Moon of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 12 Aug 2017

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#MoonSoccer 13 Saturday Soccerround

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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#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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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 Soccer – Midweek round-Up

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#MoonSoccer13 Midweek Update

Premier League – Leicester City v Liverpool

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Leicester re-find title form to sweep Liverpool aside

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

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Blackburn Rovers v Derby County

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Derby pay the penalty

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

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Blackpool v Barnet

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Late comeback earns Tangerines a point

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

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Plymouth Argyle v Notts County

Grant strikes again to secure big win for the Magpies

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

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Yeovil Town v Mansfield Town

No score at Huish Park

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

Report (BBC Sport)

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Soccer Results

Premier League

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

Championship

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

League 2

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

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

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

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJorge Grant (Notts County)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 18th Feb 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round Up

FA Cup Round 5 – Millwall v Leicester City

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Late goal dumps Leicester out of the cup

Ten men Millwall still managed to battle and take another Premier League scalp as Leicester City’s miserable season took another heavy blow. After a first half of hustle and bustle but little quality, the pendulum appeared to swing the Foxes way when Jake Cooper was sent off. However they failed to take advantage and in the final minute Lee Gregory Put Shawn Cummings away down the right who cut inside and finished with a low shot to strike the winner. Leicester now head to Sevilla in the European Cup low on confidence and in very poor form.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday

Forest Lose

Third straight defeat for Forest

Nottingham Forest went down to their third straight loss with a 2-1 loss at home to Sheffield Wednesday. Ross McCromack missed the chance to put Forest ahead as he had a penalty saved. Wednesday then took control with a long range strike from Aimen Abdi and Fernando Forrestieri made it two. Ben Osborn gave Forest hope with half an hour to go but despite pushing on they could not get the equaliser. Wednesday move seven points ahead of Norwich with the win to solidify their play off place.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Blackpool v Crewe Alexandra

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Two goal lead thrown away

Blackpool were pegged back for a 2-2 draw by Crewe Alexandra after being 2-0 up. The Tangerines started well as Nathan Delfouneso headed home a Brad Potts cross within six minutes. Tom Aldred doubled the lead on 27 minutes to put the home side in a strong position at the break. Craig Dagnell got one back on 62 minutes and Crewe’s equaliser came two minutes from time as Jordan Bowery put Oliver Turton in to level. Blackpool are in 14th place in the table after today’s draw.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Cambridge United v Newport County

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Bird double not enough for Newport

Newport County blew a two goal lead and are now in deep trouble at the bottom of the table. Two goals from Ryan Bird gave Newport an unlikely 2-0 lead at promotion chasing Cambridge. The home side fought back to level with goals from Barry Corr and skipper Leon Legge. Cambridge were then given a contentious penalty three minutes into injury which saw Mitch Rose sent off for the Welsh side. The initial penalty was saved but Mark Roberts scrambled home the rebound to give Cambridge the points. After Cheltenham won and a surprise point for Hartlepool at Plymouth, Newport are seven points from safety.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Grimsby Town v Mansfield Town

Stags unbeaten run comes to a halt at Grimsby

Mansfield Town’s unbeaten run came to a shuddering halt at Grimsby. Alfie Potter and Matt Green had chances as Mansfield started well, however Mansfield old boy Chris Clements struck against his old club just before half time. Green had further chances but it was just not the Stags day. Callum Dyson doubled the lead for Grimsby and then got himself a second from the penalty spot after Mal Benning had brought down Tom Bolarinwa to complete the 3-0 defeat. Mansfield had plenty of efforts and did not deserve such a comprehensive scoreline, they remain in the play off places and today will be one to forget and move on from quickly if they want to stay there.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Leyton Orient v Notts County

Late Stead winner earns a huge victory for the Magpies

Notts County won a huge three points at Leyton Orient in a key relegation battle with a late winner after the home side thought they had fought back for a point. County had an excellent first half and were rewarded through a Jorge Grant goal to go in 1-0 up at the break. Veteran Jon Stead made it two shortly after the break, but Orient fought back and had one back within two minutes through a close range effort from Paul McCallum.

Gavin Massey nearly had Orient level as they pushed on and got their equaliser with nine minutes left through Teddy Mezague. Just as another opportunity looked to have slipped away from Notts grasp, Marc Bola set up stead to get the winner from 12 yards to get three big points that moves them four points clear of the drop zone, leaving Orient themselves right in the mire.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Eastleigh v Tranmere Rovers

Rovers play off hopes strengthened with solid away win

Tranmere Rovers earned three points to help their play off chances with a strong 2-0 win at Eastleigh. Tranmere were in control in the first half but could not make the break through with the best chance through an Andy Cook header that went just wide from Ben Tollitt’s cross. Tollitt who had an excellent all round game got the opening goal in the second half and he turned provider for James Norwood to make it 2-0 and seal the points. Tranmere remain fourth and now have a six point gap to those chasing outside the play off places.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Maidstone United v Chester City

