Moon of Liberty Sportsround – 08 August 2017


Sportsround – Sports News Digest on 08 August 2017 at 7.20pm

tvnz – Canterbury Crusaders win the Super Rugby crown defeating the Lions in the final – Alexander Zvarev beats big serving Kevin Anderson to win the Washington Open

BBC Sport – American Torie Bowie takes the women’s 100m, Favourite Elaine Thpmoson fails to medal.

The Elitist – Rugby League round-up from both sides of the World

Cricbuzz – Moeen Ali the hero as England wrap up 3-1 series win over South Africa at Old Trafford – Dave Chisnall wins round 18 of the Players Darts Championship, his first title of 2017. – Austrlaian Kyle Anderson claims maiden title in round 17 of the Players Darts Championship

The Elitist – India put 600 runs on the board again to thrash Sri Lanka and go 2-0 up

New Vision Uganda – Uganda thrash Zimbabwe in the final round of the African Gold Cup Rugby Union tournament

Sports Star Live – Sam Querry claims Los Cabos ATP title in Mexico

BBC Sport – Netherlands claim the Women’s Euro 2017 soccer title beating Denmark 4-2 

BBC Sport – GB’s Callum Hawkins an excellent fourth Kenya’s Geoffrey Karui wins the men’s marathon.

BBC Sport – Arsenal win the Community Shield beating Chelsea on penalties

Running Magazine – Ethiopia’s Almaz Anaya dominates the Women’s 10000m

Eurosport – Luvo Manyonga wins the Long Jump title for South Africa

BBC Sport – Notts beat the T20 Powerplay record

BBC Sport – Justin Gatlin stuns the world to beat Usain Bolt

The Elitists Echo – Saturday Soccer round up of the #MoonSoccer13. Opening day wins for Forest, Southport & Queen of the South

The Sun – Burnley friendly abandoned after crowd trouble

BBC Sport – Mo Farrah wins the first medal of the 2017 World Championships

Nottingham Post – Notts County manager Kevin Noaln calls his team ‘rabbits in headlights’ after opening day loss to Coventry



Moon of Liberty Saturday Soccerround


Saturday Soccerround #MoonSoccer13

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Millwall

Forest Win


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

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

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Sunderland v Derby County



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

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

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)


League 1 – Bradford City v Blackpool



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

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

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Coventry City v Notts County

magpie lose


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

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

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Crewe Alexandra v Mansfield Town

Stag draw


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

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

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Stevenage v Newport County



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

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

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Torquay United v Tranmere Rovers



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

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

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League North – Southport v Boston United



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

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

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

Scottish Championship – Queen of the South v Brechin City



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

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

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

Full Report (BBC Sport)




Classified #MoonSoccer13 Results 


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

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

League 1

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

League 2

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

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

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

National League

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

National League North

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

Scottish Championship

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



Moon of Liberty Soccer – Scottish League Cup


Queen Of The South have opened their campaign in the Scottish League Cup with two wins and one defeat in their Scottish League Cup group. Goals from Jake Pickard and Andy Dowie gave them a 2-0 win over Queens Park at the Excelsior Stadium. In the midweek game Derek Lyle produced an superb performance to grab the two goals in another 2-0 win against Airdrieonians.

Queens fell to their first defeat on Saturday against Partick Thistle.Dale Hilson had given Queens a first half lead but Partick fought back with goals from Chris Erskine and a last minute winner from Steven Lawless. Queens need to beat Stenhousemuir in their final game to have a chance of qualifying for the next round.

Reports ( v Queens Park   v Airdrieonians  v Partick Thistle




16th July

Queens Park (0) 0Queen Of The South (2) 2 (Pickard, Dowie) – At The Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie

19th July

Queen Of The South (2) 2 (Lyle 2) – Airdrieonians (0) 0At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

23rd July

Partick Thistle (0) 2 (Erskine, Lawless) – Queen Of The South (1) 1 (Hilson) – At Firhill, Maryhill, Glasgow