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Premier League

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Everton (0) 1 (Niasse)

West Bromwich Albion (1) 1 (Rodriguez)

AT GOODISON PARK, LIVERPOOL

Everton substitute Oumar Niasse saved a point for Everton after a very poor first hour. Jay Rodriguez had given West Brom the lead on 7 minutes and the visitors were in control. Niasse had been on for less than a minute when he volleyed in a header back across goal from debutante Theo Walcott. The game was overshadowed by a broken leg for James McCarthy who will be out for a long time after the serious injury as a result of a defensive challenge to deny Solomon Rondon. Everton remain 9th in the table after the draw.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League

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Leicester City (1) 2 (Vardy, Mahrez)

Watford (0) 0

AT THE KING POWER STADIUM, LEICESTER

Leicester City took advantage of Watford’s poor form to claim a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy had been brought down by Watford Keeper Molla Wague and got to his feet to dispatch the penalty to give the Foxes the lead. Riyad Mahrez sealed the win with a second from a tight angle in injury time. Leicester are currently the best of the rest in 7th place behind the big six at the top.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship

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Derby County (0) 0

Bristol City (0) 0

AT PRIDE PARK, DERBY

Derby County will rue not taking their chances as they had to settle for a draw on Friday night against Bristol City. The Rams dominated most of the game, Jonny Russell hit the bar from a free kick and Curtis Davies had a header cleared off the line. Matej Vydra and tom Lawrence also had second half chances saved. Derby remain second but Cardiff are now just 3 points behind with a game in hand. This will feel like two crucial points dropped.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship

Forest Win

Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) 0

Nottingham Forest (2) 2 (Dowell, Osborn)

AT MOLINEUX, WOLVERHAMPTON

Nottingham Forest produced their best league performance of the season to beat league leaders Wolves on their own pitch. The goals came just before half time, the first from a Keiran Dowell free kick that was deflected wrong footing the keeper. Forest made it two on 43 minutes as Matty Cash pulled the ball back for Ben Osborn to score. Wolves pushed on after the break but only registered one shot on target. A deserved away win for Forest who are currently 14th in the Championship table.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 1

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Wimbledon (0) 2 (Trotter, Pigott)

Blackpool (0) 0

AT KINGSMEADOW, KINGSTON UPON THAMES, LONDON

Two second half goals saw Wimbledon move out of the relegation zone with victory over Blackpool. Liam Trotter tapped in from a rebound to give the Londoners the lead. Joe Pigott sealed the victory with a goal on his debut with an arrowed shot into the top corner. Dan Agyei had the Seasiders best chance, overall Wimbledon deserved the three points. Blackpool are 17th in the table and could do with a few points soon to avoid being dragged into a relegation fight.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2

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Newport County (2) 2 (Amond, Demetriou)

Crawley Town (0) 1 (Smith)

AT RODNEY PARADE, NEWPORT, WALES

A dominant first half was enough for Newport on Friday night against Crawley. The exiles hit the woodwork twice early on through Robbie Wilmott and Paidraig Amond. It was Amond who gave the home side the lead on 40 minutes and a Mickey Demetriou penalty made it 2-0. Crawley were better in the second half with Jimmy Smith pulling one back. They could not find an equaliser however leaving Newport in the play off places for the first time this season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2

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Notts County (0) 1 (Stead)

Exeter City (2) 2 (Taylor, Stockley)

AT MEADOW LANE, NOTTINGHAM

Notts County missed the chance to go level with Luton at the top after a surprise home defeat against Exeter. The visitors took the lead after Dean Moxey’s rocket of a free kick hit the post and fell to Jake Taylor to score. Taylor then turned provider with a superb cross field pass setting Jayden Stockley away to make it two. Jon Stead gave the magpies hope with a penalty but it was not to be. The defeat is Notts first at home since last April. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2

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Mansfield Town (1) 3 (Hamilton 2, Hemmings)

Cheltenham Town (1) 2 (Pell, Adebayo)

AT FIELD MILL, MANSFIELD

Mansfield Town left it late to win an entertaining and bad tempered encounter against Cheltenham at Field Mill. A Harry Pell penalty gave the visitors the lead after a foul from Hayden White. CJ Hamilton equalised turning in an Alfie Potter cross. Taylor Moore was sent off for the visitors after an elbow to the face of Danny Rose. The evened up in the second half after another foul from White saw him leave the field and both sides with 10 men.

