Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 11th March 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round up -11th Mar 2017

Premier League – Everton v West Bromwich Albion

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Scneiderlin gerts first goal in comprehensive win for the Toffeemen

Everton closed the gap on Manchester United in sixth to just two points after demolishing West Brom at Goodison Park. Kevin Mirallas put Everton ahead from a rebound from Ross Barkley’s shot. Morgan Schneiderlin got his first goal for the club to make it 2-0 and Barkley provided again for Romelu Lukaku to complete the 3-0 scoreline. It continues Everton’s excellent form of late, especially at home.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County

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Brighton coast past the Rams

Promotion chasing Brighton comfortably dispatched Derby County in the Friday game. Anthony Knockeart had Brighton ahead in just five minutes and they dominated throughout. Sam Baldoch made it 2-0 just before half time and Glenn Murray added a third in the second half heading home a Knockeart cross. Matej Vydra hit the post in Derby’s only serious effort, but in the end they were well beaten as Brighton make up ground on Newcastle at the top.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Burton Albion v Nottingham Forest

Forest Lose

Nigel Clough gets victory over the club where he was famous

Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion scored their first ever win over Nottingham Forest which drags Forest back into the relegation fight. Cauley Woodrow’s free kick on 28 minutes proved to be the winning goal. Matty Cash wasted two great chances for Forest who a few weeks ago looked like they had done enough to survive but are now just two points clear of the drop zone. Burton leapfrog Forest in the table following the victory.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Crewe Alexandra v Newport County

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Newport get Flynn off to the perfect start

Newport’s caretaker boss Mike Flynn got victory in his first game as bottom side Newport won at Crewe. Callum Cooke’s free kick gave the hosts a deserved half time lead but the Welsh side fought back. Dan Butler’s volley leveled the scores and Joss Labadie got the winner with two minutes left on the clock. Too little too late for Newport? Probably, nut this win may just give them a slim chance and a big boost of confidence.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Plymouth Argyle

Stags hopes hit after home defeat

Mansfield Town are two points outside the play offs after defeata t home to second placed Plymouth. The game for the most part was fairly even but two goal in five minutes gave the Devon side the edge. Sonny Bradley’s far post header gave Plymouth the lead and a 25 yard free kick from Graham Carey shortly after sealed the 2-0 win. Matt Greena nd Alex MacDonald had chances for the home side, but it was not to be as the Stags suffer a rare home loss.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Hartlepool United

Grant strikes again for improving Magpies

Notts County’s improved home form continued with a 2-1 win against Hartlepool. Shola Ameobi got his firs for the club to give the Magpies the lead and in form Jorge Grant walloped home a second from just outside the box. Haydn Hollis unluckily put through his own net to give Hartlepool hope, but Notts saw out the game to earn another big three points as survival looks more and more likely.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Wycombe Wanderers v Blackpool

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All square at Adams Park

Blackpool are back in the play off hunt but missed a big chance to win the game at Wycombe. Brad Potts had a penalty saved by keeper Jamal Blackman in a game of few chances otherwise. The 0-0 draw means Blackpool are now only three points off the play off places after some good recent form. Today will feel like an opportunity missed however.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v Torquay United

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Southport beaten in key relegation clash

Southport find themselves in even deeper trouble after a home defeat to fellow strugglers Torquay. Luke Young converted Daniel Sparkes cross to put the Devon outfit ahead. Jim Stevenson gave the Sandgrounders hope with an equaliser that went in off the left hand post. However as a draw was looking on the cards, Sparkes provided again with another cross which substitute Ruaine Keating heading home the winner leaving Southport rock bottom and now a full seven points away from safety.

Report (BBC Sport)

FA Trophy Semi-Final 1st leg – Macclesfield Town v Tranmere Rovers

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Advantage Rovers after 1st leg away draw

Tranmere Rovers came away from Macclesfield with a 1-1 draw that gives them a great chance to reach Wembley. Tranmere were ahead within a minutes as James Norwood was bundled over in the box and Jeff Hughes scored from the spot. Macclesfield controlled most of the rest of the game and finally got a reward as Ollie Norburt slotted into an empty net after the keeper came for a long ball but was beaten to it. The second leg will be at Prenton Park next Saturday to determine who will head down Wembley Way.

Report (Liverpool Echo)

Scottish Championship – Morton v Queen Of The South

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Queens beaten at Morton

Queen Of The South showed again the inconsistency that has put them out of the play off race with a poor display at Morton. Aiden Nesbitt should have put the home side ahead but volleyed over the bar. Ross Forbes got the only goal cutting inside from the right to score. Rickie Lammie also hit the bar as Morton could have had more than the eventual 1-0 scoreline which moves Morton above Dundee United into third.

Report (BBC Sport)

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Soccer Results

Premier League 

Everton (2) 3 (Mirallas, Schneiderlin, Lukaku)West Bromwich Albion (0) 0At Goodison park, Walton, Liverpool

Championship 

Brighton & Hove Albion (2) 3 (Knockaert, Baldock, Murray)Derby County (0) 0At The Amex Stadium, Brighton

Burton Albion (1) 1 (Woodrow)Nottingham Forest (0) 0At The Pirelli Stadium, Burton Upon Trent

League 2

Crewe Alexandra (1) 1 (Cooke)Newport County (0) 2 (Butler, Labadie)At Gresty Road, Crewe

Mansfield Town (0) 0Plymouth Argyle (0) 2 (Badley, Carey) At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (0) 2 (Ameobi, Grant)Hartlepool United (0) 1 (Hollis {OG})– At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

