Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 11th March 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round up -11th Mar 2017

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 – 25th Feb 2017

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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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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 Saturday Soccerround – 11th Feb 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round Up

Premier League – Liverpool v Tottenham

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Mane shows what the Reds have been missing

Sadio Mane was back on the scoresheet for the first time since returning from the African Nations Cup as Liverpool put a dent in Tottenham’s title hopes. Mane was put through and calmly finished to give Liverpool the lead on 16 minutes and hooked home a second two minutes later from a rebound off a Roberto Firmino shot that had been parried. The Reds shut out Tottenham comfortably in the second half in which the visitor were surprisingly flat given their recent form. Liverpool are back in the top four after the win and it is their first league success of 2017.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Middlesbrough v Everton

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No score at the Riverside

Everton are eight matches unbeaten but could not make the breakthrough at Middlesbrough. Romelu Lukaku went closest forcing a good save from Victor Valdes. The result should could as no surprise given it is the Teeside outfit’s 11th 0-0 draw of the season. Everton remain safely in seventh place as the best of the rest outside the big six, if they want to break into it, they will need to learn how to win games like this.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Derby County v Bristol City

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Comeback earns Derby a point in six goal thriller

Derby County needed a second half comeback after a terrible first half to earn a point at home to lowly Bristol City. The visitors dominated and took a shock 3-0 half time lead through full debutante Matty Taylor and two close range efforts from Tammy Abraham. Bristol City could have had more as Derby were not at the races. A header from Darren Bent pulled one back to give the home side hope and Tom Ince also headed home shortly after to make it 3-2. Ince was then fouled with nine minutes to go and Bent stepped up to equalise. Derby pressured for a winner without creating anything more but avoid an embarrassing home defeat. However on paper this should have been three points and that may be costly in the play off race come the end of the season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Norwich City v Nottingham Forest

Forest Lose

Forest thrashed by the Canaries

After some recent improved form Nottingham Forest crashed with a bump as they were hammered 5-1 at Norwich City. An excellent 25 yard volley from Jonny Howson put the home side ahead with Josh Murphy and Wes Hoolahan enduring Norwich went in 3-0 up at the break and in total control. A second half brace from Alex Pritchard added to the misery. Ross McCormack did get one back in between Pritchard’s two goals but it was merely consolation. In addition Eric Lichaj was sent off in a day Forest will want to forget.The win leaves Norwich two points off the play offs, Forest’s recent improvement means at least this heavy defeat does not drag them back into a relegation fight.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Newport v Doncaster

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Newport earn a point from the league leaders

Newport County stretched their unbeaten run to five games earning an excellent point at Rodney Parade against leaders Doncaster Rovers. David Pipe nearly scored in 90 seconds for the Welsh side forcing a fine save from keeper Ian Lawlor. Andy Williams had the best chance for Doncaster as the visitor controlled most of the game but did not make the breakthrough against an increasingly resilient Newport side. Doncaster move six points ahead at the top, while Newport are still bottom but this unexpected point may be crucial come the end of the season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Carlisle v Blackpool

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Big away day win for the Tangerines

Blackpool have their first league win in six games after a comfortable 4-1 away win at Carlisle United. Brad Potts gave Blackpool the lead converting Colin Daniel’s cross and Jordan Flores doubled the lead on 50 minutes. Jabo Ibehre pulled one back but the points were sealed as Sanmi Odelusi took advantage of defensive errors to make it 3-1. Nathan Delfouneso’s cool finish late on added a fourth in a very good day for Blackpool.The Tangerines are five points off the play off spots as a result of the win in 11th place.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Hartlepool

The Stags march on

Mansfield Town claimed their fourth straight league 2 win hammering Hartlepool 4-0 at Field Mill. Ryhs Bennett could have had Hartlepool ahead on 14 minutes missing an open goal. From that point Mansfield took control. Ben Whiteman converted a Shaquille Coulthirst cross and Danny Rose made it 2-0 before the break. Alex MacDonald came on for his debut in the second half and found some space with a smart run to the edge of the box and dispatched the ball into the net to make it 3-0. Whiteman grabbed a second to complete the rout and move Mansfield into the play off positions for the first time.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Cheltenham

Desperately needed win for the Magpies

Notts County moved three points clear of the relegation zone with a big win over fellow strugglers Cheltenham. Notts began well with mark Yeates hitting the bar. The home side turned domination into a goal as Michael O’Conner put through Jon Stead to score. Richard Duffy headed home Yeates corner to make it 2-0 at the break. They could have been further ahead with Jonathan Forte hitting the post. Against the run of play Cheltenahm got one back through Manny Onariase. This made for a nervous finish, but County held out for the 2-1 win and move three points ahead of Leyton Orient and level with Cheltenahm and Accrington. Home form looks to be the key to Notts survival chances. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Chester v Gateshead

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Second half comeback sees Gateshead take the points

