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SPFL Weekend Round-up: 9th & 10th August

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At the beginning of the day what odds would you have got that Montrose, Ayr United and Raith Rovers would top the 3 leagues below the Premiership? Well, it’s a funny old game…

THE CHAMPIONSHIP

My match of the weekend saw the boos ringing out round Ibrox as Ally McCoist found that it won’t be as easy this year as it has been over the last two. Danny Wilson opened for the Jambos before Nicky Law equalised. Osman Sow, Hearts’ new Swedish signing, then managed to slam in the winner in injury time. The Fife derby meanwhile saw Lewis Milne and Sean Higgins put Cowdenbeath ahead twice only for Falkirk’s Rory Loy and Botti Balbi to peg the tie back to 2-2 by the end of play. For Hibernian they had goalkeeper Mark Oxley to thank as he added to Farid El Alagui’s opener against Livingston. The Lions had pulled one back through Declan Gallagher when 2-0 down. Derek Lyle and Gavin Reilly saw off Alloa Athletic for Queen of the South at Palmerston. Finally Raith Rovers went top thanks to Paul Watson, Ryan Conroy and Christian Nade though Dumbarton’s Scott Agnew pulled 1 back for the Sons as it ended 3-1.

Of course we cannot draw much from the first games of the season but the early leaders include Heart and Hibs who will draw comfort from those wins equally. For Hearts it was 3 points at Ibrox and many will struggle to achieve that. For Hibs it means they stopped losing…

Also on 3 points Queen of the South and Raith Rovers will be glad to have points that may prove crucial towards the end of the season. The draw between Falkirk and Cowdenbeath will please Jimmy Nichol more than Peter Houston so this weekend becomes important for the Bairns. Wonder who they are playing…

Down in the dumps with nil point means that Rangers will be dangerous this weekend whilst Livingston will, with yet another financial wrangle on their backs, hope they can recover and make a pitch for 4th. Dumbarton and Alloa Athletic will be far from pleased and hope it is not an indication of how this season will go. Whilst everyone is focussed at the top the relegation battle this year shall also be as fascinating…

LEAGUE ONE

My match of the day was a disappointing 0 – 0 draw between Dunfermline Athletic and Brechin City. Perhaps of more concern to the Hedgemen is the news that following the game Alan Trouten may be out for a while. Ryan Donnelly helped Ayr United to top the table as they beat Greenock Morton 1-0 at Somerset. The Ton’s Jordan Allan was sent off for the visitors. Stenhousemuir are 2nd due to alphabetti spaghetti as they beat Airdrieonians by the same margin – Martin Grehan scoring for the Warriors. Newly promoted Peterhead drew with newly promoted Stirling Albion as Gordon Smith and Rory McAlister made it 1-1. Finally Stuart Malcolm and Jamie Longworth did the same for Stranraer and Forfar Athletic at Stair Park.

It’s a long way to go in this marathon but early sprinters Ayr and Stenhousemuir will feel happy to be ahead even at this stage. With Forfar, Peterhead, Stirling Albion, Stranraer, Brechin City and Dunfermline Athletic all on a single point it might be an indication of just how tight this league is going to be.

Down at the foot, Airdrie and Morton are surely not going to sit for that much longer…

LEAGUE TWO

My match of the day saw a late winner for Clyde as Ross McKinnon converted a penalty to put them 2-1 up after Michael Daly had equalised Queen’s Park’s opener from Darren Miller. Albion Rovers managed the same trick with Annan Athletic. Annan had gone ahead through a David Hopkirk penalty before Gary Phillips equalised and Michael Dunlop got the goal that got the game for the Wee Rovers. Arbroath meanwhile… managed the same trick as Berwick Rangers had gone ahead early through Paul Willis. Kevin Buchan and Paul McManus got the goals for the Red Lichties. Craig Gunn got the only goal of the game between Elgin City and East Fife whilst the biggest goal tally of the day was where Montrose with two from Garry Wood and one apiece from Alan Campbell and Terry Masson saw off East Stirlingshire. The Shire got a consolation through Max Wright.

Montrose will not be fooled that 3 points at the top means much but they and Albion Rovers, Arbroath, Clyde and Elgin shall be glad of this in an uncertain era in League Two. The rest of the league have 0 points. It shall not be panic stations yet but at East Stirlingshire… They have shipped 15 goals in 3 games. Craig Tully will have to turn things round quick as the prospect of relegation is haunting them all…

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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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