Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 04th March 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round up -4th Mar 2017

Premier League – Leicester City v Hull City

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Two wins in a row for Leicester

Leicester City have six points out of six this week after victory over fellow strugglers Hull City. Sam Clucas, who began his career with Leicester, opened the scoring for Hull on just six minutes but from there the Champions took over. Christian Fuchs leveled after good work from Jamie Vardy. Riyad Mahrez got his first goals since November from the edge of the box to put the Foxes ahead and and own goal from Tom Huddlestone completed the 3-1 win giving Leicester a five point buffer between themselves and the drop zone.

Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Liverpool v Arsenal

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Brilliant Liverpool sweep Arsenal aside

Liverpool recovered from midweek defeat with an excellent win against Arsenal at Anfield. The reds were two up at the break after a superb first half taking full advantage of Arsenal’s controversial call not to start Alexis Sanchez. Both the goals scored at the back post from low crosses, the first from Roberto Firmino and the second from Sadio Mane. Arsenal improved in the second half and Danny Welbeck got one back looping the ball over Simon Mignolet. Liverpool completed the win with a fast counter attack, Adam Lallana put Dicock away down the right and he crossed perfectly into the path of the on rushing Georginio Wijnaldum to score. The 3-1 win means Liverpool move up to third in the table and right back on the battle for the top four.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Derby County v Barnsley

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Derby fightback for first win in seven

Derby County have their first win in seven games after first falling behind at Pride Park against Barnsley. After a goalless first half the visitors from Yorkshire took the lead as Matty James rose to head home a long throw. The lead lasted two minutes as Tom Ince struck after some poor defending. Ince then hit the post shortly after as Derby took control, the winner came through a deflected shot from David Nugent getting his first goal for the club. Derby move up to 10th after the victory but still 10 points away from the play offs which still look a long shot.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion

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Clough is back at Forest

Forest have a new hero after a stunning display to dispatch promotion chasing Brighton at the City Ground. All the goals came in the second half and the key man is a name synonymous with the club. The first goal was controversial as Zach Clough, no relation to those other famous Clough’s who have graced the club, shot and Brighton were convinced Britt Assombalonga got a touch from on offside position, the ref gave the goal and it was awarded to Clough for his first goal since moving from Bolton. Ben Osborn tapped in to seal the points and Forest were awarded a penalty in injury time, which Clough put away for his second. This is by far the most impressive display of the season, and despite their overall struggles, means they have beaten both of the top two at home this season having already beaten Newcastle.in December

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Blackpool v Morecambe

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Potts shines as Blackpool win

Blackpool claimed their first home win since November beating Morecambe 3-1. Brad Potts crossed for Mark Cullen to give Blackpool the lead and after missing chances himself, Potts made it two being put through by Kelvin Mellor. Ryan Edwards put through his own net to make it 3-0, Anthony Evans consolation was the only blot on an excellent day for the Tangerines who close the gap on the play off place to seven points, it would need some run from here to make it however.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Cheltenham Town v Mansfield Town

Mansfield draw a blank for the second time

Despite playing most of the game against 10 men, Mansfield could not force victory at Cheltenham. Kyle Storer was sent off on 18 minutes after a dreadful challenge on Jamie McGuire that got a deserved straight red card. Liam Davis hit the post direct from a corner for Cheltenham, while Ben Whiteman had tow excellent chances for Mansfield, both of which were put wide. Neither side had a shot on target and Mansfield have played out two 0-0 draws in a week. This will be considered two points dropped, and they are two points off the play off places.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Newport County v Leyton Orient

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Newport thrashed in key relegation showdown

In the battle of the bottom two Newport County were well beaten by Leyton Orient at Rodney Parade. Steven Alzate tapped in from Josh Komora’s cross to give the Londoners the lead. The Komora took over himself getting his first two goals for the club before half time to give Orient a 3-0 lead at the break. Orient got a penalty on 64 minutes which Komora dispatched to complete his hat trick. A 4-0 thrashing leaves Newport nine points off survival and looking at the National League barring a superb run from somewhere that you cannot see where it is coming from right now. Today may be the day in reality Newport got relegated.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Stevenage v Notts County

