SPL Round 13 Results: Aberdeen go joint-top & Motherwell's winless run extends to seven

A last-minute Marius Zaliukas penalty saved a point for Hearts at Inverness and Paul Heffernan scored a double as Kilmarnock recorded a home win over Ross County

Round 13 Results

Hearts skipper Marius Zalikuas gave his troubled side a boost by claiming a point against Inverness CT with a last-minute penalty.

The Edinburgh side, who could be looking at their last game ever next week following a winding-up order from the HMRC, went behind on the 18-minute mark when Owain Tudur-Jones received the ball outside the box and curled an unstoppable drive beyond Jamie MacDonald in the Hearts goal.

Inverness had the majority of the chances for the remainder of the game, but Hearts managed to get back level with a minute left in the game as Tudur-Jones brought down Callum Paterson and that allowed Zalikuas to fire home the equaliser for the visitors.


A double from Paul Heffernan and a wonder goal from Gary Harkins saw Kilmarnock comfortably dispose of Ross County.

Both sides had chances in the first half, with Heffernan, Borja Perez and Michael Nelson going close for the home side, while Stuart Kettlewell, Steven Ross and Rocco Quinn had efforts to put the Highland side ahead.

After Quinn was penalised for handball, Kilmarnock took the lead as Heffernan struck the resulting free kick beyond Michael Fraser in the Staggies goal to give Kenny Shiels side the lead.

Their advantage was doubled in stunning style for the home side as Harkins beat two Ross County defenders before unleashing an unstoppable strike from just outside the box to put his side two goals to the good.

And the three points were secured late on when a cross-field ball from Jeroen Tesselaar fell kindly into the path of Heffernan and the Killie frontman made no mistake from close range.


Motherwell’s woeful run continued as they were held at home by Dundee to extend their winless streak to seven games.

The point for the visitors sees them move closer to second-bottom St Mirren, who are now only four behind Barry Smith’s men.

The SPL’s bottom side took the lead midway through the first half as Jim McAllister found Nicky Reilly with a cross from the right wing and the midfielder placed the ball beyond Darren Randolph in the Motherwell goal.

The Steelmen levelled in first-half stoppage time as Dundee keeper Rab Douglas saved a low drive from Henrik Ojamaa, but the rebound fell kindly at the feet of Michael Hidgon to fire home the equaliser.

Dundee were left hanging on deep into the second half as Jamie Murphy, Hidgon and Ojamaa all had chances for Motherwell, but they could find a way past Douglas who helped his side secure a valuable point.


Aberdeen jumped into third position, level on points with Celtic and Hibernian, after a thumping four-goal victory at St Mirren.

The opener for the Dons came after only nine minutes as Jonny Hayes thundered the ball past Craig Samson from just outside the area to hand Craig Brown’s side the advantage.

After Stephen Thompson had hit the bar for the home side, they found themselves two down just before the break as Ryan Fraser managed to link up with Niall McGinn and the Northern Ireland international fired home his seventh goal in seven games.

The third goal for Aberdeen came with less than four minutes on the clock as good work from both McGinn and Scott Vernon saw the ball arrive at the feet of Chris Clark and the winger made no mistake from close range.

A minute later the rout was complete as Mark Reynolds shot from outside the area was deflected past Samson and into the roof of the net to add to the Paisley side’s woes.

They did manage to grab one back with two minutes left as Gary Teale had a shot saved by Jamie Langfield and Thompson was there to follow up with the consolation.