Moon Soccerround – Weekend Football

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League Cup Final

Dismal Liverpool fail as Manchester City win the cup

LIVERPOOL 1 MANCHESTER CITY 1 – MANCHESTER CITY WIN 3-1 ON PENALTIES

Liverpool were lucky to have the opportunity of a penalty shoot out as they were outplayed by Manchester City in the League Cup Final at Wembley. Sergio Aguerro had the best chance of the first half having his shot tipped onto the post by Simon Mingolet.

City took the lead as they dominated the early part of the second half. Fernandinho struck from an angle with the ball going under Mignolet in a poor piece of goalkeeping. Rahemm Stirling should have sealed it missing to clear cut chances.

Liverpool had not had a sh

ot on target until on 83 minutes with Adam Lallana hitting the post and Phillipe Coutinho scoring from the rebound. In the final minutes David Silva was clean through but again Mignolet managed to tip it onto the post.

In extra time Liverpool had the best chance with a Divoc Origi header well save by Willy Caballero, the back up keeper who City kept faith with. And it was he who would be the hero of the penalty shoot out, making three saves to help City lift the cup 3-1 on Penalties.On this evidence Liverpool remain a long way short of where they need to be.Has Liverpool has won the shoot it, it would have been a travesty of justice.

Premier League

Ulloa keeps the Foxes on top

LEICESTER CITY 1 NORWICH CITY 0

Tension was very real at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City tried to recover their title credentials against Norwich after defeat at Arsenal last time out. Neither side had a shot on target in a poor first half.

Leicester took some control in the second half. Danny Drinkwater put Jamie Vardy in for the best chance of the match but Norwich keeper John Ruddy made a fine save. With it looking like points could be dropped, Mark Albrighton crossed in the 89th minute and Leonardo Ulla slid in at the far post to put the ball past Ruddy and seal a crucial three points.

The win leaves Leicester two points ahead of Tottenham at the top, Arsenal are now five behind after defeat at Manchester United.

Championship

Derby Play-off Hopes suffer blow

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 2 DERBY COUNTY 1

Derby suffered a blow with defeat at Wolves in the early Championship game. Wolves took the lead as Nathan Byrne set up George Saville to curl the opener from 18 yards. Derby got themselves level with a free kick from the edge of the box from Chris Martin.

Jacob Butterfield and Jeff Hendrick had chances to put Derby ahead early in the second half. They were left to rue those missed opportunities as Matt Doherty crossed for Saville to get his second four minutes from time and get Wolves first win for over a month.

Derby remain fifth after some other results went there way. In a match they could easily have won, this will be seen as a missed opportunity to solidify their play-off spot.

Forest fall to third straight defeat

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 BRISTOL CITY 2

Bristol City eased any relegation worries as Nottingham Forest blew an early lead. The home side had gone 1-0 up with Ben Osborn putting a low shot past Bristol keeper Richard O’Donnell.

Bristol City were level just before half-time as Johnathan Kodjia tapped home from the rebound after Joe Bryan had hot the post. Bristol were in control from then on, Nathan Baker hit the woodwork again before they took the lead through Aden Flint who headed home a Luke Freeman corner.

Bristol City move eight points from the drop zone after their win. Forest remain in 15th with not much left to play for.

League 1

Defeat moves Blackpool dangerously close to the relegation zone

BLACKPOOL 0 BRADFORD CITY 1

Bradford City aided their play-off hopes with victory against Blackpool who are dragged right back into the relegation fight. After a poor first half the home side could have taken the lead, Mark Yeats twice went close with his second effort being tipped onto the bar.

Tony McMahon went close for the visitors moments before they made the breakthrough. A good direct run from Stephen Derby enable him to set up Kyel Reid to fire home low into the net. James Hanson could have added a second forcing a save from Blackpool keeper Colin Doyle.

The loss means Blackpool are now only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Bradford are just two points outside the play-off zone. Blackpool need some more points on the board, soon.

League 2

Newport win late as both sides struggle with a poor pitch

NEWPORT COUNTY 1 MANSFIELD TOWN 0

Scott Boden struck late to help Newport’s survival chances as Mansfield Town fell out of the play off places. On a poor pitch at Rodney Parade both sides struggled to get anything going in the first half.

Matt Green hit the post for the visitors and Ryan Tafazolli had a goal disallowed for offside in a game of few chances. The last five minutes were the most exciting. Adi Yussef had a header well save before the home side took the lead as Boden took advantage of a loose ball to fire home low.

