Rooney on the spot for Dons

  • Last Updated: February 15 2014, 18:32 GMT

A review of Saturday's action in the Scottish Premiership as Aberdeen claimed a narrow victory at St Mirren.

Adam Rooney applauds the fans at the end of the match
Adam Rooney applauds the fans at the end of the match

Adam Rooney's late penalty after a foul from Eric Djemba-Djemba gave Aberdeen a hard-fought 1-0 Scottish Premiership victory over St Mirren in wild conditions in Paisley.

After a drab first half, the match burst into life in the second period and either side could have struck before Rooney's penalty 10 minutes from the end cemented the Dons' place in second in the league table.

Position Player Score
1 Celtic 66
2 Aberdeen 48
3 Motherwell 47
4 Dundee Utd 38
5 Inverness 38
6 St J'stone 32
7 Hibernian 31
8 Kilmarnock 26
9 St Mirren 24
10 Ross Co 22
11 Partick 22
12 Hearts -9

Two goals in the last six minutes handed Motherwell all three points in an enthralling 4-3 win over Partick.

Kallum Higginbotham scored two second-half goals to restore Thistle's lead after Chris Erskine's opener had been cancelled out by goals either side of half-time from Keith Lasley and Lionel Ainsworth.

But Well fought back and two late strikes from John Sutton and Stephen McManus earned the the points that kept the Fir Park side third in the table.

There were also goals galore at Tannadice, where Dundee United won 3-2 against Kilmarnock.

Jackie McNamara's side sealed a fourth win over their Ayrshire opponents this season after coming from behind in the second half to secure full points.

Gary Mackay-Steven gave the hosts an early lead but Alexei Eremenko equalised in the run-up to half-time before Kris Boyd put the resurgent visitors ahead after 63 minutes.

However, Curtis Good headed home a quickfire equaliser for the Taysiders and John Rankin completed the comeback with a spectacular 71st-minute winner to build on last weekend's win over St Mirren in the Scottish Cup.

Hibernian youngster Sam Stanton further enhanced his growing reputation as his superb free-kick helped Hibs to a 2-1 triumph against Ross County, ending their five-game winless run.

The 19-year-old registered his second goal in two outings at Easter Road by curling a delightful effort from just outside the box past the despairing dive of County keeper Mark Brown.

Tom Taiwo doubled Hibs' lead before the interval with his first goal of the season and County captain Richard Brittain netted a splendid free-kick from distance after the break.

Elsewhere, Inverness' search for their first win at home under manager John Hughes goes on after they were held to a goalless draw by Hearts.


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