Manchester City Reserves 5 Tranmere Rovers in Reserves 0: Italian striker Luca Scapuzzi returned from a nine-match loan with Oldham Athletic to plunder a hat-trick for City’s reserve team at Tranmere’s expense.
Ahmed Benal and Denis Suarez were the other scorers for the home side in the Central League Cup encounter at Hyde.
Tranmere used the game to help long-term casualties Enoch Showunmi and Andy Robinson along the comeback trail and also included professionals Joss Labadie, Mustafa Tiryaki, Lucas Akins, Michael Kay and Andy Coughlin in the line-up. But they had no answer to City’s elite development squad.
TRANMERE RESERVES: Coughlin, Vaulks, Wainwright, Kay, Joyce, Akins, Labadie, Robinson, Healing, Tiryaki, Showunmi.