SPFL Round Up 21st September

The return of the SPFL this weekend has attempted to cause a much needed distraction for many people after the referendum this week and it all started in Glasgow on Friday night.


St Mirren got their first points of the season on Friday night with a last minute penalty to give Tommy Craig’s side, a much needed victory in a season where every point matters for all struggling sides. However it was Thistle who took the lead half way through the first half thanks to some poor defending and Kris Doolan headed the ball into the Buddies goal to give Thistle the lead. St Mirren rallied in the second half, with substitute Callum Ball scoring his first goal for the club to draw the game level, but a controversial penalty in the 95th minute allowed Kenny McLean the chance to give Saints their first points of the season and he delivered.


After a mixed start to the season Aberdeen will be glad for this win over an extremely poor Ross County. In a match that really should have had a higher score, Ross County should be glad it was only 3 they conceded, but with 0 points after 7 matches and already a change of manager so far this season they are definitely a club in crisis. Adam Rooney opened the scoring with a header in the 20th minute and 5 minutes later David Goodwillie was unchallenged from a free kick, which allowed him to head the ball home and double the Dons lead. After the break, Peter Pawlett got the third after his shot was deflected in, and Goodwillie should have made it 4 but he hit the post from 5 yards out. Aberdeen clinical and Ross County woeful, expect more of the same from these two sides throughout the season.           


Both of these sides have made good starts to the season….however this match was anything but good. A dull affair with not very much happening in this match which makes it one of many forgettable matches both sides will participate in over the season.  Not much else I can really say.


With this win Inverness go back to the top of the table (yes I didn’t expect to write that either), Cally took the lead after Marley Watkins and Ryan Christie both scored within 5 minutes of each other just after the hour mark of the match, but the Perth Saints pulled one back with 12 mins to go and pressured the Cally Jags for the remainder of the game. However, Yogi Hughes’ side held out to secure the 3 points and return to the top of the table.


In the first of the Dundee Derbies this season saw United come out on top in a match that really should have been closer. A controversial penalty gave United the lead midway through the first half, however the match really came alive for United and died for The ‘Dee in the second half as Ryan Dow and Callum Morris made it 2, then 3 just before the hour mark and  Keith Watson went on to rub salt in the wound of Dundee when he made it 4-0, things only got worse for Dee as Thomas Konrad was sent off for a second yellow card, and Greg Stuart scored a good goal but a pointless one the less, the match finished 4-1.


Motherwell went into this match as massive underdogs and came out with a draw which will delight The Well fans. Motherwell started of edgy but soon worked their way into the match and Motherwell striker John Sutton opened the scoring with a volley in the 20th minute. In the second half Celtic scored with a controversial penalty When Scott Brown fell over in the box and Kris Commons slotted it home, Celtic will be disappointed with the draw and after the poor start Motherwell have made this season this point will be extremely welcome.

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