Match ends, Maidstone United 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.
Maidstone United 0-1 Tranmere Rovers
Under-strength Tranmere warmed up for their Vanarama National League play-off semi-final against Aldershot with a battling 1-0 win at Maidstone.
Nine players were making their first starts for a Rovers side which had an average age of just 19 years, but they won the game with a 56th-minute goal from youngster Sam Ilesanmi.
Maidstone started the game strongly, forcing six corners inside the opening quarter of an hour, but failed to make their early pressure tell in front of goal.
Tranmere's Luke Pilling was the busier of the two goalkeepers, denying both Stuart Lewis and Yemi Odubade in the first half and denying Alex Flisher twice after the break.
Flisher nearly put the Stones in front with a second-half header which cleared the bar, but moments later the home side failed to clear a great run and cross down the right by Tranmere skipper Adam Mekki and Ilesanmi took advantage to score what turned out to be the winner with a cool finish.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 14PrestedgeSubstituted forPaxmanat 57'minutes
- 24OkuonghaeSubstituted forCoyleat 65'minutes
- 32PigottSubstituted forPhippsat 88'minutes
- 26PillingBooked at 85mins
- 30IlesanmiSubstituted forCoughanat 64'minutes
- 31ClarkeSubstituted forFlemmingat 36'minutesBooked at 76mins
- 7MekkiSubstituted forDivineat 76'minutes
- Dean Treleaven
Second Half ends, Maidstone United 0, Tranmere Rovers 1.
Substitution, Maidstone United. Harry Phipps replaces Joe Pigott.
Luke Pilling (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. James Divine replaces Adam Mekki.
Jack Flemming (Tranmere Rovers) is shown the yellow card.
Substitution, Maidstone United. Jamie Coyle replaces Magnus Okuonghae.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Tom Coughan replaces Sam Ilesanmi.
Substitution, Maidstone United. Jack Paxman replaces Reece Prestedge.
Goal! Maidstone United 0, Tranmere Rovers 1. Sam Ilesanmi (Tranmere Rovers).
Second Half begins Maidstone United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
First Half ends, Maidstone United 0, Tranmere Rovers 0.
Substitution, Tranmere Rovers. Jack Flemming replaces Eddie Clarke.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.