Wycombe Wanderers (0) 0 Blackpool (0) 0At Adams Park, Wycombe

FA Trophy Semi-Final 1st leg

Macclesfield Town (0) 1 (Norburn)Tranmere Rovers (1) 1 (Hughes)At Moss Rose, Macclesfield

National League

Southport (0) 1 (Stevenson)Torquay United (1) 2 (Young, Keating) At Haig Avenue, Southport

Scottish Championship

Morton (0) 1 (Forbes)Queen Of The South (0) 0 At Cappielow Park, Greenoch, Inverclyde

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MAN Jorge Grant (Notts County)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 04th March 2017

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#MoonSoccer13 Saturday Round up -4th Mar 2017

Premier League – Leicester City v Hull City

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Two wins in a row for Leicester

Leicester City have six points out of six this week after victory over fellow strugglers Hull City. Sam Clucas, who began his career with Leicester, opened the scoring for Hull on just six minutes but from there the Champions took over. Christian Fuchs leveled after good work from Jamie Vardy. Riyad Mahrez got his first goals since November from the edge of the box to put the Foxes ahead and and own goal from Tom Huddlestone completed the 3-1 win giving Leicester a five point buffer between themselves and the drop zone.

Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Liverpool v Arsenal

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Brilliant Liverpool sweep Arsenal aside

Liverpool recovered from midweek defeat with an excellent win against Arsenal at Anfield. The reds were two up at the break after a superb first half taking full advantage of Arsenal’s controversial call not to start Alexis Sanchez. Both the goals scored at the back post from low crosses, the first from Roberto Firmino and the second from Sadio Mane. Arsenal improved in the second half and Danny Welbeck got one back looping the ball over Simon Mignolet. Liverpool completed the win with a fast counter attack, Adam Lallana put Dicock away down the right and he crossed perfectly into the path of the on rushing Georginio Wijnaldum to score. The 3-1 win means Liverpool move up to third in the table and right back on the battle for the top four.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Derby County v Barnsley

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Derby fightback for first win in seven

Derby County have their first win in seven games after first falling behind at Pride Park against Barnsley. After a goalless first half the visitors from Yorkshire took the lead as Matty James rose to head home a long throw. The lead lasted two minutes as Tom Ince struck after some poor defending. Ince then hit the post shortly after as Derby took control, the winner came through a deflected shot from David Nugent getting his first goal for the club. Derby move up to 10th after the victory but still 10 points away from the play offs which still look a long shot.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Brighton & Hove Albion

Forest Win

Clough is back at Forest

Forest have a new hero after a stunning display to dispatch promotion chasing Brighton at the City Ground. All the goals came in the second half and the key man is a name synonymous with the club. The first goal was controversial as Zach Clough, no relation to those other famous Clough’s who have graced the club, shot and Brighton were convinced Britt Assombalonga got a touch from on offside position, the ref gave the goal and it was awarded to Clough for his first goal since moving from Bolton. Ben Osborn tapped in to seal the points and Forest were awarded a penalty in injury time, which Clough put away for his second. This is by far the most impressive display of the season, and despite their overall struggles, means they have beaten both of the top two at home this season having already beaten Newcastle.in December

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Blackpool v Morecambe

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Potts shines as Blackpool win

Blackpool claimed their first home win since November beating Morecambe 3-1. Brad Potts crossed for Mark Cullen to give Blackpool the lead and after missing chances himself, Potts made it two being put through by Kelvin Mellor. Ryan Edwards put through his own net to make it 3-0, Anthony Evans consolation was the only blot on an excellent day for the Tangerines who close the gap on the play off place to seven points, it would need some run from here to make it however.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Cheltenham Town v Mansfield Town

Mansfield draw a blank for the second time

Despite playing most of the game against 10 men, Mansfield could not force victory at Cheltenham. Kyle Storer was sent off on 18 minutes after a dreadful challenge on Jamie McGuire that got a deserved straight red card. Liam Davis hit the post direct from a corner for Cheltenham, while Ben Whiteman had tow excellent chances for Mansfield, both of which were put wide. Neither side had a shot on target and Mansfield have played out two 0-0 draws in a week. This will be considered two points dropped, and they are two points off the play off places.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Newport County v Leyton Orient

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Newport thrashed in key relegation showdown

In the battle of the bottom two Newport County were well beaten by Leyton Orient at Rodney Parade. Steven Alzate tapped in from Josh Komora’s cross to give the Londoners the lead. The Komora took over himself getting his first two goals for the club before half time to give Orient a 3-0 lead at the break. Orient got a penalty on 64 minutes which Komora dispatched to complete his hat trick. A 4-0 thrashing leaves Newport nine points off survival and looking at the National League barring a superb run from somewhere that you cannot see where it is coming from right now. Today may be the day in reality Newport got relegated.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Stevenage v Notts County

Reality check for the Magpies

After the fantastic victory at Plymouth in midweek Notts County were brought back to earth at Stevenage. Mark Godden head home a Steven Schumacher cross on just six minutes. Steveange keeper made a great double save from Shola Ameobi and Jon Stead in Notts best chance of the game. Jack King doubled the lead on the hour before Godden got his 20th of the season finishing Ben Kennedy’s through ball to make it 3-0. Notts should now have enough points to survive, although wins today for Leyton Orient and Hartlepool will give cause for a little discomfort.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Chester City v Tranmere Rovers

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Rovers strengthen promotion hopes in five goal thriller

In the televised Friday night game between two of the Moon’s teams Tranmere came out on top over Chester in an excellent back and forth encounter/. The seals were ahead at half time through James Alabi’s penalty. Tranmere equalised on 55 minutes through a long range effort from jamie Harris but Chester regained the lead when Ryan Astles head home Ryan Lloyd’s corner. Evan Horwood leveled again with nine minutes left with a header from a Liam Ridehalgh cross.

