Moon of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 12 Aug 2017

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Premier League – Arsenal v Leicester City

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ARSENAL 4 FOXES 3

The Premier League kicked off on Friday with a ding don seven goal thriller.It began at breathless speed with Shinji Okazaki equalising a Alexandre Lacazette opener within 5 minutes of the game. Jamie Vardy then put Leicester ahead but they could not hold on until half time with Danny Welbeck leveling just before the break

Vardy headed home a Riyad Mahrez cross to make it 3-2 but under pressure Arsenal got themselves out of trouble on opening night. An angled strike from Aaron Ramsey made it 3-3 and five minutes from time Olivier Giroud headed home the winner to break foxes hearts and get Arsene Wenger’s side the three points.

On this evidence Leicester have enough going forward to end up more than safe, but are clearly going to concede plenty too.

Premier League – Watford v Liverpool

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WATFORD 3 LIVERPOOL 3

Liverpool’s defensive problems have clearly not been resolved as they threw away two points late on at Watford. A warning came as Stefano Okaka opened the scoring for the Hornets with a header from a corner. Sadio Mane leveled finishing off a superb passing move but Watford were back in front by the break through Abdoulaye Doucoure.

Liverpool stepped up a gear in the second half. A Roberto Firmino penalty and a debut goal from Egyptian Mohamed Salah turned it around for Liverpool. However just as it looked like they were heading for victory, more dreadful defending from a corner in injury time allowed Miguel Britos to bundle in an equaliser.

If defence wins championships, Liverpool’s chances of taking that elusive premier League title are slim on this evidence.

Premier League – Everton v Stoke City

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TOFFEEMEN 1 STOKE 0

In sport things do not always go to script, however today at Goodison Park it most certainly did. 13 years since Wayne Rooney’s last goal for Everton, he came back to do it again with a winning goal against Stoke. Just before the break after a lackluster half, Dominic Calvin-Lewin crossed for Rooney to head home what proved to be the only score of the game.

Calvin-Lewin himself went close in the second half in a game of few chances but that Everton widely controlled. The perfect start for Rooney and everyone at the club for whom, this will only add to the sense of optimism. A youngster crossing to the experienced man to score is exactly the blend Ronald Koeman is trying to find, it won the three points today.

Championship – Brentford v Nottingham Forest

Forest Win

BRENTFORD 3 FOREST 4

The goal crazy weekend also struck at Brentford where Nottingham Forest continued their so far perfect start to the season. John Egen headed Brentford ahead but Forest had turned it around by half-time. Andreas Bouchalakis equalised with a volley and Daryl Murphy made it 2-1.

Bouchalakis struck again from 25 years to add a third. Brentofrd gave themselves hope through Andreas Bjelland but Kieran Dowell quickly restored Forest’s two goal advantage. Neal Maupay got a late consolation but there was no more time as Forest held for a hugely entertaining 4-3 victory. 

The win was Forest’s first away from home since November continuing an excellent start to the season.

Championship – Derby County v Wolves

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RAMS 0 WOLVES 2

A goal in each half saw Wolves defeat Derby County 2-0 at Pride Park. Leo Bonatini proved a handful early on as Wolves controlled the first half. The first goal came when Derby failed to clear a corner allowing Barry Douglas in at the far post to give the visitors the lead. 

Derby improved in the second half with Bradley Johnson’s shot well saved the best chance for the home side to respond. However Wolves sealed the points with a left foot strike from Ivan Cavaliero fifteen minutes from time. Overall Wolves did enough to justify their victory.

The loss leaves Derby with just one point from two games. With the abandoned League Cup game also affecting their early season fixture list, it has not been a great start for the Rams.

League 1 – Blackpool v MK Dons

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TANGERINES 1 MK DONS 0

Blackpool have their first win in League 1 defeating MK Dons 1-0 at Bloomfield Road. The strike came early and from range as Sean Longstaff dispatched the ball beyond the keeper. The possession was fairly even but Blackpool did more with the ball.

Bright Samuel had a number of chances to extend the lead for the Tangerines. As it turned out, the one goal proved to be enough as the defence gave a solid showing. They have built on their much improved League Cup performance in defeat to Wigan to claim a priceless three points in their first outing at home.

Home form will be key to Blackpool’s season and this is a very good start.

