Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 11th March 2017


#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round up -11th Mar 2017

Premier League – Everton v West Bromwich Albion


Scneiderlin gerts first goal in comprehensive win for the Toffeemen

Everton closed the gap on Manchester United in sixth to just two points after demolishing West Brom at Goodison Park. Kevin Mirallas put Everton ahead from a rebound from Ross Barkley’s shot. Morgan Schneiderlin got his first goal for the club to make it 2-0 and Barkley provided again for Romelu Lukaku to complete the 3-0 scoreline. It continues Everton’s excellent form of late, especially at home.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County


Brighton coast past the Rams

Promotion chasing Brighton comfortably dispatched Derby County in the Friday game. Anthony Knockeart had Brighton ahead in just five minutes and they dominated throughout. Sam Baldoch made it 2-0 just before half time and Glenn Murray added a third in the second half heading home a Knockeart cross. Matej Vydra hit the post in Derby’s only serious effort, but in the end they were well beaten as Brighton make up ground on Newcastle at the top.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Burton Albion v Nottingham Forest

Forest Lose

Nigel Clough gets victory over the club where he was famous

Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion scored their first ever win over Nottingham Forest which drags Forest back into the relegation fight. Cauley Woodrow’s free kick on 28 minutes proved to be the winning goal. Matty Cash wasted two great chances for Forest who a few weeks ago looked like they had done enough to survive but are now just two points clear of the drop zone. Burton leapfrog Forest in the table following the victory.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Crewe Alexandra v Newport County


Newport get Flynn off to the perfect start

Newport’s caretaker boss Mike Flynn got victory in his first game as bottom side Newport won at Crewe. Callum Cooke’s free kick gave the hosts a deserved half time lead but the Welsh side fought back. Dan Butler’s volley leveled the scores and Joss Labadie got the winner with two minutes left on the clock. Too little too late for Newport? Probably, nut this win may just give them a slim chance and a big boost of confidence.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Plymouth Argyle

Stags hopes hit after home defeat

Mansfield Town are two points outside the play offs after defeata t home to second placed Plymouth. The game for the most part was fairly even but two goal in five minutes gave the Devon side the edge. Sonny Bradley’s far post header gave Plymouth the lead and a 25 yard free kick from Graham Carey shortly after sealed the 2-0 win. Matt Greena nd Alex MacDonald had chances for the home side, but it was not to be as the Stags suffer a rare home loss.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Hartlepool United

Grant strikes again for improving Magpies

Notts County’s improved home form continued with a 2-1 win against Hartlepool. Shola Ameobi got his firs for the club to give the Magpies the lead and in form Jorge Grant walloped home a second from just outside the box. Haydn Hollis unluckily put through his own net to give Hartlepool hope, but Notts saw out the game to earn another big three points as survival looks more and more likely.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Wycombe Wanderers v Blackpool


All square at Adams Park

Blackpool are back in the play off hunt but missed a big chance to win the game at Wycombe. Brad Potts had a penalty saved by keeper Jamal Blackman in a game of few chances otherwise. The 0-0 draw means Blackpool are now only three points off the play off places after some good recent form. Today will feel like an opportunity missed however.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v Torquay United


Southport beaten in key relegation clash

Southport find themselves in even deeper trouble after a home defeat to fellow strugglers Torquay. Luke Young converted Daniel Sparkes cross to put the Devon outfit ahead. Jim Stevenson gave the Sandgrounders hope with an equaliser that went in off the left hand post. However as a draw was looking on the cards, Sparkes provided again with another cross which substitute Ruaine Keating heading home the winner leaving Southport rock bottom and now a full seven points away from safety.

Report (BBC Sport)

FA Trophy Semi-Final 1st leg – Macclesfield Town v Tranmere Rovers


Advantage Rovers after 1st leg away draw

Tranmere Rovers came away from Macclesfield with a 1-1 draw that gives them a great chance to reach Wembley. Tranmere were ahead within a minutes as James Norwood was bundled over in the box and Jeff Hughes scored from the spot. Macclesfield controlled most of the rest of the game and finally got a reward as Ollie Norburt slotted into an empty net after the keeper came for a long ball but was beaten to it. The second leg will be at Prenton Park next Saturday to determine who will head down Wembley Way.

Report (Liverpool Echo)

Scottish Championship – Morton v Queen Of The South


Queens beaten at Morton

Queen Of The South showed again the inconsistency that has put them out of the play off race with a poor display at Morton. Aiden Nesbitt should have put the home side ahead but volleyed over the bar. Ross Forbes got the only goal cutting inside from the right to score. Rickie Lammie also hit the bar as Morton could have had more than the eventual 1-0 scoreline which moves Morton above Dundee United into third.

