Moon Soccer – Weekend Soccer Round-Up – Premier League & Championship

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Moon Soccer 13

Moon Soccer 13 Weekend Soccerround – Premier League & Championship

Premier League Everton took all three points in an impressive second half display against Crystal Palace at Goodison Park. Three goals after the break from Gylfi Sigurdsson, Ouma Niasse and Tom Davies sealed a 3-1 win. Leicester City were hammered by an even more impressive second half showing by Manchester City. Jamie Vardy had equalised Raheem Sterling’s early goal to go in level at Half Time. However the Foxes were hit by a masterclass from Sergio Aguero scoring 4 second half goals as Leicester were in the end thrashed 5-1 by the league leaders.

On Sunday Liverpool won a comfortable victory against Southampton. Mohammad Salah settled Liverpool with an early goal. Robert Firmino added a second in a game Liverpool totally dominated and could have scored a number more. Liverpool remain third in the table after the win.

ChampionshipDerby County stay second but dropped two valuable points at Pride Park against Norwich. Matej Vydra’s 17 league goal of the season put Derby ahead. Nelson Oliviera had a penalty saved by Rams keeper Scott Carson, however Norwich who had the better of the second half, earned another penalty which this time James Maddison buried to give the Canaries a deserved point.

On the other side of the Eats Midlands Nottingham Forest’s poor run continued with a 2-0 defeat at the City Ground against Hull. A Jon Toral header opened the scoring on 9 minutes and harry Wilson put the Humbersiders 2-0 up before the break. Matty Cash hit the post for Forest in between the goals but the Reds could not muster a shot on target in the second half. The win takes Hull out of the drop zone.

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Premier League

Southampton (0) 0

Liverpool (1) 2 (Firmino, Salah)

AT ST MARY’S, SOUTHAMPTON

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Premier League

Everton (0) 3 (Sigurdsson, Niasse, Davies)

Crystal Palace (0) 1 (Milijovejic)

AT GOODISON PARK, LIVERPOOL

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Premier League

Manchester City (1) 5 (Sterling, Aguero 4)

Leicester City (1) 1 (Vardy)

AT THE ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Sheepdraw

Championship

Derby County (1) 1 (Vydra)

Norwich City (0) 1 (Maddison)

AT PRIDE PARK, DERBY

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Forest Lose

Championship

Nottingham Forest (0) 0

Hull City (0) 2 (Toral, Wilson)

AT THE CITY GROUND, WEST BRIDGFORD

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

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Moon Soccer 13 Saturday Soccerround

Premier LeagueLeicester City are seven unbeaten but deserved more in their 1-1 draw with Swansea at the King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy gave the Foxes the lead but Federico Fernandez got an equaliser against the run of play to earn the Welsh side a draw. In the late game Everton were thumped by Arsenal 5-1 as Aaron Ramsey grabbed a Hat-Trick for a Rampant Gunners. Dominic Calvert-Lewin as a substitute got Everton’s consolation in a poor display.

ChampionshipDerby County continued their promotion push with a 3-0 win over Brentford. Tom Huddlestone gave the Rams the lead before Cameron Jerome got his first goal for the club to make it 2-0. a late Matej Vydra penalty completed the scoring. Nottingham Forest had a less positive afternoon, losing 2-0 at Fulham with second half goals from Lucas Piazon and Stefan Johansen. Joe Worrall had hit the post for Forest early in the second half, but in the end Forest were well beaten

League 1Blackpool were denied an away victory late on at Bury. A superb volley from 30 yards by Sean Longstaff gave the Tangerines the lead but a close range effort from George Miller on 83 minutes meant it ended a point a piece.

League 2Notts County got back to form with a dominant 4-1 win over Crewe at Meadow Lane. Shaun Miller scored first for Crewe but Noor Husin equalised from long range as the Magpies took control. The star was Eliott Hewitt who got two goals to put the game away. Mason Bennett added a fourth late on. Notts remain 3rd.

Mansfield Town are only a point behind Notts after a 3-1 win at Field Mill against Barnet. Alex MacDonald, Will Atkinson and Danny Rose with his 12th league goal of the season were on the scoresheet for the Stags who are nine unbeaten. Newport County’s minds may have been on their replay with Tottenham as they were beaten 2-0 at Colchester. Ben Stevenson and Tom Eastman got the second half goals to give the Essex side the victory.

