Moon Soccerround – 16th Jan 2016




Premier League

Everton throw away chance to win at Chelsea


Everton had the game won twice at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea but threw away the chance to win in keeping with their frustrating season. After a goaless first half the game came to life as the Toffeemen took the lead through a John Terry own-goal and Kevin Mirallas converted a Leighton Baines cross to make it two. Very poor defending allowed Diego Costa in to get one back and Chelsea were level within two minutes after Cesc Fabregas had a shot deflected into the net.

Heading into injury time Everton looked to have won it again after Ramiro Funes Mori took advantage of a Gerard Deulofeu corner to put Everton ahead. However as Chelsea pushed everyone forward Everton could not hold on and Terry who earlier had put into his own net got the last, gasp equaliser with a back-heel. Everton remain stuck in mid-table after the point as Everton supporters will feel a sense of Deja Vu as this is not the first time points have been thrown away late this season.

Foxes return to the top, but only with a draw


Leicester City are back at the to of the Premier League tonight but could only draw at bottom side Aston Villa. Shinji Okazaki got the Foxes goal reacting quickest to score after Villa keeper Mark Bunn had scooped a lob from Jamie Vardy away from goal. Riyad Mahrez had a chance to make it two with a penalty but Bunn made the save to keep Villa in the game. Villa’s equaliser came from substitue Rudy Gestede whose shot deflected past Kasper Schmiechel to level. Vardy could have won it in stoppage time but fired over the bar and Leicester may see this as a missed opportunity, they will however remain top for at least 24 hours until Arsenal take on Stoke City tomorrow.


Rams crushed by fine Birmingham second half display


Derby County were shocked by a superb second half display from Birmingham City at Pride Park. Derby had slightly the better of the first half but unusually this season were taken apart in the second as Birmingham put themselves back into the play-off race. Paul Robinson got the first heading in from a Jacques Maghoma corner, Stephen Gleeson added a second with an effort that looked like a cross but it caught out keeper Lee Grant and found it’s way into the far corner. Maikel Kieftenbelt added a third with a fine volley to cap and excellent Birmingham performance leaving the Rams outside the top 2 as Hull won their game to climb above Derby.

Forest on form as Bolton swept aside


Nottingham Forest went five games unbeaten sweeping aside bottom of the table Bolton at the City Ground. Forest were two up by half time and the tone was set when Jamie Ward was brought down by Bolton keeper Ben Amos, who was sent off and conceded a penalty which Nelson Oliveira dispatched to give Forest the lead. Oliver Burke headed in Jamie Ward’s cross to make it two. Forest dominated the rest of the game and the outstanding Ward got Forest a third with a left foot strike seven minutes from time. Bolton remain bottom and on this form may well stay there. As for Forest, can they use this as a springboard to go on a run and get back in the play-off race?

League 1

Rampant Blackpool thrash Scunthorpe to move outside the drop zone


The Tangerines produced their best performance of the season at Bloomfield Road to put five goals past Scunthorpe. Blackpool were ahead in two minutes with Tom Aldred heading home Jim McAlister’s free-kick. Brad Potts had added two more before the brake, Jack Redshaw setting Potts up to make it 2-0 and good work from David Norris helped Potts make it three. Norris added a fourth in the second half driving home the rebound after McAlister’s shot was saved. Potts capped an outstanding show setting up Danny Philliskirk to make it five before the end. Blackpool are two points clear of the relegation zone after this win and on this performance they should have enough to get the home points to survive in League 1.

League 2

Early second half strike swings momentum against the Stags


It was a game of two halves as Mansfield Town lost ground on the play-off chase after defeat at Wimbledon. Mansfield got off to a great start controlling most of the first half and taking the lead through Matt Green who struck home from an narrow angle. However Lyle Taylor equalised with the first attack of the second half and the momentum fo the gae swung decisively the way of the Dons after that. Jonathan Meades put the home side ahead with a header from a Kallum Kennedy corner. Adebayo Azeez sealed the points chipping the keeper after being put through by Tom Elliot. The win moves Wimbledon above Mansfield into 8th, Mansfield are ninth, with both sides just outside the play-off zone.

