Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround

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Moon Soccer 13 Saturday Soccerround

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Premier League

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Everton (0) 1 (Niasse)

West Bromwich Albion (1) 1 (Rodriguez)

AT GOODISON PARK, LIVERPOOL

Everton substitute Oumar Niasse saved a point for Everton after a very poor first hour. Jay Rodriguez had given West Brom the lead on 7 minutes and the visitors were in control. Niasse had been on for less than a minute when he volleyed in a header back across goal from debutante Theo Walcott. The game was overshadowed by a broken leg for James McCarthy who will be out for a long time after the serious injury as a result of a defensive challenge to deny Solomon Rondon. Everton remain 9th in the table after the draw.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League

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Leicester City (1) 2 (Vardy, Mahrez)

Watford (0) 0

AT THE KING POWER STADIUM, LEICESTER

Leicester City took advantage of Watford’s poor form to claim a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium. Jamie Vardy had been brought down by Watford Keeper Molla Wague and got to his feet to dispatch the penalty to give the Foxes the lead. Riyad Mahrez sealed the win with a second from a tight angle in injury time. Leicester are currently the best of the rest in 7th place behind the big six at the top.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship

Sheepdraw

Derby County (0) 0

Bristol City (0) 0

AT PRIDE PARK, DERBY

Derby County will rue not taking their chances as they had to settle for a draw on Friday night against Bristol City. The Rams dominated most of the game, Jonny Russell hit the bar from a free kick and Curtis Davies had a header cleared off the line. Matej Vydra and tom Lawrence also had second half chances saved. Derby remain second but Cardiff are now just 3 points behind with a game in hand. This will feel like two crucial points dropped.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship

Forest Win

Wolverhampton Wanderers (0) 0

Nottingham Forest (2) 2 (Dowell, Osborn)

AT MOLINEUX, WOLVERHAMPTON

Nottingham Forest produced their best league performance of the season to beat league leaders Wolves on their own pitch. The goals came just before half time, the first from a Keiran Dowell free kick that was deflected wrong footing the keeper. Forest made it two on 43 minutes as Matty Cash pulled the ball back for Ben Osborn to score. Wolves pushed on after the break but only registered one shot on target. A deserved away win for Forest who are currently 14th in the Championship table.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 1

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Wimbledon (0) 2 (Trotter, Pigott)

Blackpool (0) 0

AT KINGSMEADOW, KINGSTON UPON THAMES, LONDON

Two second half goals saw Wimbledon move out of the relegation zone with victory over Blackpool. Liam Trotter tapped in from a rebound to give the Londoners the lead. Joe Pigott sealed the victory with a goal on his debut with an arrowed shot into the top corner. Dan Agyei had the Seasiders best chance, overall Wimbledon deserved the three points. Blackpool are 17th in the table and could do with a few points soon to avoid being dragged into a relegation fight.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2

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Newport County (2) 2 (Amond, Demetriou)

Crawley Town (0) 1 (Smith)

AT RODNEY PARADE, NEWPORT, WALES

A dominant first half was enough for Newport on Friday night against Crawley. The exiles hit the woodwork twice early on through Robbie Wilmott and Paidraig Amond. It was Amond who gave the home side the lead on 40 minutes and a Mickey Demetriou penalty made it 2-0. Crawley were better in the second half with Jimmy Smith pulling one back. They could not find an equaliser however leaving Newport in the play off places for the first time this season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2

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Notts County (0) 1 (Stead)

Exeter City (2) 2 (Taylor, Stockley)

AT MEADOW LANE, NOTTINGHAM

Notts County missed the chance to go level with Luton at the top after a surprise home defeat against Exeter. The visitors took the lead after Dean Moxey’s rocket of a free kick hit the post and fell to Jake Taylor to score. Taylor then turned provider with a superb cross field pass setting Jayden Stockley away to make it two. Jon Stead gave the magpies hope with a penalty but it was not to be. The defeat is Notts first at home since last April. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2

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Mansfield Town (1) 3 (Hamilton 2, Hemmings)

Cheltenham Town (1) 2 (Pell, Adebayo)

AT FIELD MILL, MANSFIELD

Mansfield Town left it late to win an entertaining and bad tempered encounter against Cheltenham at Field Mill. A Harry Pell penalty gave the visitors the lead after a foul from Hayden White. CJ Hamilton equalised turning in an Alfie Potter cross. Taylor Moore was sent off for the visitors after an elbow to the face of Danny Rose. The evened up in the second half after another foul from White saw him leave the field and both sides with 10 men.

