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Frances Rose McIver (born 10 October 1988) is a New Zealand actress. Her mainstream feature film debut came in 2009’s The Lovely Bones; other works include the films Predicament, and Blinder; as well as guest appearances in New Zealand-based shows Xena: Warrior Princess, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Legend of the Seeker. McIver was a series regular on Power Rangers RPM, and she has recurring roles in both Showtime’s Masters of Sex and on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.
Since March 2015, she has starred as the lead in The CW’s iZombie as medical examiner Olivia “Liv” Moore.
|Newport County||2 – 3||Portsmouth|
Blues win dramatic Boxing Day clash
Pompey ensured there was plenty of festive cheer in a Christmas cracker of a contest at Newport.
It looked like the Blues would be as miserable as Scrooge before a visit from the spirits as the hosts roared into a two-goal advantage.
Danny Rose then provided a spark of hope, only for it to be snuffed out again when Kal Naismith missed from the spot.
But Enda Stevens drew the Blues level with his first goal for the club before Naismith grabbed a late winner.
Paul Cook made two changes from the side that drew with Hartlepool before Christmas.
Naismith and Noel Hunt were brought in for Kyle Bennett and Gary Roberts, as Pompey switched to a 4-4-2 system.
A more direct approach was adopted to cope with the poor surface and physicality of the opposition.
But it was the Welsh hosts who settled quickest and David Forde had to deal with a couple of dangerous balls into the box.
The Blues created most of the half’s clear-cut chances, however, and Michael Smith should have found the target from close range following good work from Naismith and Stevens.
Joe Day then had to come tearing from his box to beat Hunt to an under-hit back-pass and sweep the ball to safety.
But the County keeper lost the same race moments later, with the striker not quite able to guide his looping header on target.
Instead it was Newport who broke the deadlock on 25 minutes when Josh Sheehan curled a fine free-kick over the wall and past Forde’s desperate dive.
There was almost an immediate equaliser, but after Day failed to hold Naismith’s long-range effort, Rose’s follow-up was hacked from the line by Jennison Myrie-Williams.
Scot Bennett then attempted to clear a low cross from Stevens and only just avoided sending the ball into his own net.
And it was Christian Burgess who was next to go close on 38 minutes when a Naismith free-kick was not properly cleared.
The centre-back did well to turn amidst a host of amber-shirted bodies, but his shot fizzed narrowly past the post.
Stevens then almost opened his Blues account just before the break with a deflected strike that Bennett just about stopped from sneaking inside the post.
Half Time: Newport 1 Pompey 0
There was another opportunity for Smith early in the second half when Michael Doyle sent a ball into the box from deep, but the striker was unable to make a clean connection.
Newport were proving more clinical, though, and Rhys Healey doubled their advantage from close range after Forde could only parry a curling effort from Sheehan.
But the Blues soon hit back to reduce the deficit, with Gareth Evans getting free down the right and cutting the ball back for ROSE to slot home.
It was the visitors, unsurprisingly, looking the more threatening side by this point and Day was fortunate to parry Evans’ shot to safety, with Smith and Hunt both waiting to pounce.
But they were given an excellent opportunity to level just past the hour mark when Jazzi Barnum-Bobb pushed Naismith in the box and referee Charles Breakspear pointed to the spot.
It was Naismith who stepped up to take the penalty, only to blast the ball over the bar and turn the party in the away end sour.
The Scottish winger tried to make amends with an ambitious effort from long-range, but there was not quite enough dip on his shot.
Cook threw on an extra striker on 74 minutes as Pompey chased an equaliser, with Carl Baker making way for Conor Chaplin.
It was Naismith who was next to threaten, though, surging half the length of the pitch before drawing a save from Day.
But there was an unlikely provider of Pompey’s equaliser on 80 minutes, as STEVENS latched onto Rose’s pass and lashed home a neat finish.
And Evans was fuming that they did not have the chance to score again soon after, with Breakspear deciding that the right-back had not been pushed in the box.
The winning goal did arrive late on – even if there was a bit of confusion about who scored it.
NAISMITH whipped in a free-kick from wide on the right and it was unclear whether anyone else got a touch as the ball flew into the net.
Not that it mattered to the horde of travelling fans, who celebrated wildly – as did the players and those on the bench.
Newport (3-5-1-1): Day; Meite (Green 90), Jones, Bennett (c); Barnum-Bobb, Tozer (Randall 90), Owen-Evans (Jackson 85), Rigg, Myrie-Williams; Sheehan; Healey
Goals: Sheehan 25, Healey 51
Booked: Healey, Tozer, Barnum-Bobb
Subs not used: Bittner, Bignot, O’Hanlon, Butler
Pompey (4-4-2): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Baker (Chaplin 74), Rose, Doyle (c), Naismith; Hunt (Linganzi 89), Smith
Goals: Rose 56, Stevens 80, Naismith 87
Booked: Burgess, Hunt
Subs not used: O’Brien, Buxton, Whatmough, Lalkovic, Bennett
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Attendance: 3,714 (729 Pompey fans)
Second Xmas event for the staff of EAB and the traditional after work trip to The Golden Hind.