Solvenian Valencic wins Magpies new manager the points


Notts County came away from their trip to Crawley with a smash and grab win thanks to a little known Slovenian. Crawley were on top for the majority of the game and restricted Notts County to just one shot on target, but that was enough for Notts to win the game against the run of play. Good work from Jon Stead unlocked the Crawley defence for Filip Valencic to score with a volley in only his third appearance for the club, indeed before today he had played merely 27 minutes for the club but proved the goal scoring hero to get new Manager Jamie Fullarton’s reign off to a winning start.

Collins goal gets Warren Feeney off to a winning start


Newport County’s new manager Warren Feeney saw an early strike for his side be the difference as Newport took the three points against York at Bootham Crescent. A low drive from Aaron Collins on 8 minutes was the only goal of the game. York had the better of the second half with Dave Winfield and Vadaine Oliver going close and bring saves from keeper Mitchell Beeney who was making his debut. Overall though Newport defended well and come away with three priceless points to take them six points clear of Yeovil and the drop zone.

FA Trophy 2nd Round

Southport go out in clash featuring goalkeeping errors


Both goalkeepers were at fault during the FA Trophy clash between Dover and Southport. After a slow start Southport took the lead against the run of play after Jack Ryan tried his luck from 30 yards to see his shot squirm under the Dover keeper into the net. However the Southport keeper returned the favour as Sean Raggatt’s tame header from a free-kick was fumbled into the net by Southport keeper Max Crocombe to see the teams go in level. Ricky Miller was the hero for the Kent side whose flicked header at the front post from a corner saw Dover take a lead they would not relinquish. Despite fine form in the league, this will be a disappointment to Southport for whom this was a chance at a run at Wembley.

Late goals help Chester ease into Round 3


Lower league Hungerford Town gave a good account of themselves in a goalless first half but in the end Chester City eased through to the next round at the Deva Stadium. Hungerford created a couple of chances and did well in the first half to go in 0-0 at the break. Chester finally broke the deadlock with Craig Mahon setting up Jordan Chapell to score with a placed shot from the edge of the box. With Hungerford pushing forward the game was sealed as Ross Hannah got his 17th goal of the season to make it 2-0 finishing off a sweeping counter attack. Hungerford’s day then fell apart with Scott Rees being sent off and late goals from Johnny Hunt and Jason Gilchrist to making 4-0 as Chester took advantage of the extra man against a tiring Hungerford side. The score flatters Chester but they deserved to go through in the end and are three wins away from a trip to Wembley, something to play for in a season in which there is very little left for them in the league.




Premier League

Chelsea (0) 3 (Costa, Fabregas, Terry) Everton (0) 3 (Terry {OG}, Mirallas, Funes Mori)At Stamford Bridge, Fulham, London

Aston Villa (0) 1 (Gestede) Leicester City (1) 1 (Okazaki)At Villa Park, Birmingham


Derby County (0) 0 Birmingham City (0) 3 (Robinson, Gleeson, Kieftenbeld)At Pride Park, Derby

Nottingham Forest (2) 3 (Oliveira, Burke, Ward) Bolton Wanderers (0) 0At The City Ground, West Bridgford

League 1

Blackpool (3) 5 (Aldred, Potts 2, Norris, Philliskirk) Scunthorpe United (0) 0At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

League 2

Wimbledon (0) 3 (Taylor, Meades, Azeez) Mansfield Town (1) 1 (Green)At Kingsmeadow, Kingston Upon Thames, London

Crawley Town (0) 0 Notts County (0) 1 (Valencic)At Broadfield Stadium, Crawley

York City (0) 0 Newport County (1) 1 (Collins)At Bootham Crescent, York

FA Trophy – Round 2

Chester City (0) 4 (Chapell, Hannah, Hunt, Gilchrist) Hungerford Town (0) 0At The Deva Stadium, Chester

Dover Athletic (1) 2 (Raggatt, Miller) Southport (1) 1 (Ryan)At The Crabble Athetic Ground, River, Kent

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Brad Potts (Blackpool)






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