It set the scene for a late winner for top scorer Andy Cook, who got the winner and his 18th of the season with a strike from just outside the box. Tranmere move up to second, just two points now behind leaders Lincoln. They should at least make the play offs, and may just be still in the running for the title and automatic promotion.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Maidstone United v Southport

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Time running out for Southport after big loss

Southport’s survival pospects took a huge hit after defeat at Maidstone. Ben McKenna headed Southport into an early lead but a double from Jamar Loza before the break gave the Kent side a 2-1 advantage. Jamie Allen’s neat volley gave the Sandgrounders hope but Maidstone dominated late on, goals from Joe Piggott and Kevin Lokko sealed a 4-2 win for Maidstone to help their survival hopes and push Southport bottom, six points away from safety. The table looks bleak for Southport, with time running out to turn it around.

Report (BBC Sport)

Scottish Championship – Queen Of The South v Falkirk

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Falkirk move second after win over Queens

Falkirk earned a deserved win at Queen Of The South whose play off hopes may now have been extinguished. A Lewis Kidd free kick just before half time put Falkirk ahead at the break. Luca Gasparotto and Luke Leahy had chances to add to the lead before Craig Sibbald doubled the lead from the penalty spot. A poor display from the Doonhammer’s that sums up the inconsistency that means they will likely fall short of a play off place despite undoubted talent. Falkirk in contrast move into second and will continue the chase of Hibs at the top.

Report (BBC Sport)

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Soccer Results

Premier League

Leicester City (1) 3 (Fuchs, Mahrez, Huddlestone {OG})Hull City (1) 1 (Clucas)At The King Power Stadium, Leicster

Liverpool (2) 3 (Firmino, Mane,Wijnaldum)  – Arsenal (0) 1 (Welbeck)At Anfield, Liverpool

Championship 

Derby County (0) 2 (Ince, Nugent)Barnsley (0) 1 (James) – At Pride Park, Derby

Nottingham Forest (0) 3 (Clough 2, Osborn)Brighton & Hove Albion (0) 0 – At The City Ground, West Bridgford

League 2

Blackpool (1) 3 (Cullen, Potts, Edwards {OG})Morecambe (0) 1 (Evans) – At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Cheltenham Town (0) 0Mansfield Town (0) 0At Whaddon Road, Cheltenham

Newport County (0) 0Leyton Orient (3) 4 (Alzate, Koroma 3) – At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

Stevenage (1) 3 (Godden 2, King)Notts County (0) 0 – At Broadhall Way, Stevenage

National League

Chester City (1) 2 (Alabi, Astles)Tranmere Rovers (0) 3 (Harris, Norwood, Cook) – At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Maidstone United (2) 4 (Loza 2, Pigott, Lokko)Southport (1) 2 (McKenna, Allen) – At The Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (0) 0 Falkirk (1) 2 (Kidd, Sibbald) – At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANZack Clough (Nottingham Forest)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 25th Feb 2017

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Premier League – Everton v Sunderland

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Another home win for the Toffeemen

Everton are now unbeaten in nine after beating bottom side Sunderland 2-0 at Goodison Park. Idrissa Gueye converted Seamus Colema’s low cross for his first ever Everton goal. Sunderland improved in the second half, but a break away saw Romelu Lukaku’s deflected shot seal the points as they continued to try and chase down a top six finish.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Aston Villa v Derby County

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Chester further dents Derby’s play off hopes

Derby County are now 10 points off the play offs after a disappointing defeat at Aston Villa. The only goal came from James Chester’s header in the first half. Derby felt they should have had a penalty as Darren Bent went down in the box but it was not given. Andre Green hit a post for Villa, as they deserved the win. Villa did go down to 10 men in injury time as Leandro Bacuna was sent off, but it would not spoil Villa’s day as they claimed the points as Derby’s promotion chances continue to fade.

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Wigan Athletic v Nottingham Forest

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Forest earn an away point

Nottingham Forest had the best of the game but could not find a winner in a 0-0 stalemate at Wigan. The only chance on target in a poor first half came from Forest’s  Mustapha Carayol. Eric Lichaj curled a shot just wide and Carayol forced a good save from the Wigan keeper in the second half. After two heavy away defeats in their last two games Forest would probably have been happy to take a point and a solid display at the start of play, however they may feel they should have won it given how the match panned out.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Exeter City v Blackpool

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Seasiders throw away another lead yet again

Blackpool have thrown away leads on a number of occasions and it happened again at Exeter. Blackpool took the lead on 19 minutes as Brad Potts shot was spilled and Colin Daniel scored from the rebound. Potts himself got a second but Exeter were back in it before the break with a close range effort from Ollie Watkins. Exeter pushed on but could not make the breakthrough, just as it looked as if Blackpool had the victory, Reuban Reid’s stooping header earned Exeter a point four minutes into injury time. Blackpool are in 15th seven points off the play offs, they may be challenging if it were not for the sort of late lapses costing them points we saw today.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Newport County

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Stags play off push continues

Two of the Moon’s sides met at Field Mill as Mansfield got another three points seeing off Newport at Field Mill. The bottom side took a surprise lead through Ryan Bird. Mansfield were level at the break as Krystian Pearce got the equaliser. Newport were left facing an uphill struggle as Jamaai Gordon was sent off and Mansfield took full advantage. Craig Reed’s handball allowed Shaq Coulthirst to slot home the penalty for his fourth goal since his loan move which won Mansfield the game. The loss leaves Newport six points adrift at the bottom and they need to turn it around very quickly if they are to avoid the Nation League next season.