Chester City let a first half lead go as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Gateshead in an early kick off at the Diva Stadium. Blaine Hudson gave Chester the lead following a series of headers from a corner the ball fell to Hudson to strike. The lead lasted only four minutes a Danny Johnson leveled for the side from the North-East. The winner came on 63 minutes with the ball falling to Jordan Burrow after a goalmouth scramble to fire home the winning goal. Gateshead’s win keep them in the play off hunt, Chester remain 12th, bang in mid table as they seem to have been for the last three seasons.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Tranmere Rovers v Bromley

Sending off key as Rovers blow the points

The sending off of Tranmere Rovers’ Adam Buxton turned the game as Tranmere looked to be coasting to a home win against Bromley, but ended up with just a point. Adam Cook headed home Ben Tollitt’s corner to put Rovers ahead. Cook added a second before half time, his 15th of the season, to put Trnamere in total control at the break. However after Buxton was sent off on 56 minutes Bromley sensed their chance. Brandon Hanlan got one back and with three minutes left, Jack Holland tapped in to earn the visitors an unlikely point. Tranmere remain fourth but this will go down as two points lost, time will tell if it proves costly in their promotion chase.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v Dagenham & Redbridge

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Southport back in the bottom four

Southport took a surprise lead against promotion chasing Dagenham & Redbridge but were then totally outclassed at Haig Avenue. Jamie Allen’s penalty gave the Sangrounders the lead but the East London side, currently second in the table, were from then on far too good. A blitz before half time saw three goals in eight minutes, A Jordan Maguire-Drew free kick made it 1-1, a Robbie Cundy own goal gave the visitors the lead which they extended through Fejiri Okenabirhie before half time. Cundy was sent off after his hand ball gave away a penalty in the second half which Corey Whitely converted to complete the 4-1 win. The loss means Southport are back in the bottom four on goal difference behind Maidstone and Woking, all of which have 30 points.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Soccer Results

Premier League

Liverpool (2) 2 (Mane 2)Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0At Anfield, Liverpool

Middlesbrough (0) 0Everton (0) 0At The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

Championship

Derby County (0) 3 (Bent 2, Ince)Bristol City (3) 3 (Taylor, Abraham 2) At Pride Park, Derby

Norwich City (3) 5 (Howson, Murphy,Hoolahan, Pritchard 2) Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (McCormack)At Carrow Road, Norwich

League 2

Newport County (0) 0Doncaster Rovers (0) 0At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

Carlisle United (0) 1 (Ibehre)Blackpool (1) 4 (Potts, Flores, Odelusi, Delfouneso)At Brunton Park, Carlisle

Mansfield Town (3) 4 (Whiteman 2, Rose, MacDonald) Hartlepool United (0) 0At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (2) 2 (Stead, Duffy)Cheltenham Town (0) 1 (Onariase)At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Chester City (1) 1 (Hudson)Gateshead (1) 2 (Johnson, Burrow)At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Tranmere Rovers (2) 2 (Cook 2)Bromley (0) 2 (Hanlan, Holland)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Southport (1) 1 (Allen)Dagenham & Redbridge (3) 4 (Maguire-Drew, Cundy {OG}, Okenabirhe, Whitely)At Haig Avenue, Southport

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSadio Mane (Liverpool)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCERROUND 21st Jan 2017

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Premier League – Liverpool v Swansea

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Poor defending costs Liverpool dear

Liverpool have lost critical ground in the title race which now may well be beyond them after a shock 3-2 defeat at home to Swansea. After a first half of dogged Swansea defending the visitors took advantage of poor Reds defending as Fernando Llorente was sharpest to score from close range after a scramble following a corner. An excellent Llorente header made it two after a counter attack. Liverpool did up their game for a while with Roberto Firmino scoring twice to level, but with Liverpool looking for the winner Tom Carroll countered and the Liverpool defence just let him run, the ball eventually ran into the path of an open Gylfi Sigurdsson to score the winner. Swansea move out of the bottom three with the win while Liverpool will fall further behind Chelsea f as expected they beat Hull tomorrow. Without Sadio Mane who is at the Africa Cup of Nations there is a clear lack of movement up front which is making Liverpool easier to defend against, it is costing them right now.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Crystal Palace v Everton

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Coleman’s late strike wins Everton the points

Everton made it two wins in a row with a late winner from Seamus Coleman securing a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace. Everton had been the better side with Romelu Lukaku hitting the post and Kevin Mirallas going close. The winner came on 87 minutes when Tom Davies through ball found Coleman to score and grab the Toffees a deserved winner. Everton remain in a solid seventh, Palace are in the relegation zone and still without a win under Sam Allardyce.

Full report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Derby v Reading

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Derby back on track with home win

Derby County are two points behind the play-off places after coming from behind to beat Reading in an entertaining game at Pride Park. John Swift gave Reading the lead but Darren Bent had leveled before the break. Derby then dominated most of the second half as Tom Ince and Will Hughes got the key goals to make it 3-1. Yakou Meite got one back late on for Reading but the challenge ended as Jordan Obita was sent off for the visitors and Derby easily held firm for the rest of the game to take the points.