National LeagueA James Norwood double saw Tranmere move up to 4th after a comfortable afternoon beating Ebbsfleet 3-0 at Prenton Park. Andy Cook opened the scoring and Ollie Norburn had decent chances to add to the lead. Norwood finished the game adding two goals in each half to secure the three points.

Scottish ChampionshipQueen of the South’s play off hopes took another hit as they were well beaten at ST Mirren. Liam Smith and a Harry Davis penalty in the first half ensured the league leaders move 14 points clear at the top. Queen of the South remain 6th but fortunately only one point off the final play off spot due to other result going their way.

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Moon Soccer 13 Saturday Soccerround Classified Results

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Premier League

Arsenal (4) 5 (Ramsey 3, Koscienly, Aubameyang)

Everton (0) 1 (Calvert-Lewin)

AT THE EMIRATES STADIUM, ISLINGTON, LONDON

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Premier League

Leicester City (1) 1 (Vardy)

Swansea City (0) 1 (Fernandez)

AT THE KING POWER STADIUM, LEICESTER

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Championship

Derby County (2) 3 (Huddlestone, Jerome, Vydra)

Brentford (0) 0

AT PRIDE PARK, DERBY

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship

Forest Lose

Fulham (0) 2 (Piazen Johansen)

Nottingham Forest (0) 0

AT CRAVEN COTTAGE, FULHAM, LONDON

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 1

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Bury (0) 1 (Miller)

Blackpool (0) 1 (Longstaff)

AT GIGG LANE, BURY

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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League 2

Notts County (2) 4 (Husin, Hewitt 2, Bennett)

Crewe Alexandra (1) 1 (Miller)

AT MEADOW LANE, NOTTINGHAM

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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League 2

Mansfield Town (1) 3 (MacDonald, Atkinson, Rose)

Barnet (0) 1 (Akinola)

AT FIELD MILL, MANSFIELD

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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League 2

Colchester United (0) 2 (Stevenson, Eastman)

Newport County (0) 0

AT THE COLCHESTER COMMUNITY STADIUM, COLCHESTER

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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National League

Tranmere Rovers (2) 3 (Cook, Norwood 2)

Ebbsfleet United (0) 0

AT PRENTON PARK, BIRKENHEAD

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Scottish Championship

ST Mirren (2) 2 (Smith, Davis)

Queen Of The South (0) 0

AT ST MIRREN PARK, PAISLEY, SCOTLAND

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Elliott Hewitt (Notts County)

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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

Sheepdraw

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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MOON SATURDAY SOCCERROUND – MOON SOCCER 13

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PREMIER LEAGUE

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Chelsea (0) 0

Leicester City (0) 0

AT STAMFORD BRIDGE, FULHAM, LONDON

Leicester City earned a deserved point at Chelsea. The Foxes dominated much of the possession and surprised the Champions with a lively display. The returning Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi both went close for the visitors. Cese Fabregas did have a good chance for the homes side but they lacked ideas. The Foxes faced the last 20 minutes with 10 men as Ben Chilwell was sent off but they held out for a point. Leicester remain 8th in the Premier League table.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

PREMIER LEAGUE

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Tottenham Hotspur (1) 4 (Sob Hueng-Min, Kane 2, Eriksen)

Everton (0) 0

AT WEMBLEY STADIUM, BRENT, LONDON

Harry Kane was in sensational form as Everton were on the receiving end of a hammering for Spurs at Wembley. Son Heung-Min opened the scoring and hit a post before setting up Kane for his first to make it 2-0 early in the second half. Kane got a second and Christian Eriksen finished off a flowing passing move to make it 4-0. The win moves Tottenham level with Liverpool in the race for 4th place, Everton remain 9th after a miserable afternoon.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

CHAMPIONSHIP

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Birmingham City (0) 0

Derby County (1) 3 (Russell, Vydra, Weimann)

AT ST ANDREW’S, BIRMINGHAM

Derby stay second in the Championship after a comfortable afternoon at Birmingham. The Blues started well as Jonathan Grounds hit the post but from there Derby took total control. Johnny Russell put the Rams ahead before the break and Matej Vydra with his 16th of the season added a second. Andreas Weimann tapped in the third to complete the victory. They are 10 points behind Wolves at the top but are still in prime position for an automatic promotion push.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