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Yeovil Town

No goals at Meadow Lane

Notts County have another point in their fight for survival in an uninspiring game at Meadow Lane against Yeovil Town. Jorge Grant had the best chance in the very first minute forcing a good save after being put through by Mark Yeates. Notts had more of the ball but overall did not do enough to win the game. Notts County are now five points away from the drop and while being a fair way from having the quality to compete at the top end, look to have enough to now survive comfortably.

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v Chester City

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Southport’s woes continue as Chester grab away win

Chester survived late pressure to take a 1-0 win at Southport whose relegation concerns deepen. Toms Shaw hit the post for Chester early on and they took a deserved lead in the second half through Evan Harwood who brilliantly lobbed the keeper to score. Southport tried to fight back and were unlucky as both Liam Hynes and Jim Stevenson hit the woodwork late on. Southport are now three behind Maidstone and Woking with a worse goal difference. Their form needs to trun quickly if they want to remain in the National League. Chester remain in mid table.

Report (BBC Sport)

FA Trophy Quarter Final – Tranmere Rovers v Barrow

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Rovers roar into the Semi Finals

Tranmere Rovers are a game away from Wembley after thrashing Barrow in today’s FA Trophy Quarter Final. Barrow briefly lead through Jordan William’s goal but from there Tranmere took total control with defender Michael Ihiekwe leveling before the break. Then Cole Stockton took control with two goals early in the second half to make it 3-1. Andy Mangan got a fourth Stockton completed his hat trick and the big 5-1 victory. Wembley is within reach and after a couple of poor home performances, this should bolster their promotion push as well.

Report (Liverpool Echo)

Scottish Championship – Queen Of The South v Raith Rovers

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Doonhammers keep slim play off hopes alive

Queen Of The South got a hugely needed win at home to Raith Rovers. They dominated the first half with goals from John Rankin and a close range effort from Derek Lyle putting the Dumfries side 2-0 at the break. Raith improved in the second half getting one back through Parisian John-Yves Mvoto. Ryan Hardie had a big chance to equalise late on but headed over the bar. The win mean Queen’s could move within five points of Falkirk if they win their game in hand in the race for the final play off spot. 

Report (BBC Sport)

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Soccer Results

Premiere League

Everton (1) 1 (Gueye, Lukaku)Sunderland (0) 0At Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool

Championship

Aston Villa (1) 1 (Chester)Derby County (0) 0At Villa Park, Aston, Birmingham

Wigan Athletic (0) 0 Nottingham Forest (0) 0At The DW Stadium, Wigan

League 2

Exeter City (1) 2 (Watkins, Reid)Blackpool (2) 2 (Daniel, Potts)At St James’ Park, Exeter

Mansfield Town (1) 2 (Pearce, Coulthirst)Newport County (1) 1 (Bird) At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (0) 0Yeovil Town (0) 0At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Southport (0) 0 Chester City (0) 1 (Horwood) At Haig Avenue, Southport

FA Trophy Quarter Final

Tranmere Rovers (1) 5 (Iheikwell, Stockton 3, Mangan) Barrow (1) 1 (Williams)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (2) 2 (Rankin, Lyle)Raith Rovers (0) 1 (Mvoto)At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANCole Stockton (Tranmere Rovers)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 18th Feb 2017

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FA Cup Round 5 – Millwall v Leicester City

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Late goal dumps Leicester out of the cup

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

Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Sheffield Wednesday

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Third straight defeat for Forest

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

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Blackpool v Crewe Alexandra

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Two goal lead thrown away

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

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Cambridge United v Newport County

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Bird double not enough for Newport

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

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Grimsby Town v Mansfield Town

Stags unbeaten run comes to a halt at Grimsby

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

Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Leyton Orient v Notts County

Late Stead winner earns a huge victory for the Magpies

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

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

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Eastleigh v Tranmere Rovers

Rovers play off hopes strengthened with solid away win

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

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Maidstone United v Chester City

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Chester blitzed by four goal first half

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

Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Woking v Southport

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Away point for Southport 

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

Report (BBC Sport)

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Soccer Results

FA Cup Round 5 

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

Championship

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

League 2

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

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

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

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

National League

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

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

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

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANJon Stead (Notts County)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 11th Feb 2017

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Premier League – Liverpool v Tottenham

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Mane shows what the Reds have been missing

Sadio Mane was back on the scoresheet for the first time since returning from the African Nations Cup as Liverpool put a dent in Tottenham’s title hopes. Mane was put through and calmly finished to give Liverpool the lead on 16 minutes and hooked home a second two minutes later from a rebound off a Roberto Firmino shot that had been parried. The Reds shut out Tottenham comfortably in the second half in which the visitor were surprisingly flat given their recent form. Liverpool are back in the top four after the win and it is their first league success of 2017.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Middlesbrough v Everton

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No score at the Riverside

Everton are eight matches unbeaten but could not make the breakthrough at Middlesbrough. Romelu Lukaku went closest forcing a good save from Victor Valdes. The result should could as no surprise given it is the Teeside outfit’s 11th 0-0 draw of the season. Everton remain safely in seventh place as the best of the rest outside the big six, if they want to break into it, they will need to learn how to win games like this.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Derby County v Bristol City

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Comeback earns Derby a point in six goal thriller