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Chester blitzed by four goal first half

Chester City were caught cold by a four goal blitz at Maidstone that despite a spirited response in the second half was just to much to get back. Kevin Lokko and Delano Sam-Yorke had Maidstone 2-0 up in just five minutes. Joe Piggot made it 3-0 within 15 minutes and Lokko got his second to make it 4-0 just before half time. Chester made an effort to fight back, James Alabi scored with a penalty and a looping header from Sam Hughes that crept in at the far post got two back in the second half but it was not to be. Chester remain stubbornly in mid table, the win helps Maidstone’s fight for survival.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Woking v Southport

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Away point for Southport 

In an uninspiring afternoon in Surrey fellow relegation threatened struggles Woking and Southport played out a poor 0-0 draw. Neither side created anything of note which demonstrated exactly why both sides are where they are in the table. Wins for Maidstone and Guiseley mean this was all the more a missed opportunity to take all three points for both sides. Woking are one point above the relegation zone, Southport arr three points from safety and both will have to find better than this afternoon’s display if they are not going to go down.

Report (BBC Sport)

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Soccer Results

FA Cup Round 5 

Millwall (0) 1 (Cummings)Leicester City (0) 0At The Den, Bermondsey, London

Championship

Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (Osborn) Sheffield Wednesday (1) 2 (Abdi, Forestieri)At The City Ground, West Bridgford

League 2

Blackpool (2) 2 (Delfouneso, Aldred) – Crewe Alexandra (0) 2 (Dagnall, Turton)At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Cambridge United (0) 3 (Corr, Legge, Roberts)Newport County (1) 2 (Bird 2)At The Abbey Stadium, Cambridge

Grimsby Town (1) 3 (Clements, Dyson 2)Mansfield Town (0) 0At Blundell Park, Cleepthorpes

Leyton Orient (0) 2 (McCallum, Mezague)Notts County (1) 3 (Grant, Stead 2)At The Matchroom Stadium, Leyton, London

National League

Eastleigh (0) 0Tranmere Rovers (0) 2 (Tollitt, Norwood)At The Silverlake Stadium, Eastleigh

Maidstone United (4) 4 (Lokko 2, Sam-Yorke, Pigott)Chester City (0) 2 (Alabi, Hughes)At The Gallgher Stadium, Maidstone

Woking (0) 0Southport (0) 0At The Kingfield Stadium, Woking

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJon Stead (Notts County)

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Moon Of Liberty Tuesday Soccerround – 14 Feb 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Tuesday Round-Up

Championship – Derby County v Cardiff City

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Rams throw away a two goal lead

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Fulham v Nottingham Forest

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Another away defeat for Forest

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Accrington Stanley

Stags share eight goals with Accrington

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

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

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League 2 – Newport County v Grimsby Town

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Another point for solid Newport

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

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League 2 – Notts County v Exeter City

Magpies leave it late to salvage a draw

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

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

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League 2 – Portsmouth v Blackpool

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Blackpool well beaten at Portsmouth

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

Championship

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

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

League 2

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

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

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

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

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANKadeem Harris (Cardiff City)

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24th October Socceround

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Two of the suprise packages, Leicester City and Crystal Palace, met at the King Power Stadium. In a game of few chances it was in form Jamie Vardy who got the only goal after pouncing on a mistake from Brede Hangerland and clipped the ball past Wayne Hennesey in the Palace goal to finish from three yards. A looping Scott Dann header was the closest Palace came to an equaliser but Leicester maintain their position in 5th place with the win to continue their fine start to the season.

In the later game Arsenal went to the top of the table with a 2-1 win at home to Everton. All the goals came in the first half. The North Londeners took the lead after a floated cross from Mesut Ozil was met by Olivier Giroud to open the scoring. Two minutes later Lauren Koscielny headed in a Santi Cazorla cross to make it two. Everton got one back through a deflected Ross Barklay effort just before half time and had chances to equalise when Romelu Lukaku hit the bar and Gerard Deulofeu was denied by Petr Cech late on. Arsenal end Saturday top of the table prior to tomorrow’s Manchester Derby.

Championship

Derby County’s recent fine form continued with three points at Huddersfield Town. Chris Martin got his seventh goal of the season to put the Rams ahead after pouncing on a scuffed volley by Johnny Russell to score from close range. Harry Bunn leveled for Hudderfield after scoring off the rebound after Ishmael Miller had first hit the crossbar. It took a wonderstrike from 30 yards from George Thorne to win it just after the restart to move Derby up to fifth and keep their promotion chase right on track.