This one was contained no prizes with the bill which was good news. A few hardy souls stayed on for some after drinking, not such a good idea with work the next day.
I got left looking after the pensioner but he can drink most of us under the table so not a problem at all.
To all the management and staff of Southern Railway I would like to wish you all a miserable Christmas and hope the New Year brings you many job losses and ill health.
Just fucking sort your dispute out and get back to fucking work like the rest of us are trying to do. Does it really matter who presses the button that says “OPEN”
Total cunts the lot of you.
My name immortalised at Fratton Park (at least until the vandals get to it)
The list of shareholders that contributed in the saviour of Portsmouth Football Cub has gone up along the North Terrace and mine and my mothers are there.
I am also part of two other syndicates mentioned on there although my name is not included in the dedication.
|Portsmouth||0 – 0||Hartlepool United|
Carson to the rescue for visitors
Pompey had to settle for a draw in the final Fratton fixture of 2016 after failing to breach a stubborn Hartlepool defence.
They created all the chances of note, but when the visitors’ back-line was found wanting, goalkeeper Trevor Carson came to the rescue with some superb saves.
There was little going on at the other end of the pitch as Pools showed a lack of attacking ambition, although they were ultimately able to make the long trip home with a point in the bag.
Paul Cook stuck with the same side that won at Grimsby the previous week – meaning that Pompey were unchanged for a fourth successive fixture.
But there was a flat opening to proceedings, with very few clear-cut chances to liven up the Fratton faithful.
Gary Roberts did cut inside from the right and drag a shot narrowly past the post, although that was as exciting as it got in the early stages.
The hosts started to inject more urgency into proceedings as the half progressed and former Blues loanee Carson had to get down quickly to keep out Michael Smith’s glancing header.
Then, after Danny Rose had done well to steal possession, Kyle Bennett played a neat one-two with Smith and fired inches wide.
And a teasing left-sided cross from Carl Baker somehow evaded everyone as it flew past the post on 24 minutes.
There was nothing much for David Forde to deal with at the other end of the pitch, as Pompey continued to dominate without making a breakthrough.
Smith used his strength to climb above Scott Harrison and meet Bennett’s cross, but was unable to guide the ball on target.
And Harrison then made a vital clearance from the line to deny Smith a simple close-range finish on 37 minutes.
There was one more chance before the interval, with Carson superbly tipping over a fierce Gareth Evans drive, although the officials somehow missed the keeper’s intervention and awarded a goal-kick.
Half-Time: Pompey 0 Hartlepool 0
It was still the Blues looking more likely to break the deadlock once play resumed and Baker surged into the box before sending a dipping shot wide.
The midfielder’s cross following a short corner was then heading straight for Matt Clarke at the far post until Carson made a timely intervention.
Pompey continued to knock at the door and an effort from Baker was deflected wide following a neat passing move.
But with Hartlepool holding firm, Cook made a double substitution on 68 minutes, as Roberts and Bennett made way for Conor Chaplin and Kal Naismith.
The former almost immediately missed an opportunity to open the scoring when he failed to make a connection with Enda Stevens’ fine low delivery.
But it was Smith who almost provided a goal moments later when he met Naismith’s cross, only for Carson to make a superb stop.
Chaplin thought he should have had a penalty on 80 minutes after being bundled over by Harrison, but referee Graham Horwood adjudged it a fair challenge.
A short corner routine then led to a ferocious Naismith shot that smashed Billy Paynter straight in the face and knocked him to the turf.
Pompey were trying their best to find a breakthrough, but Michael Doyle’s half-volley was brilliantly kept out by Carson.
The hosts kept pouring forward in search of a late winner and eight minutes of stoppage-time gave them hope.
But Carson ensured there was a sense of frustration rather than Christmas cheer by making another great save, this time keeping out Chaplin’s header from point-blank range.
Pompey (4-2-3-1): Forde; Evans, Burgess, Clarke, Stevens; Rose (Hunt 90+4), Doyle (c); Baker, Roberts (Chaplin 68), Bennett (Naismith 68); Smith
Booked: Baker, Doyle
Subs not used: O’Brien, T.Davies, Linganzi, Lalkovic
Hartlepool (4-1-4-1): Carson; Donnelly, Bates, Harrison, Carroll; Featherstone; Hawkins, Oates (Deverdics 73), Laurent, Alessandra (Nsiala 90+5); Paynter (c) (Amond 90+6)
Booked: Donnelly, Bates, Featherstone
Subs not used: Bartlett, Pollock, Woods, Walker
Referee: Graham Horwood
Attendance: 17,081 (132 away fans)
First night out for EAB and a very nice Indian at the Indian Palace in Gunwharf.
Some very bad reviews of the place on TripAdvisor but can’t fault the food.
What we can fault is the bill which was about £300 over what we had already paid (£800 total). By the time the bill arrived about 6 people had left so the rest of us had to chip in to settle the bill.
Partly our own fault as we worked on drinks being included and the company picking up the bill but this year they didn’t. Some unfortunately took the piss and drank far more than the rest of us.
Will be fun on Monday when those who left will be asked for the excess.