Moon Soccer 02/01/18 – Queen of the South v Dumbarton


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Queen of the South (0) 0

Dumbarton (0) 0

At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

Queen of the South had goalkeeper Alan Martin to thank for securing a point against Dumbarton on Tuesday. The first half was a poor affair but the Doonhammers had their best chance just after the break with Chris Kane’s effort well save by Scott Gallacher. However Dumbarton had the better of the second half, efforts from Callum Gallagher and a header late on from Chistian Nade were both kept out by Martin to dent the visitors a win they probably deserved.

Queens are two points off the play off places after dropping these two home points that on paper they would have started favourites for but as it turned out, they will be happy to get away with a point from a poor showing.

Full Report (BBC Sport)



Alan Martin (Queen of the South)



Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 19th Aug 2017


#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Soccer Round-Up

Premier League – Liverpool v Crystal Palace



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



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


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

Happy sheep


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



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

sad stag


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



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

Magpie win


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



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



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



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



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)




#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


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 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