SPL Round 17 Results: Inverness climb into second as Celtic hold onto top spot

Aberdeen's goalless run against Hearts continued with another defeat, nine-man St Johnstone hung on for a point at St Mirren while Motherwell claimed their first home win in six

Round 17 Results

Hearts extended Aberdeen’s goal draught against the Tynecastle side to nine games with a comfortable home victory.

The Dons last scored against Saturday’s opponents almost three years ago, when Derek Young found the net as part of a three-goal triumph.

The home side took the lead on the half-hour mark when Ryan McGowan was hauled to the ground by Josh Magennis inside the area and referee Euan Norris pointed to the spot, allowing Ryan Stevenson to fire the penalty into the roof of the net.

John McGlynn’s side doubled their advantage at the start of the second half, after some good work on the right by Gordon Smith. The striker cut the ball back to substitute Callum Paterson and the 18-year-old made no mistake, slotting the ball into the far corner of Jamie Langfield’s goal.

Aberdeen continued to push forward looking for a way back into the game, but Niall McGinn, Rory Fallon and Jamie Masson failed to find a way past the Hearts defence as Aberdeen’s miserable goalscoring record against the Edinburgh side continued.


Goals from Ross Draper, Richie Foran and Billy McKay saw Inverness CT jump above Hibernian into second place in the SPL.

The Highland side took the lead within 15 minutes as Graeme Shinnie’s free kick found Draper inside the box and the midfielder headed past opposition goalkeeper Ben Williams for the opener.

Pat Fenlon’s side rarely threatened throughout the game and when they did they found Caley Thistle keeper Antonio Reguero in fine form, most notably denying Leigh Griffiths by palming an effort over the bar.

Inverness extended their lead late into the second half as David Raven made a superb run down the right-hand side, before pulling the ball back to Foran to force the ball into the back of the net. Unfortunately the captain received a knock on the head during, but was able to continue until being substituted in injury time.

With three minutes remaining the three points were confirmed when Aaron Doran swung a cross in from the right for McKay to head home and send the home fans away happy before their crucial Scottish Cup replay with Highland neighbours Ross County on Tuesday.


Motherwell climb into third place in the league after claiming their first home win in six games against SPL new boys Ross County.

The home side had to come from behind as Rocco Quinn smashed a long-range effort past the outstretched arms of Lee Hollis in the Motherwell goal to open the scoring.

The lead only lasted eight minutes as Michael Higdon rose above the Ross County defence to get onto a Chris Humphrey cross for the equaliser.

Stuart McCall’s men took the lead just after the break as Nicky Law stole the ball from Quinn, raced forward on the left, before driving the ball past Mark Brown in The Staggies goal.

But the Highland side refused to give up and Quinn claimed his second of the game when he smashed home the rebound after seeing his initial shot saved by Hollis.

With eight minutes remaining the Steelmen claimed all three points as Jamie Murphy played in Keith Lasley on the edge of the Ross County area and saw his low shot nestle beyond Brown and in the back of the net.


St Johnstone managed to survive red cards to Steven Anderson and Chris Millar to claim a point away to St Mirren.

The draw sees the Perth side extend their unbeaten run in the SPL to 11 games, while St Mirren remain motionless in 11th place.

Steve Lomas’ side took the lead when a Callum Davidson cross was headed on by Liam Craig and Murray Davidson was on hand to steer the visitors into the lead.

St Johnstone were reduced to 10 men seven minutes before the break when Anderson was shown a straight red card for bringing down Lewis Guy when the Buddies striker was making a dash towards goal.

And midway through the second half the Perth side found themselves lose another man when Millar received a second yellow card for a challenge on St Mirren full-back Paul Dummett.

Dummett got himself on the scoresheet a minute later when he latched on the end of Kenny McLean’s parried effort and tucked the ball home.