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Kris Commons rescues a draw for the Bhoys, while another stunning comeback sees Inverness share the points with Hearts and defeat to Aberdeen sees St Johnstone bottom of the table

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Round 3 Results
HEARTS
2 2 INVERNESS CT
Hearts were held to a convincing 2-2 draw at home against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Arvydas Novikovas gave the hosts the lead after 15 minutes before John Sutton doubled the Edinburgh outfit's lead following a controversial penalty decision from the referee.

On the stroke of half-time, Richie Foran was handed a red card for a lunge. Inverness were given a penalty, which Andrew Shinnie converted. Caley Thistle youngster Conor Pepper later secured a point for his side with just moments left of the game.


KILMARNOCK
1 2 MOTHERWELL

Motherwell enjoyed a 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park thanks to Jamie Murphy's first-half double.

Murphy's first saw him dribble through the midfield before firing home from just inside the area, but Gary Harkins equalised 18 minutes later with a first-time effort.

Parity did not last long, however, as Murphy netter again, seven minutes after the equaliser, latching onto Michael Higdon's through-ball and rounding Cammy Bell before slotting home.

ROSS COUNTY
1 1 CELTIC
Ross County were denied a famous win over champions Celtic as the day's early kick-off ended in a 1-1 draw.

As Victoria Park hosted the Bhoys for the first time Richard Brittain opened the scoring four minutes after half-time with an exquisite free kick.

The hosts held on for almost the entire game but were denied all three points by a late Kris Commons strike which gave Neil Lennon's depleted side a point.
ST JOHNSTONE
1 2 ABERDEEN
Aberdeen made a winning start to their season with a 2-1 win away to St Johnstone, which leaves the Saints bottom of the table.

Isaac Osbourne's low strike and an early-second-half effort from Jonny Hayes sealed the win for the Dons.

Nigel Hasselbaink pulled one back seven minutes before full time at McDiarmid Park but it was not enough to rescue Steve Lomas' side.
ST MIRREN
1 2 HIBERNIAN
Hibernian also recorded a win as a Leigh Griffiths brace set up a 2-1 triumph over a St Mirren side who endured a frustrating afternoon in Paisley.

Griffiths netted after 15 minutes, the former Wolves man slamming home a shot across the goalkeeper after skipping past Darren McGregor before Paul McGowan missed a penalty for the away side.

It was two for Hibs just after the hour as Eoin Doyle weaved his way through the defence before feeding Griffiths, who finished well on the turn.

The Easter Road outfit had to withstand a fightback from Saints, Steven Thompson's close-range goal giving the Buddies a glimmer of hope but they failed to find another breakthrough.
DUNDEE UNITED
3 0 DUNDEE
Gavin Gunning and a Johnny Russell double ensured that Dundee United enjoyed local bragging rights after defeating their city rivals in the first competitive derby between the sides this season.

The hosts matched their 3-0 pre-season triumph over their neighbours, with Peter Houston's men in charge for most of the contest and taking the lead on 14 minutes when young defender Gunning headed home a Willo Flood free kick.

The game was all but over by the middle of the first half after two goals in five minutes from forward Russell gave the home side a commanding lead.

Russell later earned himself a red card for kicking out at Dundee man Stephen O'Donnell, who was also dismissed.

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