Moon Soccerround – Tue 01 March

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Soccer

Premier League

Foxes drop two vital title points.

LEICESTER CITY 2 WEST BROMWICH ALBION 2

Leicester have been held at home missing the chance to take a five point lead at the top. The visitors stunned the home side by taking the lead as Solomon Rondon beat Robert Huth for pace and power and got free to slot the ball home. Leicester levelled with a deflected shot from Danny Drinkwater.

The Foxes got themselves in front just before half time. Riyad Mahrez set up Andy King to finish a fine flowing move to give themselves a deserved lead going in at the break. West Brom were level within five minutes of the second half after a superb free-kick from Craig Gardner.

West Brom then had a spell on top with Rondon and Craig Dawson missing good chances. In a final flourish as Leicester pushed forward, Wes Morgan forced a good save from Ben Foster and Riyad Mahrez could not turn a cross into the net in the very last seconds. As other did not play the point gives Leicester a three point lead at the top, but Tottenham now have a game in hand.

Everton ease past poor Villa

ASTON VILLA 1 EVERTON 3

Everton got the three points at bottom of the table Aston Villa as expected. The Toffeement were ahead on 5 minutes through Remiro Funes Mori who headed in a Kevin Mirallas corner.

Mirallas was the provider again as his low cross was met by Aaron Lenoon to make it 2-0 on the half hour. Lukaku added a third in the second half after taking advantage of more poor Villa defending after a corner. Villa got a late consolation as Rudy Gestede headed home a Jordan Veretout cross but it was far too little too late.

Everton move up to 10th place with the win. Villa remain eight points away from safety with games running out after conceding nine goals at home to both Merseyside teams in their last two games

League 1

Blackpool remain in trouble despite a decent point

CHESTERFIELD 1 BLACKPOOL 1

Blackpool find themselves back in the bottom four despite a decent point at Chesterfield. Danny Philliskirk had the best chance hitting the bar for Blackpool just before half-time.

The Seasiders got the lead early in the second half. Brad Potts strike from range rifled past the Chesterfield keeper. They only held the lead for four minutes though as the hosts hit back. Good work from Declan John helped Jay O’Shea get a clean strike from just outside the box to make it 1-1.

Blackpool will feel they could have won it with Jack Redshaw forcing two late saves from Tommy Lee. The draw means Blackpool are now two points away from safety after a surprise win for Shrewesbury tonight. The Seasiders have also played a game more. Their position is not looking good at the moment.

League 2

Newport well beaten at Crawley

CRAWLEY TOWN 2 NEWPORT COUNTY 0

In a mid table battle Crawley Town were convincing winners at home to Newport County. Gwion Edwards and Sonny Bradley had chances early on as the home side took control. They got their reward when Scott Boden inadvertently headed into his own net.

Matt Harold’s cross was headed home by Shamir Fenelon to make it 2-0 from close range. Harold himself missed a good chance to make it three and Medy Elito completed Newport’s miserable night by getting sent off. Crawley completely deserved the three points, nether side have much to play for in their remaining games.

Notts hang on to a point thanks to poor Dagenham finishing

NOTTS COUNTY 0 DAGENHAM & REDBRDGE 0

Notts County were fortunate to get a point against bottom side Dagenham & Redbridge. It was County who looked like the bottom side as Dagenham outplayed them in every department with the exception of the most important thing, putting the ball in the net.

Jon Stead has what turned out to be the Magpies best chance bringing a good save from Laim O’Brien. Ashley Hemmings and Ashley Chambers both had chances for the visitors before half time as Dagenham controlled the game but could not make the breakthrough.

The pattern continued in the second half, Christian Doige, Oliver Muldoon, John Passley, along with further chances for Chambers and Hemmings came and went as Dagenham were to rue missed chances with County offering virtually nothing at all.

Notts undeserved point will make little difference. They are in 17th place and remain in no mans land. Dagenham remain rock bottom 7 points off safety.

National League

Allen the key to big Southport win

DOVER ATHLETIC 1 SOUTHPORT 2

In recent weeks Southport had been dragged back towards the drop zone but a big win at Dover has eased any fears moving them 9 points clear. Jamie Allen latched onto a loose ball to put the Sandgrounders into the lead. Stefan Payne almost equalised for Dover a minute later bring a good save from Max Crocombe.

Dover pushed on early in the second half and got their reward for it. a 12 yard right foot strike from Ricky Miller brought Dover back to 1-1. Jamie Allen turned provider on 71 minutes to seal the game. His cross was met by Andy Bishop to put Southport back ahead and win the three points for the visitors.

Southport move above Chester into 15th place, more importantly are now three wins clear of the drop zone. Dover are ninth and have lost ground in their chase for a play-off spot.

Scottish Championship

Murdoch the hero as Queens are back in the race

QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1 HIBERNIAN 0

Queen of the South earned a fine victory at home to second place Hibernian in the rain in Dumfries. Despite having to absorb plenty of pressure, the Doonhammers defended magnificently and managed to gain a smash and grab win.

Robbie Thompson was in great form making saves from Jason Cummings, Anthony Stokes and John McGinn. Queens had just the one shot on target. Lewis Kidd found Andy Murdoch in space on the edge of the box whose power shot found the net to win Queen an unlikely 1-0 scoreline.

Raith Rovers as expected lost against Rangers, the two results put Queens just one point behind Raith as a result of this surprise three points. The race for the final play-off place is very much back on after it seemed it was slipping away.

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Aston Villa (0) 1 (Gestede) – Everton (2) 3 (Funes Mori, Lennon, Lukaku) – At Villa Park, Birmingham

Leicester City (2) 2 (Drinkwater, King)West Bromwich Albion (1) 2 (Rondon, Gardner) – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

League 1

Chesterfield (0) 1 (O’Shea) – Blackpool (0) 1 (Potts) – The Proact Stadium, Chesterfield

League 2

Crawley Town (1) 2 (Boden {OG}, Fenelon) – Newport County (0) 0 – At Broadfield Stadium, Crawley

Notts County (0) 0Dagenham & Redbridge (0) 0 – At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Dover Athletic (0) 1 (Miller) – Southport (1) 2 (Allen, Bishop) – At The Crabble Athletic Ground, River

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (0) 1 (Murdoch) – Hibernian (0) 0 – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE SOCCERROUND – Jamie Allen (Southport)

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