Report (BBC Sport)




Soccer Results

Premier League 

Everton (2) 3 (Mirallas, Schneiderlin, Lukaku)West Bromwich Albion (0) 0At Goodison park, Walton, Liverpool


Brighton & Hove Albion (2) 3 (Knockaert, Baldock, Murray)Derby County (0) 0At The Amex Stadium, Brighton

Burton Albion (1) 1 (Woodrow)Nottingham Forest (0) 0At The Pirelli Stadium, Burton Upon Trent

League 2

Crewe Alexandra (1) 1 (Cooke)Newport County (0) 2 (Butler, Labadie)At Gresty Road, Crewe

Mansfield Town (0) 0Plymouth Argyle (0) 2 (Badley, Carey) At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (0) 2 (Ameobi, Grant)Hartlepool United (0) 1 (Hollis {OG})– At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

Wycombe Wanderers (0) 0 Blackpool (0) 0At Adams Park, Wycombe

FA Trophy Semi-Final 1st leg

Macclesfield Town (0) 1 (Norburn)Tranmere Rovers (1) 1 (Hughes)At Moss Rose, Macclesfield

National League

Southport (0) 1 (Stevenson)Torquay United (1) 2 (Young, Keating) At Haig Avenue, Southport

Scottish Championship

Morton (0) 1 (Forbes)Queen Of The South (0) 0 At Cappielow Park, Greenoch, Inverclyde

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Jorge Grant (Notts County)



Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 27th Aug 2016



Premier League

In the early game Liverpool took the lead going into hafl-time with a penalty from James Milner. Despite being the better side throughout the second half Liverpool could not capitalise with Philipe Coutinho and Joel Matip going close and Sadio Mane having a goal ruled out for offside. Danny Rose met Eric Dyer’s cross to equalise for Spurs earning a point in the process. Liverpool will feel this is two points dropped, especially after the loss at Burnley.

Everton maintained their excellent start to the season with a 1-0 win at home to Stoke. The Potters keeper Shay Given was unlucky after pushing a Leighton Baines penalty onto the post only for it to rebound off his head into the net. Marko Aunautovic hit the post for Stoke late on but Everton held on to win. Champions Leicester City finally have a victory with goals from Jamie Vardy and Wes Morgan helping them to a 2-1 win against Swansea.Leon Fer headed in a late consolation for the Welsh side but Leicester are finally up and running.


In the Friday game Derby County were beaten in the derby against Burton Albion. The only goal came on 12 minutes with Jackson Irvine stooping to meet a Lewis Atkins cross.Substitute Abdoul Camara sparked a better showing in the second half for the Rams but Burton held out to grab a priceless win for Nigel Clough’s side. Nottingham Forest continue their fine home form with victory over Leeds United. Goals from Pajtim Kasami and Damien Perquis, both getting their first goals for the club, put Forest 2-0. Kalvin Philips free kick made it a nervy ending but any fears were finished off as Oliver Burke secured the points and a 3-1 win in injury time as Forest make it three wins out of three at home.

League 2

Blackpool’s recent slump continued with a 1-0 defeat against Plymouth. Blackpool had the better of it early on with Mark Cullen hitting the bar. Playmouth’s winner came in the second half with Graham Carey crossing from Naurus Bulvitis to head home. Jack Payne was sent off for the Seasiders with 20 minutes to go. All the goals came in the first half in an entertaining 2-2 draw between Newport County and Hartlepool. Nicky Featherstone had the side from County Durham ahead on two minutes but  Newport hit back straight away through a Sean Rigg penalty. A Joe Parkin volley put Hartlepool back ahead but they could not keep the lead going into half time with Padraig Amond equalising. The second half was a less inspiring affair as the game petered out to a 2-2 draw.

Mansfield Town are fifth after a come from behind win at Leyton Orient. Liam Kelly gave Orient the lead but the game turned on when Mitchell Rose leveled and Matt Green got the winner for Mansfield on 87 minutes after Rose had chested the ball down to him and Green, unmarked in the area made no mistake. Notts County also came from behind to win. All the goals were in the second half, Enzio Boldewijn gave Crawley Town the lead but James Collins put into his own net to level it up fot the Magpies. From that point Notts dominated, goals Adam Campbell and a third of the season from Jon Stead scoring from the penalty spot gave Notts their second win in a row.

