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By Thomas McGuigan

2202: Highlights from that incredible game at Fir Park - the highest scoreline in SPL history - and those at New Douglas Park and Tynecastle will be available on our website from midnight tonight. The other games will be posted tomorrow. Thanks for your company, we're back on Saturday for the thrilling finale to the relegation dogfight. See you then!

2201: "It's mixed emotions: you can see where our problems lie. We've got goals in our side but once we went 6-2 up our front players stopped working and one or two of them thought the game was won. It's one of those seasons where it's up and down; great for the fans and supporters but terrible for the managers."
Hibs manager John Hughes

2200: "There's good character in the squad and they're fighters; they're young and inexperienced but you could see the determination there. Our goalkeeper didn't have a save, yet we've lost six goals; it was criminal defending. John Hughes was very philosophical after the game." Motherwell boss Craig Brown

2146: Kevin Kyle's winner at Pittodrie moves Kilmarnock two points clear of relegation rivals Falkirk, ahead of Saturday's clash between the two sides at Rugby Park. Killie need to avoid defeat to remain in the SPL and send the Bairns down to the First Division.

2145: I've jammed my frazzled fingers in the fridge freezer in work to cool them down and applied a cold compress to my fevered brow... what a game at Fir Park. Incredibly, Motherwell come back from 6-2 down to snatch a dramatic draw and remain a point ahead of shell-shocked Hibs in the race for fourth spot with one game remaining.

My Sport
From Dave On My Sport: "That's why you stick with the SPL. Utterly ridiculous, utterly sublime. Great stuff!"

2137: FULL TIME FALKIRK 0-0 ST JOHNSTONE

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Motherwell goal: Craig Brown's men complete a stunning comeback from 6-2 down in a pulsating encounter at Fir Park. Lukas Jutkiewicz fires home a superb shot in the top right-hand corner of Graeme Smith's goal. The expression of despair on Hibs boss John Hughes's face is mirrored exactly by my colleague, sitting directly across from me, who has to shoehorn all 12 goals into four paragraphs in his match report!

Full-time
2134: FULL-TIME
HEARTS 0-0 DUNDEE UTD
ABERDEEN 1-2 KILMARNOCK
MOTHERWELL 6-6 HIBERNIAN

2133: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 6-6 HIBERNIAN (LUKAS JUTKIEWICZ)

2132: Hibs boss John Hughes drains a bottle of water on the touchline; I bet he feels like something a bit stronger.

2129: Motherwell striker John Sutton fires in a stunning effort which is brilliantly saved by Graeme Smith. But the forward was flagged offside, Hibs breathe a collective sigh of relief. We've got four minutes of injury time. All we need now is a unicorn to come on and scramble home an equaliser for the resurgent 'Well.

2128:... Ross Forbes sees his penalty saved by Hibs keeper Graeme Smith, who atones for chopping down Lukas Jutkiewicz in the box. Three minutes remaining in one of the most incredible games I've ever seen...

2127: Penalty to Motherwell...

2124: If any of the Hamilton or St Mirren supporters have a helicopter on standby, get yourselves down to Fir Park, Airwolf-style, to steal inside for the captivating conclusion to this goal-fest.

2122: It must be a case of 'repent at leisure' for those Motherwell fans who streamed for the exits after that early pummelling from Hibs. You wouldn't be surprised to see 'Well boss Craig Brown to replicate that famous David Pleat sprint onto the pitch; jacket flapping in the breeze if his side pull off the unthinkable here. Who says the SPL lacks vim and vigour?

Full-time
2121: FULL TIME HAMILTON 0-0 ST MIRREN

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Motherwell goal: Do not adjust your sets/PC's... incredibly, 'Well are right back in this game after reducing the deficit to 5-6. John Sutton rises unchallenged to head past the frazzled Graeme Smith. Game. On! The ball and nets at Fir Park deserve their summer holiday after being battered, blootered, bulged and billowed...

2117: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 5-6 HIBS (JOHN SUTTON)

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Motherwell goal: Jim O'Brien's free-kick evades all heads in the Hibs penalty area and somehow finds its way past Hibs keeper Graeme Smith - it's 4-6...

2115: GOAL! ABERDEEN 1-2 KILMARNOCK (KEVIN KYLE)

2114: Ryan Flynn heads wide as Falkirk miss a good chance to take the lead.

