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ZIGGY’S ACCIES STAR BURST

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ZIGGY GORDON helped Hamilton Accies secure their Premiership status for a sixth season as they overcame St Johnstone at the CBD Hope Stadium.

The defender netted in the 11th minute for Brian Rice’s team, who started the final day of the league campaign one point ahead of second-bottom St Mirren.

Steve Davies doubled the lead in the 59th minute and, although the Paisley outfit beat already-doomed Dundee 3-2 at Dens Park, it was rendered irrelevant.

Oran Kearney’s men will now prepare for the crucial meeting with Dundee United in the first leg of their relegation play-off at Tannadice on Thursday before the second leg at home a week today.

The Saints had to better Hamilton’s result against the Perth visitors to escape a two-game shoot-out. But, while they responded to goals from Cammy Kerr and Scott Wright with Cody Cooke’s treble to claim victory, they did not receive the favour they were hoping for from Tommy Wright’s side.

The game was the Tayside’s last before they drop down to the Championship and also defender Darren O’Dea’s final match as a professional ahead of his retirement this summer. Remarkably, he was red-carded in the 21st minute following a last-man challenge on Brad Lyons. Referee Alan Muir had little option but to send off the former Celtic and Republic of Ireland international centre-back.

Motherwell edged a 3-2 victory against Livingston in a crazy final game of the season illuminated by one of the most exciting talents Scotland has produced in years. David Turnbull collected the SFWA Player of the Year award earlier in the week and he demonstrated just why with another outstanding individual performance.

Liam Donnelly headed the opener from Turnbull’s free-kick before the latter grabbed his first of the afternoon after 22 minutes following a corner-kick. Turnbull smashed home his 15th league goal from the penalty spot before referee David Munro awarded two more penalties in the space of a minute.

Ryan Hardie spurned Livingston’s chance from the spot before Ross Stewart denied Turnbull’s hat-trick with a wonderful save low to his post.

Livi’s Scott Tiffoney grabbed two goals in the final 10 minutes.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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