Nottingham Forest avoided defeat at the City Ground with a last gasp equaliser to grab a point against Ipswich Town. Forest dominated the first half, the best chance fell to Ryan Mendes who failed to capitalise and Forest looked like they would rue not taking advantage of their dominance when a poor clearance from Eric Lichaj was taken advantage of by Jonathan Parr who fired into the top corner to give Ipswich the the lead. Deep into injury time with Foreat pushing hard for a draw Jorge Grant’s shot was blaocked and debutant Liam Trotter fired in the rebound to give Forest a deserved point late in the day.

League 1

Improving Blackpool moved out of the bottom 4 for the first time this season after winning a big relegation clash with struggling Crewe Alexandra. Full back Hayden White, on loan from Bolton, got his first goal for the seasiders with a strike from just outside the box. Crewe defender Chris Atkinson fouled David Norris to concede a peanalty which Jack Redshaw converted to seal the victory. This was Crewe’s third defeat in a row and a huge three points for Blackpool who have shown much improved form as of late.

League 2

Mansfield Town’s excellent form continued with a fine away point at second place Portsmouth. 40 year old goalkeeper Brian Jensen was the man of the match with some fine saves to keep Pompey out. The pick of which came from a save from Ben Davies who unleashed a powerful strike that Jensen did superbly to keep out. Mansfield in a mainly defensive display did not have a shot on target themselves but the Stags will be more than happy to take the point which keeps them in the play off places.

Notts County continue to sturggle for consistancy after a 1-1 draw away at Exeter. Exter took the lead on 20 minutes after Tom Nichols cut inside Notts defender Michael Edwards and curled a fine shot from 20 yards into the corner to finish an excellent solo effort. Notts fought bac with Izale MacLeod hitting the post with a header. The qualiser came after a knock down from Jon Stead fell to Liam Noble to finish from close range. Macleod for Notts and Aaron Davies for Exter had chances to win it but there was no scoring in the second half with both sides having to settle for a point a peice.

Newport County are out of the League 2 relegation zone with an impressive 4-1 away win at Bristol Rovers. Tom Parkes headed a cross into his own new to give Newport the lead but it lasted just two minutes as a 25 yard strike from Billy Bodin brought the game back level. Newport re-took the lead in the second half after a mistake from the Rovers keeper fell to Zak Ansah to make it 2-1. Ansah struck again from outside the box after good work from Lenell John-Lewis to seal the points. Tommy O’Sullivan added a fourth late on from 25 yards to move Newport three points clear of the relegation zone they have been in all season before this weekend.

FA Cup Qualifying Round 4

There was only one goal at the Moss Rose Ground where Altricncham knocked Chester City out of the FA Cup. Damien Reeves was the scorer off a rebound from a free kick the keeper failed to hold. The same score saw off Southport who lost at Salford City, the team famously bought by Some of the Manchester United class of 92. Paul Scholes and Gary Neville, two of those involved, were at the ground to see James Poole chip the goalkeeper on 68 minutes to see Salford through to the first round proper. Tranmere Rovers meanwhile face a replay at Lincoln City after a poor 0-0 draw at Prenton Park.

Scottish Championship

Queen of the South’s miserable recent run continued after being thrashed after Livingston demolshed them with four second half goals in Dumfries. Dale Hilson actually gave the Doomhammers the lead at half time with a close range shot from Dale Hilson. When Scott Pittman equalised for the visitors shortly after the break though the whole momentum changed. Gary Glen set up Jordon White to give Livingston the lead Two goals from Liam Buchanan, the second a header from a Morgyn Neill corner, completed the second half rout which moves Livingston off the bottom of the table and is another blow to Queens play off hopes who are now 7 points off the top four.

MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Premier League

Leicester City (0) 1 (Vardy) Crystal Palace (0) 0 – At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Arsenal (2) 2 (Giroud, Koscinely) Everton (1) 1 (Barklay) – At The Emirates Stadium, Islington

Championship

Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (Trotter) Ipswich Town (0) 1 (Parr) – At The City Ground, West Bridgford

Huddersfield Town (1) 1 (Bunn) Derby County (1) 2 (Martin, Thorne) – At The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield

League 1

Blackpool (0) 2 (White, Redshaw) Crewe Alexandra (0) 0 – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

League 2

Bristol Rovers (1) 1 (Bodin) Newport County (1) 4 (Parkes {OG}, Ansah 2, O’Sullivan) – At The Memorial Stadium, Bristol

Portsmouth (0) 0 Mansfield Town (0) 0 – At Fratton Park, Portsmouth

Exeter City (1) 1 (Nichols) Notts County (1) 1 (Noble) – At ST James’ Park, Exeter

FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

Altrincham (0) 1 (Reeves) Chester City (0) 0 – At The Moss Rose Ground, Altrincham

Salford City (0) 1 (Poole) Southport (0) 0 – At Moor Lane, Salford

Tranmere Rovers (0) 0 Lincoln City (0) 0 – At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Hilson) Livingston (0) 4 (Pittman, Whote, Buchanan 2) – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN OF THE WEEK  – Brian Jensen (Mansfield Town)