BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 11:05 GMT, Sunday, 24 July 2011 12:05 UK

Saturday SPL as it happened


To get involved text 80295 or find us on Twitter: via the hashtag #bbcsportsound (Not all contributions can be used)

By Keir Murray

1706: Thanks for your company this afternoon and for your contributions. Have a great Saturday evening.

1704: We'll be back tomorrow with the live text coverage of Motherwell v Rangers, Celtic v St Johnstone and Kilmarnock v Hearts.

1700: In the First Division, the scores were: Ayr 2-2 Falkirk
Livingston 4-2 Dundee
Partick Thistle 1-1 Hamilton
Raith Rovers 1-1 Morton
Ross County 2-0 Queen of the South

1658: We'll have highlights of these three matches on the website on Sunday from 1800 BST.

1656: But for Hibs manager Colin Calderwood and Inverness boss Terry Butcher, the gloom continues to hang over these clubs so far this season.

1654: Well, Pars boss Jim McIntyre will be delighted with that win at Dundee United. These points could come in very handy come May.

Full time
FULL-TIME: Hibernian 1-2 St Mirren
Dundee United 0-1 Dunfermline
Aberdeen 2-1 Inverness CT

1650: New signing Illias Haddad has replaced Paul McGowan for St Mirren, and now Steven Thompson has been hooked in favour of Paul McQuade. Fresh legs much needed for St Mirren who are looking a little sloppy in defence in the latter stages.

1649: Inverness substitute Gregory Tade gets his head on to the ball but directs it right at Dons keeper Gonzalez.

1648: "A really nervy end to this game, real end-to-end stuff." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod, as they go into four minutes of stoppage time at Pittodrie

1648: Martin Scott hooks the ball WAY over the bar from 12 yards, squandering a much needed and rare chance for Hibs in the dying minutes at Easter Road.

1647: Here's one for lovers of good Scottish words. Dunfermline's Andrew Bannerman "tumbles his wilkies" - he jumps over the advertising hoardings and his momentum takes him into a metal barrier, which he clears by tumbling head over heels. He's no worse for wear, I'm pleased to report.

The Pars' Paul Burns scores his first SPL goal, cracking a low drive from 16 yards past Dusan Pernis, who looked a bit ponderous on his way down to the turf to try to stop the shot.

GOAL! Dundee United 0-1 Dunfermline (Burns)

1642: From macker100 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Hibs heading for a third defeat in four games. Just not good enough. Calderwood needs to get this team sorted."

1641: "They talk about games of two halves. This has most definitely been one." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

1640: St Mirren's John McShane replaces Gary Teale, who has had a good game.

1639: Inverness nearly pull level as Richie Foran bears down on goal but a great save by Gonzalez bails out the Dons.

1638: Martin Hardie is Dunfermline's only goal threat at Tannadice and heads over at the back post as he tried to capitalise on a flick-on from Gary Mason.

1637: "I don't want to be overly critical, but you wouldn't see as many offsides in a schools game on a Saturday morning." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Stevie Cowan, suggesting a lack of intelligence among Dunfermline's strikers at Tannadice

Richie Foran slides in for his first of the season as he pounces on a mis-headed ball by Aberdeen's Youl Mawene. A real gift for the Highlanders.

GOAL! Aberdeen 2-1 Inverness CT (Foran)

1635: "St Mirren still look the most composed team. Hibs are all hash and bash to try and score a goal. Gary Teale is up front alongside Steven Thompson now so it definitely isn't negative stuff from St Mirren." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark describes the Leith side in unusual terms

1633: A substitutions update from Easter Road. Isaiah Osbourne has been replaced by Martin Scott.

1631: The inimitable Mr Jim Spence at Tannadice blames a stubborn fragment of fig roll wedged in a tooth for his use of the word "clacked" rather than "cracked". Truly, they broke the mould when Spencey was born. What a guy.

1630: "Inverness Caledonian Thistle are playing well, they seem like a different team after the break." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1629: From kaisersauzee by Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Another sub for #Hibs - Akpo Sodje on for Matt Thornhill in 66th minute. Here comes Akpo aka matchwinner. Optimist?"

1628: Great play from Hibs: they've picked up the pace and Ivan Sproule almost set up Garry O'Connor for the equaliser but he is too obvious in his delivery and Marc McAusland clears to maintain St Mirren's lead.

