SPL Round 14 Results: Celtic reclaim top spot with Pittodrie win as Dundee close the gap at the bottom with victory over Hibernian

A full house at Tynecastle sees Hearts claim victory, Jon Daly’s last-minute header saves a point for Dundee United, while St Johnstone and Ross County share the spoils

Round 14 Results

A last-minute strike from skipper Jon Daly helped Dundee United secure a point at home to Kilmarnock on Friday night.

The visitors took an early lead as Cillian Sheridan unleashed a stunning 30-yard free kick beyond the outstretched arms of Radoslaw Cierzniak in the Dundee United goal to put Kilmarnock into the lead.

Killie doubled their advantage on the half hour mark as Gary Harkins broke forward and played the ball towards Sheridan who had got in behind the home defence and slotted it into the net.

Within minutes of the second half starting Dundee United got a goal back as Gary Mackay-Steven strode forward before firing a strike from almost 20 yards out that left Cammy Bell in the Kilmarnock goal with no chance.

But the two goal advantage was restored five minutes later as a poor clearance from the United defence saw Harkins head the ball onto Paul Heffernan who had beat the offside trap and headed the ball over Cierzniak and into the goal.

However the home side managed to get back into the game as Barry Douglas raced down the left and his cross was diverted by Johnny Russell into the path of Daly who nodded the ball home from six yards out.

With players flooding forward late on, the home side got level in injury time as another cross by Douglas was nodded back into the danger area by Gavin Gunning and that allowed the sliding Daly to head home his second of the game.

Goals from Kyle Benedictus, Steven Milne and a Kevin McBride penalty saw Dundee close the gap on St Mirren in second-bottom with a victory over Hibernian.

The Edinburgh side were top of the league at the start of the day, but found themselves a goal down midway through the first half when Benedictus spinned and smashed a volley beyond the helpless Ben Williams in the Hibernian goal.

Within the first two minutes of the second half Hibs boss Pat Fenlon found his side two behind as McBride played in Milne and the Dundee striker managed to somehow smuggle the ball across the line.

Things got even worse for the visitors five minutes later as Alan Maybury was adjudged to have pushed
Colin Nish inside the box and that allowed McBride to step up and claim Dundee’s third from the penalty spot.

With the game entering injury time, Hibs managed to get a goal back as former Dens Park favourite Leigh Griffiths fired home a strike past Rab Douglas, but it wasn’t enough as Dundee reduced the gap to St Mirren to just a point.
A crowd of 16,443 saw Danny Grainger’s deflected strike hand crisis club Hearts at valuable victory at home to St Mirren.

The club had announced two weeks ago that they required a full house for the game in order to stay in business and the Hearts support obliged, with the biggest home support at Tynecastle in five years.

Hearts dominated the first half, but could only look on as Callum Paterson, Darren Barr and Ryan Stevenson all missed chances to put the Tynecastle side into the lead.

The winner came when substitute Arvydas Novikovas played the ball from a free kick to Grainger and the full back’s long range drive deflected off of Kenny McLean and past Craig Samson in the St Mirren goal.

The Paisley side pushed forward in the closing stages but couldn’t find an equaliser that would have stopped them from losing for the sixth game in a row.
St Johnstone remain fourth in the SPL as a Liam Craig own goal saw the Perth side drop two points at home to Ross County.

The point sees Derek Adams' side become involved in the relegation battle, as they are now only five points behind bottom side Dundee.

After a first half were both sides had chances but failed to capitalise, it was the home side that took the lead six minutes into the second, as Dave Mackay was played in by Steven MacLean and his near post strike fizzed past Michael Fraser and into the Ross County goal.

The equaliser came as a result of some smart thinking by Richard Brittain, as he played a quick free kick to Iain Vigurs and his shot towards goal was deflected past Alan Mannus by St Johnstone midfielder Craig to claim a point for the Staggies.