League 2 – Crewe Alexander v Newport County

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CREWE 1 EXILES 1

It was all square at Gresty Road as Newport County could not take advantage of Crewe being down to 10 men for most of the game. Newport actually took the lead before the sending off via a tap in from Frank Nouble.

Perry Ng was then sent off for Crewe for a second yellow card only 17 minutes into the game. Unfazed Crewe were level within a minute through Craig Dagnall. Newport dominated the second half with Lemar Reynolds and Matthew Dolan wasting good chances.

Before the game Newport may have taken this away point, given how they game went, it will feel like two points lost.

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Forest Green

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STAGS 2 FOREST GREEN 0

Mansfield Town finally broke down a stubborn and defensive Forest Green Rovers to claim their first win of the season at Field Mill. Rovers came to defend and managed to get to half time with a blank score sheet thanks to two fine save from keeper Bradley Collins.

However two goals in six minutes put the Stags in control. Danny Rose headed home a Joel Byrom corner for the first, then Paul Anderson beat the offside trap and finished at the second attempt for the second. Mansfield could have had more but it was a very satisfactory day in the end for the home side.

The in puts Mansfield second in the table behind Coventry on four points.

League 2 – Notts County v Chesterfield

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MAGPIES 2 CHESTERFIELD 0

A fiery first half between Notts County and Chesterfield ended with Scott Wiseman being sent off. A moment that turned the game in favour of the Magpies who went on to take full advantage.

A looping header from substitute Jorge Grant gave County the lead on the hour. It would be Grant who would seal the win with his second with a superb 25 yard free kick. An impressive win for Notts over a relegated side and one of the favourites for promotion.

This win suggests at least their home form should be good enough to avoid a prolonged relegation battle this time around, they still need to improve away if they are to make a promotion push of their own.

National League – Chester v Halifax Town

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SEALS 0 HALIFAX 0

Both sides had chances but it was a point a piece at the Diva Stadium. Ross Hannah went close for Chester early on against his old club but Halifax had the better of the first half with Tom Dalton’s header being cleared off the line their best chance before the break.

Both sides had further chances in the second half. A Josh MacDonald cross came back off the bar which Chester scrambled to clear. The Seals nearly stole the win themselves in the final minute as James Akintunde had a shot well saved.

Chester have drawn both their games so far. Too many draws last season stopped them making a serious promotion push, the same may be the case again this time around.

National League – Tranmere Rovers v Sutton United

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ROVERS 0 SUTTON 1

Tranmere Rovers lost for the first time this season going down 1-0 to Sutton United at Prenton Park. After a tight opening Tranmere were caught cold from a throw in allowing Craig Dundas to race clear and slot the ball home.

Andy Cook hit the bar for the home side in the second half which was the closest they came to an equaliser. Sutton move up to fourth while this will be a blow for Tranmere as this was a home game they will have expected to win.

National League North – Leamington v Southport

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LEAMINGTON 0 SANDGROUNDERS 1

It’s three wins out of three for the Sandgrounders as they left it late to beat Leamington 1-0. Leamington had the better of the first half with winger Ahmed Obeng having the best chance. Southport keeper Iain Turner made three fine saves in the first half to keep the core level.

Southport improved in the second half, Andy White had a good chance but shot into the side netting. The breakthrough came from substitute Ethan Jones who struck in from a tight angle to ensure Southport take the three points back to the seaside. 

FC United of Manchester are the next test of Southport’s thus far perfect start to the season.

Scottish Championship – Dundee United v Queen Of The South

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DUNDEE UNITED 2 DOONHAMMERS 1

Queen of the South will feel a golden opportunity was thrown away as they got the chance to play title favorites Dundee United with 10 men for the whole second half and still came off second best going down 2-1. Scott McDonald gave United the lead before Queens fought back as Callum Fordyce was put through and slotted home an equaliser.

Momentum was with Queens as Paul McMullin was sent off before half time. However the Doonhammers failed to take advantage with it being the home side more likely to grab a winner. They did just that when Billy King played in Scott Fraser to score the winner.

This wasted opportunity may suggest Queen Of The South could be again short of what they need yet again to get among the promotion battle.