CHAMPIONSHIP

Forest Lose

Nottingham Forest (0) 0

Aston Villa (1) 1 (Hogan)

AT THE CITY GROUND, WEST BRIDGFORD

The optimism after Forest’s win against Arsenal and the appointment of Aitor Karanka as the new manager was not built on as they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa. Scott Hogan headed in Robert Snodgrass’ cross on 18 minutes to get the only goal of the game. Snodgrass had an excellent game and had a great chance to add to the scoresheet but was denied by Jordan Smith in the Forest goal. Villa move up to 4th with their deserved win, for Forest, a case of after the Lord mayor’s show.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 1

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Blackpool (0) 0

Bristol Rovers (0) 0

AT BLOOMFIELD ROAD, BLACKPOOL

It was deadlock at Bloomfield Road but Blackpool will be relieved to get out of this one with a draw. Rory Gaffney had a goal ruled offside within a minute and Sean Longstaff went close shortly after as the Bristol side controlled the game. Gaffney missed an open goal in the second half after poor play from the Blackpool keeper Joe Lumley. Blackpool stay 16th and will consider themselves fortunate not to have been beaten today.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2

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Grimsby Town (0) 1 (Matt)

Newport County (1) 2 (Willmott, Nouble)

AT BLUNDELL PARK, CLEETHORPES

After their win over Leeds in the FA Cup, Newport County took their form into League 2 with victory at Grimsby. The Exiles dominated the first half, Robbie Wilmott’s screamer from the edge of the box opened the scoring. Frank Nouble’s deflected shot added a second. Jamille Matt pulled one back to make it a nervous last 10 minutes but he then got sent off and Newport held off Grimsby’s late charge to get a deserved victory and move within two points of the play off places.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2

Magpie draw

Lincoln City (1) 2 (Frecklington, Green)

Notts County (1) 2 (Stead, Grant)

AT SINCIL BANK, LINCOLN

Notts County shared the points in a fantastic end to end game at Lincoln. Jon Stead gave Notts County the lead Lee Frecklington who had re-joined Lincoln from Rotherham this week, had equalised before half time. Matt Green then put Lincoln ahead, but County showed their resolved to level again through Jorges Grant. To add to the mix Danny Cowley, the manager of Lincoln, was sent to the stands. A draw was a fair result in a game that had plenty of entertainment.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2

Stag draw

Cambridge United (0) 0

Mansfield Town (0) 0

AT THE KASSAM STADIUM, CAMBRIDGE

A scrappy and uninspiring game at Cambridge saw Mansfield remain in the play off places after a 0-0 draw. There was not a shot on target in the whole of the first half. Conrad Logan in the Mansfield goal made a good save from Uche Impeazu and Danny Rose had the ball in the net for the Stags but was adjudged offside. Thus the game ended in the 0-0 draw it deserved.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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Woking (0) 0

Tranmere Rovers (1) 1 (Cook)

AT THE KINGFIELD STADIUM, WOKING

Tranmere Rovers move up to 5th after victory at Woking. The winning goal came on 29 minutes after Andy Cook converted Ollie Norburn’s corner. Cook was sent off late in the game which will be a blow as he will be suspended for the next few games. Defender Steve McNulty also went off injured, it is unknown at the moment how serious the injury is. So three points but this game could come at a cost for Rovers in the next few games as they continue their promotion push.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA TROPHY – ROUND 2

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East Thurrock United (0) 1 (Ekpetita)

Chester FC (0) 0

AT ROOKERY HILL, CORRINGHAM

Chester FC were dumped out of the FA Trophy by Nation League South side East Thurrock United. Despite better recent league form Chester failed t take this opportunity as east Thurrock dominated most of the game and deserved their 1-0 win. Calvin Ekpetita got the winner with a tap in from a goalmouth scramble on 21 Minutes. Ross Hannah had the Seals only chance but East Thurrock could have had more. It’s back to the relegation fight for Chester.

