Moon Soccer – Swansea City v Liverpool

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Premier League

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Swansea City (1) 1 (Mawson)

Liverpool (0) 0

AT THE LIBERTY STADIUM, SWANSEA, WALES

Liverpool suffered a big set back with their first defeat in 19 games at bottom side Swansea. Despite almost total domination of the possession and the chances Liverpool could not find a way through. Sadio Mane and Mohammad Salah both wasted first half chances. The Swansea goal came after the ball fell to Alfie Mawson in a goalmouth scramble in one of Swansea’s few forages forward and Mawson was able to fire into the net.

The second half followed a similar pattern. Danny Ings forced a good save from Lukasz Fabianski, Salah also had the keeper at full stretch but Fabianski managed to keep the ball out. In one final chance at the end Roberto Firmino hit the post and Mawson made a last ditch tackle to block Adam Lallana from equalising right at the death. It was not to be for the Reds who remain fourth in the table. Swansea are still three points from safety but tonight’s win stops them falling further adrift. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Alfie Mawson (Swansea City)

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Moon on Sunday Soccer – Liverpool v Man City

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PREMIER LEAGUE

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Liverpool (1) 4 (Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Mane, Salah)

Manchester City (1) 3 (Sane, Bernardo Silva, Gundogan)

AT ANFIELD, LIVERPOOL

Liverpool ended Manchester City’s unbeaten run in a sensational game at Anfield. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain gave Liverpool a deserved lead and the Reds dominated most of the first half. However City reminded us why they are top as Leroy Sane leveled against the run of play before half time. Then Liverpool had a purple patch adding three more. Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane & Mohammad Salah with an audacious chip from long range all scored to give Liverpool a 4-1 lead in a half hour spell of some the the best football any side has played all season. 

City were not done however and Liverpool’s defensive frailties showed again in the last few minutes and the fact they were missing Virgil van Dijk with injury told. Bernardo Silva gave City a glimmer of hope on 84 minutes. The nerves were then jangling as Ilkay Gundogan got on the end of a cross beating three players around him to make it 4-3. Liverpool held off the final charge to get the victory. Manchester City will still very likely win the league, but for Liverpool this is a huge three points in the sides development under Jurgen Klopp.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool)

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Moon Soccerround – FA Cup 06/01/2018

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Saturday Soccerround – FA Cup

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Liverpool (1) 2 (Milner, Van Dijk)

Everton (0) 1 (Sigurdsson)

At Anfield, Liverpool

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Manchester United (0) 2 (Lingard, Lukaku)

Derby County (0) 0

At Old Trafford, Trafford

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Fleetwood Town (0) 0

Leicester City (0) 0

At Highbury, Fleetwood

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Brentford (0) 0

Notts County (0) 1 (Stead)

At Griffin Park, Brentford

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup 3rd Round

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Cardiff City (0) 0

Mansfield Town (0) 0

At The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN

Virgil Van Dijk (Liverpool)

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Moon New Year Soccerround 01/01/2018

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PREMIER LEAGUE – BURNLEY v LIVERPOOL

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 Burnley 1 (Gudmindsson)

Liverpool 2 (Mane, Klavan)

At Turf Moor, Burnley

Liverpool added another Christmas win at Burnley, again leaving it very late. Sadio mane gave the Reds the lead on 63 minutes, Berg Gudmindsson equalised with 3 minutes left and it looked like Liverpool had thrown another lead away. Bu in the final minute Ragnar Klavan got his first goal to give Liverpool all three points.