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#MoonSoccer13 Classified Results

Premier League 

Arsenal (2) 4 (Lacazette, Welbeck, Ramsey, Giroud)Leicester City (2) 3 (Okazaki, Vardy 2)At The Emirates Stadium, Islington, London

Watford (2) 3 (Okaka, Doucoure, Britos)Liverpool (1) 3 (Mane, Firmino, Salah)At Vicarage Road, Watford

Everton (1) 1 (Rooney) Stoke City (0) 0At Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool

Championship

Brentford (1) 3 (Egan, Bjellman, Maupay) – Nottingham Forest (2) 4 (Bouchalakis 2, Murphy, Dowell)At Griffin Park, Brentford, Hounslow

Derby County (0) 0Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) 2 (Douglas, Caveleiro) – At Pride Park, Derby

League 1

Blackpool (1) 1 (Longstaff)MK Dons (0) 0At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

League 2

Crewe Alexander (1) 1 (Dagnall)Newport County (1) 1 (Nouble)At Gresty Road, Crewe

Mansfield Town (0) 2 (Rose, Anderson)Forest Green Rovers (0) 0At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (0) 2 (Grant 2)Chesterfield (0) 0At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Chester (0) 0Halifax Town (0) 0At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Tranmere Rovers (0) 0Sutton United (1) 1 (Dundas)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

National League North

Leamington (0) 0Southport (0) 1 (Jones)At The New Windmill Ground, Whitnash

Scottish Championship

Dundee United (1) 2 (McDonald, Fraser)Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Fordyce)At Tannadice Park, Dundee

MOON OF LIBERTY SATURDAY SOCCERROUND STAR MAN OF THE WEEKAndreas Bouchalakis (Nottingham Forest)

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Championship – Nottingham Forest v Millwall

Forest Win

FOREST 1 MILWALL 0

Nottingham Forest got off to the perfect start on Friday night with a 1-0 win over Millwall at the City Ground. a 25 yard strike from Barrie McKay, who manager Mark Warburton brought in from Scotland was enough to claim the points.

Steve Morison rattled the bar for the visitors as they dominated much of the game and had a number of chances. Despite this Forest held on for the three points which will increase the optimism around the club with new owners and a new direction. 

The win is Forest’s sixth opening day victory in the last seven seasons.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Sunderland v Derby County

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SUNDERLAND 1 RAMS 1

Derby County began the new season on Friday night with a well earned point at Sunderland. Bradley Johnson fired the Rams ahead on 11 minutes but just before half time Jacob Butterfield handled in the box allowing Lewis Grabban to level with a penalty.

Both sides had chances to win it in the second half, Grabbon hit the post and Chris Martin fired over for Derby failing to take an excellent chance. in the end a point each was a fir result, and Derby com away with something after a tough away day start.

The draw means Sunderland’s record of no league wins in August in seven years continues.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

 

League 1 – Bradford City v Blackpool

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BRADFORD 2 TANGERINES 1

Newly promoted Blackpool were given a warning the step up may be tough after a 2-1 defeat at Bradford. Colin Daniel equalised Nathaniel Knight-Percivals opener with a minute to get Blackpool’s account off and running.

Bradford controlled most of the second half. A strike from Omari Patrick just before the hour gave Bradford the points. Armand Gnanduillet had a shot well save in injury as the Tangerines tried to force a point late on, but today it was not to be.

This always looked a tough start, but there are positives to take from the game. Home form will ultimately determine what sort of season this is likely to be for the men from the seaside.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Coventry City v Notts County

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COVENTRY 3 MAGPIES 0

It could be another long season for the Magpies as Coventry put them to the sword at the Ricoh Arena. Jodi Jones, who until today had only ever scored one league goal for the Sky Blues, demolished Notts with a hat-trick. A left foot strike gave Coventry the lead in the first half.

After a tight start to the second half Jones struck again 10 minutes from time to effectively seal the contest. With Notts chasing the game, Coventry broke in injury with Maxime Biamou setting Jones up for his third.

Notts only managed one shot on target, better will be required if they want to avoid another relegation battle.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Crewe Alexandra v Mansfield Town

Stag draw

CREWE 2 STAGS 2

Mansfield had to come from behind twice at Crewe to earn an opening day point. A header in each half from Chris Porter put the Cheshire side ahead. Danny Rose headed home a Mal Benning cross to make it 1-1 just after half-time

After Porter had struck again, Dave Mirfin took advantage of Crewe switching off at the back to bundle home a Joel Byrom free kick. Paul Anderson could have won it for the Stags but his effort late one was well saved

A decent away point for the Stags who are expected to challenge for promotion this season.. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Stevenage v Newport County

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STEVENAGE 3 EXILES 3

Late goals were a feature of Newport County last season and it happened again at Stevenage. The Exiles Frank Nouble had cancelled out Tom Pett’s early strike to go in level at 1-1 at the break.