Full report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Bristol City

Forest Win

Osborn Free Kick earns Forest crucial points

In a battle of two sides in poor form it was Nottingham Forest who got the victory in a 1-0 win at the City Ground against Bristol City. The goal came on 67 minutes as Ben Osborn flicked up a free kick and volleyed home securing the points in an otherwise poor game in style. It’s Forest’s second straight clean sheet amid signs of a more solid shape and an opening win for caretaker manager Gary Brazil. Bristol City have now lost their last eight games.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Cambridge v Mansfield

Impressive away win puts the Stags back in the play-off hunt

Mansfield town are now only three points off the play-off spots after they continued their improved form with an impressive 3-1 win at Cambridge. George Maris headed Cambridge ahead but it was 1-1 at the break as Leon Legge had put through his own net. Krystian Pearce headed Mansfield ahead just before the hour and the Stags completed a dominant second half display as Shaquile Coulthirst on his debut since his loan move from Peterborough secured the points making it 3-1.

Full report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Blackpool v Yeovil

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Injury time leveler earns Blackpool a point

Blackpool needed a 95th minute equaliser to earn a point against Yeovil Town at Bloomfield Road. Francois Zoko tapped into an empty net to give Yeovil the lead. Blackpool were deservedly level on 70 minutes through one of the heroes of the FA Cup in midweek, Kelvin Mellor. with Blackpool pushing on Yeovil broke and re-took the lead through Darren Ward. In a frantic finish amid a goalmouth scramble Nathan Delfouneso pounced from close range to make it 2-2. It would have been harsh had Blackpool lost this one, they are 13th in the table four points off the play-off spots.

Full report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Grimsby v Notts County

County draw a blank again as relegation fight looms

Notts County are now in the relegation zone after another miserable afternoon going down 2-0 at Grimsby Town. Omar Bogle gave Grimsby the lead and County’s only real chance of the game came shortly afterwards as Jonathan Forte hit the bar. After that Grimsby dominated and Scott Vernon got a deserved second for the home side in the second half. Notts are left a point behind Cheltenham and two behind Leyton Orient and are officially now in the bottom two.

Full report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Barnet v Newport

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Two draws in a row for Newport after Barnet stalemate

Bottom side Newport County got their second straight draw at Barnet in 90 minutes in which neither side troubled the scorers. The best chances fell for Barnet through Nana Kyie and Mauro Viilhete. Neither side could make a breakthrough however and two games without a loss is a rarity for Newport this season, but they remain five points away from safety and still have a mountain to climb.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v North Ferriby

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Southport back in the relegation fight after poor home defeat

Southport blew an opportunity to move further clear of the relegation zone after a 4-2 defeat at home to bottom side North Ferriby United. Curtis Bateman gave the visitors a surprise half time lead but when Rory McKeown equalised it looked like the home side may then go on and win it. Far from it, Southport collapsed and goals from Conor Oliver, Ryan Kendall and Reece Thompson saw the underdogs move 4-1 ahead. Declan Weeks got a late goal back but it was too little too late. After defeat in the FA Trophy to lower league Wealdstone last week, this was a second very poor home showing for the Sandgrounders.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Chester v Wrexham

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All Square at the Diva Stadium

A 1-1 draw was a fair result as Chester City and Wrexham shared the spoils at the Diva Stadium. Chester dominated the first half as Ryan Astles twice went close but had nothing to show for it at half time. John Rooney gave Wrexham the lead with a near post flick header. Their lead lasted six minutes as James Alabi was pulled down in the area and stepped up himself to equalise. Luke Geroge was sent off for the Seals leaving Chester to hang on towards the end, but they did so to earn the point. Chester are ninth place, six points off the play-off places.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Scottish Championship – Dumbarton v Queen Of The South

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Loanees combine to make the difference

Queen Of The South are now only three points behind Falkirk and are back in contention for a play-off spot after a 2-1 win at Dumbarton. Dom Thomas, on loan from Motherwell gave the Doonhammers the lead. The home side leveled through Christian Nade but Thomas was put through by Celtic Loanee Joe Thompson to slot home the winner and make in seven points out of nine for Queens. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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SOCCER SCORES

Premier League

Liverpool (0) 2 (Firmino 2)Swansea City (0) 3 (Llorente 2, Sigurdsson)At Anfield, Liverpool

Crystal Palace (0) 0Everton (0) 1 (Coleman)At Selhurst Park, South Norwood, Croydon

Championship

Derby County (1) 3 (Bent, Ince, Hughes)Reading (1) 2 (Swift, Meite) At Pride Park, Derby

Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (Osborn) Bristol City (0) 0At The City Ground, West Bridgford

League 2

Blackpool (0) 2 (Mellor, Delfouneso)Yeovil Town (1) 2 (Zoko, Ward)At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Cambridge United (1) 1 (Maris)Mansfield Town (1) 3 (Legge {OG}, Pearce, Coulthirst)At The Abbey Stadium, Cambridge

