SPL Round 22 Results: Celtic extend their lead at the top with victory over Motherwell, while Aberdeen come back to claim a derby point against Dundee United

St Johnstone are the victors in the Tayside derby against Dundee, while two penalties sees St Mirren and Kilmarnock share the spoils in Paisley

Round 22 Results


A wonder free kick from Niall McGinn helped spare keeper Jamie Langfield’s blushes and snatch a point for Aberdeen in their derby fixture against Dundee United.

The home side had started the brightest and went into the lead when youngster Cammy Smith cut the ball back for Scott Vernon to rifle beyond The Terrors' goalkeeper Radoslaw Cierzniak and into the back of the net.

Dundee United managed to get back on level terms as Gavin Gunning headed home after a Jon Daly effort was cleared off the line by Venron, straight into the path of the Irish defender, who made no mistake from close range.

With just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half the visitors took the lead, when with Willo Flood near to him, Langfield somehow managed to allow a strike from Johnny Russell to go through both his arms and legs and into the Aberdeen goal.

Aberdeen got level in the second half, as McGinn curled a free kick round the Dundee United wall and past Cierzniak, who looked helpless watching the ball drift into the net for the equaliser.

A first half strike from former Ipswich Town midfielder Liam Craig helped St Johnstone claim victory in the Tayside derby against Dundee.

The defeat for the Dark Blues sees them remain adrift at the bottom of the table, nine points behind Ross County, with the Highland side holding a game in hand.

The goal came just after the half hour mark as Dundee keeper Rab Douglas failed to properly deal with a cross from Gregory Tade and that allowed Craig to step in and fire home the opener for the home side.

St Johnstone continued to pile on the pressure during the second half, but they could not find the finish that would have killed off Dundee's hopes, but they managed to hang on and claim their first win at McDiarmid Park in six attempts.
A second half Paul McGowan penalty helped St Mirren put further away from relegation danger with a point at home to Kilmarnock.

In front of a crowd of 6,347 at St Mirren Park both sides failed to deliver in what where testing conditions for the players on the park.

Kilmarnock took the lead in five minutes as James Dayton was adjudged to have been brought down inside the box by Jim Goodwin and with referee Brian Colvin pointing to the spot, Liam Kelly stepped up and slammed home his second penalty this week.

It was the home side, however, who dominated the remainder of the first half with striker Stephen Thompson missing a handful of chances to get his side back on level terms.

The equaliser did come midway through the second half when substitute Dougie Imrie was brought down inside the penalty area by Kilmarnock youngster Michael O'Hara. Despite the visitors protests, referee Colvin awarded the spot kick, which McGowan fired home to claim a point for Danny Lennon’s side.