Weekend sporting round up

Michael Laudrup expressed his "disappointment" following Swansea's 3-0 defeat to Everton Credit: ITV News Wales

Premier League - Swansea 0 - 3 Everton

The early kick-off in the Premier League on Saturday saw the Swans welcome Everton to the Liberty.

Following their first loss of the season last weekend it was hoped that being back on home turf could re-ignite the Swans winning ways.

But the first half was almost completely dominated by David Moyes' men and it was little surprise when they eventually capitalised, thanks to striker Anichebe from five yards out.

Despite looking as though they may have been jolted back to life following the goal, just before the half time whistle blew Everton scored their second this time courtesy of Kevin Mirallas.

There was a real chance for the Swans to halve the deficit as play went into added time, but the chance went begging after a one on one between Angel Rangel and Everton's goalkeeper. It meant the visitors went into half time with a clean sheet against the home side.

The second half was just as torrid for the Swans, after less than 15 minutes of being on the pitch, substitute Nathan Dyer was shown a second yellow card.

Down to ten men and already two goals down, this was to be Swansea's worse loss of the season. Nine minutes from time Leighton Baines created Everton's third, his free-kick from just outside the box picking out Marouane Fellaini perfectly.

At the press conference following his side's heavy defeat and lack lustre performance Michael Laudrup gave his honest assessment of the match.

Championship - Crystal Palace 3 - 2 Cardiff City


**The Bluebirds looked set to make it to the top of the Championship table yesterday as they visited Selhurst Park.

Within the first 15 minutes they slipped two goals past the Crystal Palace defence.

Aron Gunnarsson's goal against the run of play, took the Palace defence completely by surprise and opened the scoring.

Just 2 minutes later Craig Bellamy's shot set up Don Cowie's volley to give the Bluebirds their second and a comfortable lead going into half time.

The second half and a change of fortunes for Malky Mackay's men.

Palace appeared roused and were rewarded with a penalty just six minutes in to the second half - Glenn Murray netting the ball with ease.

And on the hour mark Murray struck again to bring the game level, squeezing a shot past David Marshall.

And the impressive comeback from the London side was set to continue, as on 72 minutes Murray a second penalty handed Murray his hat-trick.

A 3 - 2 score line meaning City failed yet again to secure their spot at the top of the table.

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Newport County 2 - 1 Southport**


**Newport County remain top of the Blue Square Bet Premier table after securing a 2 - 1 victory against Southport.

Arran O'Connor opened the scoring while Ben Swallow doubled the home-sides lead.


Wrexham 2 - 2 Dartford **

Following a 2 -2 draw at home to Dartford, Wrexham move up to third place thanks to goals from Danny Right and Andy Bishop.

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Scarlets 16 - 23 Ospreys **


**Friday evening's match was always set to be a fiercely fought affair with the two West Wales rugby sides meeting for the first encounter of the 2012/13 season.

The home side were hoping to continue their winning form of 3 wins from 3 and it was they who scored first, thanks to a Rhys Priestland penalty.

And it was the boot of the fly half, and his counterpart Dan Biggar that kept the score board ticking over, at half time it stood at 9 - 6.

The Ospreys thought they'd scored a try early in the second half, but were called out for a forward pass.

The fans had to wait another 30 minutes before Ryan Jones scored the first try of the game.

And then the tries kept coming, as Hanno Dirkson crossed the line to make it two in a row.

The Scarlets fought back though, and in the dying minutes Rhys Priestland set up a rather controversial try for George North, which was converted for a losing bonus point.

Blues 34 - 18 Treviso

Last night saw the first game of the season for Cardiff Blues centre Jamie Roberts following surgery on his knee.

The centre was hoping for a positive start against Trevisio as his side looked for their first win back on home soil at Cardiff Arms Park, and the home-side started strongly.

With 3 points already on the score board, a Lloyd Williams pass set up Dan Fish to run past the Italian defence and across the try line just 12 minutes into the game.

A forward pass then denied winger Alex Cuthbert another try for the Blues. But minutes later Jamie Roberts crossed and that, with a conversion, took the score to 17 - 3.

After the half time break Trevisio came out fighting.

The visitors looked close to scoring several time before they finally crossed the line for their first try of the night.

Blues substitute Jason Tovey was determined that the visitors were not going to spoil the party and once again extend the lead with another try.

But down to 14 men following Bradley Davies' sin binning for pulling down the maul, Trevisio took their chance to capitalise.

However, an injury time try from prop Campese Ma'afu made the final score 34 - 18 to the Blues

Munster 33 - 13 Newport Gwent Dragons

A disappointing evening was in store for the Dragons last night as the might of Munster at Thomond Park saw them concede five tries.

Despite two tries having been scored by the Irish side, the half time score wasn't too shameful for the Dragons.

Penalties kicked by both Tom Prydie and Lewis Robling cutting the deficit to just 8 points.

But it was a long and gruelling second half for the Newport side as Munster crossed the line for a hat-trick of tries to secure a handsome 33 - 13 victory.