Grimsby Town (1) 2 (Bogle, Vernon)Notts County (0) 0At Blundell Park, Cleethorpes

Barnet (0) 0Newport County (0) 0At The Hive Stadium, Cannons Park, Harrow

National League

Chester City (0) 1 (Alabi)Wrexham (0) 1 (Rooney)At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Southport (0) 2 (McKeown, Weeks) North Ferriby United (1) 4 (Bateson, Oliver, Kendall, Thompson)At Haig Avenue, Southport

Scottish Championship

Dumbarton (0) 1 (Nade)Queen Of The South (1) 2 (Thomas 2)At The Dumbarton Football Stadium, Dumbarton

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANDom Thomas (Queen Of The South)

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Moon Of Liberty Soccerround – 14th January 2017

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Saturday Soccerround – Moon Soccer 13

Premier League – Leicester v Chelsea

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Chelsea return to winning ways at the King Power

Chelsea moved seven points clear with a comfortable victory over Champions Leicester City depsite the abesnse of Diego Costa. Eden Hazard set up Marcos Alonso for the opener before half time and Alonso added a second after the break. A Pedro header sealed the points to complete a 3-0 win. Leicester were again looking a shadow of their Champion form last season as Chelsea brushed them aside with ease. Chelsea put the pressure on Liverpool and Manchester City tomorrow, Arsenal and Tottenham both also had wins today. As for Leicester they are five points clear of the drop zone but the performances will be worrying Claudio Ranieri

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Leeds v Derby

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Kiwi Wood sends Leeds third 

A header on the stroke of half time from Chris Wood gave Leeds the points against Derby County. Leeds dominated the first half and could have had the game out of sight before New Zealander Wood finally gave Leeds the lead heading home a corner. Derby improved in the second half after new signing David Nugent came on.Tom Ince was denied an equaliser but overall Leeds deserved their win the moved them up to third. Derby are just outside the play-off places as it stands.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Birmingham v Nottingham Forest

Forest draw

Away point for Forest in bore draw

In a game of almost no chances whatsoever Nottingham Forest have ended their run of defeats to claim a draw and only their second clean sheet of the season at a Birmingham side who themselves have no win in six games. The point is something for Forest fans who have been upset by the failure of a takeover attempt in recent days.Radio Nottingham commentator Colin Frey summed up the game as ‘Nothing Happened.’

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Mansfield

Derby day draw

Notts County’s first game with Kevin Nolan in charge saw their rotten 10 match losing run end with a poor 0-0 draw in the Nottinghamshire Derby with Mansfield Town. The game had plenty of huff and puff but little quality. Yoann Arquin had the best chance to win it for Mansfield putting the ball wide when it was easier to score. Looking for the positives, the result keeps Mansfield’s unbeaten run of late going and is at least something to build on for the Magpies in what was overall a disappointing game.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Cambridge v Blackpool

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Ten men Blackpool hold out for a draw

Blackpool survived the final 15 minutes with ten men to claim a 0-0 draw at Cambridge. After a tight 75 minutes Tom Aldred was sent off as the hosts were awarded a penalty. However Luke Berry’s kick was saved by Sam Slocombe who also denied James Dunne and Berry again in injury time as the pressure built. Blackpool survived for what is a good point against a Cambridge side very much in the play off race. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Newport v Colchester

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First point in eight for Newport

Newport County got their first point in eight games with a 1-1 draw with Colchester United. Josh Sheehan’s deflected shot gave the Welsh side the lead but Chris Porter’s penalty pegged it back level before the break. Craig Reed could have won for Newport it with two chances in the second half. Newport still have a mountain to climb but today’s show against a good Colchester side is something to build on.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Trophy 2nd Round – Chester v Forest Green

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Kelly double sees Chester go out

Chester City are out of the FA Trophy after facing a tough 2nd round draw against Forest Green Rovers. Two excellent Goals in either half from Marcus Kelly, one a long range 25 yard strike, saw Forest Green claim a comfortable and deserved 2-0 victory at the Diva Stadium. 

Full Report (Chester Chronicle)

FA Trophy 2nd Round – Tranmere v South Park

Tranmere progress with comfortable win over South park

Tranmere Rovers as expected easily progressed against Ishmaian Premier League side South Park at Prenton Park. First half goals from Ritchie Sutton, Jeff Hughes and Jake Kirby set the tone giving Rovers a 3-0 half time lead. A Kirean Lavery free kick gave South Park some hope in the second half but in injury time Cole Stockton added a fourth to give the scoreline a more accurate feel of what took place, seeing Tranmere into round 3.

Full Report (Liverpool Echo)

FA Trophy 2nd Round – Southport v Wealdstone

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Shock defeat for Southport as Wealdstone go through

Southport were disappointing going out of the FA Trophy in a shock loss by National League South side Wealdstone. Daniel Green gave the Londoners a surprise lead heading home a cross but Southport leveled early in the second half through Jake Wright. They did not kick on however and Wealdstone hit back with a 30 yard strike from Ricky Wellard. The visitors then sat back and defended well with Southport creating little in the final 15 minutes to hold out for the 2-1 win. For Southport it is back to the relegation battle and a chance to progress wasted.

