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SPFL Weekend Review – Saturday 3rd May 2014

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SPFL CHAMPIONSHIP

CHAMPIONS Dundee
PLAYOFF CONFIRMED Hamilton Academical, Falkirk, Queen of the South
PLAYOFF CONTENDERS – PROMOTION Kilmarnock, Hibernian, Partick Thistle
GUARANTEED THIS LEAGUE NEXT YEAR Dumbarton, Hearts, Livingston, Rangers, Raith Rovers, Alloa Athletic
PLAYOFF CONFIRMED Cowdenbeath, Stranraer, Ayr United, Dunfermline Athletic
RELEGATED Greenock Morton

 

Where do you start? Although Ian Murray claimed they were denied a late stonewall penalty late on and Paul Hartley condemned Greenock Morton for losing 10 goals, all the record books shall tell the story, Dundee (Christian Nade, Peter MacDonald) 2 Dumbarton (Scott Agnew – penalty) 1 in front of nearly 11,000 fans at Dens Park.

You have to go back nearly 40 years to find a Scottish League game with 10 goals scored for a single team but on Saturday Hamilton Academical did it with 4 goals from Mikael Antoine-Courier, a hat trick from Tony Andreiu, an own goal from Stuart Finlay, and one apiece from Louis Longridge and Michael Devlin; Dougie Imrie scored twice for Greenock Morton as it ended Hamilton Academical 10 Greenock Morton 2.

A Mark Beck double with 1 from Craig Sibbald got Falkirk’s win as Alloa Athletic only had a Kevin Cawley goal in reply. It meant that Wasps fans were on tenterhooks as Cowdenbeath were beating Queen of the South thanks to a Kane Hemmings goal.

The Blue Brazil had only 14 minutes to hold on and stay in the Championship but in the 95th minute Bob McHugh equalised and sent them into the relegation playoffs; cue delirium for the Wasps.

Finally though Craig Sives was sent off Livingston had Danny Mullen and Marc McNulty on target as they beat Raith Rovers 2-0.

PREMIERSHIP PLAY OFF SCHEDULE/RESULTS

Tuesday 6thMay

Queen of the South 2-1 Falkirk

Saturday 10th May

Falkirk v Queen of the South

SPFL LEAGUE ONE

 CHAMPIONS Rangers
PLAYOFF CONFIRMED Dunfermline Athletic, Stranraer, Ayr United, Cowdenbeath
GUARANTEED THIS LEAGUE NEXT YEAR Forfar Athletic, Brechin City, Airdrieonians, Peterhead, Greenock Morton, Stenhousemuir
PLAYOFF CONFIRMED Annan Athletic, Clyde, East Fife, Stirling Albion
RELEGATED Arbroath

 

Ayr United managed to put their shakes behind them and finally confirmed their playoff spot as they thumped East Fife 4-1 at Somerset Park. A Craig Malcolm hat trick and 1 from Brian Gilmour against a Liam Buchanan consolation put both sides in playoff spots.

East Fife stayed in the relegation playoff spot as Arbroath were unable to take advantage of their slip and were beaten 2-0 by Airdrieonians thanks to goals from Coalan McAleer and Liam Coogans so Arbroath go back to League Two.

At East End Park Dean Shiels put Rangers ahead only for Lewis Martin to equalise for Dunfermline Athletic.

Stranraer finally found some form to also confirm their playoff spot as Sean Winter, Scott Rumsby and Frank McKeown got the goals to beat Forfar Athletic who had Gavin Swankie open for them.

Finally Stenhousemuir finished 5th despite beating Brechin City 3-1 as John Gemmell with 2 penalties and Ben Greenhalgh got the Warriors’ goals whilst Alan Trouten pulled  1 back for Brechin from the spot.

CHAMPIONSHIP PLAY OFF SCHEDULE

Wednesday 7thMay

Ayr United v Cowdenbeath

Stranraer v Dunfermline Athletic

Saturday 10th May

Cowdenbeath v Ayr United

Dunfermline Athletic v Stranraer

SPFL LEAGUE TWO

CHAMPIONS Peterhead
PLAYOFF CONFIRMED East Fife, Annan Athletic, Clyde, Stirling Albion
GUARANTEED THIS LEAGUE NEXT YEAR Berwick Rangers, Arbroath, East Stirlingshire, Albion Rovers, Montrose, Elgin City, Queen’s Park

 

It’s Stirling Albion in the playoffs as they thumped Clyde 4-1 with Jordan White scoring twice, Ross Forsyth and Phil Johnston getting 1 apiece and Ross McKinnon getting a consolation for the Bully Wee.

Berwick’s challenge petered out at Peterhead as Champions, the Blue Toon had a 2-1 win thanks to a Rory McAlister double; Lee Currie got the Borderer’s consolation.

Elsewhere Annan Athletic beat Elgin City 2-0 thanks to David Hopkirk and Martin McNiff; Albion Rovers beat Queen’s Park 1-0 thanks to Scott Chaplain; and East Stirlingshire bade farewell to John Coughlin as they lost 2-1 to Montrose – Garry Wood and Paul Watson for Montrose whilst Michael Bolochoweckyj pulled 1 back for the Shire.

LEAGUE ONE PLAY OFF SCHEDULE

Wednesday 7thMay

Clyde v East Fife

Stirling Albion v Annan Athletic

Saturday 10th May

East Fife v Clyde

Annan Athletic v Stirling Albion

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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