Full Report (BBC SPORT)

PREMIER LEAGUE – LEICESTER CITY v HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

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Leicester City 3 (Mahrez, Slimani, Albrighton)

Huddersfield Town 0

At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Riyad Magrez was the star of the show scoring one and creating one as Leicester claimed the points against Huddersfield. Mahrez opened the scoring then set up Islam Slimani for number two. Marc Albrighton completed the victory in injury time.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

CHAMPIONSHIP – DERBY COUNTY v SHEFFIELD UNITED

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Derby County 1 (Vydra)

Sheffield United 1 (Clarke)

At Pride Park, Derby

The two leading Championship scorers shared a goal each as Derby remain in 2nd place in the table. Matej Vydra got his 14th of the season from the Penalty Spot to give the Rams the lead at the break. Leon Clarke heading the equaliser for the Blades in an even game where the result was about fair.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

CHAMPIONSHIP – LEEDS UNITED v NOTTINGHAM FOREST

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Leeds United 0

Nottingham Forest 0

At Elland Road, Leeds

Nottingham Forest without a manager rode their luck to earn a point at Leeds. Kemar Roofe hit the crossbar for the home side. Ben Brereton had Forest’s best chance. A well earned point for Forest who had to do most of the defending.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 1 – ROCHDALE v BLACKPOOL

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Rochdale 1 (Kitching)

Blackpool 2 (Delfouneso, Mellor)

At Spotland, Rochdale

Blackpool got the new year off to a winning start with a good away performance at Rochdale. Nathan Delfouneso and Kelvin Mellor got the goals for the Tangerines. Mark Kitching got an injury time consolation for the home side but it was too little too late.The win moves Blackpool up to 13th in League 1.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2 – MANSFIELD TOWN v CARLISLE UNITED

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Mansfield Town 3 (Hemmings 2, Bennett)

Carlisle United 1 (Devitt)

At Field Mill, Mansfield

Kane Hemmings scored twice as Mansfield move into the play off picture after victory over Carlisle. Hemmings opener was added to by Rhys Bennett before half time. Jamie Devitt’s penalty gave Carlisle hope but Hemming’s second finished the contest as the Stags continue their recent good form.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2 – NEWPORT COUNTY v EXETER CITY

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Newport  County 2 (Amond, Willmott)

Exeter City 1 (Stockley)

At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

A spectacular 30 yard strike gave the Exiles a New Years day win over Execter. Padraig Amond headed Newport ahead but Jason Stockley equalised for the Devon side shortly after the break. Robbie Wilmott’s long range effort on 66 minutes was the winner moving Newport up to 11th, and only 3 points off the play off places. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE  2 – NOTTS COUNTY v PORT VALE

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Notts County 1 (Stead)

Port Vale 0

At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

Notts County maintained their promotion push after a late victory over Port vale at Meadow Lane. With four minutes left Jon Stead was pushed in the back and converted the Penalty himself. The Magpies deserved their win and were denied a number of times by Keeper Ryan Boot who kept out Jonathan Forte and Ryan Yates before the breakthrough finally came.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

NATIONAL LEAGUE – AFC FYLDE v TRANMERE ROVERS

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AFC Fylde 5 (Rowe, Muldoon, Francis-Angol, Tunnicliffe, Tasdemir)

Tranmere Rovers 2 (Banks, Jennings)

At Mill Farm, Wesham

Tranmere’s play off hopes took a hit as they were thrashed by AFC Fylde. Danny Rowe, Jack Muldoon and Zaine Francis-Angol all grabbed goals in a superb first half showing by the home team to lead 3-0 at the break. Tranmere made more of a game of it in the second half. Ollie Banks and a late Connor Jennings goals brough some consolation for Rovers but not before Jordan Tunnicliffe and Serhat Tasdemir had added further goals for Fylde in a 5-2 scoreline. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

NATIONAL LEAGUE – GUISELEY v CHESTER FC

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Guiseley 1 (Palmer)

Chester FC 1 (James)

At Nethermoor Park. Guiseley

Chester threw away a chance to secure a vital three points against Guiseley in a draw that help neither at the bottom of the table. James Akintunde put through Kingsley James to give Chester the lead. However Ashley Palmer’s injury time equaliser means Chester remain eight points adrift of safety

Full Report (BBC Sport)

NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH – SOUTHPORT v CHORLEY

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Southport 3 (Morgan, Sheron, Sampson)

Chorley 0

At Haig Avenue, Southport

Southport produced their best performance for some time to take the points in a comfortable victory against Chorley. David Morgan put the Sangrounders ahead before half-time. Nathon Sheron and Jack Sampson added further goals as it finished 3-0. The win moves Southport out of the drop zone.