2113: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 4-6 HIBS (TOM HATELEY)

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Kilmarnock goal: Liam Kelly fires an equaliser for relegation-threatened Kilmarnock at Pittodrie. What a crucial goal that could be for Jimmy Calderwood's side. And it's still goalless between Falkirk and St Johnstone.

2110: GOAL! ABERDEEN 1-1 KILMARNOCK (LIAM KELLY)

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Hibs & Motherwelll goals: Anthony Stokes compounds Motherwell's misery, as he fires home from close range. However, 'Well boss Craig Brown is given renewed hope when Giles Coke forces the ball home after Jim O'Brien's shot comes back off the post.

2107: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 3-6 HIBERNIAN (GILES COKE)

2106: 2105: Hearts winger David Templeton forces a save from United keeper Steve Banks with a stinging drive.

2105: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 2-6 HIBERNIAN (ANTHONY STOKES)

2104: "Kilmarnock have probably made as many chances in the second half as they have in the last half dozen away games." BBC Scotland football pundit Jim Leighton

2102:
My Sport
From zakattack1888 On My Sport: "What a way for Yogi to answer his critics!" The Hibs boss said yesterday that he was thoroughly enjoying his time in the Easter Road dugout - tonight's result will have him smiling like a Cheshire cat...

2101: Desperate Killie go close to an equaliser at Pittodrie. Kevin Kyle knocks the ball across the six-yard line and Frazer Wright slides in but misses the ball with the goal at his mercy.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Hibs goal: Liam Miller's cutback is deflected into the path of Anthony Stokes who makes no mistake from close range: it's raining goals at Fir Park. I wonder if the 'Well fans will start belting out: "6-5, we're going to win 6-5..."

2057: "It's just peppered with free-kicks. Every two or three minutes, it's a free-kick." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson at the Falkirk Stadium

2056: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 2-5 HIBERNIAN (ANTHONY STOKES)

2054: Motherwell striker Lukas Jutkiewicz delivers a long-range free-kick, but the Hibernian wall holds well, then a header from Tom Hateley is almost defected into the net. Motherwell trying to get right back into this match.

2053: David Goodwillie bamboozles Marius Zaliukas before dragging a shot wide of the Hearts goal; it remains goalless at Tynecastle.

2052: Well, here's proof that Killie are trying. Stuart Nelson makes a terrific save to deny Frazer Wright from close range.

2050: "Anyone who says Scottish football lacks talent - I present you Colin Nish. The greatest striker ever. His redemption for being generally bad is working." Cameron in Edinburgh, via text on 80295

2049: Here's a worrying thought for Kilmarnock. They have scored only four goals away from home in the league all season. And in the next 45 minutes they need two if they are to beat Aberdeen...

2048:
My Sport
From Marbella Arabs Society On My Sport: "As much as United doing well and players fighting for cup final places is important tonight, I find myself glued to the relegation battle: intriguing."

2046: The second half gets under way in tonight's other games.

2045: Higdon bullets a close-range header from full-back Graham Carey's cross but Sean Murdoch beats the ball clear.

2042: Saints striker Michael Higdon beats keeper Sean Murdoch but Accies defender Mark McLaughlin clears the ball off the line - that's probably the closest we've come to goal.

2041: I'd love to report on some scintillating football from New Douglas Park, but both sides have struggled to establish any kind of fluency in what's been a fairly drab affair so far.

2038:
My Sport
From Scamilton On My Sport: "Hibs look like they're going to pull it out the bag when they need to. Will Falkirk and/or Kilmarnock be able to do the same?"

2035: Colin Nish's hat-trick at Fir Park is the 95th in Scottish Premier League history, since the top flight was created in 1998. It's also the striker's first in Hibs colours.

2034: The second half gets under way at New Douglas Park.

Half-time
2031: HALF-TIME
ABERDEEN 1-0 KILMARNOCK
HEARTS 0-0 DUNDEE UNITED
MOTHERWELL 2-4 HIBS
FALKIRK 0-0 ST JOHSTONE

2029: Steven MacLean holds the ball up well and sets up Darren Mackie, whose 25-yard shot fizzes narrowly wide of Alan Combe's post. Killie are hanging in there.

