Soccerround – 26th December 2015

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Premier League

Liverpool deserved their win over league leaders Leicester City at Anfield dominating the majority of the game and in truth should have had a few more goals than the one they got. Liverpool finally got the breakthrough just after the hour when Roberto Firmino’s pull back was steered in by substitute Christian Benteke. The Reds profligacy was summed up late on when breaking from a corner where Leicester keeper Kasper Schmiechel had gone up for, the home side failed to take advantage of a five on one situation with Benteke putting the ball wide. Andy King nearly headed in to earn the foxes a point, but the Reds got their deserved three points moving them up to 8th, Leicester could lose top spot if Arsenal win later.

Everton moved up to ninth in the table after a last gasp winner at Newcastle. After a poor first half the game improved in the second with both sides having chances to take the lead. Romelu Lukaku nearly won the game cutting through and being stopped with a last ditch tackle. From the resulting corner, Tom Cleverly’s looping headed somehow found it’s way between two defenders into the net to give the Toffeemen the three points.

Championship

Derby County have gone top of the Championship taking advantage of the fact Middlesbrough’s game was postponed with victory over Fulham. Derby took the lead after unfortunate Tim Ream put into his own net after a Johnny Russell cross. The points were secured when Chris Martin put Jacob Butterfield through to make it two with a calm finish. Derby are unbeaten in eight games after the win and move a point ahead of the Teesiders at the top.

League 2

The sending off of Medy Elito was the turning point which saw Newport County go down to defeat against Barnet. The referee showed the red card and also gave a penalty after Elito had brought down Andy Yiadom. John Akinde stepped up to put the home side ahead. From then on Barnet took control and Akinde got a second late on making no mistake putting the ball into an empty net after some poor Newport defending. Both sides remain in the bottom half of the table.

National League

An outstanding display from Adam Mekki who provided both the goals was the difference as Tranmere Rovers got a much needed win at Macclesfield. Tranmere took the lead early on when Steve McNulty headed home an Mekki’s cross. Macclesfield leveled just before half time with a Kristian Dennis headed from a Chris Holroyd cross. Mekki provided the winner, after some good work he set up Michael Ihiekwe to win the game for Rovers. Paul Lewis of Macclesfield was sent off late on to complete their poor day. The sort of game Rovers need to start winning if they are to get back in the play-off mix.

Southport have powered well outside the drop zone and are unbeaten in six games after a fine away win at Wrexham. Adam Blakeman got the winning goal in the first half after cutting inside and powering a strike passed Wrexham keeper Rhys Taylor. After the break Josh Thompson could have added another forcing a fine save from Taylor. Southport deserved their win and are up to 17th, their highest position of the season.

MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Liverpool (0) 1 (Benteke) Leicester City (0) 0 At Anfield, Liverpool

Newcastle United (0) 0 Everton (0) 1 (Cleverley) At ST James’ Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Championship

Derby County (0) 2 (Ream {OG}, Butterfield) Fulham (0) 0AT Pride Park, Derby

League 2

Barnet (0) 2 (Akinde 2) Newport County (0) 0The Hive Stadium, Harrow

National League

Macclesfield Town (0) 1 (Dennis) Tranmere Rovers (1) 2 (McNulty, Ihiekew,)At The Moss Rose Ground, Macclesfield

Wrexham (0) 0 Southport (1) 1 (Blakeman)At The Racecourse Ground, Wrexham

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Adam Mekki (Tranmere Rovers)

 

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