Southport Matchday Live (Southportfc.net)

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Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City)

 

 

Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 19th Aug 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Soccer Round-Up

Premier League – Liverpool v Crystal Palace

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LIVERPOOL 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

Liverpool have their first win of the season with an unconvincing 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at Anfield. Christian Benteke, returning to his old club, missed a huge chance for Palace in the first half blazing over from 8 yards out.

Liverpool pushed forward but had trouble breaking a largely defensive Palace down. The goal came on 73 minutes after poor defending allowing Sadio Mane to prod the ball home.

Mohamad Salah and Jordan Henderson had efforts wells aved late on. Palace look a poor side that are heading for a relegation battle. For Liverpool, they will take four points from six after not playing that well so far.

Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion

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FOXES 2 BRIGHTON 0

Leicester got their first win of the Premier League season beating Brighton 2-0 at the King Power Stadium. Shinji Okazaki has the Foxes ahead within a minute from a rebound after Riyad Mahrez effort was spilled by the keeper.

Brighton offered little going forward and Leicester deserved their second through Harry Maguire’s header from a Mahrez cross. It was Maguires first goal for the club and it capped a superb afternoon for Maguire who was instrumental in midfield throughout.

After their unfortunate defeat at Arsenal, the Foxes are off and running for the season ahead.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Middlesbrough

Forest Win

FOREST 2 MIDDLESBROUGH 1

After defeat they did not deserve Nottingham Forest got back to winning ways at the City Ground. Kiran Dowell’s smart through ball set Barrie McKay away to slot Forest into the lead on 16 minutes.

Britt Assombalonga who left Forest for Middlesbrough in the summer missed two good chances for the visitors and they were punished as Ben Gibson brought down Ben Brereton, allowing Daryl Murphy to make it 2-0 from the penalty spot.

Gibson got one back for Boro late on but it was not enough. Forest get another deserved win and have 9 points out of 12 continuing their fine start to the season and are currently in fourth place in the table.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Bolton Wanderers v Derby County

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BOLTON 1 RAMS 2

Derby County made it two wins in a row with a 2-1 win at Bolton. Derby dominated the first half with Matej Vydra wasting two good chances and defender Andrew Wisdom going close.

Two goals from Kevin Nugent had Derby in a derserved lead at the break, the first a flick after good work from Vydra, the second a header from Johnny Russell’s cross. The second half was quieter with Gary Madine getting a consolation for the hosts in injury time.

The win means Derby move up to seventh in the table after a difficult start, they are now looking in much better shape.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 1 – Doncaster Rovers v Blackpool

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DONCASTER 3 TANGERINES 3

Blackpool earned an excellent point at Doncaster in a ding dong battle. Doncaster struck first as Ryan Allsop put through his own net, Blackpool were level within a minute however as Sean Longstaff struck from range.

Doncaster had the lead at the break after John Marquis was set up by Andy Butler and scored with a cool finish. Blackpool had their long range shooting boots on as Oliver Turton leveled again with another strike from range early in the second half.

Alfie May put Doncaster back ahead but yet again Blackpool were level within a minute through Callum Cooke. May could have won it for Doncaster in stoppage time, but a point each was about a right result.

This is an impressive point away from home for Blackpool which suggests they are getting used to the higher level of football after promotion last season.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Accrington Stanley v Mansfield Town

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ACCRINGTON 2 STAGS 1

Mansfield Town were struck a blow as a last gasp winner for Accrington saw the Stags fall to a 2-1 defeat. Kayden Jackson was a clever turn and shot gave the Lancashire men the lead on 10 minutes.

Mansfield deserved their equaliser as Danny Rose clipped the ball over the keeper allow Lee Angel the easiest of tap ins into an empty net. Mansfield had more possession and will feel they had done enough to get at least a point but it was not to be.

