Elsewhere, Aston Villa maintained their recent resurgence with a 2-1 win over Wigan at DW Stadium. Gabriel Agbonlahor gave the visitors the lead just after the break as he nodded home a corner from close range.
The own goal was enough for the Reds as they managed to hold on to victory and move up to seventh in the league which is their highest position of the season, as the optimism continues to grow since the second coming of beloved manager Kenny Dalglish.
After the goal the game opened up what was a Results competitive and lively match. Ashley Young double Villa’s lead after he was brought down in the box by a National clumsy Hendry Thomas challenge. Young stepped up Basketball and made no mistake from the spot with a powerful NBL Round 15 strike. Gold Coast 90-85 Cairns Taipans Wigan to their credit never gave in and they managed New Zealand 91-77 Adelaide 36ers Perth Wildcats 88-68 Townsville to pull a goal back as James McCarthy’s long range effort fortuitously deflected into the net. This set up a Sydney 81-71 Wollongong Melbourne 83-76 Cairns Taipans nervy finale for Villa, however they manage to hold on taking themselves further away from the relegation Adelaide 36ers 77-76 Perth Wildcats zone.
Football Last night saw a John Pantsil second half own goal gift Liverpool a 1 nil victory over Fulham at Anfield. The win gave the Reds their first second consecutive victory since November. It wasn’t the greatest performance from the home side. However there were many spells in the match where Liverpool played good football and dominated possession in what was encouraging signs for the Anfield faithful. Liverpool had the better chances in the first half with Glen Johnson and inspirational skipper Steven Gerrard who was back in the side after suspension, coming the closest to breaking the deadlock. The deserved breakthrough occurred just after the second half as Fernando Torres struck a fierce shot which rebounded off the post where Pantsil and goalkeeper David Stockdale got in each other’s way as Pantsil sliced an attempted clearance into his own goal line much to the delight of the home fans.
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Local Premier League sides show dominance in Night Series Sorrento goalkeeper Curtis Aspden rises high
The second round of Football WA’s preseason tournament had no real surprises as the top Premier League clubs showed their superiority over the rest of the competition with dominant displays. Perth SC kicked off the round with their first win of the tournament at Percy Doyle Reserve in Sorrento. Antonio Naglieri sealed a t 2-1 victory for the reigning champions with a beautifully struck free kick 13 minutes from the end. Elsewhere Sorrento went level of points with Perth at the top of the group after they came from behind to beat division one side Wanneroo. It was a slow start for the much fancied Sorrento, however they were forced into action when Wanneroo against the run of play, broke the deadlock in the 66th minute through Sahar Konomanyi. The premier League side immediately hit back with Todd Harnwell equalizing. After that the goals flowed, with the favourites eventually securing a comfortable 3-1 victory in what was a much better second half display. Group D produced a goal feast in both games, as both matches ended with the same 2 all shoreline. Ndumba Makeche pinched a last minute equalizer to earn Inglewood a point with Floreat Athena at Alfred Skeet
The other match of the group ended with the same 2 all result. In what was an entertaining affair Ross Diamon’s second half strike ensured Armadale shared the spoils. ECU Joondalup and Stirling Lions showed that they are the two top contenders of the tournament as they both recorded emphatic victories. ECU looked in complete control for the entire match in their 3-1 win over fellow Premier League outfit Bayswater at Macedonia Park. Not to be out done by the early match, Stirling sent a message to the rest of the competition as they demolished first division Swan united 5-1, to storm to the top of the group. The Western Knights moved a step closer to moving into the quarter finals after they romped to a 5-0 win over a hapless Bunbury side. Elsewhere in the group Cockburn rounded out a round dominated by Premier League sides as they comfortably took care of Mandurah 2 nil.