Stevenage took charge in the second half with a penalty from Dale Gorman and a Danny Newton strike putting them 3-1. Mickey Demetriou’s long range effort gave Newport hope and in injury time the hosts failed to clear a corner, allowing Shawn McCoulsky to score a dramatic equaliser from close range.

After coming so close to relegation last season, Newport will be pleased to have a point on the board from the off.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Torquay United v Tranmere Rovers

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TORQUAY 0 ROVERS 0

Tranmere Rovers played out a bad tempered 0-0 draw at Torquay in which Rovers ended up with 9 men. Liam Ridehalgh hit the bar early on as Tranmere dominated the first half without scoring.

In the second half Steve McNulty and James Norwood were both sent off for Rovers in a game which contained plenty of bookings for both sides. Jeff Hughes hit the woodwork again for Rovers in between the sendings off as Tranmere had the best chances despite being down in numbers.

Despite the disciplinary issues Tranmere may see this as two points lost, they still had enough chances to win the game.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League North – Southport v Boston United

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SANDGROUNDERS 4 BOSTON 0

Southport began life in the National league North in impressive style with a 4-0 win over Boston United. Steven Schumacher opened the scoring with a 25 yard drive and Liam Martin added a second before the break.

Southport continued their domination in the second half. Curtis Jones stooping header made it three with Gary Roberts capping  a fine display by completing the scoring and an easy 4-0 win.

Tougher tests will follow for Southport by the signs they can compete for promotion at this level are clearly there.

Scottish Championship – Queen of the South v Brechin City

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DOONHAMMERS 4 BRECHIN 1

Queen Of The South routed Brechin City 4-1 at Palmerstone Park. Two early strikes from the excellent Derek Lyle put Queens 2-0 at the break. John Rankin made it three on the hour with the Doonhammers in total control.

Chris O’Neil got a consolation for the visitors but there was time for Lyndon Dykes to strike home from a tight angle to complete a comfortable victory

After one game Queen Of The South are top of the league on goal difference. Oh for them to be there at the end of the season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Classified #MoonSoccer13 Results 

Championship

Nottingham Forest (1) 1 (McKay)Millwall (0) 0 At The City Ground, West Bridgford

Sunderland (1) 1 (Grabban)Derby County (1) 1 (Johnson)At the Stadiun of Light, Sudnerland

League 1

Bradford City (1) 2 (Knight-Percival, Patrick)Blackpool (1) 1 (Daniel)At Valley parade, Bradford

League 2

Coventry City (1) 3 (Jones 3)Notts County (0) 0At The Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Crewe Alexandra (1) 2 (Porter 2)Mansfield Town (0) 2 (Rose, Mirfin)At Gresty Road, Crewe

Stevenage (1) 3 (Pett, Gorman, Newton)Newport County (0) 3 (Nouble, Demetriou, McCoulsky)At Broadhall Way, Stevenage

National League

Torquay United (0) 0Tranmere Rovers (0) 0At Plainmoor, Torquay

National League North

Southport (2) 4 (Schumacher, Martin, Jones, Roberts)Boston United (0) 0At Haig Avenue, Southport

Scottish Championship

Queen of the South (2) 4 (Lyle 2, Rankin, Dykes)Brechin City (0) 1 (O’Neil)At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY SATURDAY SOCCERROUND STAR MANDerek Lyle (Queen Of The South)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 11th March 2017

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Premier League – Everton v West Bromwich Albion

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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Soccer Results

Premier League 

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

Championship 

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)

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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

Forest Win

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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Moon Of Liberty Soccer – Midweek round-Up

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#MoonSoccer13 Midweek Update

Premier League – Leicester City v Liverpool

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Leicester re-find title form to sweep Liverpool aside

Leicester’s first game post Claudio Ranieri bizarrely enabled them to find title winning form and claim a huge three points. Marc Albrighton put Jamie Vardy in to strike first and Leicester doubled the lead before the break with a superb long range effort. Vardy’s glancing head sealed the points. Philippe Coutinho got a consolation late on but Liverpool lose ground in the top four race while Leicester’s relegation predicament looks rather more hopeful after these vital three points.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Blackburn Rovers v Derby County

