SPFL Round-UP: Edinburgh Drama, Shankland being Shankland and More!

By Keiran Fleming

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Premier League

St Mirren struggled to beat 10 man Hamilton Accies after George Oakley was sent off in the 50th minute. If the buddies were able to put a goal past accies they would have jumped to 7th place. Ross County continued their brilliant return to the top flight with a win against Motherwell after going behind. Jake Carroll was sent off in the 80th minute which was followed by Ross Stewart’s winner for the Staggies. Aberdeen were able to win in an ugly fashion against Livingston with goals from big time player  Andy Considine and goalscorer Sam Cosgrove. St Johnstone’s dismal start to the season continued with a 4-0 thrashing coming from Rangers at home – leaving them bottom of the table. Kilmarnock put in a resilient performance against Champions Celtic but in the end they lost 3-1. Paul Heckingbottom is the manager that is under pressure in Edinburgh after 17 year old Aaron Hickey scored the winner in the Edinburgh derby.

Scottish Championship

Dunfermline Athletic got their first win of the season with a 3-0 win over Partick Thistle who continue to disappoint – but of course now have a new manager. Dundee were shocked by Morton away from home with Peter Grant’s goal before half time being the only thing that separated the two sides. Inverness Caledonian Thistle scored twice against Queen of the South in the first 20 minutes solidifying themselves as one of the top teams in the division who are battling for promotion. Dundee United continued to show that they were a completely different side from last season. Within 4 minutes the arabs went from being behind against Arbroath to winning. Lawerence Shankland scored a Brace which means he has scored 10 in 6 games the fastest any United striker has reached double figures. Ayr United showed that being picked apart in the summer hasn’t slowed the team down as they put 4 past Alloa which leaves the honest men joint top of the table.

Scottish League 1

Falkirk looked to get there league campaign back on track with a 3-0 win over Stranraer who have been struggling so far this season. Both sides who were promoted last season from League 2 last season faced off against each other. Peterhead and Clyde both took a point after hectic 1-1 draw that saw David Goodwillie score and get sent off within 15 minutes. Forfar comfortably pushed aside Montrose with a 2-0 victory. The Gable Endies sit at the bottom of the table with just 1 point so far. East Fife fought back from 2-0 down to snatch a draw from Dumbarton. That point was really important for the fifers, they now sit joint top of the table. Raith continued their onslaught of League 1 with a goal from Grant Anderson giving them the win over Aidrieonians.

Scottish League 2

Brechin were unable to capitalise on their fresh start as they lost 1-0 to Stenhousemuir which left the city still bottom of the table. Cowdenbeath continued to keep up with the top two sides with an impressive 3-0 win over Queens Park. Cove Rangers are still showing that they were more than ready for the professional league with a 2-0 win over Elgin City. The toonsers remain top of the league by 3 points. Annan Athletic and Stirling Albion played out an extremely dull 0-0 draw. The binos would be the happiest of the two with a point pushing them away from the bottom of the table. Edinburgh City put in a dominating performance against Albion Rovers which led to them winning 3-1. The Citizens continue to chase Cove Rangers for the title.

Team/Player of the Week

Rangers put in a great performance as did Falkirk. However, Ayr United continue to show that being picked apart in summer hasn’t slowed them down. A 4-1 win over Alloa proved that the honest men are a side that will be difficult to defeat. The fact that they lost their star striker, full back and centre back but they are joint top is very impressive. Shankland was a possibility for player of the week however, Jermain Defoe is this weeks winner. He came off the bench and scored 2 goals in 2 minutes which finished Killie off.

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