National England keep series alive in what was not ‘Australia’s Day’ Jonathon Trott’s measured century was the difference in the fourth One Day International, as England pegged back the series to 3-1 spoiling the celebrations of the Australian’s on their national holiday. Australia was hoping to round of the seven game series with a win that would have restored some pride after their disastrous Ashes campaign. However this wasn’t to be as Andrew Strauss and his men weren’t ready to give up the series so easily. The Australians will now have to wait until Sunday before they can try to wrap up the series, when the sides yet again collide in Brisbane. The scenario will still be the same for the tourist. Loose and it is all over. Trott’s innings of 102 was what was required for the visitors as he was the backbone of the innings in what was an up and down day that saw his partners fall around him.
and Steve Smith which put a hold to the innings. The pair produced some late wickets to reduced England’s run rate and restrict their score to 8 for 299 after their fifty overs. 299 was always going to be a formidable total for Australia to chase down and the loss of early wickets was exactly what they didn’t need in the beginning of their run chase. Under fire skipper, Michael Clarke, yet again failed to deliver with the bat. The right hander was clean balled by an innocuous Paul Collingwood delivery after making just 15. Could this spell the end for the out of favoured and unpopular stand in captain? Shane Watson was yet again the rock of the Australian batsmen. The inform all rounder looked in great touch but failed to capitalise on his superb start as he fell for 64. Watson’s dismissal singled the end for Australia as the home side never really looked threatening in their run chase, eventually ended up with 7 for 278. Despite the comprehensive victory, the visitors still face a tall order to win the series. One slip up in the remaining three matches will hand Australia the series. England showed that they are not prepared to lie down and give up the series just yet. Perhaps they’ve finally recovered from their Ashes hangover. It will be interesting to see what we have in store for the fifth match which begins on Sunday.
Nadal looses in Australain Open shock Number one seed Rafael Nadal has bowed out of the Australian open after losing in straight sets to fellow Spainiard David Ferrer in the quarter finals 6-4 6-2 63.
Jonathon Trott acknowledges respective Adelaide crowd after his match winning performance
At one stage England looked like they were going to post a mammoth score, however it took some effective slow bowling by part timers Dave Hussey
Nadal’s quest to become the first man in 42 years to win four consecutive Grand Slams came to a dissapointing end as he injured his hamstring in the defeat. Nadal who has won the prevoius seven meetings betwen the two was far from his best as Ferrer capatlised on his weakend opponent.
at half time as well as substituting the out of sorts Wayne Rooney for Javier Hernadez just after the break. It was Hernadez who almost bought the Red Devils back into the match. Immediately after his introduction he saw his shot unluckily cleared of the line. United started to dominate the match and a goal was inevitable and Dimitar Berbatov was yet again the man as he tapped home a Darren Fletcher cross to continue his incredible goal scoring form. Two minutes later United were on level terms as Ferguson’s decision to introduce Giggs looked to be a masterstroke as the Welshman sent Hernadez through Ferrer will now play number 5 seed Andy Murray in on goal with a glorious chipped pass and the Mexican the semi final. The other semi final takes palce tonight didn’t let his side down, calmly finishing. and includes two of the tournmanet favourites in Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in what should United could now smell blood and nothing was going be a classic encounter. to stop them from gaining the three vital points. In the 88th minute Berbatov scored his second goal of the Both players will be buoyant by Nadal’s exit and will match and his fifth in four days. It was yet another old fancy their chances to take out the tournament if stager who was the supplier, as Paul Scholes sprayed a successful tonight. delightful pass to the Bulgarian who slammed the ball home sending the travelling supporters into delirium. A despondent Nadal ponders what could have been
Premier League Wrap Red Devils stage typical comeback victory Manchester United have moved 5 points clear at the top of the Premier League table as they came back from two goals down to beat Blackpool 3-2 in a thriller at Bloomfield Road. The home supporter’s hearts were shattered after United produced one of their famous dramatic comeback victories. The Tangerine’s got off to a perfect start when Craig Cathcart put the home side in front as he rose high unmarked from a Charlie Adam corner, sending his powerful header into the roof of the net. The lead was nothing short of what the home side deserved and in the 43rd minute they double their advantage. Again Adam was the catalyst as he dropped yet another corner into the same place as the first goal, where Darren Gibson turned his header straight into the path of DJ Campbell who made no mistake from close range. Alex Ferguson needed to make some changes and he decided to introduce veteran Ryan Giggs into the play
Dimitar Berbatov is jubilant as he scores Manchester United’s winner
Ferguson was full of praise for his sides fighting spirit after the match. “They just never give in, in the first half we were battered,” Ferguson said. “We started to penetrate in the second half and I think we were the deserved winners in the end.”
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