Erwin seals Motherwell triumph
A review of Saturday's action in the Scottish Premiership, including victories for Motherwell and Inverness.
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Lee Erwin's first goal for Motherwell secured a 1-0 Scottish Premiership victory over 10-man St Mirren as Tommy Craig's reign began with the familiar sight of Jim Goodwin being sent off.
The lively Erwin scored from a rebound in the 64th minute after Motherwell goalkeeper Dan Twardzik had kept a dominant visiting side at bay with a string of saves.
And a gobsmacked Goodwin received a second yellow card 10 minutes later, presumably for dissent, although his offence was not obvious.
It was a disastrous start to the 32-year-old's player/coach role and continued his poor disciplinary record - he received 43 yellow cards and three reds in his previous three seasons as well as a retrospective ban for a forearm smash on Dundee United's Stuart Armstrong last term.
Inverness left Hamilton in no doubt about the size of the task that awaits them upon their return to the top level of Scottish football with a deserved 2-0 victory at New Douglas Park.
The visitors looked sharper than their hosts for much of the game, and first-half goals from Billy McKay and Ryan Christie sealed their victory on the back of some slack play from the winners of last year's Championship play-off.
Dundee began their campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock in an entertaining fixture at Dens Park.
Paul Hartley's newly-promoted side went ahead thanks to midfielder Gary Harkins' 16th-minute penalty, but their lead was short-lived as Craig Slater equalised with a textbook free-kick after 24 minutes for Allan Johnston's visitors.
The Taysiders were the stronger side in the second half when Killie had goalkeeper Craig Samson to thank for keeping the hosts at bay as a winner looked on the cards.