Scottish Championship – Dundee United v Queen Of The South

Late comeback costs Queens all three points

Queen Of The South looked on course for an impressive away win at second place Dundee United until two late goals cost them in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Tannadice Park. Simon Murray gave the hosts the lead but a superb spell by the Doonhammers saw goals from Scott Dobbie, Joe Thomson and Dom Thomas put Queens in a 3-1 lead. But goals Scott Fraser and a late equaliser from Murray on 89 minutes cost Queens two valuable points and are a blow in their chase to get back into the play off picture.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

SOCCER RESULTS

Premier League

Leicester City (0) 0Chelsea (1) 3 (Alonso 2, Pedro)At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Championship

Leeds United (1) 1 (Wood)Derby County (0) 0At Elland Road, Leeds

Birmingham City (0) 0Nottingham Forest (0) 0At ST Andrew’s, Birmingham

League 2

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

Cambridge United (0) 0  – Blackpool (0) 0At The Abbey Stadium, Cambridge

Newport County (1) 1 (Sheehan)Colchester United (1) 1 (Porter)At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

FA Trophy 2nd Round

Chester City (0) 0Forest Green Rovers (1) 2 (Kelly 2)At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Southport (0) 1 (Wright) – Wealdstone (1) 2 (Green, Wellard) – At Haig Avenue, Southport

Tranmere Rovers (3) 4 (Sutton, Hughes, Kirby, Stockton) – South Park (0) 1 (Lavery) – At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Dundee United (1) 3 (Murray 2, Fraser)Queen Of The South (1) 3 (Dobbie, Thomson, Thomas)At Tannadice Park, Dundee

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSam Slocombe (Blackpool)

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Moon Soccerround – Sat 05 Mar 2016

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Soccer

Premier League

Hammer Comeback blow for Everton

EVERTON 2 WEST HAM UNITED 3

Everton’s 10 men could not hold on at Goodison Park against West Ham. Romelu Lukaku gave Everton the lead but Kevin Mirallas was sent off on the half hour.

Everton continued to push forward however and added a second in the second half through Aaron Lennon. Lukaku should have made it 3-0 but his penalty was saved.

West Ham then began the comeback as Everton tired.. Michail Antonio headed home a Mark Noble cross and Dimiti Payet played in Dafro Sakho to level at 2-2. Sakho returned the favour to set up payet in the final minute to complete the comeback.

The result move West Ham one point behind Manchester Untied. Everton remain in 11th.

Mahrez keeps the Foxes title chase on track

WATFORD 0 LEICESTER CITY 1

Leciester moved five points clear at the top after negotiating a tricky away trip at Watford. The home side had marginally the better of a poor first half. Troy Deeney came closest with a header just before half-time that was well save by Kasper Schmeichel.

Two substitutions at half time pushed Leicester forward. Riyad Mahrez got the key goal with a precision finish arrowing the ball between two defenders to score on 56 minutes. Mahrez pulled up with an injury shortly after and was taken off.

Watford had a series of corners and free kicks in the last few minutes. They never really tested Schmeichel however and Leicester keep their incredible run going. After Tottenham and Arsenal drew 2-2 earlier putting Leicester in a very strong position with just 9 games now left.

Championship

Russell and Martin help Derby pull away

DERBY COUNTY 2 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0

Derby appear back to form with a safe 2-0 win against Huddersfield. Tom Ince hit the post early as Derby took control in the first half.

The Rams got the lead through Chris Martin with a header from a Cyrus Christie cross. Jamie Patterson could have equalised but dragged his effort wide.

Tom Ince hit the woodwork again with a strike from range rattling the bar. The game was sealed thanks to a curling shot from Johnny Russell to make it two.

Derby remain fifth but now have a five point gap over those outside the play-off places. Huddersfield drop to 18th, seven clear of the relegation zone.

Fourth Straight defeat for Forest

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 0 IPSWICH TOWN 1

Nottingham Forest have now lost four in a row after defeat at the City Ground against Ipswich. Forest had the best chance of the first half with defender Matt Mills header hitting the bar.

The breakthrough for Ipswich came on 63 minutes. Kevin Foley set up Ben Pringle to score with a strike that went in off the post. Michael Mancienne put a header from a corner wide for Forest as they failed to test the Ipswich keeper late on.

Forest are 15th after another defeat. Thankfully for the reds they should have enough points on the board to keep them well clear of the drop zone, as their form would have them looking the wrong way at the moment.

League 1

Easy win for Millwall as Blackpool face the drop

MILLWALL 3 BLACKPOOL 0

Blackpool were well beaten at The Den as promotion chasing Millwall took all three points. Lee Gregroy’s header from a Carlos Edward’s cross gave the Londoners an early lead.

It was two before the break. a Jed Wallace direct free kick doubled Millwall’s lead. Blackpool’s day got worse with Hayden White being sent off on 76 minutes.