1627: Dunfermline set-piece expert Martin Hardie curls a free-kick wide of a Dundee United post in a rare attack by the visitors.

Red card
1626: Uh-oh. Ross County's Stuart Kettlewell has been sent off.

1625: Caley Thistle miss out on another clear chance to pull a goal back on Aberdeen as Jonny Hayes cannot capitalise for the Highlanders. BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod adds: "The Aberdeen defence are all at sea at the moment."

1624: The only other goalless match in the Scottish leagues today is in Dingwall, where Ross County and Queen of the South are struggling to find the net.

1622: Danny Swanson comes on for Barry Douglas as Dundee United boss Peter Houston seeks greater creativity to break the stalemate.

1620: Dundee United midfielder John Rankin curls an effort wide on the turn as Dunfermline fail to clear their lines.

1619: Richie Foran wastes an opportunity to pull one back for Inverness. He was one-on-one with Aberdeen keeper David Gonzalez but a poor first touch ends with the ball smothered by the Dons goalie.

1616: Willo Flood seems intent on scoring direct from a corner and forces another goal-line punched clearance from Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallacher as Dundee United continue to press. Johnny Russell had earlier lashed over from 14 yards to squander a good opening.

1615: Sportsound host Richard Gordon reveals the most bizarre communication received by BBC Scotland today. It reads: "Drew Jarvie ate my hamster." You cannot top that.

1612: First shot in anger for Aberdeen in the second-half as Scott Vernon turns in the box but sends the shot over the Inverness bar.

1610: Inverness defender Roman Golobart has the chance to make amends for his first-half mistake that led to Aberdeen's second goal, but he fails to connect with the ball and it's an easy save for keeper David Gonzalez.

1608: From Mattjosmith on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "@AberdeenFC could be scaling the heady heights of ninth in the league if it stays like this!"

1605: There has been a drop-ball at Tannadice. Jim Spence asks his Open all Mics colleagues what a drop-ball is called in Glasgow. Pundit Derek Ferguson offers "stoat-up". Any others?

1603: For Hibs, Victor Palsson has been hooked at half-time (not punched, by the way!) after that mistake for the second goal. He has been replaced by Danny Galbraith. St Mirren are unchanged.

1600: The latest scores in the Scottish First Division are: Ayr 1-2 Falkirk, Livingston 2-0 Dundee, Partick 0-0 Hamilton, Raith Rovers 1-1 Morton, Ross County 0-0 Queen of the South

1556: markovanwatson on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Those two Aberdeen goals were a long time coming but can't help feeling that we missed a trick not going for Steven Thompson."

1555: From macker100 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Hibs' young defence showing its frailties yet again. Two mistakes two goals. Need some experienced defenders to help youngsters."

1554: From nogodsfewheroes on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Gordon Durie is on the East Fife bench at 45?! Gotta love Crankie Robbo. And also - Lolbernian should be sweeping the comedy awards at the Fringe."

1553: From TomasJGibson on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Good to see Magennis is making an impression, I hope he gets a few more games rather than Mackie."

1552: "Aberdeen are looking good for their first three points of the season." BBC Scotland football pundit Craig Paterson

Half time
HALF-TIME: Hibernian 1-2 St Mirren

What a game Jeroen Tesselaar is having - setting up both St Mirren goals. He won the ball from Hibs full-back Victor Palsson, looked up and played the ball into Steven Thomson (the midfielder) who showed finishing skills as clinical as his namesake. Another mistake by the Hibs defence, though.

GOAL! Hibernian 1-2 St Mirren (Thomson)

Half time
HALF-TIME:Dundee United 0-0 Dunfermline
Aberdeen 2-0 Inverness CT

1544: Dunfermline aren't tracking runners into their penalty box and this time it is John Rankin who heads wide for Dundee United.

Superb play from Jeroen Tesselaar to set up Steven Thompson for the equaliser. The full back won the ball from Booth but unselfishly played in Thompson who left Graham Stack with no chance. It's anybody's game!

GOAL! Hibernian 1-1 St Mirren (Thompson)

1542: Willo Flood is demanding the ball at every opportunity at Tannadice. He will be a key player for United this season. It's good to see him playing regularly again after a rough time at Middlesbrough.