Derby County needed a second half comeback after a terrible first half to earn a point at home to lowly Bristol City. The visitors dominated and took a shock 3-0 half time lead through full debutante Matty Taylor and two close range efforts from Tammy Abraham. Bristol City could have had more as Derby were not at the races. A header from Darren Bent pulled one back to give the home side hope and Tom Ince also headed home shortly after to make it 3-2. Ince was then fouled with nine minutes to go and Bent stepped up to equalise. Derby pressured for a winner without creating anything more but avoid an embarrassing home defeat. However on paper this should have been three points and that may be costly in the play off race come the end of the season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Norwich City v Nottingham Forest

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Forest thrashed by the Canaries

After some recent improved form Nottingham Forest crashed with a bump as they were hammered 5-1 at Norwich City. An excellent 25 yard volley from Jonny Howson put the home side ahead with Josh Murphy and Wes Hoolahan enduring Norwich went in 3-0 up at the break and in total control. A second half brace from Alex Pritchard added to the misery. Ross McCormack did get one back in between Pritchard’s two goals but it was merely consolation. In addition Eric Lichaj was sent off in a day Forest will want to forget.The win leaves Norwich two points off the play offs, Forest’s recent improvement means at least this heavy defeat does not drag them back into a relegation fight.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Newport v Doncaster

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Newport earn a point from the league leaders

Newport County stretched their unbeaten run to five games earning an excellent point at Rodney Parade against leaders Doncaster Rovers. David Pipe nearly scored in 90 seconds for the Welsh side forcing a fine save from keeper Ian Lawlor. Andy Williams had the best chance for Doncaster as the visitor controlled most of the game but did not make the breakthrough against an increasingly resilient Newport side. Doncaster move six points ahead at the top, while Newport are still bottom but this unexpected point may be crucial come the end of the season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Carlisle v Blackpool

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Big away day win for the Tangerines

Blackpool have their first league win in six games after a comfortable 4-1 away win at Carlisle United. Brad Potts gave Blackpool the lead converting Colin Daniel’s cross and Jordan Flores doubled the lead on 50 minutes. Jabo Ibehre pulled one back but the points were sealed as Sanmi Odelusi took advantage of defensive errors to make it 3-1. Nathan Delfouneso’s cool finish late on added a fourth in a very good day for Blackpool.The Tangerines are five points off the play off spots as a result of the win in 11th place.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield Town v Hartlepool

The Stags march on

Mansfield Town claimed their fourth straight league 2 win hammering Hartlepool 4-0 at Field Mill. Ryhs Bennett could have had Hartlepool ahead on 14 minutes missing an open goal. From that point Mansfield took control. Ben Whiteman converted a Shaquille Coulthirst cross and Danny Rose made it 2-0 before the break. Alex MacDonald came on for his debut in the second half and found some space with a smart run to the edge of the box and dispatched the ball into the net to make it 3-0. Whiteman grabbed a second to complete the rout and move Mansfield into the play off positions for the first time.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Cheltenham

Desperately needed win for the Magpies

Notts County moved three points clear of the relegation zone with a big win over fellow strugglers Cheltenham. Notts began well with mark Yeates hitting the bar. The home side turned domination into a goal as Michael O’Conner put through Jon Stead to score. Richard Duffy headed home Yeates corner to make it 2-0 at the break. They could have been further ahead with Jonathan Forte hitting the post. Against the run of play Cheltenahm got one back through Manny Onariase. This made for a nervous finish, but County held out for the 2-1 win and move three points ahead of Leyton Orient and level with Cheltenahm and Accrington. Home form looks to be the key to Notts survival chances. 

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Chester v Gateshead

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Second half comeback sees Gateshead take the points

Chester City let a first half lead go as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Gateshead in an early kick off at the Diva Stadium. Blaine Hudson gave Chester the lead following a series of headers from a corner the ball fell to Hudson to strike. The lead lasted only four minutes a Danny Johnson leveled for the side from the North-East. The winner came on 63 minutes with the ball falling to Jordan Burrow after a goalmouth scramble to fire home the winning goal. Gateshead’s win keep them in the play off hunt, Chester remain 12th, bang in mid table as they seem to have been for the last three seasons.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Tranmere Rovers v Bromley

Sending off key as Rovers blow the points

The sending off of Tranmere Rovers’ Adam Buxton turned the game as Tranmere looked to be coasting to a home win against Bromley, but ended up with just a point. Adam Cook headed home Ben Tollitt’s corner to put Rovers ahead. Cook added a second before half time, his 15th of the season, to put Trnamere in total control at the break. However after Buxton was sent off on 56 minutes Bromley sensed their chance. Brandon Hanlan got one back and with three minutes left, Jack Holland tapped in to earn the visitors an unlikely point. Tranmere remain fourth but this will go down as two points lost, time will tell if it proves costly in their promotion chase.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Southport v Dagenham & Redbridge

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Southport back in the bottom four

Southport took a surprise lead against promotion chasing Dagenham & Redbridge but were then totally outclassed at Haig Avenue. Jamie Allen’s penalty gave the Sangrounders the lead but the East London side, currently second in the table, were from then on far too good. A blitz before half time saw three goals in eight minutes, A Jordan Maguire-Drew free kick made it 1-1, a Robbie Cundy own goal gave the visitors the lead which they extended through Fejiri Okenabirhie before half time. Cundy was sent off after his hand ball gave away a penalty in the second half which Corey Whitely converted to complete the 4-1 win. The loss means Southport are back in the bottom four on goal difference behind Maidstone and Woking, all of which have 30 points.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

Premier League

Liverpool (2) 2 (Mane 2)Tottenham Hotspur (0) 0At Anfield, Liverpool

Middlesbrough (0) 0Everton (0) 0At The Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

Championship

Derby County (0) 3 (Bent 2, Ince)Bristol City (3) 3 (Taylor, Abraham 2) At Pride Park, Derby

