SPFL Round-Up: A Premiership title race? No easy rides for leaders in other divisions.

By Keiran Fleming

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Premier League

Ross County were able to rescue a point at home against St Johnstone who came back took the lead early in the second half. However, Matthew Kennedy put the ball into the saints net giving the staggies a draw. If Tommy Wright’s team held on for the win they would have no longer been at the foot of the table. County have struggled the last couple of weeks but have still been able to take points from games.

Motherwell continued their good form with an easy 2-0 win over second bottom side St Mirren. The buddies need to have quick turn around of form if they expect to stay in the top flight.

Considering Kilmarnock’s dismal start to the season they have really picked up form. They got a 1-0 win over Hearts putting manager Craig Levein under more pressure.

Hibernian failed to take advantage of a poor Aberdeen side. The hibees went up by one goal just before dons striker Curtis Main got sent off. Sam Cosgrove was able to help his 10 man side draw level with a goal. Lewis Ferguson put in a silly challenge at the end of the game meaning the Aberdeen now only had 9 players on the pitch.

Livingston put in an astonishing performance against league leaders Celtic, picking up a 2-0 victory. After Ryan Christie’s red card the Lions dominated the game with Scott Robinson and Lyndon Dykes both scoring. The win was crucial for both sides, the hoops have now dropped to second and Livingston continue their pursuit for top 4.

Rangers continued their amazing goal scoring run with another 5-0 victory this time against Hamilton. Jermain Defoe grabbed a hat-trick against accies as the gers now took spot in the league.

Championship

Alloa Athletic shocked league leaders Dundee United with a 1-0 victory. The tangerines put in a dire performance that made the struggling bees look like world beaters. Luckily for the terrors title rivals Ayr United weren’t able to capitalise on the slip up. The honest men were easily beaten 2-0 by away side Inverness. This means that Ayr and Dundee United are still level on points at the top of the table with Inverness gaining ground on the league leaders. Partick Thistle’s revival seems to be short lived after they were defeated at home by Queen of the South. The Jags are still stuck at the bottom of the table and they will be hoping for results to change quickly. Morton and Dunfermline drew 1-1 which meant they stayed in exactly the same position. The pars will be the happier of the two as they move further away from partick at the foot of the table. Dundee were able to make up for a very up and down start to the season with a 2-0 win over Arbroath. The dee will hope this will reignite their title fight.

League 1

Raith Rovers continued to prove they are title winning material with an amazing comeback against Falkirk who were title favourites at the start of the season. The rovers were down 2 goals within the first 20 minutes. However they pulled one back on the 60th minute and in less than 20 minutes they were level. Raith are still top of the table, 3 points ahead of the bairns. Peterhead look as though they are in for a relegation fight after another defeat against Airdrieonians. The diamonds look as though they could be in the mix for a play-off spot. Relegation strugglers Stranraer were able to pick up a point against second placed East Fife. A point for the blues will give them hope that they could move of the foot of the table in the next coming weeks. Dumbarton continued their push for a play-off spot after winning 3-1 against Forfar. Montrose shocked Clyde with a 2-0 victory. The gable-endies win meant that they were able to jump above Stranraer and are no longer bottom of the table.

League 2

Cove Rangers suffered their first defeat of the season to Stenhousemuir after an exciting 3-2 victory. The toonsers lead has now been cut down to one point after Cowdenbeath beat Edinburgh City 1-0. There are only 3 points separating third place from the top spot. Anna Athletic continued their hunt for the final play-off spot with a 2-1 win over Queens Park. Brechin City took on fellow relegation strugglers Stirling Albion and drew. The binos remain bottom of the table while the city remain second bottom.  Elgin easily overcame Albion Rovers with a 3-1 win. The wee rovers look as though will be dragged into a relegation battle.

Team/Player of the week

This week’s team of the week is Livingston who put in a valiant performance against current champions Celtic. The 2-0 win ended the lions poor streak of 4 losses in a row and what a way to do it. Hopefully this will start a good run for Livingston. As for player there’s only one candidate and that is Jermain Defoe. He has taken the league by storm with a hat-trick and he continues to show that he is still a top quality striker.

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