Reality check for the Magpies

After the fantastic victory at Plymouth in midweek Notts County were brought back to earth at Stevenage. Mark Godden head home a Steven Schumacher cross on just six minutes. Steveange keeper made a great double save from Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead in Notts best chance of the game. Jack King doubled the lead on the hour before Godden got his 20th of the season finishing Ben Kennedy’s through ball to make it 3-0. Notts should now have enough points to survive, although wins today for Leyton Orient and Hartlepool will give cause for a little discomfort.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Chester City v Tranmere Rovers

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Rovers strengthen promotion hopes in five goal thriller

In the televised Friday night game between two of the Moon’s teams Tranmere came out on top over Chester in an excellent back and forth encounter/. The seals were ahead at half time through James Alabi’s penalty. Tranmere equalised on 55 minutes through a long range effort from jamie Harris but Chester regained the lead when Ryan Astles head home Ryan Lloyd’s corner. Evan Horwood leveled again with nine minutes left with a header from a Liam Ridehalgh cross.

It set the scene for a late winner for top scorer Andy Cook, who got the winner and his 18th of the season with a strike from just outside the box. Tranmere move up to second, just two points now behind leaders Lincoln. They should at least make the play offs, and may just be still in the running for the title and automatic promotion.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Maidstone United v Southport

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Time running out for Southport after big loss

Southport’s survival pospects took a huge hit after defeat at Maidstone. Ben McKenna headed Southport into an early lead but a double from Jamar Loza before the break gave the Kent side a 2-1 advantage. Jamie Allen’s neat volley gave the Sandgrounders hope but Maidstone dominated late on, goals from Joe Piggott and Kevin Lokko sealed a 4-2 win for Maidstone to help their survival hopes and push Southport bottom, six points away from safety. The table looks bleak for Southport, with time running out to turn it around.

Report (BBC Sport)

Scottish Championship – Queen Of The South v Falkirk

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Falkirk move second after win over Queens

Falkirk earned a deserved win at Queen Of The South whose play off hopes may now have been extinguished. A Lewis Kidd free kick just before half time put Falkirk ahead at the break. Luca Gasparotto and Luke Leahy had chances to add to the lead before Craig Sibbald doubled the lead from the penalty spot. A poor display from the Doonhammer’s that sums up the inconsistency that means they will likely fall short of a play off place despite undoubted talent. Falkirk in contrast move into second and will continue the chase of Hibs at the top.

Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

Premier League

Leicester City (1) 3 (Fuchs, Mahrez, Huddlestone {OG})Hull City (1) 1 (Clucas)At The King Power Stadium, Leicster

Liverpool (2) 3 (Firmino, Mane,Wijnaldum)  – Arsenal (0) 1 (Welbeck)At Anfield, Liverpool

Championship 

Derby County (0) 2 (Ince, Nugent)Barnsley (0) 1 (James) – At Pride Park, Derby

Nottingham Forest (0) 3 (Clough 2, Osborn)Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 0 – At The City Ground, West Bridgford

League 2

Blackpool (1) 3 (Cullen, Potts, Edwards {OG})Morecambe (0) 1 (Evans) – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Cheltenham Town (0) 0Mansfield Town (0) 0At Whaddon Road, Cheltenham

Newport County (0) 0Leyton Orient (3) 4 (Alzate, Koroma 3) – At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

Stevenage (1) 3 (Godden 2, King)Notts County (0) 0 – At Broadhall Way, Stevenage

National League

Chester City (1) 2 (Alabi, Astles)Tranmere Rovers (0) 3 (Harris, Norwood, Cook) – At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Maidstone United (2) 4 (Loza 2, Pigott, Lokko)Southport (1) 2 (McKenna, Allen) – At The Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (0) 0 Falkirk (1) 2 (Kidd, Sibbald) – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANZack Clough (Nottingham Forest)

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