Norwich City (3) 5 (Howson, Murphy,Hoolahan, Pritchard 2) Nottingham Forest (0) 1 (McCormack)At Carrow Road, Norwich

League 2

Newport County (0) 0Doncaster Rovers (0) 0At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

Carlisle United (0) 1 (Ibehre)Blackpool (1) 4 (Potts, Flores, Odelusi, Delfouneso)At Brunton Park, Carlisle

Mansfield Town (3) 4 (Whiteman 2, Rose, MacDonald) Hartlepool United (0) 0At Field Mill, Mansfield

Notts County (2) 2 (Stead, Duffy)Cheltenham Town (0) 1 (Onariase)At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Chester City (1) 1 (Hudson)Gateshead (1) 2 (Johnson, Burrow)At The Diva Stadium, Chester

Tranmere Rovers (2) 2 (Cook 2)Bromley (0) 2 (Hanlan, Holland)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Southport (1) 1 (Allen)Dagenham & Redbridge (3) 4 (Maguire-Drew, Cundy {OG}, Okenabirhe, Whitely)At Haig Avenue, Southport

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANSadio Mane (Liverpool)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 04 Feb 2017

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Moon Soccer 13 Round Up

Premier League – Everton v Bournemouth

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Lukaku gets four in nine goal thriller

Everton’s fine recent form at home continued in a crazy game against Bournemouth at Goodison Park. Lukaku with a curling shot gave the Toffees the lead and he added a second on the half hour. Lukaku set up James McCarthy and Everton were coasting at 3-0 at the break. Eddie Howe’s side threw everything into the second half and got back to 3-2 through a double through Joshua King. Lukaku put the game beyond doubt with his hat trick then added a fourth to make it 5-2. In injury time there was still time for Harry Arter to score for Bournemouth and Ross Barkley to have the final word to complete a fantastic day for the Everton fans with a 6-3 victory in the end.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Premier League – Hull v Liverpool

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More misery for Liverpool

Liverpool dreadful start to 2017 continued with a very poor 2-0 defeat at Hull City. Keeper Simon Mignolet was at fault for the first dropping the ball at the feet of Debutant Alfred N’Diaye to give Hull the lead just before half time. Oumar Niasse kept calm when put through to complete the victory with six minutes to go. The win will help Hull’s relegation battle but defeat for Liverpool means they are seven games without a win since the 1-0 cup replay at Plymouth.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa

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Youngster’s last gasp winner

Nottingham Forest were able to take advantage of 10 men Aston Villa but left it late to claim the points. Villa started the better and a strike from the edge of the box from Jonathan Kodjia gave the visitors the lead. Britt Assombalonga reacted to a spilled Jamie Ward shot to tap in the equaliser and continue his recent scoring form after two goals in midweek. With 12 minutes left Jack Grealish was sent off setting up a finale in which Forest left it until injury time for Assombalonga to head in the direction of highly rated youngster Ben Brereton to score the winner which moved Forest up to 15th in the table and eight points clear of the drop zone. Forest have now only lost one of their last six games and after victory against Rotherham in mid week, this completes six critical home points for the Reds.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Championship – Newcastle v Derby

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Ritchie’s strike puts Newcastle back to the top

Derby County’s play-off hopes were dealt a blow after a narrow defeat in their tough trip to Newcastle. A deflected shot from Matt Ritchie on 27 minutes was enough for Newcastle to move ahead of Brighton at the top of the table. Derby can have few complaints as Newcastle controlled most of the game and deserved their win. Derby are currently in eighth place, three points behind Sheffield Wednesday in the play off battle.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Blackpool v Colchester

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All Square at Bloomfield Road

Blackpool have not won in five league games after being held at home by Colchester United. The home side took the lead as Jamille Matt converted a Nathan Delfouneso cross. Kurtis Guthrie had Colechester level at the break and he hit the bar in the closest either side would come to a inner in the second half. Sam Slocombe also made a fine save from George Elokobi as Colchester looked for a winner late on. It was not to be and the 1-1 draw leaves Blackpool sat in 14th place in mid table.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Accrington Stanley v Notts County

More away day misery as Magpies lose at Accrington

Notts County’s improved home fore as of late is not translating away from home as they were well beaten by fellow relegation strugglers Accrington Stanley. Harvey Rodgers on loan from Hull gave Accrington the lead with a header and another loanee Noor Husin sealed the points for the Lancashire side who move three points ahead of County in the table. Notts are just outside the relegation zone just one point ahead of Leyton Orient and this will feel like a missed opportunity to get themselves some breathing space.

Full Report(BBC Sport)

League 2 – Barnet v Mansfield

Big away win for the Stags

Mansfield Town have put themselves right back in the League 2 play off race continuing their recent unbeaten run with a 2-0 win at Barnet. Ben Whiteman scored for the second straight game cleanly finishing off a lay off from Shaquile Coulthirst. Mansfield earned a penalty in the second half as Richard Santos tripped Coulthirst and he stepped himself to score and seal the points. Mansfield are now two points off the play-off spots and unbeaten in eight league games.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Cheltenham v Newport

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Injury time strike earns Newport a deserved point

Newport County made it four games unbeaten but left it late to earn a point at Cheltenham Town. Newport did not deserve to lose but Cheltenham had the lead with their only shot on target in the whole game through Kyle Wootten. The late equaliser came from Jaanai Gordon as Newport continue to inch closer to putting themselves back into contention for survival. They are now two behind Leyton Orient and three behind Notts County after both were beaten today.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Trophy Round 4 – Tranmere v Chelmsford

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Replay in Essex after draw

Tranmere Rovers will go to Chelmsford City for a replay after a 1-1 draw at Prenton Park. Chelmsford are a league below Tranmere but took a shock lead after a long range effort from Robbie Willmott. Cole Stockton forced a replay 15 minutes from time with a turn and strike from 18 yards. Tranmere pushed for the winner but could not get it. Rovers will now have to head to Essex to try and secure a Quarter Final place. The game will take place on Wednesday.