Matchday Live (Chester Chronicle)

NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH

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Southport (1) 2 (Sampson, Gilchrist)

Leamington (0) 0

AT HAIG AVENUE, SOUTHPORT

Southport continued their recent improved form with a convincing 2-0 win over Leamington. The Sandgrounders took the lead on 9 minutes as David Morgan set up Jack Sampson to finish off a flowing move. Adam Dawson’s through ball set Jason Gilchrist to make it 2-0 on 70 minutes. he win moves Southport up to 16th and 2 points clear of the drop zone after securing seven points from their last four games.

Matchday Live (SouthportFC.net)

SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP

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Inverness Caledonian Thistle (2) 3 (Vigurs, Chalmers, Doran)

Queen Of The South (0) 1 (Bell)

AT THE CALEDONIAN STADIUM, INVERNESS

Queen of the South drop out of the play off places after being well beaten by Inverness. Iain Vigurs header gave the hosts the lead. Stephen Dobbie missed a golden chance to equalise and Queens were punished for it as Joe Chalmers added a second for Inverness before the break. Aaron Doran added to third to complete the victory before Owen Bell got his first goal for Queens, but a consolation was all it was to be on a poor day for the Doonhammers.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Moon Soccerround – FA Cup 06/01/2018

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Saturday Soccerround – FA Cup

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Liverpool (1) 2 (Milner, Van Dijk)

Everton (0) 1 (Sigurdsson)

At Anfield, Liverpool

A fairytale start for £75m new singing Virgil Van Dijk as Liverpool won the Friday night Merseyside Derby at Anfield. The Reds took the lead through a controversial penalty that James Milner tucked away. Everton equalised through a fast counter attack that ended with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s cool finish beating the keeper. As a replay was looking likely, a Liverpool corner saw Van Dijk beat Everton keeper Jordon Pickford to the ball to head home the winner on his debut and move Liverpool into Round 4.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Manchester United (0) 2 (Lingard, Lukaku)

Derby County (0) 0

At Old Trafford, Trafford

It was a brave attempt from in form Derby County, but Premiership class told in the end. Scott Carson made a number of excellent saves to keep Derby in the game and it took something special, a spectacular long range effort from Jesse Lingard on 84 minutes, to break the Rams down. The goal took it out of the Derby legs and Romelu Lukaku added a second before the end. Defeat but plenty of positives to take into the promotion chase for the East Midlanders.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Fleetwood Town (0) 0

Leicester City (0) 0

At Highbury, Fleetwood

A much changed Leicester City side were lucky to get away with a replay at League 1 Fleetwood Town. Former Fleetwood man Jamie Vardy was out injured and a number of other changes were made as the Foxes failed to register a shot on target. Ashley Hunter had a deflected shot hit the post in the dying minutes for the underdogs who deserved to win the game. As it is they will have to settle for a payday replay at the King Power.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

Magpie win

Brentford (0) 0

Notts County (0) 1 (Stead)

At Griffin Park, Brentford

Notts County pulled off a shock as the League 2 side won at Championship Brentford. It was a classic smash and grab as Brentford dominated the game but on 65 minutes Jon Stead cut inside and fired a curling shot into the net. They then defended stoutly to keep out the Championship side and and earn Mark Noble’s side an upset and with it a place in Round 4.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Cardiff City (0) 0

Mansfield Town (0) 0

At The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Mansfield Town earned a replay in an excellent draw against 3rd place Championship side Cardiff City. Lee Angol had a great chance saved in the first half for the Stags. However Cardiff did have most of the game without creating a lot. It was Mansfield defender Krystian Pearce whose misdirected header nearly found his own net in injury time that was Cardiff’s best chance. However Mansfield defended well and deserve a replay back at Field Mill.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN

Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

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Moon Soccer – Everton v Manchester United 01/01/18

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MOON SOCCER

PREMIER LEAGUE

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Everton (0) 0

Manchester United (0) 2 (Martial, Lingard)

At Goodison Park, Liverpool

Everton lost their first game under Big Sam as Manchester United got their new year off to a winning start in the late New Years Day game. After a poor first half with little of note, Anthony Martial broke the deadlock with a curling effort from 20 yards after Wayne Rooney lost the ball. A long range effort from Jesse Lingard sealed the points for the Red Devils. The most disappointing thing for Everton is they did not register a shot on target in a home game. The Manchester side move above Chelsea into second as a result of the win.

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Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

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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

Magpie win

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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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

#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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