Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 11th Feb 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round Up

Premier League – Liverpool v Tottenham

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Mane shows what the Reds have been missing

Sadio Mane was back on the scoresheet for the first time since returning from the African Nations Cup as Liverpool put a dent in Tottenham’s title hopes. Mane was put through and calmly finished to give Liverpool the lead on 16 minutes and hooked home a second two minutes later from a rebound off a Roberto Firmino shot that had been parried. The Reds shut out Tottenham comfortably in the second half in which the visitor were surprisingly flat given their recent form. Liverpool are back in the top four after the win and it is their first league success of 2017.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Middlesbrough v Everton

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No score at the Riverside

Everton are eight matches unbeaten but could not make the breakthrough at Middlesbrough. Romelu Lukaku went closest forcing a good save from Victor Valdes. The result should could as no surprise given it is the Teeside outfit’s 11th 0-0 draw of the season. Everton remain safely in seventh place as the best of the rest outside the big six, if they want to break into it, they will need to learn how to win games like this.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Derby County v Bristol City

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Comeback earns Derby a point in six goal thriller

Derby County needed a second half comeback after a terrible first half to earn a point at home to lowly Bristol City. The visitors dominated and took a shock 3-0 half time lead through full debutante Matty Taylor and two close range efforts from Tammy Abraham. Bristol City could have had more as Derby were not at the races. A header from Darren Bent pulled one back to give the home side hope and Tom Ince also headed home shortly after to make it 3-2. Ince was then fouled with nine minutes to go and Bent stepped up to equalise. Derby pressured for a winner without creating anything more but avoid an embarrassing home defeat. However on paper this should have been three points and that may be costly in the play off race come the end of the season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Norwich City v Nottingham Forest

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Forest thrashed by the Canaries

After some recent improved form Nottingham Forest crashed with a bump as they were hammered 5-1 at Norwich City. An excellent 25 yard volley from Jonny Howson put the home side ahead with Josh Murphy and Wes Hoolahan enduring Norwich went in 3-0 up at the break and in total control. A second half brace from Alex Pritchard added to the misery. Ross McCormack did get one back in between Pritchard’s two goals but it was merely consolation. In addition Eric Lichaj was sent off in a day Forest will want to forget.The win leaves Norwich two points off the play offs, Forest’s recent improvement means at least this heavy defeat does not drag them back into a relegation fight.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Newport v Doncaster

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Newport earn a point from the league leaders

Newport County stretched their unbeaten run to five games earning an excellent point at Rodney Parade against leaders Doncaster Rovers. David Pipe nearly scored in 90 seconds for the Welsh side forcing a fine save from keeper Ian Lawlor. Andy Williams had the best chance for Doncaster as the visitor controlled most of the game but did not make the breakthrough against an increasingly resilient Newport side. Doncaster move six points ahead at the top, while Newport are still bottom but this unexpected point may be crucial come the end of the season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Carlisle v Blackpool

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Big away day win for the Tangerines

Blackpool have their first league win in six games after a comfortable 4-1 away win at Carlisle United. Brad Potts gave Blackpool the lead converting Colin Daniel’s cross and Jordan Flores doubled the lead on 50 minutes. Jabo Ibehre pulled one back but the points were sealed as Sanmi Odelusi took advantage of defensive errors to make it 3-1. Nathan Delfouneso’s cool finish late on added a fourth in a very good day for Blackpool.The Tangerines are five points off the play off spots as a result of the win in 11th place.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Hartlepool

The Stags march on

Mansfield Town claimed their fourth straight league 2 win hammering Hartlepool 4-0 at Field Mill. Ryhs Bennett could have had Hartlepool ahead on 14 minutes missing an open goal. From that point Mansfield took control. Ben Whiteman converted a Shaquille Coulthirst cross and Danny Rose made it 2-0 before the break. Alex MacDonald came on for his debut in the second half and found some space with a smart run to the edge of the box and dispatched the ball into the net to make it 3-0. Whiteman grabbed a second to complete the rout and move Mansfield into the play off positions for the first time.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Cheltenham

