Tranmere fell to their first league defeat of 2015 as Carlisle triumphed 2-0 at Prenton Park. After a goalless first half, a brace from United striker Charlie Wyke sealed the points for the visitors who also had Kyle Dempsey sent off in second half injury time.
|Rovers manager Micky Adams named an unchanged side from that which began last weekend's 2-1 win away at Exeter City. That meant that Iain Hume, who returned to the club last week, was named on the substitutes bench.
There was a familiar name on the visitors' teamsheet with winger David Amoo, who had a spell at Prenton Park, named on the bench for Carlisle.
It was the visitors who had the first opportunity on goal and had the ball in the goal but it was disallowed for offside on 5 minutes. Danny Grainger's cross found Kyle Dempsey in the six-yard box who turned and fired home only for the assistant referee to deny him the goal.
Tranmere first tested Carlisle goalkeeper Mark Gillespie on 15 minutes as Rob Taylor just inside from the left and swung over a right-footed shot which the 'keeper tipped over his crossbar before Max Power fired over a couple of minutes later.
Owain Fon Williams had to make a save on 21 minutes as a through ball by Matt Young found Antony Sweeney bearing down on goal but the Welsh goalkeeper acrobatically flung himself to his right to deflect the ball wide.
He made another good save two minutes later as Grainger crossed from the left and found Steven Rigg 12 yards out whose header met the fingertips of Fon Williams who turned the ball over the bar before Lee Molyneux tested Gillespie with a low shot from 20 yards with the goalkeeper equal to it.
The final effort of the first half came on the stroke of half time from a Molyneux free-kick on the right edge of the penalty area which Gillespie saved low to his left with the sides going in at the break level at 0-0.
Four minutes into the second half, Jennison Myrie-Williams held the ball up on the right and laid it into Power who curled a shot just wide of the target.
On 57 minutes, Iain Hume came on for his second Tranmere debut to replace Kayode Odejayi while Cole Stockton came on for Molyneux in a double change.
Carlisle opened the scoring on 65 minutes. A long ball forward found Charlie Wyke who took the ball past a defender and thumped a low driven shot past Fon Williams.
Rovers looked for an immediate response and Rory Donnelly cut in from the left and curled just wide on 67 minutes, but it was Carlisle who scored another moments later.
Wyke notched his second of the afternoon by holding off a challenge on the right edge of the area and sliding the ball past Fon Williams.
With eight minutes remaining, Jason Koumas was introduced into the action in place of Josh Thompson before Hume had his first shot back in a Tranmere shirt only for his low drilled effort to be blocked en route to goal.
Donnelly had a shot blocked on the line in additional time while Carlisle's Kyle Dempsey received a second yellow card before Power hit the crossbar with a thunderous effort from 30 yards but it was Carlisle's day.
Tranmere: Fon Williams, Holmes, Thompson (Koumas 83), Dugdale, Taylor, Power, Jennings, Molyneux (Stockton 57), Myrie-Williams, Odejayi (Hume 57), Donnelly. Substitutes: Brezovan, Ridehalgh, Laird, Kirby.
Carlisle: Gillespie, Young, Archibald-Henville, O'Hanlon, Grainger, Griffith, Sweeney (Brough 84), Meppen-Walter, Dempsey, Rigg (Asamoah 73), Wyke (Kearns 85). Substitutes: Hanford, Amoo, Potts, Beck.
Referee: Scott Duncan
Yellow cards: Sweeney (78), Fon Williams (90), Dempsey (90+2), Donnelly (96)
Red card: Dempsey (96)