning before almost catching Lee out with a cross that drifted under his bar. Welsh brought a save out of Lee on 51 minutes with a side footed effort along the ground and Weir and Devaney combined well soon after, but there was no one advanced enough to get on the end of the latter's cross. McGurk saw a shot charged down by Drew Talbot on 58 minutes after good work from Devaney while at the opposite end Jack Lester should have given the visitors the lead when he put his header over from an unmarked position as Chesterfield took a quick corner. Just as it looked as Rovers might be in for a frustrating 0-0 draw, they took the lead. A wonderful pass from Fon Williams found McGurk in space on the left and after he won a throw in, the former Aston Villa trainee quickly found Weir who slotted the ball under Lee and into the net from a tight angle. Before play could restart Lucas Akins replaced Tiryaki who came off to a huge round of applause from the fans who clearly appreciated his non-stop running. Robinson wasn't far off making it 2-0 on 76 minutes when his low shot from 25 yards went just past the right hand post. Rovers were denied a penalty on 78 minutes when McGurk turned well and appeared to be brought down eight yards from goal, while two fairly comfortable saves from Fon Williams kept out Nathan Smith and Lester at the other end. Devaney fired into the arms of Lee on 82 minutes after Akins chested down Goodison's long ball forward a couple of minutes before being replaced by Joss Labadie. The midfielder almost made it 2-0 on 88 minutes, but his header from McGurk's cross was sent straight at Lee, while an Akins header had to be turned behind for a corner as the game went into injury time.   Tranmere: Fon Williams, Kay, Goodison, McChrystal, Bakayogo, Welsh, Weir, Robinson, Devaney (Labadie 84), Tiryaki (Akins 75), McGurk. Substitutes not used: Coughlin, Raven, Buchanan. Chesterfield: Lee, Talbot, Ford, Mattis, Whitaker, Allott, Randle (Holden 78), Smith, Morgan (Niven 61), Bowery, Lester. Substitutes not used: Fleming, Downes, Boden. Referee: Oliver Langford Yellow cards: Robinson (68), Allott (69) Follow Tranmere on Twitter at

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