Moon Soccerround – 28th Dec 2015




Premier League

Toffeemen fall to late penalty in seven goal thriller

After their late winner at Newcastle, Everton were today on the receiving end of a late winner at Goodison allowing Stoke to take the points. Xherden Shaqiri gave Stoke the lead but Romelu Lukaku equalised from close range before Shaquiri scored a spectacular volley which looped over Everton keeper Tim Howard to give Stoke the lead at half-time.

Everton started the better in the second half, Tom Cleverey set up Lukaku for his second and the Merseysiders took the lead after Gerard Deulofue tapped in to make it 3-2. At this point Everton were themselves looking good to make it rare back to back wins, but Stoke were not done. Joselu got his first Premier League goal with a volley to make it 3-3. and with seconds left, John Stones brought down Mark Anoutovic to concede a last minute penalty, which Anoutovic, the hero on Boxing Day for Stoke against Manchester United, did it again dispatching the penalty to win the game, Stoke move above Everton as a result.

League 1

Blackpool go down to defeat in South Yorkshire

Barnsley got their first home win since September with a day for their fans to remember with four goals against Blackpool. The home side took the lead with Sam Winnall heading in a Recce Wabara cross. A Mark Cullen strike leveled for Blackpool soon after the break but parity did not last long.

Winnall added a second from range to give Barnsley the lead back within two minutes and he then set up Marley Watkins to make it three. Andy Little gave Blackpool hope making it 3-2 in the 89th minute, but at the other end Ben Pearson set up Matthew Templeton in stoppage time to make it four and seal the points. Blackpool are 15th in the table and too close for comfort only two points outside the drop zone.

League 2

All Square at Field Mill

Mansfield Town fall outside the play off places after what they will consider a missed opportunity at home to York City. York took a surprise lead on 10 minutes when Dave Winfield converted a low cross from Luke Summerfield. Krystian Pearce headed the equaliser after a cross from Adam Chapman.

Mansfield dominated the second half with Pearce, Matt Green and Adi Yussuf all having chances to win it, but they could not make the breakthrough and the draw leaves Mansfield two points outside the play-off zone.

McLeod double earns Magpies a point

Notts County had to come from two goals down for the second home game in a row after a bright start from visitors Morecambe. Shaun Miller gave Morecambe the lead and Miller earned a penalty after been brought down by Thierry Audel. Kevin Ellison converted to give Morecambe a two goal advantage.

Izale Mcleod got one back just before after being set up be Graham Burke. Notts bossed the early stages of the second half and McLeod got his second with a header on 62 minutes. County put the pressure on and forced number of corners towards the end without unduly threatening a late winner. The draw leaves both sides firmly in mid table.

Plymouth go top after downing brave Newport

Plymouth Argyle are three points clear at the top of League 2 after coming from behind to beat a spirited Newport County. It was the Welsh side who were ahead at half-time after John Lenell-Lewis won a flick on putting Scott Boden clear who lobbed the keeper to give Newport the lead.

They really needed to keep hold of the lead but it only lasted three minutes into the second half when Oscar Threlkeld crossed for Jake Jervis to head Plymouth level from close range. Plymouth then took control and Ryan Brunt struck to win the game and take the Devon side top of the table tonight. Newport are four points outside the drop zone despite losing both Christmas fixtures.

National League

Poor Chester well beaten

Chester City were very disappointing going down to a 2-0 home defeat against Macclesfield Town. Chester defender Ian Sharps summed up Chester’s day after slicing Daniel Rowe’s cross from the left into his own net. Kristian Dennis got his second Christmas goal after scoring against Tranmere on Boxing Day, with a penalty after Ben Heneghan had brought him down. Chester remain stubbornly in mid table, and already appear to have very little to play for in 2016 barring a fantastic, or dreadful run.

Two xmas wins for Tranmere

Tranmere Rovers got their second win in a row this Christmas after a hard fought 1-0 victory over Altrincham at Prenton Park. James Norwood first half goal after being set up by Lois Maynard, was enough to give Tranmere the points. Norwood could have had more, and Scott Leather hit the post for Altrincham with six minutes left. Overall Tranmere deserved the win and move up to 8th, five points off the play-offs.

Storming Southport go seven unbeaten

After an incredibly miserable start to the season, Southport suddenly look a totally different team as of late as the notched up another win at home to Barrow. It was level at the break after Barrow’s Otis Khan’s struck after a surge from the left cancelling out Gary Jones opener for the home side. Southport’s winner came on 50 minutes when Michael Phenix set up Jamie Allen to give the Seasiders the lead and the points as they move up to 15th and the luxury of mid table obscurity.



Premier League

Everton (1) 3 (Lukaku 2, Deulofeu) Stoke City (2) 4 (Shaqiri 2, Joselu, Arnoutovic)At Goodison Park, Liverpool

League 1

Barnsley (1) 4 (Winnall 2, Watkins, Templeton) Blackpool (0) 2 (Cullen, Little)At The Oakwell Ground, Barnsley

League 2

Mansfield Town (1) 1 (Pearce) York City (1) 1 (Winfield)At Field Mill, Mansfield

Newport County (1) 1 (Boden) Plymouth Argyle (1) 2 (Jervis, Brunt)At Rodney Parade, Newport

Notts County (1) 2 (McLeod 2) Morecambe (2) 2 (Miller, Ellison) At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Chester City (0) 0 Macclesfield Town (2) 2 (Sharps {OG}, Dennis) At The Deva Stadium, Chester

Southport (1) 2 (Jones, Allen) Barrow (1) 1 (Khan)At Haig Avenue, Southport

Tranmere Rovers (1) 1 (Norwood) Altrincham (0) 0At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers)


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