Full Report (Tranmere Rovers.co.uk)

National League – Dagenham & Redbridge v   Chester

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Red card turns the game in the Easy Londoners favour

Chester City seemed on course for an impressive win at Dagenham & Redbridge but in the end were beaten by two late goals as Johnny Hunt was sent off. Jack Sheppard scored from distance to put the hosts ahead but a fine second half spell from Chester saw goals from Luke George and Tom Shaw put the seals 2-1 up. The turning point came on 84 minutes when Hunt was sent off for handling the ball on the line and Corey Whiteley equalised from the resulting penalty. Chasing the winner against 10 men, the East Londoners claimed all three points through a last minute strike from Jordan Maguire-Drew. Dagenham & Redbridge move up to second, failure to see scenarios like this out are why Chester are mid table and not challenging for promotion.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Gateshead v Southport

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Gateshead ease past Southport

Gateshead were far too good for relegation threatened Southport as the North East side won an easy 3-0 victory. Jordon Burrow scored after a goalmouth scramble to put Gateshead ahead and George Smith’s long range strike made it two before the break. Danny Johnson was put through by Wes York to complete the scoring in which Southport created little throughout. Gateshead are currently eighth, Southport are one place and one point above the drop zone and this performance shows why.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Scottish Championship – Queen Of The South v Morton

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Doonhammers keep remote play-off hopes alive

Queen Of The South only have remote hopes of making the play-offs but to keep alive any hope they had to beat third placed Morton today and they did just that. The goals came in the second half with Derek Lyle putting Queens ahead heading home after being set up by Dom Thomas. A thirty yard thunderbolt from Kyle Jacobs made it 2-0 and an excellent day for the Dumfries side was completed with a third from Joe Thomson. Queens are six points off the play-offs ans still have a mountain to climb but this may have been all but impossible had they lost today. Maybe, just maybe.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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Moon Soccer 13 Soccer Results

Premier League

Everton (3) 6 (Lukaku 4, McCarthy, Barkley)Bournemouth (0) 3 (King 2, Arter)At Goodison Park, Walton, Liverpool

Hull City (1) 2 (N’Diaye, Niasse)Liverpool (0) 0At The Circle, Hull, East Riding Of Yorkshire

Championship

Nottingham Forest (1) 2 (Assombalonga, Brereton)Aston Villa (1) 1 (Kodjia)At The City Ground, West Bridgford

Newcastle United (1) 1 (Ritchie)Derby County (0) 0At ST James’ Park, Newcastle Upon Tyne

League 2

Blackpool (1) 1 (Matt)Colchester United (1) 1 (Guthrie) At Bloomfield Road, Blackpool

Accrington Stanley (1) 2 (Rodgers, Husin)Notts County (0) 0At The Crown Ground, Accrington

Barnet (0) 0Mansfield Town (1) 2 (Whiteman, Coulthirst)At The Hive Stadium, Cannons Park, Harrow, London

Cheltenham Town (0) 1 (Wootton)Newport County (0) 1 (Gordon)At Whaddon Road, Cheltenham

FA Trophy 4th Round

Tranmere Rovers (0) 1 (Stockton)Chelmsford City (1) 1 (Willmott)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

National League

Dagenham & Redbridge (1) 3 (Sheppard, Whiteley, Maguire-Drew)Chester City (0) 2 (George, Shaw)At Victoria Road, Dagenham

Gateshead (2) 3 (Burrow, Smith, Johnson)Southport (0) 0At The Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (0) 3 (Lyle, Jacobs, Thomson)Morton (0) 0At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANRomelu Lukaku (Everton)

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Moon Of Liberty Saturday Soccerround – 28th Jan 2017

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Moon Soccer 13 round-up

FA Cup Round 4 – Derby v Leicester

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Replay ahead for East Midlands rivals

In the Friday game Derby County and Leicester City drew in an entertaining contest at Pride Park. A freak own goal from Darren Bent after the ball skewed off his foot gave Leicester the lead but Bent made amends equalising and a strong driving run and shot from Craig Bryson gave the Rams a deserved half time lead. Leicester pushed on in the send half and earned a replay through a Wes Morgan header from a corner.An extra game is not ideal for either side but for the fans another shot at this East Midlands derby will build excitement in the area and the draw was overall a fair result.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup Round 4 – Liverpool v Wolves

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Toothless reds crash out after fine Wolves counter attacking

Liverpool have gone down to a third straight home defeat being knocked out of the FA Cup by Championship Wolves. A far post header from Richard Steerman from a free kick had the visitors ahead within a minute and they made it two before half time with Andreas Weimann finishing a fine counter attacking move. Liverpool did not manage a shot on target in a first half where Wolves could have had more.

