Penalty miss and own goal give Carlisle blues

Sunday Sun - - Football -

CARLISLE United’s un­beaten home league record was shat­tered against Tran­mere Rovers.

Tran­mere com­pleted a smash-and-grab op­er­a­tion as they used the home side’s dis­ap­point­ment of a late penalty miss as a spring­board to a late push and the se­cur­ing of an im­por­tant three points.

Rovers showed first in terms of shots at the tar­get, with Nor­wood try­ing his luck from dis­tance. It was well struck but Collin was happy to pull his hand away as it skipped wide of the mark. Banks then let fly with a drilled ef­fort from a sim­i­lar po­si­tion, but it an­gled high and flew over the bar.

A quick re­lease from Collin, when he plucked a shot from Jen­nings out of the air, sparked a Carlisle attack as Yates held the ball up deep in the op­po­si­tion half. De­vitt took over with a deft cross and Ben­nett was dis­ap­pointed to see his looped header drop on to the wood­work and bounce be­hind.

The Cum­bri­ans looked lively go­ing for­ward and Hope made some­thing out of noth­ing when he some­how got to a ball over the top which ap­peared to be go­ing be­hind. Con­fu­sion reigned in the Rovers back line and that gave Hope a sec­ond bite of the cherry. His first-time de­liv­ery was just an inch too far in front of Nade­san as he slid in to try to get the touch.

Carlisle started to con­trol in the mid­field ar­eas, with­out man­ag­ing to find a way through, but they should have taken the lead when Ben­nett beat the off­side trap to get on to the end a chipped pass from De­vitt. Nade­san was com­pletely un­marked and dead cen­tral, but the big for­ward chose the wrong op­tion of go­ing for goal. His header had power but was des­tined for the side net­ting.

A well-worked cor­ner rou­tine be­tween Hope and De­vitt gave the lat­ter the chance to go for a spec­tac­u­lar fin­ish as the mid­fielder found him­self in space on the edge of the box mo­ments be­fore the break. He tried to bend his shot into the top cor­ner but it dropped just a mo­ment too late.

Nei­ther side found them­selves able to grasp a stran­gle­hold as the sec­ond half be­came a game of cat and mouse. Rovers sent plenty for­ward, but it was a long-range piledriver from De­vitt which fi­nally woke the crowd up again. It had to be watched all the way as it shaved the wood­work.

A switch of play from left to right saw Sowerby put Lid­dle in on the over­lap and his cross de­served bet­ter as De­vitt, Nade­san and Ben­nett formed a queue. In the end, none of them got a touch as the op­por­tu­nity was al­lowed to pass.

The Cum­bri­ans started to ask the ma­jor ques­tions and Gille­sphey ex­pertly bent his run to put a dinked ball to­wards the back stick. Ben­nett threw him­self at it but he couldn’t make the con­nec­tion.

Cap­tain Gary Lid­dle took mat­ters into his own hands as he started a run which saw him play a lovely one-two with Campbell as he broke into the box. He clipped the ball over the ad­vanc­ing Scott Davies and the ref­eree had no hes­i­ta­tion in point­ing to the spot as the keeper got a touch to send the ma­raud­ing de­fender tum­bling to the floor. Jamie De­vitt stepped up to take the spot­kick but he was thwarted by an ex­cel­lent save.

Dis­as­ter struck at the other end when a seem­ingly harm­less cross caught Tom Parkes com­pletely un­de­cided. He hung his boot at it and left Adam Collin with no chance as it bob­bled its way into the bot­tom cor­ner.

Their lead was dou­bled, and the points claimed, when vet­eran Paul Mullin weaved his way into the area with three in his wake. Collin could do noth­ing as a su­perb strike nes­tled sweetly in the back of his net.

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