Moon of Liberty Sportsround – 08 August 2017


Sportsround – Sports News Digest on 08 August 2017 at 7.20pm

tvnz – Canterbury Crusaders win the Super Rugby crown defeating the Lions in the final – Alexander Zvarev beats big serving Kevin Anderson to win the Washington Open

BBC Sport – American Torie Bowie takes the women’s 100m, Favourite Elaine Thpmoson fails to medal.

The Elitist – Rugby League round-up from both sides of the World

Cricbuzz – Moeen Ali the hero as England wrap up 3-1 series win over South Africa at Old Trafford – Dave Chisnall wins round 18 of the Players Darts Championship, his first title of 2017. – Austrlaian Kyle Anderson claims maiden title in round 17 of the Players Darts Championship

The Elitist – India put 600 runs on the board again to thrash Sri Lanka and go 2-0 up

New Vision Uganda – Uganda thrash Zimbabwe in the final round of the African Gold Cup Rugby Union tournament

Sports Star Live – Sam Querry claims Los Cabos ATP title in Mexico

BBC Sport – Netherlands claim the Women’s Euro 2017 soccer title beating Denmark 4-2 

BBC Sport – GB’s Callum Hawkins an excellent fourth Kenya’s Geoffrey Karui wins the men’s marathon.

BBC Sport – Arsenal win the Community Shield beating Chelsea on penalties

Running Magazine – Ethiopia’s Almaz Anaya dominates the Women’s 10000m

Eurosport – Luvo Manyonga wins the Long Jump title for South Africa

BBC Sport – Notts beat the T20 Powerplay record

BBC Sport – Justin Gatlin stuns the world to beat Usain Bolt

The Elitists Echo – Saturday Soccer round up of the #MoonSoccer13. Opening day wins for Forest, Southport & Queen of the South

The Sun – Burnley friendly abandoned after crowd trouble

BBC Sport – Mo Farrah wins the first medal of the 2017 World Championships

Nottingham Post – Notts County manager Kevin Noaln calls his team ‘rabbits in headlights’ after opening day loss to Coventry




Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccer – 20/08/2016




Premier League

Everton fought back from one down to earn an away win at West Brom. Gareth McAuley headed home a corner to give West Brom an early lead but Everton turned the game just before half-time with a Kevin Mirallas equaliser. The winner came on the hour from Gareth Barry who forced the ball home after West Brom failed to clear a corner. Everton are currently in fifth after the win.

Liverpool could not build on their impressive win at Arsenal being beaten 2-0 at Burnley. Andre Gray set up Sam Vokes to give Burnely the lead within two minutes and Gray rolled home the second as Liverpool never got going and despite a huge amount of possession, failed to use it in a disappointing display.

In the late game between the Champions and Runners-up from last season, Arsenal had the better of the chances but Leicester City felt they were denied a penalty when Danny Drinkwater went down. Neither side could find the breakthrough as it ended 0-0 and a point each.


Nottingham Forest won a second home game in a row 4-3 after a dramatic injury time winner against Wigan. Britt Assombalonga put Forest ahead which was equalised by Michael Jacobs. Oliver Burke brought the Reds back ahead before the break but Will Grigg caught fire to score twice to threaten to take a point scoring either side of Burke’s second making it 3-3 going into the last five minutes. Thomas Lam got hos second Forest goal in the 93rd minute to give Forest all three points. Forest have won all their home games and lost all their away games so far.The excitement did not extend to Pride Park as Derby County fought out a 0-0 stalemate at home to Aston Villa. Villa hit the woodwork twice and were the better side in the first half, the game then petered out in a poor second half.

League 2

Mansfield Town’s impressive start to the season came to a halt at Plymouth. Two goals in five minutes from Graham Carey eased the Devon side to a 2-0 win. Blackpool drew a blank at Bloomfield Road with a 0-0 draw against Wycombe. Jim McAllister had the best chance with seven minutes to go. Newport got a late point at home to Crewe with Sean Rigg’s header on 83 minutes cancelling out Alex Kiwomya’s first half strike in a 1-1 draw.