The Stags failed to clear a corner in injury time allowing Billy Kee to stab home the winner. It’s Mansfield’s first league defeat of the season and they will need to react so as not to fall too far behind the early leaders.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Coventry City v Newport County

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COVENTRY 0 EXILES 1

Newport County gained a superb three points at one of the title favourites Coventry as the Exiles ran out 1-0 winners in their first trip to the Ricoh Arena. A long range speculative effort from Reece Cole was spilled by keeper Liam O’Brien giving Newport a surprise lead. 

Tony Andreu and Jodi Jones missed chances for the hosts who have conceded their first goal of the season. On balance though the game was fairly even and Newport were deserving of the win.

The Exiles are in 9th place on five points and may prove to be the surprise package of the season.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Wycombe Wanderers v Notts County

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WYCOMBE 2 MAGPIES 4

Notts County held off a second half come back from Wycombe to claim their first away win of the season. Richard Duffy headed the opener from a Daniel Jones cross and a moment later Adam El-Adb put through his own net as the Magpies took a deserved 2-0 half time lead.

Wycombe though hit back in the second half through Nick Freeman and Joe Jacobson to bring the hosts level, were Notts away day problems going to strike again? Not this time. Notts showed real character as Jonathan Forte headed the magpies back ahead with his second goal in a week after scoring in the midweek EFL Cup game.

Lewis Alessandra grabbed his first goal for the club to make it 4-2 and seal the points. After the opening day hammering at Coventry, Notts have looked an increasingly good side since. Certainly a good deal better than last season.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Chester v Sutton United

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SEALS 2 SUTTON UNITED 3

Chester faced a tough test against second place Sutton United today and so it proved. Before today Chester had drawn all three of their games and it looked like it would be four in a row. Louis John’s rocket strike opened the scoring for Sutton.

Kenny Davis sent Tommy Wright clear to make it 2-0 but Chester gave themselves hope just before the break through Craig Mahon. Chester were level through Lucas Dawson which led to an exciting end to end finish.

In the end it was Sutton however who prevailed as Kieron Cadogan calmly chipped the keeper to win the game for Sutton. With no wins on the board, Chester need to be careful or they could easily fall into a relegation battle.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Eastleigh v Tranmere Rovers

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EASTLEIGH 2 ROVERS 0

Tranmere Rovers will rue missed chances as they went down to a surprise 2-0 defeat at Eastleigh. Connor Jennings should have had Tranmere ahead in a tight first half heading against the post in the best chance of the opening period.

James Norwood also should have put the Merseyside outfit ahead, within a minute of his missed chance Eastleigh had broken and Ben Williamson finished a smart passing move. Substitute Craig McAllister sealed the win with a header from a Sam Matthews cross.

Eastleigh dominated the latter stages and could have had more. A poor day for Tranmere who who need to end their current poor run quickly if they want to get into the promotion battle.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League North – Alfreton Town v Southport

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ALFRETON 0 SANDGROUNDERS 1

Southport made it four wins out of five with a hard fought victory at Alfreton Town. It was a scrappy first half with Craig Westcarr’s free kick for Alfreton coming the closest to opening the scoring. S

outhport took control in the second half with Ethan Jones being denied on two occasions. The goal came on 69 minutes when Bradley Johnson’s pass teed up Steven Schumacher to fire home from 20 yards.

From then on Alfreton offered little and Southport saw it out for three big away points. The Sandgrounders move up to third with the win. A big week is coming up, first York and then Salford on Bank Holiday Monday, two of the title favourites back to back.

Scottish Championship – Queen Of The South v Dumbarton

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DOONHAMMERS 1 DUMBARTON 0

Queen Of The South defeated Dumbarton 1-0 at Palmerstone park and could have had more in a dominant win. Dumbarton Keeper Scott Gallacher had an excellent first half keeping out Scott Dobbie and Shaun Rooney in the first half.

The goal came just before the break through a Callum Fordyce header, scoring for the second game in a row. Calum Gallacher went close for the visitors with the best chance of the second half, but Dobbie also missed another good chance and Queens totally deserved their win.

