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Aberdeen win lifts them above Inverness

ESPN staff
November 10, 2012
Inverness 1-1 Hearts

Aberdeen capitalised on Inverness' failure to beat Hearts as they moved joint-top of the SPL on Saturday, while Rangers stayed top of the Third Division on a day when Kilmarnock also won.

Inverness failed to move level with Celtic and Hibernian in the SPL table, drawing 1-1 in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off against Hearts.

A last-gasp Marius Zaliukas penalty ensured financially-troubled Hearts shared the points at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. The visiting captain's spot-kick in the 90th minute cancelled out Owain Tudur Jones' 30-yard thunderbolt opener, which came in the 19th minute.

The draw extended Inverness' unbeaten run to 10 games in all competitions.

It is likely to do little to ease the the woes of Hearts, who might have played their last away game if the club succumbs to a winding-up order over a tax bill of almost £450,000.

Aberdeen later moved ahead of Inverness on 21 points, beating lowly St Mirren 4-1 on their travels. The Dons showed their clinical side as they punished the hosts on the counter-attack and three points takes them alongside Celtic and Hibernian, though both play on Sunday.

Johnny Hayes fired a low shot beyond Craig Samson to open the scoring after 10 minutes and the in-form Niall McGinn doubled the visitors' lead on the stroke of half-time, ending a lightning-fast counter by slamming the ball high into the net.

Chris Clark drilled a low shot past Samson with four minutes remaining to put the game beyond Saints before late strikes from Mark Reynolds and Steven Thompson rounded out the scoring.

Dundee remain bottom of the table after they drew 1-1 against Motherwell. The result leaves Dundee four points adrift.

Riley struck against the run of play before Motherwell finally made their first-half dominance count in injury-time when Michael Higdon followed up after Rab Douglas had stopped Henrik Ojamaa's shot.

The visitors refused to buckle though and survived intermittent spells of second-half pressure, which included a disallowed goal from Higdon, while showing a touch of menace on the break.

Barry Smith's side have now doubled their previous points tally in the space of two games as they followed up victory over Hearts, and are only four points off St Mirren at the foot of the SPL.

Elsewhere, a fabulous second half from Kilmarnock saw them claim a comfortable 3-0 win over Ross County. Two goals from Paul Heffernan, making his first start of the season after recovering from a dislocated shoulder, and a superb strike from Gary Harkins had the Rugby Park fans celebrating after two home defeats.

In the Third Division, Rangers remain top of the table after they beat Peterhead 2-0 at Ibrox. Ally McCoist's side are top by two points thanks to goals from Lee McCulloch and Lee Wallace.

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