National League

Two of the Moon’s teams met at Haig Avenue where Southport ended Tranmere Rovers perfect start to the season. Andy Cook got his second goal in two games to give the league leaders the lead but Louis Almonds’ cross beat everyone and went in at the far post. Southport had to endure plenty of pressure late on but held on for a well earned point.

Chester City had a fantastic day in the rain as they they thrashed Sutton United 4-0. Blaine Hudson and Ryan Lloyd had Chester 2-0 up in seven minutes. Sutton had the better of it in the middle period of the game but could not get themselves back in. A Tom Shaw penalty and a Kane Richards strike on the counter in injury time embellished the scoreline for Chester who have their first win in four games.

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South remain unbeaten in the Scottish Championship with a 1-0 win at Dunfermline. The only goal came just before half time as Andy Dowie’s header set up Derek Lyle to score his 100th league goal for the Doonhammers. Jason Talbot was sent off for the home side in the second half. Queen Of The South move up to third in the table with the win and 10 points from their opening four games.

Full Reports (BBC Sport) Leicester   Liverpool   Everton   Forest   Derby   Blackpool   Newport   Notts Co   Mansfield   Chester   Southport v Tranmere   Queen Of The South





Premier League

Tottenham Hotspur (0) 1 (Rose)Liverpool (1) 1 (Milner)At White Hart Lane, Tottenham, Harringay, London 

Everton (0) 1 (Given {OG})Stoke City (0) 0At Goodison Park, Liverpool

Leicester City (1) 2 (Vardy, Morgan)Swansea City (0) 1 (Fer) At The King Power Stadium, Leicester


Nottingham Forest (1) 3 (Kasami, Perquis, Burke) Leeds United (0) 1 (Philips)At The City Ground, West Bridgeford

Burton Albion (1) 1 (Irvine)Derby County (0) 0At The Pirelli Stadium, Burton On Trent

League 2

Blackpool (0) 0  – Plymouth Argyle (0) 1 (Bulvitis)At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Crawley Town (0) 1 (Boldewjin)Notts County (0) 3 (Collins {OG}, Campbell, Stead)At Broadfield Stadium, Crawley

Leyton Orient (0) 1 (Kelly)Mansfield Town (0) 2 (Rose, Green)  At The Matchroom Stadium, Leyton, London

Harltepool United (2) 2 (Featherstone, Amond)Newport County (2) 2 (Rigg, Parkin) At Victoria Park, Hartlepool

National League

Chester City (2) 4 (Hudson, Lloyd, Shaw, Richards)Sutton United (0) 0At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Southport (0) 1 (Almond)Tranmere Rovers (0) 1 (Cook)  – At Haig Avenue, Southport

Scottish Chmpionship

Dunfermline Athletic (0) 0Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Lyle)At East End Park, Dunfermline, Fife



Moon of Liberty Saturday Soccer



Nottingham Forest opened their account with a ding dong 4-3 win over Burton Albion at the City Ground. Britt Assombalonga opened the scoring but Burton fought back with goals from Lucas Akins and Lloyd Dyer, but Thomas Lam scored on the stroke of half time and young talent Oliver Burke made it 3-2 in the second half before Assombalonga got his second. Tom Naylor made it a nervy end with a header to make it 4-3 but Forest hold on to get their opening day 3 points.

The excitement at the City Ground to now follow down the Brian Clough Way as Derby drew 0-0 with Brighton, the best chances fell to Tom Ince and Will Hughes but Derby could not find the breakthrough, two home points dropped on opening day for the Rams.

League 2

Blackpool who are hoping to put years of problems behind them got off to a great start at home to Exeter City in League 2. Kyle Vassell’s defleected shot gave Balckpool the lead and a Troy Brown own goal sealed the points. Notts County’s opening was less positive as they were well beaten at Yeovil due to first half goals from Kevin Dawson and Otis Khan enough to give the Somerset side a 2-0 win.

An excellent game between two of the Moon’s teams ended in Mansfield taking the points at Newport. Matt Green’s header for the Stage was canceled out by a Jack Compton Free kick. Danny Rose put Mansfield back ahead but a tap in from Joss Labadie made it 2-2 going into the final stages. The game was won with a Kevan Hurst strike from 20 yards in stoppage time to get Mansfield off to a flying start.