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Derby pay the penalty

Derby County are now six games without a win after losing 1-0 at Blackburn. Marvin Emens had chances for the hosts in the first half. The breakthrough came on 58 minutes as Sam Gallagher was brought down by Alex Pearce and Craig Conway put away the penalty. Blackburn deserved the win as Derby, who were once in pole position for a play off place, now look well out of the equation.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Blackpool v Barnet

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Late comeback earns Tangerines a point

Blackpool who in recent weeks have thrown away leads this time came back from two down to earn a point against Barnet. John Akinde and Colin Clough has put Barnet 2-0 up, Nathan Delfoueneso took advantage of a loose ball to strike from 12 yards. The equaliser came in injury time, Clark Robinson’s header came off the past and Kyle Vassell reacted quickest to score from the rebound. Blackpool remain in 15th place after the draw. 

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Plymouth Argyle v Notts County

Grant strikes again to secure big win for the Magpies

Notts County got an excellent away win at second place Plymouth to g five games unbeaten. Jorge Grant got his third goal in four scoring from a rebound after Jonathan Forte’s shot was parried following an error from Yeovil defender Yann Songo’o. The win means Notts are now eight points clear from the drop zone and well on their way to staying in League 2.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Yeovil Town v Mansfield Town

No score at Huish Park

Mansfield Town may feel it was two points dropped as they had the better of a 0-0 draw at Yeovil. Ben Whiteman had the best chance producing a fine double save from keeper Bevis Mugabe. The draw leaves the Stags one point outside the play off places. They may rue failing to get all three points here. Yeovil are safely in mid table with little left to play for.

Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

Premier League

Leicester City (2) 3 (Vardy 2, Drinkwater) Liverpool (0) 1 (Coutinho)At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Championship

Blackburn Rovers (0) 1 (Conway)Derby County (0) 0At Ewood Park, Blackburn

League 2

Blackpool (0) 2 (Delfouneso, Vassell)Barnet (1) 2 (Akinde, Clough)At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Plymouth Argyle (0) 0Notts County (1) 1 (Grant)At Home Park, Plymouth

Yeovil Town (0) 0Mansfield Town (0) 0At Huish Park, Yeovil

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJorge Grant (Notts County)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 25th Feb 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round Up

Premier League – Everton v Sunderland

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Another home win for the Toffeemen

Everton are now unbeaten in nine after beating bottom side Sunderland 2-0 at Goodison Park. Idrissa Gueye converted Seamus Colema’s low cross for his first ever Everton goal. Sunderland improved in the second half, but a break away saw Romelu Lukaku’s deflected shot seal the points as they continued to try and chase down a top six finish.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Aston Villa v Derby County

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Chester further dents Derby’s play off hopes

Derby County are now 10 points off the play offs after a disappointing defeat at Aston Villa. The only goal came from James Chester’s header in the first half. Derby felt they should have had a penalty as Darren Bent went down in the box but it was not given. Andre Green hit a post for Villa, as they deserved the win. Villa did go down to 10 men in injury time as Leandro Bacuna was sent off, but it would not spoil Villa’s day as they claimed the points as Derby’s promotion chances continue to fade.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest

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Forest earn an away point

Nottingham Forest had the best of the game but could not find a winner in a 0-0 stalemate at Wigan. The only chance on target in a poor first half came from Forest’s  Mustapha Carayol. Eric Lichaj curled a shot just wide and Carayol forced a good save from the Wigan keeper in the second half. After two heavy away defeats in their last two games Forest would probably have been happy to take a point and a solid display at the start of play, however they may feel they should have won it given how the match panned out.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Exeter City v Blackpool

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Seasiders throw away another lead yet again

Blackpool have thrown away leads on a number of occasions and it happened again at Exeter. Blackpool took the lead on 19 minutes as Brad Potts shot was spilled and Colin Daniel scored from the rebound. Potts himself got a second but Exeter were back in it before the break with a close range effort from Ollie Watkins. Exeter pushed on but could not make the breakthrough, just as it looked as if Blackpool had the victory, Reuban Reid’s stooping header earned Exeter a point four minutes into injury time. Blackpool are in 15th seven points off the play offs, they may be challenging if it were not for the sort of late lapses costing them points we saw today.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Newport County

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Stags play off push continues