Desperately needed win for the Magpies

Notts County moved three points clear of the relegation zone with a big win over fellow strugglers Cheltenham. Notts began well with mark Yeates hitting the bar. The home side turned domination into a goal as Michael O’Conner put through Jon Stead to score. Richard Duffy headed home Yeates corner to make it 2-0 at the break. They could have been further ahead with Jonathan Forte hitting the post. Against the run of play Cheltenahm got one back through Manny Onariase. This made for a nervous finish, but County held out for the 2-1 win and move three points ahead of Leyton Orient and level with Cheltenahm and Accrington. Home form looks to be the key to Notts survival chances. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Chester v Gateshead

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Second half comeback sees Gateshead take the points

Chester City let a first half lead go as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Gateshead in an early kick off at the Diva Stadium. Blaine Hudson gave Chester the lead following a series of headers from a corner the ball fell to Hudson to strike. The lead lasted only four minutes a Danny Johnson leveled for the side from the North-East. The winner came on 63 minutes with the ball falling to Jordan Burrow after a goalmouth scramble to fire home the winning goal. Gateshead’s win keep them in the play off hunt, Chester remain 12th, bang in mid table as they seem to have been for the last three seasons.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Tranmere Rovers v Bromley

Sending off key as Rovers blow the points

The sending off of Tranmere Rovers’ Adam Buxton turned the game as Tranmere looked to be coasting to a home win against Bromley, but ended up with just a point. Adam Cook headed home Ben Tollitt’s corner to put Rovers ahead. Cook added a second before half time, his 15th of the season, to put Trnamere in total control at the break. However after Buxton was sent off on 56 minutes Bromley sensed their chance. Brandon Hanlan got one back and with three minutes left, Jack Holland tapped in to earn the visitors an unlikely point. Tranmere remain fourth but this will go down as two points lost, time will tell if it proves costly in their promotion chase.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v Dagenham & Redbridge

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Southport back in the bottom four

Southport took a surprise lead against promotion chasing Dagenham & Redbridge but were then totally outclassed at Haig Avenue. Jamie Allen’s penalty gave the Sangrounders the lead but the East London side, currently second in the table, were from then on far too good. A blitz before half time saw three goals in eight minutes, A Jordan Maguire-Drew free kick made it 1-1, a Robbie Cundy own goal gave the visitors the lead which they extended through Fejiri Okenabirhie before half time. Cundy was sent off after his hand ball gave away a penalty in the second half which Corey Whitely converted to complete the 4-1 win. The loss means Southport are back in the bottom four on goal difference behind Maidstone and Woking, all of which have 30 points.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

Premier League

Liverpool (2) 2 (Mane 2)Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0At Anfield, Liverpool

Middlesbrough (0) 0Everton (0) 0At The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

Championship

Derby County (0) 3 (Bent 2, Ince)Bristol City (3) 3 (Taylor, Abraham 2) At Pride Park, Derby

Norwich City (3) 5 (Howson, Murphy,Hoolahan, Pritchard 2) Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (McCormack)At Carrow Road, Norwich

League 2

Newport County (0) 0Doncaster Rovers (0) 0At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

Carlisle United (0) 1 (Ibehre)Blackpool (1) 4 (Potts, Flores, Odelusi, Delfouneso)At Brunton Park, Carlisle

Mansfield Town (3) 4 (Whiteman 2, Rose, MacDonald) Hartlepool United (0) 0At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (2) 2 (Stead, Duffy)Cheltenham Town (0) 1 (Onariase)At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Chester City (1) 1 (Hudson)Gateshead (1) 2 (Johnson, Burrow)At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Tranmere Rovers (2) 2 (Cook 2)Bromley (0) 2 (Hanlan, Holland)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Southport (1) 1 (Allen)Dagenham & Redbridge (3) 4 (Maguire-Drew, Cundy {OG}, Okenabirhe, Whitely)At Haig Avenue, Southport

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSadio Mane (Liverpool)

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