There was time for a third from the home side. Blackpool’s Tom Aldred was pulled up for a handball giving Millwall a late penalty. Steve Morison stepped up to put the ball beyond keeper Doyle to complete the scoring.

Millwall are in fifth after the win, Blackpool are two points away from safety and their position looks more precarious after this poor display.

League 2

Another home defeat for faltering Magpies

NOTTS COUNTY 0 BRISTOL ROVERS 2

Despite chances to fightback toothless Notts County fell to another home defeat at Meadow Lane against Bristol Rovers. Christian Castillo was a threat from the start for Rovers, putting an effort wide before bursting into the box to score from Matty Taylor’s through ball.

Wes Atkinson and Izale McLeod both had chances to level for Notts. As they pushed forward however they got caught on the break with Lee Brown finishing a move to seal the points for the Bristol side.

McLeod had an excellent chance to pull one back saved in the final minutes. Rovers maintain their play-off hopes in sixth, County are 17th, still well clear of the drop zone and with increasingly little to play for.

Boden seals three points for Newport

NEWPORT COUNTY 1 WYCOMBE WANDERERS 0

Newport hit Wycombe’s play off hopes with victory at Rodney Parade. Scott Boden got the key goal on 25 minutes, tapping in after good work from John-Christophe-Ayina.

Wycombe improved in the second half. Aaron Pierre forced a good save from Day in the Newport goal and Rowan Liburd hit the cross bar.

Conor Willkinson had a chance to add to Newport’s lead ten minutes from time and Pierre nearly forced a point in injury time for Wycombe.Newport held in the end for a win that probably ensures they are now safe in League 2.

Newport in the end deserved their win that moved them eleven points clear of the drop zone. Wycombe fall to ninth, a point outside the play-off zone.

Stags lose more ground after shock Yeovil win

MANSFIELD TOWN 0 YEOVIL TOWN 1

A late Yeovil goal has cost Mansfield Town more ground as their play-off hopes appear to be slipping away. Reggie Lambe had the best chance for Mansfield in an otherwise poor first half.

Lambe, Chris Clements and James Baxendale all missed chances in the second half as Mansfield took control but could not get the goal against the relegation strugglers from Somerset. They were to rue those missed chances

Moving into injury time Yeovil won it against the run of play. On the break Brandon Goodship was able to set up Ryan Dickson with a cross and Dickson scored with a low shot to take an unlikely win.

Yeovil’s win moves the eight clear of the drop zone to help their survival. Mansfield are down to 10th, two points away from the play off places having played a game more. This loss may be looked back on later as a key game in the season if Mansfield miss out.

National League

All square at the Deva Stadium

CHESTER CITY 1 BROMLEY 1

The mid table clash between Chester and Bromley ended all square. Chester took a first half lead as Danny O’Brien fed Ross Hannah to score his 16th goal of the season.

Hannah could have added a second, but for Bromley Moses Emmanuel could also have had them level with a good chance put wide. Emmanuel made amends in the second half lashing the ball home from six yards after being set up by Rob Swaine.

Bradley Goldberg could have won it for Bromley bringing a good save from Thompson. Hannah also could have added another before the end. A draw was a fair result as both sides remain in mid table with little excitement for both at either end of the table.

Injury time goal sees Southport beaten

SOUTHPORT 0 HALIFAX TOWN 1

Southport looked on course for a good point before an injury time strike saw Halifax take the three points. Both sides had chances in an even first half, Nicky Wroe had the visitors best chance while Adam Blakeman missed two good chances for Southport.

Southport began to control possession in the second half with Craig Westcarr and Paul Rutherford going close. However in injury time Halifax struck. After a melee in the Southport box, Shaquille McDonald volleyed a loose ball into the net from close range to win the match.

The win is much needed and moves Halifax out of the bottom four. Southport drop to 16th place, 7 points clear of the drop zone.

Norwood spot on again as Tranmere solidify play-off spot

TRANMERE ROVERS 3 GATESHEAD 1

After sealing victory with a penalty for Tranmere last week, James Norwood added two more in a 3-1 victory over Gateshead. The win means they are now five points clear of sixth place in the race for the play-offs.

Jon Shaw handled an Adam Mekki cross to give away the first penalty from which Norwood made it 1-0. Just before half time Mekki was brought down by James Curtis to allow Norwood to make it two.

Michael Higdon headed home a third in the second half from a Jake Kirby cross. Danny Johnson got a consolation for the visitors and with 12 minutes left, Norwood forced a great save to be denied a hat trick.

Gateshead are down to ninth with defeat being a blow to their play-off hopes. Although Dover have three games in hand, Tranmere have the points on the board on top of being in fine form themselves.