National League

Tranmere Rovers got their season off to a great start with a 2-0 away win at Bromley. A first half double from James Norwood was the difference. By contrast Southport were well beaten at Dagenham & Redbridge with goals for Fejiri Okenabirhie, Luke Guttidge & Jordan Maguire-Drew giving the Londoners a 3-0 win. Chester City also went down 3-0 at Gateshead whose goals all come in the second half, two goals from Wes York and a third from Manny Smith got the North-East outfit the points.

Scottish Championship

Queen Of the South came out with a creditable point against Dundee United. Mark Millar gave Queens a half time lead. A superb individual effort from Nick Van Der Velden saw the Dundee side draw level and they had the better of the latter stages but could not find a winner. An excellent point for the Doonhammers away at the favourite for promotion should give them plenty of confidence.

Reports (BBC Sport) – Forest Derby Blackpool Newport v Mansfield Notts County Southport Tranmere Chester Queen Of The South






Nottingham Forest (2) 4 (Assombalonga 2, Lam, Burke) – Burton Albion (2) 3 (Akins, Dyer, Naylor) – At The City Ground, West Bridgeford

Derby County (0) 0Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 0At Pride Park, Derby

League 2

Blackpool (1) 2 (Vassell, Brown [OG]) – Exeter City (0) 0 At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Yeovil Town (2) 2 (Dawson, Khan) – Notts County (0) 0 At Huish Park, Yeovil

Newport County (1) 2 (Compton, Labadie) – Mansfield Town (1) 3 (Green, Rose, Hurst) – At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

National League

Gateshead (1) 3 (York 2, Smith) – Chester City (0) 0At The Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead

Dagenham & Redbrige (2) 3 (Okenabirhie, Guttridge, Maguire-Drew) –Southport (0) 0At Victoria Road, Dagenham, London

Bromley (0) 0Tranmere Rovers (2) 2 (Norwood 2) – At Hayes Lane, Bromley

Scottish Championship

Dundee United (0) 1 (Van Der Velden) – Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Millar) – At Tannadice Park, Dundee

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers)

Moon Soccerround – 02 Jan 2016




Premier League

Hammers down the Reds with a fine counter-attacking display

Counter attack was the key as West Ham defeated Liverpool at Upton Park in the early game. Despite much possession Liverpool created almost nothing throughout. West Ham took the lead after Michail Antonio went end to end, stopping Alberto Moreno in his own half to start a moved that went the full length of the field ending with Anotonio rising above Nathanial Clyne to head home Enner Valencia’s cross to head the Hammers into the lead.

Emre Chan hit the cross bar for Liverpool and that was the closest they came. A typical Andy Carroll header from a cross from the excellent Mark Noble made it two, and Noble stopped Liverpool getting back into the game clearing a Lucas Leiva header from a corner off the line. In the later stages West Ham could have had more on the break, but fully deserve their 2-0 win against a toothless Liverpool side who have failed to deliver yet again.

Foxes held by gutsy Borunemouth

Leicester City have failed to score in three games in a row for the first time this season after being held 0-0 by Bournemouth. The Foxes controlled most of the game with Jamie Vardy hitting the post in the first half and Riyad Mahrez had a penalty saved after Bournemouth captain Simon Francis was sent off for bringing down Vardy. Leicester stay second but are 2 points behind Arsenal after their 1-0 at home to Newcastle.


Two quick goals down the Rams at the Riverside

The top of the table clash at the Riverside Stadium went Middlesbrough’s way with two late goals. With the game at stalemate Grant Leadbetter produced a bit of magic to send Albert Adomah through to chip the keeper to give Boro the lead with eight minutes to go. Within a minute David Nugent set up George Friend to make it two. It end the Rams recent unbeaten run and put Middlesbrough four points ahead of Derby at the top with a game in hand.

Forest throw away another lead at Charlton

Nottingham Forest will not be happy to have thrown away another lead at Charlton. Ryan Mendes set up Ben Osborn to give the reds the lead just before half-time after Charlton failed to clear a corner. Charlton leveled with twenty minutes to go when Simon Makienok converted Callum Harriot’s low cross. Forest had a man advantage for the last 20 minutes after Tarieq Homes-Dennis was sent off for Charlton, Nelson Oliveira forced two saves from the keeper but Forest could not find the winner and have now had three draws in a row, blowing a lead on all three occasions.

League 1

Burton go top with win over Blackpool

Burton Albion are top of League 1 after a deserved 1-0 win at home to Blackpool. The winning goal came on 63 minutes with Stuart Beavon teeing up Mark Duffy for the only goal of the game. Burton should have scored more but the three points put them top while Blackpool are back in the bottom four after today’s results.