Notts County got their first win of the season with a comeback victory at Hartlepool. Toto Nsiala gave the home side the lead at the break and County were looking down the barrel at a third defeat in four games. Louis Laing leveled in the second half and Jon Stead hit the woodwork in a much better second half display. It was Stead who was to be the hero with a calm turn and shot into the corner on 76 minutes to see the Magpies take home all three points.

National League

Tranmere Rovers made it five out of five with a 2-1 win at home to Maidstone. Andy Cook gave Rovers the lead but against the run of play Alex Flisher got his second of the season to level for Maidstone. James Norwood hit the woodwork but the hero was Steve McNulty who bundled in the winner after a goalmouth scramble. Chester City earner a point at Boreham Wood. Morgan Ferrier gave the Hertfordshire side the lead but Eliott Durrell lobbed the keeper from range seven minutes from time to equalise. Southport endured a painful day at Lincoln, Johnny Margetts got all four goals for the home side as the Sangrounders were thrashed 4-0 with Ashley Grimes sent off for Southport to add to their miserable afternoon.

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South are third after making it seven from nine points with a comfortable and deserved 2-0 win over Falkirk. Stephen Dobbie scored both, a well executed curling shot in the first half and adding a second from a rebound after a Lyndon Dykes shot was parried. The Doonhammers are looking a much improved outfit with Dobbie, who has returned to Dumfries after a spell with Blackpool, back in the side. 

Reports (BBC Sport)

Liverpool   Everton   Leicester   Forest   Derby   Blackpool   Notts County   Mansfield   Newport   Southport   Tranmere   Chester   Queen Of The South





Premier League

Burnley (2) 2 (Vokes, Gray)Liverpool (0) 0 At Turf Moor, Burnley

West Bromwich Albion (1) 1 (McAuley)Everton (1) 2 (Mirallas, Barry)At The Hawthorns, West Bromwich

Leicester City (0) 0Arsenal (0) 0At The King Power Stadium, Leicester


Nottingham Forest (1) 4 (Assombalonga, Burke2, Lam)Wigan Athletic (1) 3 (Jacobs, Grigg 2)At The City Ground, West Bridgeford

Derby County (0) 0 Aston Villa (0) 0 At Pride Park, Derby

League 2

Blackpool (0) 0  – Wycombe Wanderers (0) 0At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Hartlepool United (1) 1 (Nsiala)Notts County (0) 2 (Laing, Stead) At The Victoria Ground, Hartlepool

Plymouth Argyle (2) 2 (Carey 2)Mansfield Town (0) 0At Home Park, Plymouth

Newport County (0) 1 (Rigg)Crewe Alexandra (1) 1 (Kiwomya)At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

National League

Boreham Wood (1) 1 (Ferrier)Chester City (0) 1 (Durrell)At Meadow Park, Boreham Wood

Lincoln City (3) 4 (Margetts 4)Southport (0) 0At Sincil Bank, Lincoln

Tranmere Rovers (1) 2 (Cook, McNulty)Maidstone United (0) 1 (Flisher)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (2) 2 (Dobbie 2)Falkirk (0) 0At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJohnny Margetts (Lincoln City)

Moon Soccerround – Midweek Update




Milner Penalty pushes unconvincing Liverpool through


A James Milner Penalty saw Liverpool into the last 16 of the UEFA Cup on a nervy night at Anfield against German side Augsburg. The goal came on 4 minutes after Dominik Kohr was adjudged to have been guilty of a handball and Milner put the penalty confidently away.

Liverpool looked bright in their movement but could not find a second goal. Roberto Firmino forced a save from the German keeper Marwin Hitz, Phillipe Coutinho could not finish from eight yards after being set up by Daniel Sturridge and Sturridge hit the post as the Reds dominated the first half an hour..Liverpool almost paid for missing chances just before half time after Cauiby intercepted a back pass from Lucas Leiva but put the shot wide.

The second half saw few clear cut chances. Jordan Henderson latched onto a loose ball after good work from Firmino but but failed to get the ball past keeper Marwin Hitz. Tobias Werner had a great chance to win it on away goals for the German side late on but was denied by Simon Mignolet.

In the end relief at Anfield as Liverpool move through. Onwards for them to the League Cup Final against Manchester City on Sunday.