Mansfield even then had chances to equalise. Green and Chris Clements both had efforts wide of the target. Newport hung on for a win that moves them eight clear of the relegation zone. Mansfield are down to ninth and will need to get back on track quickly with games now running out.

Promotion chasing Plymouth too good for struggling Magpies

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 NOTTS COUNTY 0

High flying Plymouth outplayed Notts County in another poor display from the Magpies. Jordan Forster and Craig Tanner both missed chances for the home side while Jon Stead had an effort cleared off the line for County.

Elioot Hewitt’s free kick was tipped onto the cross bar by Argyle keeper Luke McCormick. Plymouth tok the lead early in the second half with Graham Crey sweeping home a left wing cross from Gregg Wylde.

Liam Noble had a shot well save in injury time to almost force a point for Notts but overall Plymouth who remain second deserved their win. County are in 16th place.

National League

Southport well beaten in poor home display

SOUTHPORT 0 BOREHAM WOOD 3

Southport were well beaten at Haig Avenue as Boreham Wood aided their survival chances and moved out of the bottom four. Southport’s best chance came early on with Adam Blakeman hitting the post.

Boreham Wood then took control. Delando Sam-Yorke put through Luke Howell for the first, Howell got himself a second latching onto a smart pass from Ricky Shakes to make it 2-0. David Stephens added a third in the second half getting on the end of Danny Woodward’s header across goal.

Boreham Wood move out of the bottom four, Southport are six points off the drop zone in 16th place and could still get dragged back in if they keep playing like this.

Norwood spot on as Tranmere maintain Play-Off push

CHESTER CITY 0 TRANMERE ROVERS 1

Tranmere won the derby against Chester at the Deva Stadium to remain in 4th place. Lee Vaughan had the best chance of the first half as Tranmere controlled possession. Despite this John Rooney did have a good opportunity for Chester forcing a save from Scott Davies.

The key moment came on 69 minutes. Johnny Hunt brought down Adam Mekki and James Norwood stepped up to score from the spot. The one goal was enough to keep Trnamere’s play-off hopes on track. Norwood had another chance late on and Gary Taylor-Fletcher could have also added to the lead.

Chester are in 15th place six points above the drop zone. Tranmere need to keep putting points on the board as other sides around them have games in hand, but for now Rovers remain on track for the chance to get straight back into the football league.

Scottish Championship

Second half blitz a hammer blow for Queens Play-Off hopes

FALKIRK 3 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1

Queen of the South fell five points behind Raith Rovers after a second half comeback from Falkirk saw Queens go down to another defeat. The visitors had taken a first half lead through Chris Higgins heading in a Ryan Conroy free-kick.

John Board headed Falkirk level early in the second half from close range after a Miles Hypolyte cross. It then went away from Queens as Falkirk dominated, Andy Dowie put into his own net to make it 2-1. Shortly after Blair Alston sealed the game shooting low beyond Jim Atkinson.

Queen play off hopes are falling and the next series of games will become must win in order to close the gap. There is still one game against Raith to come later in the season. Falkirk remain third and are headed for the play-offs themselves.

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

League Cup Final

Liverpool (0) 1 (Coutinho) – Manchester City (0) 1 (Fernandinho) – AET (90 Mins 1-1) Manchester City win 3-1 on PenaltiesAt Wembley Stadium, London

Premier League

Leicester City (0) 1 (Ulloa) – Norwich City (0) 0 – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) 2 (Saville 2) – Derby County (1) 1 (Martin) – At Molineux, Wolverhapton

Nottingham Forest (1) 1 (Osborn) – Bristol City (1) 2 (Kodjia, Flint) – At The City Ground, West Bridgford

League 1

Blackpool (0) 0Bradford City (1) 1 (Reid) – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

League 2

Newport County (0) 1 (Boden) – Mansfield Town (0) 0 – At Rodney Parade, Newport

Plymouth Argyle (0) 1 (Norwood) – Notts County (0) 0 – At Home Park, Plymouth

National League

Southport (0) 0Boreham Wood (2) 3 (Howell 2, Stephens) – At Haig Avenue, Southport

Chester City (0) 0Tranmere Rovers (0) 1 (Norwood)At The Deva Stadium, Chester

Scottish Championship

Falkirk (0) 3 (Biard, Dowie {OG}, Alston) – Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Higgins) – At The Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE SOCCERROUND – Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City)

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