1540: A frustrating moment for the Caley Thistle players when referee Crawford Allan pulls play back for a free-kick when they clearly had advantage with Jonathan Hayes bearing down on Aberdeen keeper David Gonzalez.

1539: "Hibs probably just about deserve to be in front but St Mirren are dangerous going forward. A good open game." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark

1538: Josh Magennis nearly makes it three for Aberdeen with two great chances in quick succession. BBC commentator Liam McLeod adds: "This is a different Aberdeen side than we've seen of late."

1536: Inverness Caley Thistle are taking a thumping from the Dons all over the pitch. Terry Butcher said pre-match that his team and Aberdeen had endured similar starts to the SPL campaign - inconsistency but results worse than performances. Well, it looks like Aberdeen have found a bit of fluency at last.

1534: Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallacher produces a trio of saves each better than the other, ending with a brilliant stop to deny Scott Robertson an opener for Dundee United. First, he blocked from Jon Daly at the front post, punched Willo Flood's resulting corner off the line, then stretched full length to turn Robertson's volley on to a post. Oh, I say!

1532: Now, just before Garry O'Connor scored his 49th SPL goal, macker100 tweeted using #bbcsportsound: "I don't like this 4-5-1 that Hibs are playing. We need another striker on the pitch." macker100 could turn out to be correct, despite the current score.

1529: A good spell of pressure from Dundee United. Jason Thomson's last-ditch interception denies Johnny Russell in front of goal then Barry Douglas and Jon Daly send headers wide.

And at Pittodrie, Inverness debutant Roman Golobart loses the ball easily to Scott Vernon who moves one-on-one with keeper Ryan Esson, looks up and picks the bottom corner to double Aberdeen's lead.

To Easter Road first, then. A great finish for Garry O'Connor, who is ploughing a lone furrow up front for Hibs this afternoon. The ball broke to the striker after ricocheting off the St Mirren defence. O'Connor's finishing was first class - sending it low and hard across the face of goal, leaving Craig Samson helpless. And that was closely followed by a chance for Ivan Sproule. Hibs have come alive!

GOAL! Aberdeen 2-0 Inverness CT (Vernon)

GOAL! Hibernian 1-0 St Mirren (O'Connor)

1526: "St Mirren are trying to get the ball down and pass it around. It's great to see." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark

1525: "There has been a lot of passing from Inverness but the final ball is just lacking that bit of quality." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1523: The Thom(p)son Twins almost combined beautifully to open the scoring for St Mirren. Jeroen Tesselaar provided the cross for Steven Thompson, Steven Thomson missing the rebound. So to be clear, the striker missed, then the midfielder missed. We think.

1520: From DanielJamWalker on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "If Aberdeen lose at Pittodrie today I think Paw Broon could be out of a job - I hear Jim Jefferies is looking for one of those."

1519: Dunfermline have worked their way into the game without threatening goalkeeper Dusan Pernis and a quick break from United ends with Barry Douglas heading wide from 12 yards.

1518: "The Aberdeen goal did fall to Milsom but it was all about the terrific work of Josh Magennis who did well to pick out his team-mate in front of goal." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Craig Paterson

1517: A chance for Hibs on the counter attack. A pacy run from winger Ivan Sproule finds David Wotherspoon in the box but he can't control his effort at goal. Still Hibernian 0-0 St Mirren.

1516: Dons boss Craig Brown will be cracking open the pan drops to celebrate.

1514: Wey-hey! The Dons are off the mark for the season. Rob Milsom slides in on a ball from Josh Magennis who did very well to get to the goal-line to cross to his team-mate.

GOAL! Aberdeen 1-0 Inverness CT (Milsom)

1512: Our commentary team at Easter Road are struggling to make clear the difference between Steven Thomson and Steven Thompson. Apparently the striker's middle name is Howard, so they're thinking of using that. Any other suggestions? Text 80295 or #bbcsportsound

1511: "St Mirren are trying to build up from the back. Danny Lennon is certainly changing the way they play and it is working for them so far." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark

1510: Dundee United put the first effort on target when Willo Flood is given plenty of room in midfield and fires a powerful effort from 30 yards. Fortunately for Dunfermline, it is straight at goalkeeper Paul Gallacher.

1509: A bright start to the game at Pittodrie with the Dons having a lot of the play. Robert Milson floats a ball towards team-mate Scott Vernon who heads just wide of the Inverness goal.