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Everton (1) 2 (Lukaku, Lennon) – West Ham United (0) 3 (Antonio, Sakho, Payet) – At Goodison Park, Liverpool

Watford (0) 0Leicester City (0) 1 (Mahrez) – At Vicarage Road, Watford

Championship

Derby County (1) 2 (Martin, Russell) – Huddersfield Town (0) 0 – At Pride Park, Derby

Ipswich Town (0) 1 (Pringle) – Nottingham Forest (0) 0 At Portman Road, Ipswich

League 1

Millwall (2) 3 (Gegory, Wallace, Morison) – Blackpool (0) 0 – At The Den, Bermondsey, London

League 2

Newport County (1) 1 (Boden) – Wycombe Wanderers (0) 0 – At Rodney Parade, Newport

Mansfield Town (0) 0 – Yeovil Town  (0) 1 (Dickson)At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (0) 0Bristol Rovers (1) 2 (Castillo, Brown) – At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Southport (0) 0Halifax Town (0) 1 (McDonald) – At Haig Avenue, Southport

Chester City (1) 1 (Hannah) – Bromley (0) 1 (Emmanuel) – At The Deva Stadium, Chester

Tranmere Rovers (2) 3 (Norwood 2, Higdon) – Gateshead (0) 1 (Johnson) – At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Star Man

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

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Moon Soccerround – Weekend Football

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League Cup Final

Dismal Liverpool fail as Manchester City win the cup

LIVERPOOL 1 MANCHESTER CITY 1 – MANCHESTER CITY WIN 3-1 ON PENALTIES

Liverpool were lucky to have the opportunity of a penalty shoot out as they were outplayed by Manchester City in the League Cup Final at Wembley. Sergio Aguerro had the best chance of the first half having his shot tipped onto the post by Simon Mingolet.

City took the lead as they dominated the early part of the second half. Fernandinho struck from an angle with the ball going under Mignolet in a poor piece of goalkeeping. Rahemm Stirling should have sealed it missing to clear cut chances.

Liverpool had not had a sh

ot on target until on 83 minutes with Adam Lallana hitting the post and Phillipe Coutinho scoring from the rebound. In the final minutes David Silva was clean through but again Mignolet managed to tip it onto the post.

In extra time Liverpool had the best chance with a Divoc Origi header well save by Willy Caballero, the back up keeper who City kept faith with. And it was he who would be the hero of the penalty shoot out, making three saves to help City lift the cup 3-1 on Penalties.On this evidence Liverpool remain a long way short of where they need to be.Has Liverpool has won the shoot it, it would have been a travesty of justice.

Premier League

Ulloa keeps the Foxes on top

LEICESTER CITY 1 NORWICH CITY 0

Tension was very real at the King Power Stadium as Leicester City tried to recover their title credentials against Norwich after defeat at Arsenal last time out. Neither side had a shot on target in a poor first half.

Leicester took some control in the second half. Danny Drinkwater put Jamie Vardy in for the best chance of the match but Norwich keeper John Ruddy made a fine save. With it looking like points could be dropped, Mark Albrighton crossed in the 89th minute and Leonardo Ulla slid in at the far post to put the ball past Ruddy and seal a crucial three points.

The win leaves Leicester two points ahead of Tottenham at the top, Arsenal are now five behind after defeat at Manchester United.

Championship

Derby Play-off Hopes suffer blow

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 2 DERBY COUNTY 1

Derby suffered a blow with defeat at Wolves in the early Championship game. Wolves took the lead as Nathan Byrne set up George Saville to curl the opener from 18 yards. Derby got themselves level with a free kick from the edge of the box from Chris Martin.

Jacob Butterfield and Jeff Hendrick had chances to put Derby ahead early in the second half. They were left to rue those missed opportunities as Matt Doherty crossed for Saville to get his second four minutes from time and get Wolves first win for over a month.

Derby remain fifth after some other results went there way. In a match they could easily have won, this will be seen as a missed opportunity to solidify their play-off spot.

Forest fall to third straight defeat

NOTTINGHAM FOREST 1 BRISTOL CITY 2

Bristol City eased any relegation worries as Nottingham Forest blew an early lead. The home side had gone 1-0 up with Ben Osborn putting a low shot past Bristol keeper Richard O’Donnell.

Bristol City were level just before half-time as Johnathan Kodjia tapped home from the rebound after Joe Bryan had hot the post. Bristol were in control from then on, Nathan Baker hit the woodwork again before they took the lead through Aden Flint who headed home a Luke Freeman corner.

Bristol City move eight points from the drop zone after their win. Forest remain in 15th with not much left to play for.

League 1

Defeat moves Blackpool dangerously close to the relegation zone

BLACKPOOL 0 BRADFORD CITY 1

Bradford City aided their play-off hopes with victory against Blackpool who are dragged right back into the relegation fight. After a poor first half the home side could have taken the lead, Mark Yeats twice went close with his second effort being tipped onto the bar.

Tony McMahon went close for the visitors moments before they made the breakthrough. A good direct run from Stephen Derby enable him to set up Kyel Reid to fire home low into the net. James Hanson could have added a second forcing a save from Blackpool keeper Colin Doyle.