The fun however was just getting started. Danny Wright set up Elijah Adebayo to put Chletenham back ahead. The lead lasted just 6 minutes as Kane Hemmings equalised on 80 minutes. Wright then left Cheltenaham with just nine men after a collision with Potter saw him see the third red card of the day. The Stags took advantage of the extra man, CJ Hamilton got his second striking the winner in injury time to finish off an extraordinary afternoon in North Nottinghamshire.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

 

National League

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Tranmere Rovers (1) 3 (Norwood, Ginnelly, Hughes)

Maidenhead United (0) 2 (Barratt, Clerima)

AT PRENTON PARK, BIRKENHEAD

Tranmere rovers maintained their promotion push with a 3-2 win against Maidenhead at Prenton Park. James Norwood got his 11th of the season to given Rovers an early lead. Josh Ginnelly making his debut on loan from Burnley added a second just after the break. Sam Barratt’s neat near post flick gave Maidenhead hope but a long range strike from substitute Jeff Hughes sealed the victory for Rovers. Remy Clerima scored a consolation towards the end but Rovers held out for the three points. They are two points away from the automatic promotion places as a result.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League

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Chester FC (0) 1 (White)

Gateshead (2) 3 (McGlaughlin, Burrow, Preston)

AT THE DIVA STADIUM, CHESTER

Gateshead proved too good for struggling Chester at the Diva Stadium. The North East side scored two just before half time through Paddy McGlaughlin and Jordan Burrow. Burrow then set up Jordan Preston on 52 minutes with Preston scoring with an excellent strike into the top corner. Harry White got his third goal in five games to pull on back for the Seals, but from there the home side did not threaten to get back into the game. It end Gateshead’s poor recent run and leaves Chester five points away from safety.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League North

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Southport (0) 3 (Sampson 2, Gilchrist)

Stockport County (1) 1 (Turner)

AT HAIG AVENUE, SOUTHPORT

Southport made it two wins in a row after an excellent comeback to beat Stockport at Haig Avenue. Rhys Turner gave Stockport the lead on 8 minutes and the away side were in control going into the break. It all turned in the second half though, Jack Sampson who had an outstanding second half scored from a deflected shot soon after the break. Jason Gilchrist finished off a neat one touch move to give the Sandgrounders a deserved lead. Sampson added his second before the end to seal a 3-1 victory. Southport move up to 14th in the table, their highest position since the early games of the season.

Matchday Live (Southportfc.net)

Scottish Cup Round 4

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Queen Of The South (0) 1 (Fergusson)

Partick Thistle (1) 2 (Sammon 2)

AT PALMERSTONE PARK

There was to be no cup upset at Palmerstone park as Premiership Partick Thistle got the better of Championship Queen of the South. Connor Sammon was the hero for Partick giving the visitors a half time lead. Queen got a bit of luck with the equaliser as a clearance hit Ross Fergusson and ended up in the net to make it 1-1. Sammon struck again on 81 minutes with a deflected shot to take Partick into round 5. The Doonhammers must now concentrate on trying to get back into the play off race.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Moon Saturday Soccerround

MOON SATURDAY SOCCERROUND – MOON SOCCER 13

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PREMIER LEAGUE

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Chelsea (0) 0

Leicester City (0) 0

AT STAMFORD BRIDGE, FULHAM, LONDON

Leicester City earned a deserved point at Chelsea. The Foxes dominated much of the possession and surprised the Champions with a lively display. The returning Jamie Vardy and Wilfred Ndidi both went close for the visitors. Cese Fabregas did have a good chance for the homes side but they lacked ideas. The Foxes faced the last 20 minutes with 10 men as Ben Chilwell was sent off but they held out for a point. Leicester remain 8th in the Premier League table.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

PREMIER LEAGUE

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Tottenham Hotspur (1) 4 (Sob Hueng-Min, Kane 2, Eriksen)

Everton (0) 0

AT WEMBLEY STADIUM, BRENT, LONDON

Harry Kane was in sensational form as Everton were on the receiving end of a hammering for Spurs at Wembley. Son Heung-Min opened the scoring and hit a post before setting up Kane for his first to make it 2-0 early in the second half. Kane got a second and Christian Eriksen finished off a flowing passing move to make it 4-0. The win moves Tottenham level with Liverpool in the race for 4th place, Everton remain 9th after a miserable afternoon.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

CHAMPIONSHIP

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Birmingham City (0) 0

Derby County (1) 3 (Russell, Vydra, Weimann)

AT ST ANDREW’S, BIRMINGHAM

Derby stay second in the Championship after a comfortable afternoon at Birmingham. The Blues started well as Jonathan Grounds hit the post but from there Derby took total control. Johnny Russell put the Rams ahead before the break and Matej Vydra with his 16th of the season added a second. Andreas Weimann tapped in the third to complete the victory. They are 10 points behind Wolves at the top but are still in prime position for an automatic promotion push.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

CHAMPIONSHIP

Forest Lose

Nottingham Forest (0) 0

Aston Villa (1) 1 (Hogan)

AT THE CITY GROUND, WEST BRIDGFORD

The optimism after Forest’s win against Arsenal and the appointment of Aitor Karanka as the new manager was not built on as they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa. Scott Hogan headed in Robert Snodgrass’ cross on 18 minutes to get the only goal of the game. Snodgrass had an excellent game and had a great chance to add to the scoresheet but was denied by Jordan Smith in the Forest goal. Villa move up to 4th with their deserved win, for Forest, a case of after the Lord mayor’s show.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 1

