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SPL Round-up: Aberdeen spank Killie & Hearts march on

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With the Old Firm playing tomorrow along with St. Mirren and Hibs, there were only four games played today in the SPL. Aberdeen demolished Kilmarnock 5-0, Hearts secured all three points in a 2-1 win against Dundee United with a last-minute penalty save, while the Lanarkshire derby ended with Motherwell taking he spoils with a 1-0 win, and Inverness CT beat St. Johnstone 2-0.

Aberdeen strolled to a 5-0 victory over a shell-shocked Kilmarnock side at Pittodrie. Aberdeen opened the scoring on 15 minutes when striker Scott Vernon fired past Cammy Bell in the Killie goal. Sone Aluko doubled Aberdeen’s advantage with a low shot ten minutes later.

Aberdeen dominated the first half, and during half time, Mixu Paatelainen made two substitutions to try to turn around the Ayrshire side’s fortunes with Manuel Pascali and Jamie Hamill entering the fray. However despite the changes and a more attacking setup, it was Aberdeen who scored once more.

On 59 minutes Chris Maguire was fouled in the box by Frazer Wright, who was yellow carded for the offence – but could have easily been red for denying a goal scoring opportunity. The Dons striker stepped up to take the resulting penalty and despatched it past Bell to make it 3-0 to Craig Brown’s side.

Aberdeen continued to find their shooting boots with their fourth goal on 71 minutes. Sone Aluko crossed to the far post which was knocked across the Killie goal by Scott Vernon with Rory McArdle lurking to fire the ball into the net from close range.

And Aberdeen found their fifth after some shocking defending by Killie. Substitute Josh Magennis latched onto an error by Garry Hay to fire the ball past the helpless Bell.

Motherwell secured back to back wins as Stuart McCall’s side won the Lanarkshire derby 1-0 against rivals Hamilton Accies at Fir Park. A solitary strike on 36 minutes by John Sutton from the spot was enough to ensure that the Motherwell fans had the bragging rights this weekend, after Martin Canning was adjudged to have pulled the striker back in the box.

In the Second Half, Jim McAlister failed to hit the target with a header for Billy Reid’s side and Well ended the game on a high. A result that leaves Hamilton deep in the relegation mire.

Inverness Caley Thistle ended their 11 match league run without a win, with a 2-0 victory over St.Johnstone thanks to goals from Ross Tokely and Russell Duncan. Caley opened the scoring after half an hour thanks to a Tokely header. And Russell Duncan sealed all three points with a tap-in on 62 minutes.

Saints had their chances but first Murray Davidson headed over the bar, before he once again fired over with a shot and substitute Novikovas was denied by Ryan Esson in the Caley goal.

Over at Tynecastle, Hearts cemented their hold on third spot in the SPL with a 2-1 victory over Dundee United. Barry Douglas opened the scoring early on before Rudi Skacel equalised for Hearts just before half time.

Marius Zaliukas headed home late on before Hearts were reduced to ten men when Ruben Palazuelos was sent off for a foul on David Robertson. And in injury time United were awarded a penalty, but the resulting penalty taken by David Goodwillie was saved by Marian Kello and the striker fired the rebound wide of the post.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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