Reds endured a painful afternoon as they crashed out of the Whitehaven Cup at the first hurdle.
Impressive winners of the trophy last year, Workington slumped to their heaviest defeat of the season to a rampant City side who dominated from start to finish.
Josh Palmer and Jack Brown did have efforts at goal before City got in front but Palmer, who has experienced a frustrating campaign through injury, sustained another setback and was substituted early in the game.
City had Reds pinned back in their own half for long periods but the game was half an hour old before they scored the opening goal.
Ben Davidson did have a couple of decent efforts on target, to no avail, but the turning point was the dismissal of Reds’ defender, Dan Whitehead, for denying City a goal scoring opportunity.
It prompted a collapse from the home side with Carlisle running riot in the final twenty minutes.
Frustrated manager, Lee McCullough, said, “It was an afternoon to forget and we never got going at all. We will try and put it right next week.”
For the record, City’s goals came from Kieron Blair, who helped himself to a hat-trick, Jonny Haughan and Tom Hickey.
- The Division One champions had also knocked Reds out of the Conway Cup earlier in the season.
Team: Aaron Lister (Scott Paden-Gale), Hayden Percival, Owen Birkett, Zach Martin, Dan Whitehead, Zach Lester, Evan Stephenson, Louis Webster, Ben Davidson, Josh Palmer, Jack Brown. Substitutes – Robbie Wilson, Hayden Rae, Thomas Downes, Luke Whitehead (all used).