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Blackpool (0) 0

Bristol Rovers (0) 0

AT BLOOMFIELD ROAD, BLACKPOOL

It was deadlock at Bloomfield Road but Blackpool will be relieved to get out of this one with a draw. Rory Gaffney had a goal ruled offside within a minute and Sean Longstaff went close shortly after as the Bristol side controlled the game. Gaffney missed an open goal in the second half after poor play from the Blackpool keeper Joe Lumley. Blackpool stay 16th and will consider themselves fortunate not to have been beaten today.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2

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Grimsby Town (0) 1 (Matt)

Newport County (1) 2 (Willmott, Nouble)

AT BLUNDELL PARK, CLEETHORPES

After their win over Leeds in the FA Cup, Newport County took their form into League 2 with victory at Grimsby. The Exiles dominated the first half, Robbie Wilmott’s screamer from the edge of the box opened the scoring. Frank Nouble’s deflected shot added a second. Jamille Matt pulled one back to make it a nervous last 10 minutes but he then got sent off and Newport held off Grimsby’s late charge to get a deserved victory and move within two points of the play off places.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2

Magpie draw

Lincoln City (1) 2 (Frecklington, Green)

Notts County (1) 2 (Stead, Grant)

AT SINCIL BANK, LINCOLN

Notts County shared the points in a fantastic end to end game at Lincoln. Jon Stead gave Notts County the lead Lee Frecklington who had re-joined Lincoln from Rotherham this week, had equalised before half time. Matt Green then put Lincoln ahead, but County showed their resolved to level again through Jorges Grant. To add to the mix Danny Cowley, the manager of Lincoln, was sent to the stands. A draw was a fair result in a game that had plenty of entertainment.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

LEAGUE 2

Stag draw

Cambridge United (0) 0

Mansfield Town (0) 0

AT THE KASSAM STADIUM, CAMBRIDGE

A scrappy and uninspiring game at Cambridge saw Mansfield remain in the play off places after a 0-0 draw. There was not a shot on target in the whole of the first half. Conrad Logan in the Mansfield goal made a good save from Uche Impeazu and Danny Rose had the ball in the net for the Stags but was adjudged offside. Thus the game ended in the 0-0 draw it deserved.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

NATIONAL LEAGUE

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Woking (0) 0

Tranmere Rovers (1) 1 (Cook)

AT THE KINGFIELD STADIUM, WOKING

Tranmere Rovers move up to 5th after victory at Woking. The winning goal came on 29 minutes after Andy Cook converted Ollie Norburn’s corner. Cook was sent off late in the game which will be a blow as he will be suspended for the next few games. Defender Steve McNulty also went off injured, it is unknown at the moment how serious the injury is. So three points but this game could come at a cost for Rovers in the next few games as they continue their promotion push.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA TROPHY – ROUND 2

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East Thurrock United (0) 1 (Ekpetita)

Chester FC (0) 0

AT ROOKERY HILL, CORRINGHAM

Chester FC were dumped out of the FA Trophy by Nation League South side East Thurrock United. Despite better recent league form Chester failed t take this opportunity as east Thurrock dominated most of the game and deserved their 1-0 win. Calvin Ekpetita got the winner with a tap in from a goalmouth scramble on 21 Minutes. Ross Hannah had the Seals only chance but East Thurrock could have had more. It’s back to the relegation fight for Chester.

Matchday Live (Chester Chronicle)

NATIONAL LEAGUE NORTH

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Southport (1) 2 (Sampson, Gilchrist)

Leamington (0) 0

AT HAIG AVENUE, SOUTHPORT

Southport continued their recent improved form with a convincing 2-0 win over Leamington. The Sandgrounders took the lead on 9 minutes as David Morgan set up Jack Sampson to finish off a flowing move. Adam Dawson’s through ball set Jason Gilchrist to make it 2-0 on 70 minutes. he win moves Southport up to 16th and 2 points clear of the drop zone after securing seven points from their last four games.

Matchday Live (SouthportFC.net)

SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP

queen-lose

Inverness Caledonian Thistle (2) 3 (Vigurs, Chalmers, Doran)

Queen Of The South (0) 1 (Bell)

AT THE CALEDONIAN STADIUM, INVERNESS

Queen of the South drop out of the play off places after being well beaten by Inverness. Iain Vigurs header gave the hosts the lead. Stephen Dobbie missed a golden chance to equalise and Queens were punished for it as Joe Chalmers added a second for Inverness before the break. Aaron Doran added to third to complete the victory before Owen Bell got his first goal for Queens, but a consolation was all it was to be on a poor day for the Doonhammers.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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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

Sheeplose

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

Magpie win

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

Sheepdraw

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

 Forest draw

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

Magpie win

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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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

Magpie win

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

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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 Sportsround – 08 August 2017

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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

Tennis.com – 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

pdc.tv – Dave Chisnall wins round 18 of the Players Darts Championship, his first title of 2017.

pdc.tv – 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

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