SPL Round 7 Results: Motherwell remain top after Inverness comeback denies Hibs & Celtic get back on track

Hearts and Kilmarnock record impressive victories against Dundee United and St Mirren, while Ross County’s 40-game unbeaten run comes to an end at the hands of St Johnstone
Round 7 Results

A double from youngster Callum Paterson and a stunning strike from Lithuania international Arvydas Novikovas saw Hearts coast past Dundee United at Tannadice.

After another turbulent week with wage issues for the Jambos, John McGlynn’s side put their problems behind them as just before the half hour mark they claimed a double, as Paterson scored from the edge of the box.

Then two minutes later Novikovas struck his second of the season from outside the Dundee United penalty area and into the bottom right hand corner of the net.

With half an hour remaining Hearts claimed a third as Ryan McGowan got onto the end of a slack back pass by Sean Dillon and the ball eventually fell to Paterson, who fired it into the net.

Goals from Eoin Doyle and David Wotherspoon wasn’t enough to take Hibernian to the top of the league, as Inverness CT came back to claim a point.

Hibs had taken the lead when Doyle managed to scramble the ball home at the second attempt after Inverness CT keeper Ryan Esson had saved the Irish striker’s first attempt.

Wotherspoon then doubled the home side’s advantage on the half hour mark as he unleashed a stunning strike from 35 yards past the helpless Esson in the visitors’ goal  

With five minutes left in the half Inverness CT reduced the deficit as Connor Pepper got his second goal for the Highland side with a long range effort.

The comeback was completed with 10 minutes left in the game as Richie Foran fired the ball into the top corner after receiving the ball Josh Meekings.
Kilmarnock got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory over St Mirren to take Kenny Shiels' side into fourth place.

After being on the back foot for the opening period of the game, the home side claimed the lead after Jim Goodwin conceded possession, allowing Danny Racchi to cross from the right for Cillian Sheridan to nod home his first goal for the club.

Despite the Paisley side dominating the game, it was Kilmarnock who doubled their advantage as a Racchi cross deflected off of Sheridan and into the path of James Fowler, who fired the ball past Craig Samson in the Buddies' goal.

The home side added a third as James Dayton cut inside from the left hand side and fired the ball beyond the helpless St Mirren stopper, before Paul McGowan eventually claimed a consolation goal with less than 10 minutes left.
Goals from Liam Craig and Frazer Wright saw Ross County’s 40-game unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of St Johnstone.

The visitors took the lead on the half hour mark as Craig unleashed a vicious strike from 30 yards past Michael Fraser in the Staggies' goal, but Steve Lomas’ side were handed a blow minutes later as Rowan Vine was sent off for an off the ball incident with Richard Brittain.

With just over 20 minutes left Ross County got back on level terms as Sam Morrow scored from close range after receiving the ball from Grant Munro.

But with five minutes left the Staggies remarkable record came to an end as Wright rose highest to head home a corner by Craig and claim all three points for the Perth outfit.
An injury time strike by Josh Magennis saw Aberdeen claim a point against league leaders Motherwell at Pittodrie on Sunday.
The home side came into the game having failed to score in the previous three home fixtures, but with five minutes gone Jonny Hayes crossed the ball from the left hand side of the area for Gavin Rae to score.

Motherwell were level just before the break as Michael Hidgon was on hand to prod the ball home from close range after Fraser Kerr's effort was saved by Jamie Langfield.

Just after the break The Steelmen took the lead as Shaun Hutchinson, who was unmarked by the Dons defence headed home a corner from the right by Tom Hateley.

All three points looked to have been secured with less than ten minutes remaining as Nicky Law diverted an Adam Cummins header from yet another Hateley corner from the right into the net.

The Dons did not give up and were rewarded as substitute Niall McGinn headed home a Ryan Fraser cross only a couple of minutes after going two goals behind.

Deep into injury time Aberdeen secured a point after a scramble in the box saw Andrew Considine's strike fall into the path of Magennis who fired home the sixth goal of the game.