League 2

Stags lose ground after Accrington defeat

Mansfield’s play-off hopes took a big blow at Field Mill after defeat against Accrington Stanley. Piero Mingola’s early strike stunned the home side but in form Matt Green had the home side level on 26 minutes with a left foot strike. Mansfield had the better of the early second half exchanges but Billy Kee struck for the visitors with 20 minutes to go against the run of play. Terry Gornell added a third before Chris Clements gave Mansfield late hope getting one back with two minutes left. Accrington held out to take the points and move themselves into the play-off spots, Mansfield are four points behind.

Three late Oxford goals see Mapgies slip to home defeat

Notts County looked set for an excellent win against high flying Oxford at Meadow Lane with a 2-1 lead with 15 minutes left only to be blown away by a late surge. Jon Stead has equalised Liam Sercombe’s early penalty and Notts appeared to have momentum when Stead then set up Curtis Thompson to give the Magpies the lead. Alexander MacDonald however had Oxford level within three minutes and Oxford then took control with further goals from Callum O’Dowda and Kemar Roofe. The win puts Oxford third, and County still struggling at the wrong end of the table.

National League

Tranmere disappoint at home again

Tranmere’s chances of going straight back up to the Football League look further and further away after another poor performance at Prenton Park led to a 1-0 defeat at home to Macclesfield. The game was won on the half hour when Jack Sampson scored from close range following a low cross from Chris Holyroyd. Cole Stockton’s header six minutes from time was the closest Tranmere came leaving Rovers six points off play-off contention.

Seasiders great form continues with win over Wrexham

Southport’s remarkable turnaround continued with a win against Wrexham at Haig Avenue. Mark Carrington set up Wes York to give the Welsh side the lead but Louis Almond’s deflected strike from range had Southport going in level at half-time. Luke Foster headed in Paul Rutherford’s cross after the break to give Southport a 2-1 lead but it was cancelled out by James Gray after a goalmouth scramble.With six minutes left Jamal Fyfield brought down Almond who stepped up to score the penalty and give Southport their sixth win in a row. 11 points off the play-offs it would take a monumental effort to get back in the race, but on this form, maybe Southport can still dream yet.

Hannah scores again but Chester held to a point

Chester’s Ross Hannah scored his fourteenth goal of the season at the Deva Stadium today but on keeping with their season, they were held to a draw at home to Altrincham. Hannah was put in by Danny Hattersley to give Chester the lead but a Michael Rankine header following a Jordan Sinnott cross brought Altrincham level. The draw is typical of Chester’s ‘nothing to play for’ season, they are comfortably away from relegation but well out of the play off places and this draw just confirms all that further.

Scottish Championship

Doonhammers back in play-off hunt after much needed win

Queen Of The South have started the New Year with a much needed win at struggling Livingston. Queens dominated the game and broke the deadlock on 64 minutes after good work from Gary Oliver set up Derek Lyle to open the scoring. Mark Millar put Iain Russell in six minutes later to make it 2-0. Queens are now two points behind Raith Rovers in the race for the one remaining play-off spot that is open, given Rangers, Hibernian and Falkirk have a healthy lead over the rest.




West Ham United (1) 2 (Antonio, Carroll) Liverpool (0) 0At Upton Park, Newham, London

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


Middlesbrough (0) 2 (Adomah, Friend) Derby County (0) 0At The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

Charlton Athletic (0) 1 (Makienok) Nottingham Forest (1) 1 (Osborn)At The Valley, Greenwich, London


Burton Albion (0) 1 (Duffy) Blackpool (0) 0 At The Pirelli Stadium, Burton On Trent


Mansfield Town (1) 2 (Green, Clements) Accrington Stanley (1) 3 (Mingola, Kee, Gornell)At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (0) 2 (Stead, Thompson) Oxford United (1) 4 (Sercombe, McDonald, O’Dowda, Roofe) At Meadow Lane, Nottingham


Chester City (1) 1 (Hannah) Altrincham (0) 1 (Rankine) At The Deva Stadium, Chester

Southport (1) 3 (Almond 2, Foster) Wrexham (1) 2 (York, Gray) At Haig Avenue, Southport

Tranmere Rovers (0) 0 Macclesfield Town (1) 1 (Sampson)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead


Livingston (0) 0 Queen Of The South (0) 2 (Lyle, Russell)At Almondvale Stadium, Livingston

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN – Louis Almond (Southport)