Burnley get deserved win as Forest frustrate again


Nottingham Forest went down to defeat at Burnley as they fall further behind the play-off places. Burnley were in control and Forest had keeper Dorus De Vries to thank for going in at the break level as he made saves from Andre Grey and two efforts from David Jones.

Forest improved in the second half and they missed a golden chance to take the lead as Jamie Ward fired over the bar when he should have done better. Within a minute Burnley made the breakthrough, Steven Ward showed composure to set up Sam Vokes to score his 10th of the season.

Ward missed another chance five minutes from time as Burnley held out for the win. The defeat leaves Forest 12 points off the play off places with games running out. A late run for the chance for promotion is looking further away.

Butterfield gives Derby back to back wins for the first time in 2016


Derby County remain in the play off places after victory against Blackburn. The early goal was scored by Jacob Butterfield with a fine finish from the edge of the area after poor Blackburn defending. Blackburn controlled the first half possession but did not create anything.

Butterfield could have made it two on the hour putting his effort wide and Tom Ince forced a good save from Jason Steele. Blackburn pushed forward in the latter stages. Steele himself had an effort wide coming up for a corner later on, and Jordi Gomez rattled the Derby bar in injury time.

Overall Derby probably just about deserved the win. Getting back to back league wins for the first time in 2016 and they remain in 6th place in a very tight fight for the play offs.

League 2

Boco Double as Magpies lose again


Notts County went down to another defeat despite a late attempted comeback at Accrington Stanley. The home side were 2-0 up by half-time. Liam Noble could have had Notts ahead on 7 minutes putting a good chance wide.

They were punished as Billy Kee struck from range to gave Accrington the lead. Piero Mingola crossed for Rommy Boco to make it 2-0 with a header looped over Roy Carroll. He added his second in the second half as Mark Hughes put him in to make it three.

Notts staged a late rally, Curtis Thompson set up Ronan Murray to pull one back from 12 yards. Adam Campbell then gave County hope with a strike from the edge of the box after good work from Jason Banton. It was not enough however and Accrington claim a deserved win.

The win keeps Accrington fourth and in good shape for a play-off spot. The Magpies remain in a miserable 16th with little light at the end of the tunnel.




UEFA CUP – 1st Knockout Round – 2nd Leg

Liverpool (1) 1 (Milner) – Augsburg (0) 0 – At Anfield, Liverpool


Burnley (0) 1 (Vokes) – Nottingham Forest (0) 0 – At Turf Moor, Burnley

Derby County (1) 1 (Butterfield) – Blackburn Rovers (0) 0 – At Pride Park, Derby

League 2

Accrington Stanley (2) 3 (Kee, Boco 2) – Notts County (0) 2 (Murray, Campbell) – At The Crown Ground, Accrington

Star Man 



Moon Soccer – Burnley v Derby County




Rams fall away in the second half again


After being well beaten in the second half at Middlesbrough and against Birmingham, Derby County’s second half woes continued at Turf Moor. They were demolished in the second half by Burnley who move above Derby into third place in the table. Derby got off to a fast start with Chris Martin and Tom Ince both bringing saves from Burnley keeper Tom Heaton in the first 10 minutes. Against the run of play Burnley took the lead when Richard Keogh headed Tom Lowton’s cross into his own net. Derby were level within a minute with Chris Martin setting up Jacob Butterfield to equalise with a volley. Derby had dominated possession and should have been ahead at half-time but were left to rue not taking advantage of their superiority.

Four crazy minutes where Derby conceded two penalties proved the undoing. First, Keogh’s night got worse when he was adjudged to have brought down Andre Gray who stepped up to score from the spot, Then Jason Shackell conceded another penalty after a handball which Sam Vokes put away to make it 3-1 and comfortable for Burnley. The Clarets then took control and Lowton set up Scott Arfield who deserved a goal for an energetic display throughout, to score with a deflected strike from just outside the box. Derby are down to 5th in the table and after a fantastic run, are now in danger of falling away with too many poor second half performances that leaves you wondering if there is a stamina issue within the side.




Burnley (1) 4 (Keogh {OG}, Gray, Vokes, Arfield) – Derby County (1) 1 (Butterfield) – At Turf Moor, Burnley, Lancashire

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN –Scott Arfield (Burnley)