The loss means Blackpool are now only outside the relegation zone on goal difference. Bradford are just two points outside the play-off zone. Blackpool need some more points on the board, soon.

League 2

Newport win late as both sides struggle with a poor pitch

NEWPORT COUNTY 1 MANSFIELD TOWN 0

Scott Boden struck late to help Newport’s survival chances as Mansfield Town fell out of the play off places. On a poor pitch at Rodney Parade both sides struggled to get anything going in the first half.

Matt Green hit the post for the visitors and Ryan Tafazolli had a goal disallowed for offside in a game of few chances. The last five minutes were the most exciting. Adi Yussef had a header well save before the home side took the lead as Boden took advantage of a loose ball to fire home low.

Mansfield even then had chances to equalise. Green and Chris Clements both had efforts wide of the target. Newport hung on for a win that moves them eight clear of the relegation zone. Mansfield are down to ninth and will need to get back on track quickly with games now running out.

Promotion chasing Plymouth too good for struggling Magpies

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1 NOTTS COUNTY 0

High flying Plymouth outplayed Notts County in another poor display from the Magpies. Jordan Forster and Craig Tanner both missed chances for the home side while Jon Stead had an effort cleared off the line for County.

Elioot Hewitt’s free kick was tipped onto the cross bar by Argyle keeper Luke McCormick. Plymouth tok the lead early in the second half with Graham Crey sweeping home a left wing cross from Gregg Wylde.

Liam Noble had a shot well save in injury time to almost force a point for Notts but overall Plymouth who remain second deserved their win. County are in 16th place.

National League

Southport well beaten in poor home display

SOUTHPORT 0 BOREHAM WOOD 3

Southport were well beaten at Haig Avenue as Boreham Wood aided their survival chances and moved out of the bottom four. Southport’s best chance came early on with Adam Blakeman hitting the post.

Boreham Wood then took control. Delando Sam-Yorke put through Luke Howell for the first, Howell got himself a second latching onto a smart pass from Ricky Shakes to make it 2-0. David Stephens added a third in the second half getting on the end of Danny Woodward’s header across goal.

Boreham Wood move out of the bottom four, Southport are six points off the drop zone in 16th place and could still get dragged back in if they keep playing like this.

Norwood spot on as Tranmere maintain Play-Off push

CHESTER CITY 0 TRANMERE ROVERS 1

Tranmere won the derby against Chester at the Deva Stadium to remain in 4th place. Lee Vaughan had the best chance of the first half as Tranmere controlled possession. Despite this John Rooney did have a good opportunity for Chester forcing a save from Scott Davies.

The key moment came on 69 minutes. Johnny Hunt brought down Adam Mekki and James Norwood stepped up to score from the spot. The one goal was enough to keep Trnamere’s play-off hopes on track. Norwood had another chance late on and Gary Taylor-Fletcher could have also added to the lead.

Chester are in 15th place six points above the drop zone. Tranmere need to keep putting points on the board as other sides around them have games in hand, but for now Rovers remain on track for the chance to get straight back into the football league.

Scottish Championship

Second half blitz a hammer blow for Queens Play-Off hopes

FALKIRK 3 QUEEN OF THE SOUTH 1

Queen of the South fell five points behind Raith Rovers after a second half comeback from Falkirk saw Queens go down to another defeat. The visitors had taken a first half lead through Chris Higgins heading in a Ryan Conroy free-kick.

John Board headed Falkirk level early in the second half from close range after a Miles Hypolyte cross. It then went away from Queens as Falkirk dominated, Andy Dowie put into his own net to make it 2-1. Shortly after Blair Alston sealed the game shooting low beyond Jim Atkinson.

Queen play off hopes are falling and the next series of games will become must win in order to close the gap. There is still one game against Raith to come later in the season. Falkirk remain third and are headed for the play-offs themselves.

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

League Cup Final

Liverpool (0) 1 (Coutinho) – Manchester City (0) 1 (Fernandinho) – AET (90 Mins 1-1) Manchester City win 3-1 on PenaltiesAt Wembley Stadium, London

Premier League

Leicester City (0) 1 (Ulloa) – Norwich City (0) 0 – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers (1) 2 (Saville 2) – Derby County (1) 1 (Martin) – At Molineux, Wolverhapton

Nottingham Forest (1) 1 (Osborn) – Bristol City (1) 2 (Kodjia, Flint) – At The City Ground, West Bridgford

League 1

Blackpool (0) 0Bradford City (1) 1 (Reid) – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

League 2

Newport County (0) 1 (Boden) – Mansfield Town (0) 0 – At Rodney Parade, Newport

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

National League

Southport (0) 0Boreham Wood (2) 3 (Howell 2, Stephens) – At Haig Avenue, Southport

Chester City (0) 0Tranmere Rovers (0) 1 (Norwood)At The Deva Stadium, Chester

Scottish Championship

Falkirk (0) 3 (Biard, Dowie {OG}, Alston) – Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Higgins) – At The Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk

Star Man

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE SOCCERROUND – Leonardo Ulloa (Leicester City)

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