The fun however was just getting started. Danny Wright set up Elijah Adebayo to put Chletenham back ahead. The lead lasted just 6 minutes as Kane Hemmings equalised on 80 minutes. Wright then left Cheltenaham with just nine men after a collision with Potter saw him see the third red card of the day. The Stags took advantage of the extra man, CJ Hamilton got his second striking the winner in injury time to finish off an extraordinary afternoon in North Nottinghamshire.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

 

National League

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Tranmere Rovers (1) 3 (Norwood, Ginnelly, Hughes)

Maidenhead United (0) 2 (Barratt, Clerima)

AT PRENTON PARK, BIRKENHEAD

Tranmere rovers maintained their promotion push with a 3-2 win against Maidenhead at Prenton Park. James Norwood got his 11th of the season to given Rovers an early lead. Josh Ginnelly making his debut on loan from Burnley added a second just after the break. Sam Barratt’s neat near post flick gave Maidenhead hope but a long range strike from substitute Jeff Hughes sealed the victory for Rovers. Remy Clerima scored a consolation towards the end but Rovers held out for the three points. They are two points away from the automatic promotion places as a result.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League

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Chester FC (0) 1 (White)

Gateshead (2) 3 (McGlaughlin, Burrow, Preston)

AT THE DIVA STADIUM, CHESTER

Gateshead proved too good for struggling Chester at the Diva Stadium. The North East side scored two just before half time through Paddy McGlaughlin and Jordan Burrow. Burrow then set up Jordan Preston on 52 minutes with Preston scoring with an excellent strike into the top corner. Harry White got his third goal in five games to pull on back for the Seals, but from there the home side did not threaten to get back into the game. It end Gateshead’s poor recent run and leaves Chester five points away from safety.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League North

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Southport (0) 3 (Sampson 2, Gilchrist)

Stockport County (1) 1 (Turner)

AT HAIG AVENUE, SOUTHPORT

Southport made it two wins in a row after an excellent comeback to beat Stockport at Haig Avenue. Rhys Turner gave Stockport the lead on 8 minutes and the away side were in control going into the break. It all turned in the second half though, Jack Sampson who had an outstanding second half scored from a deflected shot soon after the break. Jason Gilchrist finished off a neat one touch move to give the Sandgrounders a deserved lead. Sampson added his second before the end to seal a 3-1 victory. Southport move up to 14th in the table, their highest position since the early games of the season.

Matchday Live (Southportfc.net)

Scottish Cup Round 4

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Queen Of The South (0) 1 (Fergusson)

Partick Thistle (1) 2 (Sammon 2)

AT PALMERSTONE PARK

There was to be no cup upset at Palmerstone park as Premiership Partick Thistle got the better of Championship Queen of the South. Connor Sammon was the hero for Partick giving the visitors a half time lead. Queen got a bit of luck with the equaliser as a clearance hit Ross Fergusson and ended up in the net to make it 1-1. Sammon struck again on 81 minutes with a deflected shot to take Partick into round 5. The Doonhammers must now concentrate on trying to get back into the play off race.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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CJ Hamilton (Mansfield Town)

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Moon Cricket – 2nd ODI in Brisbane – Australia v England

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England Tour of Australia

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2ND ODI AT THE GABBA, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

Australia 270-9 (50) (Finch 106)

England 274-6 (44.2) (Bairstow 60 Hales 57 Starc 4-59)

ENGLAND WIN BY 4 WICKETS

ENGLAND LEAD THE SERIES 2-0

Despite another excellent century from Aaron Finch England still had enough to take a 2-0 lead in the ODI series with victory in Brisbane. The home side could only put 270 on the board as Finch had little support with nobody else scoring into the 40’s. In reply a partnership of 115 between Jonny Bairstow (60) and Alex Hales (57) for the second wicket put England in control.

Captain Joe Root anchored England home with 46 Not Out as England ran out 4 wicket winners with 34 balls to spare. Mitchel Starc was the best of the bowlers taking four of the six wickets Australia did get. Australia appear too reliant on Finch in the one day game and while Australia dominated the Tests, England look dominant in the one day version right now.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN

Johnny Bairstow (England)

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Moon Cricket – Tri Series Cricket in Dhaka – Bangladesh v Sri Lanka

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Tri Series Cricket in Dhaka

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TRI SERIES GAME 3 AT THE SHERE BANGLA NATIONAL STADIUM, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

Bangladesh 320-7 (50) (Iqbal 84 Al Hasan 67 Rahim 62)

Sri Lanka 157 (32.2)

BANGLADESH WIN BY 163 RUNS

Hosts Bangladesh made it two wins out of two thrashing Sri Lanka in Dhaka. Tamim Iqbal top scored for Bangladesh for the second straight game with 84 cementing his position as a reliable opener and proving one of the stars of this Tri-Series. Shakib Al Hasan also contributed with 67. Wicket Keeper Mushfiqur Rahim also got a half century (62) in a total of 320 which was always going to be a tall order for a Sri Lankan side short on confidence to try and chase down.