2027: Pedro Moutinho's low shot is saved by Graeme Smith; Falkirk coming close the opener and they are being urged on by manager Steven Pressley.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Motherwell goal: I can assure you: there are no Hobbits from Lord of The Rings making their goalkeeping debuts at Fir Park. We've now had six goals in a frenzied opening half. Jim O'Brien flights in a delightful cross for John Sutton to throw himself at and find the back of the net with a flying header. It's not over yet at Fir Park, and we've still got the second half to play.

2025: "I'm a season ticket holder at Pittodrie and for the first time I am not at the game in protest at the rubbish and lack of effort the players put in." Text to 80295 from The Man in Red

2024: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 2-4 HIBS (JOHN SUTTON)

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Hibs goal: John Hughes's side are playing like 1970s Brazil on the knackered-looking Fir Park surface. The razor-sharp Colin Nish must be making a late charge for the Golden Boot, the big striker grabbing his hat-trick, slotting home John Rankin's perfect cross.

2021: Craig Conway can't believe he hasn't scored as his first shot is saved by Jamie MacDonald and his second cleared off the line with the midfielder also claiming for a penalty.

2020: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 1-4 HIBS (COLIN NISH)

Update from New Douglas Park: "I'm a football commentator and supposed to be very observant, but as the half-time tea arrives, I just can't see any cups." - Serious trauma looming for BBC Scotland's Paul Mitchell

2019: With Kilmarnock losing 1-0 at Aberdeen and Falkirk and St Johnstone drawing a blank, as things stand it's the Ayrshire side who drop to the bottom of the table.

Half-time
2018: HALF-TIME HAMILTON 0-0 ST MIRREN

Hibs goal: Motherwell's Giles Coke blunders with a bewildering pass-back and the predatory Derek Riordan nips in to round keeper John Ruddy and slot in from a tight angle - a rampant Hibs are pulverising the shell-shocked Steelmen: try saying that tongue-twister late on a Saturday night!

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Aberdeen goal: Mark Kerr unleashes a terrific strike from the edge of the box as the Dons draw first blood at Pittodrie. It's the combative midfielder's first goal since 2006 - and it could prove a fatal blow to Kilie's hopes of beating the drop...

2012: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 1-3 HIBS (DEREK RIORDAN)

2011: Dougie Imrie goes down in the St Mirren box under a John Potter challenge but the visiting defender looked to have got the ball. It's still goalless at New Douglas Park.

2010: GOAL! ABERDEEN 1-0 KILMARNOCK (MARK KERR)

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Hibs goal: John Rankin breaks free from a throw-in and crosses for Colin Nish and the big striker fires his and Hibs' second with the Motherwell defence all-at-sea.

2006: St Johnstone goalkeeper Graeme Smith saves comfortably from Falkirk midfielder Colin Healy.

2005: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 1-2 HIBS (COLIN NISH)

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Motherwell's equaliser: Just when it appears that Hibs are turning the screw at Fir Park, the hosts come roaring back. Giles Coke bursts into the box after Lucas Jutkiewicz sends the ball in from the right and the former Northampton Town man slots home from close range. Game on in the race for fourth place...

2001: Kilmarnock goal machine Kevin Kyle attempts a lob from just inside the box but the ball goes just wide of Stuart Nelson's post.

2000: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 1-1 HIBS (GILES COKE)

1958: Hearts full-back Lee Wallace sends a dangerous low cross into the Dundee United box but there are no takers for the home side.

Goooooooooooooaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal
Hibs goal: Hibs break down the right and David Wotherspoon stroke sthe ball across the face of goal into the path of Colin Nish, the former Killie man taps in from six yards.

1956: Text to 80295 from Big Sandy watching Aberdeen v Kilmarnock: "Sooooo many empty seats at Todders. Must be fewer that 5,000 here."

1956: GOAL! MOTHERWELL 0-1 HIBS (COLIN NISH)

1955: Hibernian midfielder Liam Miller latches on to a loose ball eight yards out on the right, but sends his low drive wide of John Ruddy's right-hand post.

1951: Falkirk forward Pedro Moutinho fires over after being found by Enoch Showunmi's header. BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson says the Portuguese has missed a "gilt-edged chance".

1950: Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is at Tynecastle this evening, perhaps to run the rule over some potential transfer targets. McCarthy signed Christophe Berra from Hearts last season.

1948: Jon Daly almost looks surprised as Craig Conway's free-kick finds him in the box and the big Dundee United striker cannot get the ball under control as Hearts clear their lines.

