Nine-man Tranmere lose lead after 97th minute Carlisle goal

Tranmere hosted Carlisle United this afternoon for a 3pm kick-off in their latest game of the 2021/22 League 2 season.

Ahead of the match, Mickey Mellon said, “You obviously have to concentrate on your own results and performances first, then you see what the outcome of that is. First and foremost, you have to take care of your own business and try to get results.”

Micky highlighted the need for them to move on as quickly as possible from last week’s defeat at Colchester, “We quickly look over performances and we assess what we think we should have done better. We communicate that with the players and move on as quickly as we can, because there is nothing we can do about it now, as tough as that is.”

Josh Dacre’s Cogley spoke about how confident he is playing matches at Prenton Park “I’m confident in the team that we can go and get the job done. Our home record is quite good so we are more confident playing at home. It’s a positive that we are at home next and we can try and rectify Saturday.”

Match Report: Tranmere Rovers v Carlisle United

Tranmere Rovers 1 v 1 Carlisle United
Hemmings (15′)
Nevitt (76′)
GoalsPatrick (55′)
Sho-Silva (97′)
Dacres-Cogley (15′)
Merrie (76′)
AssistsGibson (55′)
HT 1-0

Last week, a 95th minute Colchester goal secured them a victory over Tranmere. This week, an added time goal denied Rovers the win.

Carlisle substitute Tobi Sho-Silva scored at 97 minutes to ensure Carlisle a share of the points. Goals from Kane Hemmings and Elliot Nevitt were not enough to swing the balance in Tranmere’s favour.

Tranmere went ahead at 15 minutes with a skilful team goal with Lee O’Connor creating the opportunity. O’Connor nicely found Josh Dacres-Cogley whose precision ball across the face of goal was sweet for Hemmings who tapped in, giving Rovers the lead.

It could have been two for Tranmere, but a save from Carlisle’s keeper denied Nevitt after he brought the ball from near the half way line.

At 40 minutes, Callum MacDonald was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Kelvin Mellor.

Omari Patrick brought Carlisle level in the 55th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jordan Gibson following a corner.

Elliott Nevitt had his chance to shine when he broke away in the 76th minute to score with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, regaining the lead.

Tranmere were reduced to nine men in the 91st minute, when Kieron Morris was sent off for a high boot on Rod McDonald.

Sho-Silva headed home at 97 minutes, after Jordan Gibson’s shot rebounded off the right-hand post.

Tempers boiled over following MacDonald’s sending-off, with a mass brawl ensuing and six yellow cards being dished out by referee Charles Breakspear.

The two managers, Micky Mellon and Paul Simpson, were among the yellow card recipients, apparently for failing to take action to control their players.

Tranmere host Bristol Rovers for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday 9 April in their next League 2 fixture.

Post-match interviews

Tranmere Rovers – Formation 4-4-2
13 Joe Murphy GK
2 Josh Dacres-Cogley DF
3 Calum MacDonald DF
5 Tom Davies DF
26 Peter Clarke (C) DF
22 Lee O’Connor MF
7 Kieron Morris MF
19 Lewis Warrington MF
15 Josh Hawkes MF
10 Kane Hemmings FW
20 Elliott Nevitt FW

25 Ross Doohan SUB
4 Nathaniel Knight-Percival SUB
14 Callum McManaman SUB
6 Chris Merrie SUB
8 Jay Spearing SUB
18 Nicky Maynard SUB
21 Joshua McPake SUB

Micky Mellon

Match Officials
Charles Breakspear
Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett and Steven Rushton
Fourth official: Scott Simpson

Carlisle United – Formation 5-3-2
33 Mark Howard GK
2 Kelvin Mellor DF
11 Brennan Dickenson DF
5 Rod McDonald DF
16 Morgan Feeney (C) DF
6 Dynel Simeu DF
27 Jordan Gibson MF
4 Daniel Devine MF
12 Jon Mellish MF
30 Omari Patrick FW
31 Kristian Dennis FW

1 Magnus Norman SUB
28 Mitchell Roberts SUB
17 Corey Whelan SUB
7 Joe Riley SUB
29 Tyrese Omotoye SUB
24 Tobi Sho-Silva SUB
20 Gime Toure SUB

Paul Simpson

Attendance: 6477

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