Sunday, November 25, 2007

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LUCKLESS Tranmere Rovers crashed to an undeserved 1-0 defeat at home to Swansea City on Saturday, writes ANDREW MORRISON.

Steve Jennings' own goal just 10 minutes from time was enough for the visitors to claim all three points against a Rovers side that were just about the better side for the majority of the match.

If Jennings was desperately unlucky in deflecting Andy Robinson's cross into his own net, Birkenhead-born Robinson must wish he could play at Prenton Park every week -Rovers' perennial tormenter was having an absolute stinker until his cross from the left turned to gold.

advertisementIt's fair to say that those pre-season fears about a lack of firepower are beginning to come home to roost. Rovers have now failed to score a goal in six of their last seven league outings and have not found the net for more than six hours in Coca Cola League One.

Indeed, apart from regular leading goalscorer Chris Greenacre, nobody in the current squad looks close to threatening double figures at the moment, leaving Ronnie Moore's side well short of the 80-odd goals they will need for promotion.

Despite Rovers' shortcomings, however, they certainly did enough to merit at least a point from this encounter after just about edging their opponents before the late goal.

After a rather uninspiring opening 10 minutes, Tranmere finally threatened the Swansea goal, with Antony Kay and Gareth Taylor having efforts blocked in quick succession before a second Kay shot was tipped around the post by goalkeeper Dorus De Vries.

Robbie Stockdale hit an effort from distance straight at De Vries on 18 minutes, but although Danny Coyne remained untested in the Tranmere goal, Swansea were very much in the contest in terms of possession and territory.

While not at their best, Tranmere began to gain the ascendancy and forced a number of free-kicks which came to nothing, before De Vries' save from Gareth Taylor's header was made irrelevant by an offside flag.

Swansea finally had their first shot on 40 minutes, left full-back Marcos Painter firing a daisy-cutter straight at Coyne at the near post, and Darren Pratley's effort from distance also tested the Welsh International's handling on the stroke of half-time, but Tranmere had the edge of a tight encounter at the interval.

The game remained on a knife-edge at the start of the second half as both sides enjoyed an even share of possession, but Rovers really should have taken the lead on the hour, Chris Greenacre blasting over from a great position after being set up by Steve Jennings' pass from Shuker's ball over the top.

Coyne saved well from Jason Scotland's effort from the edge of the box after the Swansea forward had collected Robinson's pass and turned his man, before Ronnie Moore introduced Calvin Zola with 20 minutes left on the clock, the Congolese forward having a great chance to make an immediate impact when heading Shuker's cross wide.

The visitors were reduced to hitting Rovers on the counter-attack as the hosts began to gain momentum, and Ian Goodison fired a difficult chance on the turn over the bar after Kay headed down McLaren's corner.

Swansea substitute Leon Britton saw his effort deflected inches past the far post, but their frustration was short-lived as the killer goal arrived just moments later.

Andy Robinson drove past Robbie Stockdale and his cross was deflected goal-bound and into the far corner off the luckless Steve Jennings.

Unsurprisingly, the goal knocked the stuffing out of Rovers and Swansea took charge, Guillem Bauza criminally dispossessing Sherriff in his own area and forcing Coyne into a spectacular tip over the bar.

Sherriff almost made amends at the other end but saw his header superbly tipped around the post by De Vries, leaving Rovers frustrated.

After the game, Ronnie Moore said: "I don't think we deserved to lose the game and we had the lion's share of it, but we've got to take our chances.

"I'm really gutted because I don't believe we deserved to lose, but if you don't take your chances it puts pressure on your back four.

"We've had chances in the game but someone has got to take them. We have to keep working hard and get into those areas, and sooner or later we will get the break.

"Every mistake we make is ending up in the back of our net. We need to have something go for us.

"I don't think there was anything in the game and Danny (Coyne) hasn't been overly busy."

Globe Man of the Match: Andy Taylor - superb on his home debut
Zola Taylor
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Zola Taylor, born Zoletta Lynn Taylor (March 17, 1938 � April 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California) was an American singer. She was the only female member of The Platters from 1954 to 1962, when the group produced most of their popular singles.

[edit] Litigation
Zola Taylor was a member of The Platters until 1962, when she was replaced by singer Barbara Randolph. Taylor was the second of Frankie Lymon's three wives. In 1984, on behalf of Emira Lymon, a lawyer and artist's agent sued to wrest the copyright of Frankie's hit song "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" away from the current owner. The case became confused when it looked like Lymon had a second and possibly a third widow. Elizabeth Waters claimed to have married Lymon in 1964 in Virginia. However, it turned out she had been married to someone else at the time.

As Waters' claim went to court, Taylor claimed that she had been sexually active with Lymon as early as the "Biggest Rock "n" Roll Show of 1956" tour. She claimed to have married Lymon in Tijuana or Mexicali, Mexico about 1965, but could produce no certificate. The first hearing, held in Philadelphia, was decided in favor of Waters being Lymon's first wife. Emira Eagle, his third wife, appealed and won a reversal based on her claim that she was Lymon's first wife.

Zola Taylor was portrayed by Halle Berry in the 1998 historical film Why Do Fools Fall in Love.

Taylor was retired from the music business when she died in Los Angeles at age 69, from pneumonia, following a series of strokes. [1]

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