1947: Hibernian's talisman Derek Riordan flights in a long-range free-kick that fails to find its way past the Motherwell wall.

1946:
My Sport
From Macker100 On My Sport: "Nothing less than a win will do tonight. Hibs need to put in a performance and win the 3 points or the season will be seen as another failure."

1945: We're under way in the other four games!

1939: An early chance for Hamilton at New Douglas Park... Marco Paixao tries an audacious 40-yard effort only to see it cannon back off the underside of the crossbar. Saints keeper Mark Howard suffers a sore face as he attempts to save the howitzer, as he collides with the upright. Ouch!

1938: Teams from Pittodrie.
Aberdeen: Nelson, Duff, Ifil, Mulgrew, Grassi, Young, Kerr, McDonald, Aluko, MacLean, Mackie. Subs: Langfield, Marshall, Paton, Fyvie, Shaughnessy, Robertson, Gibson.
Kilmarnock: Combe, Hamill, Pascali, Wright, Clancy, Skelton, Severin, Kelly, Fowler, Kyle, Bryson. Subs: Bell, Hay, Ford, Owens, Flannigan, Invincibile, Sammon.
Referee: C Allan

1937: Teams from Tynecastle:
Hearts: MacDonald, Jonsson, Bouzid, Zaliukas, Lee Wallace, Santana, Palazuelos, Black, Templeton, Stevenson, Elliot. Subs: Lyness, Kucharski, Novikovas, Jason Thomson, Glen, Smith, Craig Thomson.
Dundee Utd: Banks, Dillon, Kenneth, Webster, Watson, Conway, Scott Robertson, Buaben, David Robertson, Daly, Goodwillie. Subs: Pernis, Myrie-Williams, Swanson, Shala, Casalinuovo, Dow, Hill.
Referee: S Finnie

1935: Teams from the Falkirk Stadium.
Falkirk: Olejnik, McLean, Barr, Scobbie, Twaddle, Healy, Arfield, O'Brien, Flynn, Moutinho, Showunmi. Subs: Wagenaar, Stewart, Lynch, Marceta, Lima, Compton, Duffie.
St Johnstone: Smith, MacKay, Duberry, Anderson, Grainger, Samuel, Millar, Morris, Davidson, Deuchar, Sheridan. Subs: Duffy, Rutkiewicz, Milne, Sheerin, Swankie, Jackson, Falkingham.
Referee: C Thompson

1932: Teams from New Douglas Park.
Hamilton: Murdoch, Canning, Neil, McLaughlin, Mensing, Wesolowski, McArthur, McClenahan, Flavio Paixao, Marco Paixao, Imrie. Subs: Potter, van Zanten, Elebert, Kirkpatrick, Wilkie, Crawford, Riley.
St Mirren: Howard, Barron, Potter, Mair, Robb, O'Donnell, Murray, Brady, Carey, Mehmet, Higdon. Subs: Gallacher, Loy, Dargo, McLennan, Johnston.
Referee: I Brines

1930: Hamilton against St Mirren at New Douglas Park is the only one of tonight's games to kick-off at 1930. We're under way. Team news to follow...

1924: Team news from Fir Park.
Motherwell: Ruddy, Saunders, Craigan, Reynolds, Hammell, O'Brien, Coke, Hateley, Murphy, Jutkiewicz, Sutton. Subs: Fraser, Humphrey, Fitzpatrick, McGlinchey, Forbes, Hutchinson, McHugh.
Hibernian: Smith, Thicot, Hogg, Hanlon, Murray, Wotherspoon, Miller, Rankin, Stokes, Nish, Riordan. Subs: Ma-Kalambay, Cregg, Stevenson, McBride, Benjelloun, McCormack, Gow.
Referee: W Collum

1921: We've got five games to whet our collective appetite as both the relegation battle and race for fourth spot enter a crucial stage.

1920: Good evening and welcome to our coverage of tonight's Scottish Premier League action.



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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 5 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 37 54 86
2 Celtic 37 35 78
3 Dundee Utd 37 10 63
4 Motherwell 37 -2 52
5 Hibernian 37 1 51
6 Hearts 37 -10 48
7 St Johnstone 37 -3 47
8 Hamilton 37 -8 46
9 Aberdeen 37 -17 38
10 St Mirren 37 -12 34
11 Kilmarnock 37 -22 32
12 Falkirk 37 -26 30

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