WIGAN ATHLETIC 4
Ivan Ramis was among the goals as Latics continued their excellent start to the Central League, with a fifth win from six games, as Danny Redmond opened the scoring in the first half, with Adam Buxton and Guillermo Andres cementing the victory late on.
John Henry had the luxury of being able to pick Ramis for the second game in a row, as the Spanish centre back continued his return from injury, in his first competitive game for the Development Squad.
Players with first team experience in the form of Buxton, Jordan Mustoe and opening scorer Redmond also featured.
It should have been a start to savour for Latics, when they created three opportunities in the first three minutes, but couldn't force themselves into taking the lead, leading to a first half missed chances until the goal.
Twelve minutes in Andres looked like he might add his fifth goal of the Central League season, when he curled a free kick over the wall from the left edge of the area, but again Mooney denied Latics as he pushed the ball around his left hand post.
Ramis and centre back partner Josh Langley limited the home side to only half chances for the majority of the first half, with Latics only looking truly worried just the once as Buxton was forced to head over his own cross bar from an inswinging left sided cross.
As the half progressed Latics continued to create chances with Latics' other trialist flashing a shot just wide on 25 minutes and Andres forcing another top save out of Mooney from range.
On 37 minutes though Redmond did what he does best, cutting in from the right side with a superb dribble past two players, and firing a shot low and hard into the bottom right corner, this time giving Mooney no chance.
Andres, determined to add to his season tally, nearly doubled Latics' lead after just a minute of the second half when he wriggled into the area down the left and forced another save from Mooney.
Tranmere improved to equalise just moments later, when an unchallenged James Rowe was allowed to hammer in from range, with Marko Marosi beaten as the ball found the top corner.
Impressively Latics didn't feel sorry for themselves after dominating the game and still finding themselves level, and on 67 minutes Ivan Ramis put them back into the lead with a left footed volley.
A Redmond corner was cleared, but the skipper got a second chance to cross from the right. The ball popped up in the danger zone as Tranmere failed to clear and in came Ramis to smash the ball home.
With the lead and just 20 minutes to go, Latics played the clock down, retaining possession for prolonged periods until a 20 plus passing move resulted in a third goal.
Redmond was involved again as he found the constantly, marauding right back Buxton on the overlap.
Buxton attacked the full back, skipping a sweeping challenge to advance into the area and drive the ball with force across the 'keeper.
A bizarre end to the game brought about a fourth goal for Latics when substitute Steven Boothman's effort hit a Tranmere hand in the penalty box, but the referee waved play on as Andres finally got his goal, following the ball in from close range.
Without even restarting play the final whistle blew as Latics held on to top spot on the Central League with their fifth win from six games this season.
Tranmere: Mooney, Morris, Gumbs, Koumas (Riley 61), Shaw, Boland, Jennings, Rowe, Stockton, Akpa Akpro (Duggan 61), Davies (Newton 78)
Unused subs: Pilling, Phillips
Latics: Marosi, Buxton, Mustoe, Ramis, Langley, Meadows, Johnson, Trialist, Trialist (Boothman 80), Andres, Redmond
Unused subs: Wilson, Ainscough, Chow, Poole