The win means the Doonhammers move up to fourth in the table with 6 points from 9.

Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

#MoonSoccer13 Classified Scores

Premier League

Liverpool (0) 1 (Mane) – Crystal Palace (0) 0 – At Anfield, Liverpool

Leicester City (1) 2 (Okazaki, Maguire) – Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 0At The King Power Stadium, Leicester

Championship

Nottingham Forest (1) 2 (McKay, Murphy) – Middlesbrough (0) 1 (Gibson)- At The City Ground, West Bridgford

Bolton Wanderers (0) 1 (Madine) – Derby County (2) 2 (Nugent 2) – At The Macron Stadium, Bolton

League 1

Doncaster Rovers (2) 3 (Allsop {OG}, Marquis, May) – Blackpool (1) 3 (Longstaff, Turton, Cooke) – At The Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster

League 2

Accrington Stanley (1) 2 (Jackson, Kee) – Mansfield Town (1) 1 (Angel) – At The Crown Ground, Accrington

Coventry City (0) 0Newport County (0) 1 (Cole) – At The Ricoh Arena, Coventry

Wycombe Wanderers (0) 2 (Freeman, Jacobson) – Notts County (2) 4 (Duffy, El-Abd {OG}, Forte, Allessandra) – At Adams Park, Wycombe

National League

Chester (1) 2 (Mahon, Dawson) – Sutton United (1) 3 (John, Wright, Cadogan) – At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Eastleigh (0) 2 (Williamson, McAllister) – Tranmere Rovers (0) 0At Ten Acres, Eastleigh

National League North

Alfreton Town (0) 0Southport (0) 1 (Schumacher) – At North Street, Alfreton

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Fordyce) – Dumbarton (0) 0 At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY SATURDAY SOCCERROUND STAR AN OF THE WEEKHarry Maguire (Leicester City)

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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

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MAGPIES 2 CHESTERFIELD 0

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

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

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

National League – Chester v Halifax Town

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SEALS 0 HALIFAX 0

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

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

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

National League – Tranmere Rovers v Sutton United

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ROVERS 0 SUTTON 1

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

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

National League North – Leamington v Southport

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LEAMINGTON 0 SANDGROUNDERS 1

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

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

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

Scottish Championship – Dundee United v Queen Of The South

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DUNDEE UNITED 2 DOONHAMMERS 1

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

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

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

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MOON OF LIBERTY SCOREBOARD

#MoonSoccer13 Classified Results

Premier League 

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

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

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

Championship

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

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

League 1

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

League 2

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

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

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

National League

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

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

National League North

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

Scottish Championship

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

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

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Moon of Liberty Midweek Sportsround

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Moon of Liberty Sports digest at 10.55pm on 2 August 2017

BBC Sport – Moeen Ali hat-trick seals England test win over South Africa to take a 2-1 series lead

BBC Sport – David Rudisha out of the World Athletics Championships

Moon of Liberty/The Elistist – Jodie Taylor strike against France sees England into the Euro 2017 semi-finals.

Daily Caller Sports – Los Angeles to host the 2028 Olympic Games

BBC Sport – Online poll suggests Liverpool fans back safe standing

BBC Sport – Hearts sack their manager before the season even starts

BBC Sport – Ellie Downey to miss Gymnastics World Championships with injury

BBC Sport – Sailing double gold medalist Sarah Ayton to ride in an amateur Horse Race during the Goodwood Festival

Moon of Liberty/The Elitist – Sebastian Vettel extends lead in the Fomula 1 Championship with victory in Hungary

Moon of Liberty/The Elitist – Kyren Wilson beats Ali Cater in the World games Snooker in Poland

BBC Sport – Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley to miss Euro 2017 Semi Final

Moon of Liberty/The Elitist – Phil Taylor claims 16th World Matchplay Darts title

Nottingham Post– Notts Women secure promotion by winning Division 2 of the Women’s 20/20 Cricket

BBC Sport – PSG to pay £198m to land Naymar from Barcelona

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