FA Cup 3rd Round
Young Liverpool side come away with a draw
EXETER CITY 2 LIVERPOOL 2
Liverpool playing a very young side due to injuries were saved embarrassment via an Australian at Exeter. The League 2 side took the lead after Tom Nichols angled in Jamie Reid’s low cross but the lead lasted just three minutes after Jerome Sinclair pounced on some poor Exeter defending to coolly finish to level. Exeter controlled the later stages of the first half and got their reward when Lee Holmes put the underdogs back ahead direct from a corner just before half time.
With Liverpool looking tired it was a surprise when manager Jurgen Klopp did not put the experience of Adam Lallana or Lucus Leiva on but instead went for wide player Sheyi Ojo instead. The substitution worked however, Ojo brought Liverpool some energy, and it was his cross that deflected into the path of Australian full back Brad Smith to level and earn a reply that the Reds should come through back at Anfield.
Everton ease past minnows
EVERTON 2 DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE 0
Everton eased past League 2 Dagenham & Redbridge at Goodison Park. Everton dominated the game and deservedly took the lead on the half hour when Arouna Kone headed home Brian Oviedo’s cross from six yards The underdogs did well to keep to to just one but any concerns of the home fans were put to bed when Kevin Mirallas drew a foul from Nyron Nosworthy and stepped up to score the penalty to make it 2-0 and secure safe passage into round 4.
Experience helps Derby to comeback win at Hartlepool
HARTLEPOOL UNITED 1 DERBY COUNTY 2
The upset was on at the Victoria Ground after totally against the run of play Michael Woods set up Jake Gray to give underdogs Hartlepool United a shock lead against Championship promotion chasers Derby County. Derby hit back however as Jacob Butterfield leveled with a strike from range. The winner came five minutes from time when a low cross from Abdoul Camara deflected through to experienced ex-England striker Darren Bent to finish and put the Rams into round 4.
Jamie Ward the hero for Forest
NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 QUEENS PARK RANGERS 0
A first half strike from Jamie Ward was enough to put Nottingham Forest through to the next round against Queens Park Rangers. Ward was set up indirectly by Oliver Burke whose mis-hit cross was turned in by Ward in what proved to be the winning goal. Rangers improved in the second half but the closest the came was a Gabriele Angella header that brought an excellent save from keeper Dorus de Vries. Burke had an impressive game throughout and Forest deserved their win and passage into the draw for the next round.
Blackpool fall to home defeat
BLACKPOOL 0 PORT VALE 1
Blackpool could not get past Port Vale keeper Danny Alnwick and as a result were a touch unfortunate to go down to defeat at Bloomfield Road. Andy Little and Danny Philliskirk both had great chances for the Tangerines but found Alnwick in great form. The Vale goal came from AJ Leitch-Smith, his initial header was saved but only parried by Blackpool keeper Colin Doyle, but Leitch-Smith got on the end of the rebound to give Port Vale the three points and keep Blackpool in the bottom four.
Mansfield return to form with impressive home win
MANSFIELD TOWN 2 STEVENAGE 1
Mansfield Town got their first league win since November with an impressive display against Stevenage. Against the run of play the visitors from Hertfordshire nearly took the lead as Michael Tongue hit the post. Chris Clements eventually gave the Stage a deserved lead when Chris Clements scored direct from a free-kick. Debutante Jason Baxendale secured the points in the second half with a 20 yard strike to make it 2-0. Stevenage got a consolation goal in injury through a close range effort from Armand Gnanduillet but in the end Mansfield got and deserved all three points. They are on point off the play off places but most teams have at least one game in hand.
Chester lose mid-table battle to Aldershot
ALDERSHOT 3 CHESTER CITY 1
Aldershot came out on top in a mid table game against Chester. Neither side has much to play for at the moment as both are bang in middle of the table. Sean McGinty hit the bar in the first half for the hosts, and it was McGinty who gave them the lead after heading in Dan Walker’s header. A close range effort from Alfie Pavey made it two just a moment later. Ryan Higgins set up John Rooney to give Chester hope for the last 10 minutes, but as they pushed forward Aldershot hit them on the break late on with Rhys Brown crossing for Jim Sevvenson to secure the points.
Southport maintain unbeaten run with a point in Kent
BROMLEY 0 SOUTHPORT 0
Southport stretched their unbeaten record to eight games after an uninspiring afternoon at Bromley that ended goalless. Louis Almond came closest to breaking the deadlock forcing a good save from Bromley keeper Alan Julian and Julian again save from Jamie Allen 10 minutes from time. Bromley’s Alex Wall did have the ball in the net but was ruled offside, other than that Bromley did not have a shot on target and having edged the game Southport may feel disappointed not to have won it.
Astonishing finish sees Tranmere pull out an incredible victory
BARROW 3 TRANMERE ROVERS 4
The game of the day was at Holker Street where Tranmere stole the points in a spectacular finish. with 10 minutes left it was 1-1 with a penalty a piece from Rovers’ Adam Mekki and Barrow’s Jason Walker. Barrow looked to have won it with two quick goals as Simon Grand headed in a David Mellor cross and Andy Cook tapped in to make it 3-1 on 87 minutes after some poor Rovers defending.
Louis Maynard got what looked a mere consolation scoring from range on 89 minutes but it was actually the start of an incredible comeback. Jeff Hughes rounded the Barrow keeper to score on 92 minutes and there was still time for a 94th minute winner, as Jeff Kirby saw glory and tried his luck from range, with the strike deflecting into the net to finish a superb game and give Rovers all three points that never looked likely.
Scottish Cup 4th Round
Doonhammers dumped out of the cup by Dumbarton
DUMBARTON 2 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1
Queen Of The South’s hopes of a cup run were put to the sword by an in form Garry Fleming who got both the goals for Dumbarton. Fleming was put through by Steven Saunders to slot home to give Dumbarton a deserved lead on 17 minutes after a sweeping passing move. Queens were given hope after the break when Derek Lyle poked the ball home after a scramble in which Dumbarton failed to clear a corner. Parity did not last long however as Kevin Cawley set up Fleming to strike again from close range in what proved to be a deserved winning goal for the home side. Queens are now staring at a long hard road ahead in the league, chasing a play-off spot that will be difficult to achieve.
MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD
FA Cup 3rd Round
Exeter City (2) 2 (Nichols, Holmes) Liverpool (1) 2 (Sinclair, Smith) – At ST James’ Park, Exeter
Everton (1) 2 (Kone, Mirallas) Dagenham & Redbridge (0) 0 – At Goodison Park, Liverpool
Hartlepool United (0) 1 (Gray) Derby County (0) 2 (Butterfield, Bent) – At The Victoria Ground, Hartlepool
Nottingham Forest (1) 1 (Ward) Queens Park Rangers (0) 0 – At The City Ground, West Bridgford
Blackpool (0) 0 Port Vale (0) 1 (Leitch-Smith) – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool
Mansfield Town (1) 2 (Clements, Baxendale) Stevenage (0) 1 (Gnanduillet) – At Field Mill, Mansfield
Aldershot (0) 3 (McGinty, Pavey, Stevenson) Chester City (0) 1 (Rooney) – At The Recreation Ground, Aldershot
Barrow (0) 3 (Walker, Grand, Cook) Tranmere Rovers (1) 4 (Mekki, Maynard, Hughes, Kirby) – At Holker Street, Barrow In Furness
Bromley (0) 0 Southport (0) 0 – At Hayes Lane, Bromley, London
Scottish Cup 4th Round
Dumbarton (1) 2 (Fleming 2) Queen Of The South (0) 1 (Lyle) – At The Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium, Dumbarton