As it proved the visitors got nowhere near the total. No Sri Lankan batsman got into the 30’s as wickets fell and the game fast moved away from their grasp. Al Hasan followed up his turn with the bat to be the pick of the bowlers too with 3 wickets. Sri Lanka were skittled out for just 157 leading to a 163 run win which is the biggest victory in Bangladesh cricket history. The hosts now only need to win one of their two remaining games to claim a place in the final.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN

Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh)

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Moon Cricket – 5th ODI in Wellington – New Zealand v Pakistan

MOON CRICKET

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Pakistan Tour of New Zealand

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5TH ODI AT THE BASIN RESERVE, WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

New Zealand 271-7 (50) (Guptill 100 Taylor 59)

Pakistan 256 (49) (Sohail 63 Khan 54 Henry 4-53)

NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 15 RUNS

NEW ZEALAND WIN THE SERIES 5-0

New Zealand completed a 5-0 whitewash coming through the most competitive game of the series in Wellington against Pakistan. New Zealand posted 271-7 with Martin Guptill ending the series in style with a century including 10 fours and 1 six. He was supported by Ross Taylor with 59. In response Pakistan looked like they may collapse at 57-5 but the lower order fought back. Haris Sohail with 62 steadied the ship and when Shabab Khan got to his half century an upset win for the visitors looked possible. However Mitchel Santner took the key wicket of Khan who added just 4 more runs and Matt Henry took the final wicket at the end of the 49th over giving him 4 wickets. It meant the hosts won by 15 runs and finished off a totally dominant series victory.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN

Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

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Moon Cricket – Tri Series Cricket – Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka

MOON CRICKET

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Tri Series Cricket in Dhaka

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TRI-SERIES CRICKET GAME 2 AT THE SHERE BANGLA NATIONAL STADIUM, DHAKA, BANGLADESH

Zimbabwe 290-6 (50) (Raza 81* Masakadza 73)

Sri Lanka 278 (48.1) (K Perera 80 T Perera 64 Chatara 4-33)

ZIMBABWE WIN BY 12 RUNS

Zimbabwe got their first win in the Dhaka Tri-Series winning a tight contest against Sri Lanka. Zimbabwe batted first with opener Hamilton Masakadza scoring 73 to get the African side off to a good start. The star turn was Sikander Raza who scored an excellent 81 Not out as Zimbabwe hit 290. In reply Sri lanka’s own opener Kusal Parera who top scored with 80 put Sri Lanka in the hunt.

As wickets fell, it was down to Thisara Perera who got his half century to stay to the end for Sri Lanka to claim the win. However he fell to the bowling of Tendai Chatara for 64 with Sri Lanka 13 runs short with just one wicket left. Chatara took the final wicket in his next over, his 4th of the innings, to claim victory for Zimbabwe. Sri Lanka begin 2018 the same way most of 2017 went, with another loss on the board. For Zimbabwe this is something to build on for the rest of the series.

Full Report (Cricbuzz)

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN

Sikander Raza (Zimbabwe)

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Moon Cricket – Tri Series Cricket -Ireland v Scotland

MOON CRICKET

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Tri-Series Cricket in Dubai

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TRI-SERIES CRICKET GAME 4 AT THE ICC ACADEMY, DUBAI, UAE

Ireland 331-6 (50) (Stirling 74 N O’Brien 51)

Scotland 307-9 (50) (Jones 74 Leask 59 MacLeod 58)

IRELAND WIN BY 24 RUNS

IRELAND WIN THE DUBAI TRI-SERIES

Ireland have won the Tri-Series in Dubai claiming their fourth straight win defeating Scotland. The Irish posted a big total 331 in their 50 overs with Paul Stirling top scoring ith 74 and 10 fours in 88 balls. While nobody made a century it was a team effort with a number of players got themselves in including Niall O’Brient (51) Andrew Balbirnie (47) Kevin O’Brien (46) and Gary Wilson (40*) all contributing to the total

The reply was always going to be a tall order for Scotland. As in their first game Michael Jones top scored with 74. Michael Leask was Scotland’s main hope hitting a quick fire 59 off 35 balls  with 2 sixes. But the chase essentially came to a halt when he was bowled by George Dockrell. Scotland survived the 50 overs but came up 24 runs short. Scotland and the UAE will play two more games, but having won all four of their matches, Ireland cannot be caught and will be the winners of this Tri-Series.

Full Scorecard/Commentary (Cricbuzz)

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN

Paul Stirling (Ireland)

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Moon Soccer – Midweek Round-Up

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FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

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Leicester City (1) 2 (Iheanacho 2)

Fleetwood Town (0) 0

AT THE KING POWER STADIUM, LEICESTER

Leicester City moved into round 4 after a comfortable home performance against Fleetwood a the King Power. Kelechi Iheanacho opened he scoring after being set up by Islam Slimani. The biggest talking point was less the game but a moment of history. Iheanacho added a second but was initially ruled offside, however in the first case of it’s kind, the video referee looked at it and decided he was actually onside meaning the goal was eventually given. VAR’s first used outing will be what this otherwise routine game will be actually remembered for. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

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Mansfield Town (1) 1 (Rose)

Cardiff City (1) 4 (Manga, Hoilett 2, Pilkington)

AT FIELD MILL, MANSFIELD

After earning a replay it was not to be for Mansfield as Championship side Cardiff were too good in the replay at Field Mill. It was looking tight at half time as Danny Rose had scored for the Stags to cancel out Bruno Manga’s opener. However the Welsh side took control after the break. Juinor Hoilett put Cardiff ahead from close range and Anthony Pilkington put the tie away added a third. Hoilett put the icing on the cake for Cariff with a 25 yard strike for his second. 4-1 was harsh on Mansfield, but overall there is little dispute that in the end, the Welshmen deserve to go through. They face runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City in Round 4. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City)

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