Steerman was superb at the back during the second half as the Reds continued to struggle, not helped as Wolves substitute Jon Daoi Bodvarsson time and again caused havoc chasing everything up front and nearly scoring a spectacular individual effort in which he beat three men cutting in from out wide and nearly sneaking the ball into the net. Divock Origi got a late consolation as Liverpool got desperate towards the end. but Wolves deserved their win continuing the Reds miserable recent run in the process.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

FA Cup Round 4 – Blackburn v Blackpool

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Unhappy return to Ewood for Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer’s return to Ewood Park ended in defeat as Championship Blackburn eased passed his Blackpool side. The game had low attendance due to both sides fans protesting against their respective owners. Sam Gallagher and Eliott Bennett got the goals while Tom Aldred had a header disallowed for Blackpool. Kevin Mellor was sent off in the second half leaving Blackpool with an impossible task, and so it proved. Blackpool’s brave cup run is over and it is Blackburn who go into the round 5 draw.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Mansfield v Leyton Orient

Whiteman show leads Stags to victory

Ben Whiteman was the main difference at Field Mill as Mansfield Town maintained their play off push with a 2-0 win over Leyton Orient. Mansfield had the better of the first half but had nothing to show for it, Malvind Benning twice went close. Whiteman got the breakthrough on 48 minutes with a long range strike and set up Danny Rose to score from close range to make it 2-0. Mansfield remain two points off the play off places in 10th place and on this form may just make it yet.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Newport v Hartlepool

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Bird has Newport flying to earn crucial win

Ryan Bird was the key man as bottom of the table Newport County scored a big win over Hartlepool United keeping a flicker of hope alive in their survival fight. Bird headed Newport ahead and crossed for Aaron Williams to double the lead in the second half. Dan Butler sealed the points with a third. Hartlepool got a late consolation but the win means Newport are now just three points away from safety and having achieved two draws in their previous games, are three unbeaten for the first time this season.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

League 2 – Notts County v Crawley

Forte’s late strike takes the Magpies out of the drop zone

Notts County have their first league win since October and first victory in 14 games after the goals came late against Crawley Town at Meadow Lane. After a very tight first half, County were not helped on 72 minutes after Curtis Thompson was sent off for the home side. However Notts responded magnificently as Thierry Audel gave the 10 men the lead. With six minutes left it looked like the chance had been blown as James Collins equalised. However today the Magpies were not done as Jonathan Forte struck from 12 yards in injury time to hand the home side all three points. The win takes County out of the relegation zone. This after the 0-0 draw with Mansfield, may point to Notts being able to find some home form, which in turn could be the difference in ensuring safety,

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Bromley v Southport

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Hanlan double sinks Southport

Despite taking the lead Southport were eventually overwealmed as Bromley took control to claim a 3-1 win. Jake Wright took advantage of a defensive mix up to give the Sandgrounders the lead but Brandon Hanlon had the home side level at the break. Bromley dominated the second half with Louis Dennis making it 2-1 and Hanlon adding a third to seal the points. Southport are just outside the drop zone a point ahead of Maidstone United but the fight for survival is far from over having lost their last three games.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Dover v Chester

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Chester well beaten at Dover

Any hopes Chester had of making a run for the play-offs were dealt a blow as they were comfortably beaten at Dover Athletic. The seals held their own in the first half, Ricky Miller gave Dover the lead with a penalty but Chester hit back through James Alabi. The game moved Dover’s way when Miller was put clean through to get his second and 29th goal of the season, from then on Dover were dominant. An excellent volley from Joe Healy sealed the points for a much needed win for Dover. Chester are sat bang in mid table as a result of the defeat.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

National League – Tranmere v Dagenham & Redbridge

Rovers lose battle of the promotion chasers

Tranmere Rovers drop to fourth and Rovers manager Micky Mellon suffered his first defeat as Dagenham & Redbridge won the battle of the promotion chasers at Prenton Park. Corey Whitely gave the East Londoners a first half lead and Oliver Hawkins added a second shortly after the break. Tranmere pushed on to try and get back into it but the visitors held firm and move above Tranmere into third after the win. Defeat means Tranmere lose key ground on the leaders after a disappointing afternoon.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

Scottish Championship – Queen Of The South v Hibernian

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League Leaders too good for the Doonhammers

Hibernian moved eight points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship dealing a blow to Queen Of The South’s play off hopes at Palmerstone Park. The 1-0 scoreline did not flatter the Edinburgh side who dominated throughout and were rarely troubled by the hosts. John McGinn’s deflected left foot volley provided the only goal but Hibs could have had more as the let a number of chances slip in the wet conditions and deserved the three points.

Full Report (BBC Sport)

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MOON OF LIBERTY SOCCER SCOREBOARD

Soccer Results

FA Cup 4th Round

Derby County (2) 2 (Bent, Bryson)Leicester City (1) 2 (Bent {OG}, Morgan)At Pride Park, Derby

Liverpool (0) 1 (Origi)Wolverhampton Wanderers (2) 2 (Steerman, Weimann)At Anfield, Liverpool

Blackburn Rovers (2) 2 (Gallagher, Bennett)Blackpool (0) 0At Ewood Park, Blackburn

League 2

Mansfield Town (0) 2 (Whiteman, Rose) Leyton Orient (0) 0At Field Mill, Mansfield

Newport County (1) 3 (Bird, Williams, Butler)Hartlepool United (0) 1 (Amond) At Rodney Parade, Newport, Wales

Notts County (0) 2 (Audel, Forte)Crawley Town (0) 1 (Collins)At Meadow Lane, Nottingham

National League

Bromley (1) 3 (Hanlan 2, Dennis)Southport (1) 1 (Wright)At Hayes Lane, Bromley

Dover Athletic (1) 3 (Miller 2, Healy) Chester City (1) 1 (Alabi) At The Crabble Athletic Ground, River

Tranmere Rovers (0) 0Dagenham & Redbridge (1) 2 (Whitely, Hawkins)At Prenton Park, Birkenhead

Scottish Championship

Queen Of The South (0) 0Hibernian (0) 1 (McGinn)At Palmerstone Park, Dumfries

MOON OF LIBERTY STAR MANRyan Bird (Newport County)

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