Moon Soccer 13 Saturday Round-Up

Premier League – Liverpool v Swansea


Poor defending costs Liverpool dear

Liverpool have lost critical ground in the title race which now may well be beyond them after a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Swansea. After a first half of dogged Swansea defending the visitors took advantage of poor Reds defending as Fernando Llorente was sharpest to score from close range after a scramble following a corner. An excellent Llorente header made it two after a counter attack. Liverpool did up their game for a while with Roberto Firmino scoring twice to level, but with Liverpool looking for the winner Tom Carroll countered and the Liverpool defence just let him run, the ball eventually ran into the path of an open Gylfi Sigurdsson to score the winner. Swansea move out of the bottom three with the win while Liverpool will fall further behind Chelsea f as expected they beat Hull tomorrow. Without Sadio Mane who is at the Africa Cup of Nations there is a clear lack of movement up front which is making Liverpool easier to defend against, it is costing them right now.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Crystal Palace v Everton


Coleman’s late strike wins Everton the points

Everton made it two wins in a row with a late winner from Seamus Coleman securing a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace. Everton had been the better side with Romelu Lukaku hitting the post and Kevin Mirallas going close. The winner came on 87 minutes when Tom Davies through ball found Coleman to score and grab the Toffees a deserved winner. Everton remain in a solid seventh, Palace are in the relegation zone and still without a win under Sam Allardyce.

Full report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Derby v Reading


Derby back on track with home win

Derby County are two points behind the play-off places after coming from behind to beat Reading in an entertaining game at Pride Park. John Swift gave Reading the lead but Darren Bent had leveled before the break. Derby then dominated most of the second half as Tom Ince and Will Hughes got the key goals to make it 3-1. Yakou Meite got one back late on for Reading but the challenge ended as Jordan Obita was sent off for the visitors and Derby easily held firm for the rest of the game to take the points.

Full report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Bristol City

Forest Win

Osborn Free Kick earns Forest crucial points

In a battle of two sides in poor form it was Nottingham Forest who got the victory in a 1-0 win at the City Ground against Bristol City. The goal came on 67 minutes as Ben Osborn flicked up a free kick and volleyed home securing the points in an otherwise poor game in style. It’s Forest’s second straight clean sheet amid signs of a more solid shape and an opening win for caretaker manager Gary Brazil. Bristol City have now lost their last eight games.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Cambridge v Mansfield

Impressive away win puts the Stags back in the play-off hunt

Mansfield town are now only three points off the play-off spots after they continued their improved form with an impressive 3-1 win at Cambridge. George Maris headed Cambridge ahead but it was 1-1 at the break as Leon Legge had put through his own net. Krystian Pearce headed Mansfield ahead just before the hour and the Stags completed a dominant second half display as Shaquile Coulthirst on his debut since his loan move from Peterborough secured the points making it 3-1.

Full report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Blackpool v Yeovil


Injury time leveler earns Blackpool a point

Blackpool needed a 95th minute equaliser to earn a point against Yeovil Town at Bloomfield Road. Francois Zoko tapped into an empty net to give Yeovil the lead. Blackpool were deservedly level on 70 minutes through one of the heroes of the FA Cup in midweek, Kelvin Mellor. with Blackpool pushing on Yeovil broke and re-took the lead through Darren Ward. In a frantic finish amid a goalmouth scramble Nathan Delfouneso pounced from close range to make it 2-2. It would have been harsh had Blackpool lost this one, they are 13th in the table four points off the play-off spots.

Full report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Grimsby v Notts County

County draw a blank again as relegation fight looms

Notts County are now in the relegation zone after another miserable afternoon going down 2-0 at Grimsby Town. Omar Bogle gave Grimsby the lead and County’s only real chance of the game came shortly afterwards as Jonathan Forte hit the bar. After that Grimsby dominated and Scott Vernon got a deserved second for the home side in the second half. Notts are left a point behind Cheltenham and two behind Leyton Orient and are officially now in the bottom two.

Full report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Barnet v Newport


Two draws in a row for Newport after Barnet stalemate

Bottom side Newport County got their second straight draw at Barnet in 90 minutes in which neither side troubled the scorers. The best chances fell for Barnet through Nana Kyie and Mauro Viilhete. Neither side could make a breakthrough however and two games without a loss is a rarity for Newport this season, but they remain five points away from safety and still have a mountain to climb.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v North Ferriby


Southport back in the relegation fight after poor home defeat

Southport blew an opportunity to move further clear of the relegation zone after a 4-2 defeat at home to bottom side North Ferriby United. Curtis Bateman gave the visitors a surprise half time lead but when Rory McKeown equalised it looked like the home side may then go on and win it. Far from it, Southport collapsed and goals from Conor Oliver, Ryan Kendall and Reece Thompson saw the underdogs move 4-1 ahead. Declan Weeks got a late goal back but it was too little too late. After defeat in the FA Trophy to lower league Wealdstone last week, this was a second very poor home showing for the Sandgrounders.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Chester v Wrexham


All Square at the Diva Stadium

A 1-1 draw was a fair result as Chester City and Wrexham shared the spoils at the Diva Stadium. Chester dominated the first half as Ryan Astles twice went close but had nothing to show for it at half time. John Rooney gave Wrexham the lead with a near post flick header. Their lead lasted six minutes as James Alabi was pulled down in the area and stepped up himself to equalise. Luke Geroge was sent off for the Seals leaving Chester to hang on towards the end, but they did so to earn the point. Chester are ninth place, six points off the play-off places.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Scottish Championship – Dumbarton v Queen Of The South


Loanees combine to make the difference

Queen Of The South are now only three points behind Falkirk and are back in contention for a play-off spot after a 2-1 win at Dumbarton. Dom Thomas, on loan from Motherwell gave the Doonhammers the lead. The home side leveled through Christian Nade but Thomas was put through by Celtic Loanee Joe Thompson to slot home the winner and make in seven points out of nine for Queens. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)





Premier League

Liverpool (0) 2 (Firmino 2)Swansea City (0) 3 (Llorente 2, Sigurdsson)At Anfield, Liverpool

Crystal Palace (0) 0Everton (0) 1 (Coleman)At Selhurst Park, South Norwood, Croydon


Derby County (1) 3 (Bent, Ince, Hughes)Reading (1) 2 (Swift, Meite) At Pride Park, Derby

Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (Osborn) Bristol City (0) 0At The City Ground, West Bridgford

League 2

Blackpool (0) 2 (Mellor, Delfouneso)Yeovil Town (1) 2 (Zoko, Ward)At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Cambridge United (1) 1 (Maris)Mansfield Town (1) 3 (Legge {OG}, Pearce, Coulthirst)At The Abbey Stadium, Cambridge

Grimsby Town (1) 2 (Bogle, Vernon)Notts County (0) 0At Blundell Park, Cleethorpes

Barnet (0) 0Newport County (0) 0At The Hive Stadium, Cannons Park, Harrow

National League

Chester City (0) 1 (Alabi)Wrexham (0) 1 (Rooney)At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Southport (0) 2 (McKeown, Weeks) North Ferriby United (1) 4 (Bateson, Oliver, Kendall, Thompson)At Haig Avenue, Southport

Scottish Championship

Dumbarton (0) 1 (Nade)Queen Of The South (1) 2 (Thomas 2)At The Dumbarton Football Stadium, Dumbarton

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANDom Thomas (Queen Of The South)



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