Two of the Moon’s sides met at Field Mill as Mansfield got another three points seeing off Newport at Field Mill. The bottom side took a surprise lead through Ryan Bird. Mansfield were level at the break as Krystian Pearce got the equaliser. Newport were left facing an uphill struggle as Jamaai Gordon was sent off and Mansfield took full advantage. Craig Reed’s handball allowed Shaq Coulthirst to slot home the penalty for his fourth goal since his loan move which won Mansfield the game. The loss leaves Newport six points adrift at the bottom and they need to turn it around very quickly if they are to avoid the Nation League next season.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Yeovil Town

No goals at Meadow Lane

Notts County have another point in their fight for survival in an uninspiring game at Meadow Lane against Yeovil Town. Jorge Grant had the best chance in the very first minute forcing a good save after being put through by Mark Yeates. Notts had more of the ball but overall did not do enough to win the game. Notts County are now five points away from the drop and while being a fair way from having the quality to compete at the top end, look to have enough to now survive comfortably.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v Chester City

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Southport’s woes continue as Chester grab away win

Chester survived late pressure to take a 1-0 win at Southport whose relegation concerns deepen. Toms Shaw hit the post for Chester early on and they took a deserved lead in the second half through Evan Harwood who brilliantly lobbed the keeper to score. Southport tried to fight back and were unlucky as both Liam Hynes and Jim Stevenson hit the woodwork late on. Southport are now three behind Maidstone and Woking with a worse goal difference. Their form needs to trun quickly if they want to remain in the National League. Chester remain in mid table.

Report (BBC Sport)

FA Trophy Quarter Final – Tranmere Rovers v Barrow

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Rovers roar into the Semi Finals

Tranmere Rovers are a game away from Wembley after thrashing Barrow in today’s FA Trophy Quarter Final. Barrow briefly lead through Jordan William’s goal but from there Tranmere took total control with defender Michael Ihiekwe leveling before the break. Then Cole Stockton took control with two goals early in the second half to make it 3-1. Andy Mangan got a fourth Stockton completed his hat trick and the big 5-1 victory. Wembley is within reach and after a couple of poor home performances, this should bolster their promotion push as well.

Report (Liverpool Echo)

Scottish Championship – Queen Of The South v Raith Rovers

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Doonhammers keep slim play off hopes alive

Queen Of The South got a hugely needed win at home to Raith Rovers. They dominated the first half with goals from John Rankin and a close range effort from Derek Lyle putting the Dumfries side 2-0 at the break. Raith improved in the second half getting one back through Parisian John-Yves Mvoto. Ryan Hardie had a big chance to equalise late on but headed over the bar. The win mean Queen’s could move within five points of Falkirk if they win their game in hand in the race for the final play off spot. 

Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

Premiere League

Everton (1) 1 (Gueye, Lukaku)Sunderland (0) 0At Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool

Championship

Aston Villa (1) 1 (Chester)Derby County (0) 0At Villa Park, Aston, Birmingham

Wigan Athletic (0) 0 Nottingham Forest (0) 0At The DW Stadium, Wigan

League 2

Exeter City (1) 2 (Watkins, Reid)Blackpool (2) 2 (Daniel, Potts)At St James’ Park, Exeter

Mansfield Town (1) 2 (Pearce, Coulthirst)Newport County (1) 1 (Bird) At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (0) 0Yeovil Town (0) 0At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Southport (0) 0 Chester City (0) 1 (Horwood) At Haig Avenue, Southport

FA Trophy Quarter Final

Tranmere Rovers (1) 5 (Iheikwell, Stockton 3, Mangan) Barrow (1) 1 (Williams)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (2) 2 (Rankin, Lyle)Raith Rovers (0) 1 (Mvoto)At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANCole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers)

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Moon Of Liberty Tuesday Soccerround – 14 Feb 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Tuesday Round-Up

Championship – Derby County v Cardiff City

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Rams throw away a two goal lead

Derby County have suffered their first home league loss since September as they threw away a two goal lead against Cardiff City. Julien de Sart, on loan from Middlesbrough gave Derby the lead and Tom Ince set up Darren Bent to make it two within 17 minutes. Kadeem Harris got one back before the break and grabbed a second two minutes after the restart to equalise. Craig Noone then gave Cardiff a deserved lead but a Darren Bent header allowed Derby to strike back. David Nugent had a chance to win it for Derby but at the other end Alex Pearce gave away a penalty in injury time which Jor Ralls put away to gave Cardiff all three points. Derby are now eight points off the play off places after recent stutters and have conceded seven goals in their last two home games.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Fulham v Nottingham Forest

