Scottish Premiership round-up & highlights: Business as usual for top three



It was business as usual for Celtic, Aberdeen and Inverness Caledonian Thistle as they continued their winning ways at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Kilmarnock pulled off a shock victory over Dundee United, while Ross County won the battle between the two bottom sides in the league. And Dundee narrowly beat Partick Thistle at Dens Park.

St Johnstone 1-2 Celtic

A dominant performance from Celtic in Perth started off with another early goal; this time it was Leigh Griffiths who got the scoring started. Stefan Johansen added a dazzling second on 52 minutes before Michael O’Halloran netted what proved to be a consolation goal for the hosts in the 72nd minute. Despite a late surge from the home-side, Celtic secured all three points.

St Mirren 1-2 ICT

St Mirren managed to keep a respectable score line in a game that could have been an all-out Valentine’s Day massacre. Caley’s failure to bury their chances prevented them grabbing a more commanding victory, on a day they could have scored seven or eight!

Greg Tansey gave Inverness the lead inside the first three minutes, and it seemed like they were going to build on that early goal. But it wasn’t until the hour-mark that Thistle scored again, Ryan Christie with the cool finish.

St.Mirren somehow found themselves back in with a shout eight minutes later however, when Jim Goodwin nodded in from a corner. That goal capped a strange week for Goodwin, who on Wednesday night came up against David Villa – where he nutmegged the World Cup winning striker in a friendly between St Mirren and New York City FC.

But it wasn’t to be for Goodwin and St Mirren, as the game finished 2-1 Thistle.

Kilmarnock 3-2 Dundee Utd

Dundee United’s great start to 2015 was halted by Kilmarnock at Rugby Park, thanks to a wonderful last-minute free-kick from Sammy Clingan. United twice took the lead against the hosts, with goals coming from a Nadir Ciftci spot-kick and Henri Anier. Killie battled back twice, through Josh Magennis and Chris Johnston, before Clingan swept in the winner – to the delight of new Kilmarnock interim manager Gary Locke.

Dundee 1-0 Partick Thistle

A relatively even match-up at Dens Park was settled in the dying seconds by Paul McGowan. Dundee sub Gary Harkins danced his way into the box with the clock ticking, before teeing up McGowan who stabbed home the winner in injury time.

Ross County 3-2 Motherwell

Ross County won the battle of the basement boys to claim only their second home win of the season. A wonderful volley from Martin Woods was cancelled out by an equally brilliant free-kick from ‘Well debutant Conor Grant. Paul Quinn headed County back in front on 58 minutes before Raffaele de Vita thundered home a left-foot volley four minutes later.

Fraser Kerr headed Motherwell back into the game, but it was too little-too late for the visitors, who now sit just three points ahead of County at the bottom.

Hamilton 0-3 Aberdeen

Aberdeen closed the gap on Celtic to three points after a terrific 3-0 away win at New Douglas Park on Sunday. The Dons came flying out the traps, and were 2-0 up after only eight minutes.

That early barrage seemed to take the wind out of Hamilton’s sails, and after a second yellow card was shown to Jesus Garcia Tena for a last-man challenge on Niall McGinn, victory for Aberdeen was a mere formality; and was finished off by McGinn, who slotted home a third.


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