Hibernian’s hopes of a top-six slot hang by a thread after home defeat to Inverness CT and Kilmarnock move out of the bottom half with victory in Dingwall against Ross County
Round 32 Results
|Aberdeen boss Craig Brown bowed out a winner at Pittodrie in his last home game as manager before Derek McInnes takes over the reins with a 2-0 victory over Hearts.
The home side opened the scoring within the first 10 minutes, as Ryan Jack played in Jonny Hayes, who raced in from the right wing, tempting Hearts shot-stopper Jamie MacDonald out to him before sliding the ball to Niall McGinn to tap home.
On the half-hour mark Hearts had a superb chance to get back on level terms, as Michael Ngoo found Jamie Walker on the left wing and the Scotland Under-21 international cut the ball back into the path of John Sutton, but his effort smacked off the post.
Despite the home side having the majority of the possession, it was the visitors who had another chance just before the break, as Mehdi Taouil played in Walker, but his strike was well saved by Jamie Langfield.
With nine minutes gone in the second half, the Pittodrie side doubled their lead when McGinn escaped two Hearts defenders on the left, jinking his way into the box before curling the ball beyond MacDonald.
The victory leaves the Dons on the edge of a top-six place, sitting behind Kilmarnock on goal difference as they visit Tannadice for the New Firm derby against Dundee United next Saturday.
|Motherwell remain in second place after a Michael Higdon header and a Nicky Law double gave the Steelmen a comfortable victory over bottom side Dundee at Dens Park.
With just under quarter of an hour gone in the game Motherwell went into the lead as Chris Humphrey delivered the ball into the box for Higdon, who had got beyond his marker Lewis Toshney to head home.
Dundee could have levelled the game up 10 minutes before the half-time break as John Baird got onto a rebound after Darren Randolph parried a Gary Harkins effort into the path of the striker, but his attempt went wide of goal.
Motherwell doubled their advantage just after the hour mark as Keith Lasley crossed into the box for Law to head past Steve Simonsen in the Dark Blues' goal to give the Steelmen a two-goal cushion.
The victory was secured with 12 minutes remaining as a Tom Hateley corner found Law on the edge of the area and he let fly with an effort which sailed beyond Simonsen and into the back of the Dundee net.
|Goals from Ross Draper and Andrew Shinnie helped Inverness CT keep up in the chase for second place and dropped Hibernian into the bottom six.
The first chance came the way of Hibernian as on-loan defender Ryan McGivern decided to try his luck from almost 35-yards from goal, but his effort cannoned off of the post and away from danger.
Within a couple of minutes of the start of the second half as Draper got onto a long ball from the back and after getting in behind the home defence proceeded to lob the ball over the helpless Ben Williams and into the net.
On the hour mark the home side got back level as Gary Deegan smashed a long range effort towards goal, which deflected off of Leigh Griffiths and made its way past Antonio Reguero, who was left bamboozled.
It took less than five minutes for Inverness to regain the lead as Shinnie picked the ball up after a pass from Josh Meekings and rattled it beyond Williams with the help of a deflection to nestle in the goal.
Pat Fenlon’s side must now get a positive result in Glasgow against Celtic next week or they will be forced to play in the bottom six after the split.
|An early strike from James Fowler helped Kilmarnock into the top six with a hard fought victory over Ross County at Victoria Park.
Within the first two minutes Kenny Shiels' side gained the advantage as Rory McKenzie found Fowler, with the Kilmarnock veteran midfielder smashing his effort into the back of the net from some 20-yards out.
Ross County should have got level before the break, with chances falling to Richard Brittain, Grant Munro, Iain Vigurs and Paul Lawson, but none of them could find a way past Cammy Bell in the Killie goal.
The visitors were handed a blow on the stroke of half-time as James Dayton was forced to leave the Victoria Park surface on a stretcher, with Irish striker Cillian Sheridan replacing him for Kilmarnock.
Derek Adams side continued to pile on the pressure in the second period, with Sam Morrow smacking the post and Steffan Wohlfarth seeing an effort blocked by Kilmarnock youngster Mark O’Hara.
The Ayrshire side now have two home fixtures against both St Mirren and Dundee to secure their status in the top half.