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Another away defeat for Forest

Despite an excellent start Nottingham Forest went down to a second away defeat in three days losing 3-2 at Fulham. Pajtim Kasami’s volley had Forest ahead in two minutes as the reds looked dangerous early on. Fulham turned it around with two goals in three minutes from Tom Cairney and Lucas Piazon. Young star Ben Brereton headed Forest level shortly after the break but Jack Hobbs put through his own net on 72 minutes which proved to be the winning goal for Fulham who are six points off the play offs but still very much in the race. Forest remain in 17th place in the Championship.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Accrington Stanley

Stags share eight goals with Accrington

A late equaliser stretched Mansfield Town’s unbeaten run to eight in a hugely entertaining 4-4 draw against Accrington Stanley. The Stags defended poorly early on and goals from Omar Backles and Shay McCarten gave the Lancashire side a 2-0 lead in the first half hour. Rhys Bennett pulled one back scrambling the ball home after a corner was not cleared. Billy Kee scored the pick of the goals with a fine dipping strike from range t put Accrington 3-1 up but Mansfield hit back again just before the break through Hayden White’s header.

In form Shaq Coulthirst converted a penalty for Mansfield to level but Accrington had a penalty of their own within three minutes which Kee scored for his second of the night to make it 4-3. With moments left and Mansfield’s run looking in danger, White flicked the ball on for Frenchman Yoann Arquin to wallop home an injury time equaliser to complete an extraordinary game. Mansfield remain in the play off places as a result of the point.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Newport County v Grimsby Town

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Another point for solid Newport

Newport remain bottom but extended their unbeaten run to six games after another 0-0 draw this time against Grimsby Town. Newport created very little and the best chance came from Grimsby’s Danny Andrew who hit the post with a free kick. Barely a chance was created for either side in the second half which allows Newport to pick up another point. They are four away from safety but if they keep picking points up with Leyton Orient and Cheltenham both in poor current form, just maybe survival is still possible.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Exeter City

Magpies leave it late to salvage a draw

Two injury time goals earned Notts County an unlikely and priceless point against Exeter City at Meadow Lane. David Wheeler had given Exeter a first half lead and Notts came out in the second half with a very positive attitude Substitute Shola Ameobi had two great chances but was denied by Exeter keeper Christy Pym and Richard Duffy rattled the bar.

Jake Taylor was sent off with two minutes to go for Exeter but the 10 men responded with a goal through Ryan harley to make it 2-0 and appear to finish the game. But Notts kept pressing and got one back in injury time through a header from Duffy. It set up a grand stand finish in which Jorge Grant’s shot deflected into the net to complete an incredible comeback. The point puts Notts one point above Cheltenham and Leyton Orient and five above Newport County in the fight for Football league survival

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Portsmouth v Blackpool

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Blackpool well beaten at Portsmouth

Blackpool’s first defeat in four games came in a 2-0 loss at Portsmouth. Gareth Eveans hit the bar for the home side early and he later got on the end of Enda Stevens through ball to put Pompey deservedly ahead. Little was created in the second half but Portsmouth sealed the three points in injury time with a second goal from Eoin Doyle. Blackpool fall one place to 12th after the loss, as mid table as you can get.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

Championship

Derby County (2) 3 (de Sart, Bent 2)Cardiff City (1) 4 (Harris 2, Noone, Ralls)At Pride Park, Derby

Fulham (2) 3 (Caimey, Piazon, Hobbs {OG})Nottingham Forest (1) 2 (Kasami, Brereton)At Craven Cottage, Fulham, London

League 2

Mansfield Town (2) 4 (Bennett, White, Coulthirst, Arquin)Accrington Stanley (3) 4 (Beckles, McCartan, Kee 2)At Field Mill, Mansfield

Newport County (0) 0Grimsby Town (0) 0At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

Notts County (0) 2 (Duffy, Grant)Exeter City (1) 2 (Wheeler, Harley)At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

Portsmouth (1) 2 (Evans, Doyle)Blackpool (0) 0At Fratton Park, Milton, Portsmouth

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANKadeem Harris (Cardiff City)

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