1508: A half chance for St Mirren's Paul McGowan from eight yards after meeting David van Zanten's cross but his left-footed shot flies over the bar.

1507: "United are certainly pressing forward. Dunfermline have an attacking formation of 4-3-3 and will have to make sure that their wide men tuck back in and don't get caught out when United attack." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Steve Cowan

1505: Dunfermline keeper Paul Gallacher is seeing plenty of the ball but purely in the form of goal-kicks as Dundee United repeatedly knock it long and wide.

1503: On Radio Scotland Derek Ferguson applauds Dundee United for their new school of excellence.

1502: St Mirren kick off at Easter Road with a good travelling support through from Paisley, perhaps sampling some of the Edinburgh Festival while they're at it.

1501: "St Mirren look like AC Milan in their black and red strips. I'm not sure they're going to play like them, but here's hoping." Paul Mitchell at Easter Road for Hibs v St Mirren

1500: We're under way in Dundee.

1458: It's a cracking day at Tannadice. The pitch looks excellent, with a fetching diagonal effect on the lush turf. Ah, all is well with Scottish football.

1456: We're approaching kick-off. When it comes to texts to 80295 or tweets using the hashtag #bbcsportsound, don't haud back! Fire them in, please, and I'll post a fine selection here for us all to enjoy...or get annoyed at.

1455: Dunfermline have made an attacking change following their 1-0 win over St Johnstone with defender John Potter dropping to the bench following his red card, which was rescinded on appeal. Winger David Graham takes his place.

1454: At Tannadice, Gavin Gunning makes his first Dundee United start. The former Blackburn defender replaces Keith Watson in the starting line-up after making his debut off the bench in the 5-1 defeat by Celtic last weekend.

1453: Inverness go into the match at Pittodrie without seven players including Ross Tokely who failed to overturn the red card he received in last weekend's 2-0 defeat to Rangers. Manager Terry Butcher gives new loan signing from Wigan Roman Golobart a debut while there are also starts for Andrew Shinnie, Nick Ross and Gavin Morrison. Welshman Owain Tudor Jones misses out after undergoing knee surgery while Gregory Tade and Aaron Doran drop to the bench.

1452: Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has made two changes to the side that was defeated 3-0 at Tynecastle last weekend as they look for their first win of the season against Inverness. He has given Josh Magennis and Ryan Jack starts with defender Rory McArdle and striker Darren Mackie making way.

1450: BBC Scotland football pundit Sandy Clark tells the listeners that there is plenty to be positive about in Scottish football and that we need to be more upbeat about the game in this country.

1449: DUNFERMLINE TEAM: Gallacher, Jason Thomson, McCann, Keddie, Dowie, Mason, Hardie, Burns, Cardle, Kirk, Graham. Subs: Smith, Barrowman, Potter, Buchanan, Willis, Ryan Thomson, Young.

1448: Last but not least, DUNDEE UNITED TEAM TO FACE DUNFERMLINE: Pernis, Dillon, Dixon, Kenneth, Gunning, Douglas, Flood, Rankin, Robertson, Russell, Daly. Subs: Banks, Swanson, Watson, Armstrong, Allan, Dow, Hilson.

ST MIRREN TEAM: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Tesselaar, Teale, Thomson, Goodwin, McLean, Thompson, McGowan. Subs: Graeme Smith, McShane, Carey, Kennedy, McQuade, Haddad, Naismith.

HIBERNIAN TEAM TO FACE ST MIRREN: Stack, Palsson, Stephens, Hanlon, Booth, Sproule, Osbourne, Murray, Wotherspoon, O'Connor, Thornhill. Subs: Brown, O'Hanlon, Galbraith, Scott, Stevenson, Sodje, Crawford.

1445: Our man in Tayside, Jim Spence, has revealed that Dundee United owner Stephen Thompson has warned that he and his family can no longer invest more of their money in the club. The news follows the decision by the club's bankers to take all of the £2.8m fee received for the sale of Scotland striker David Goodwillie to Blackburn Rovers.

INVERNESS CT TEAM: Esson, Piermayr, Hogg, Golobart, Graeme Shinnie, Hayes, Ross, Tansey, Andrew Shinnie, Morrison, Foran. Subs: Tuffey, Tade, Shane Sutherland, Aldred, Doran, Laing, Greig.

ABERDEEN TEAM TO FACE INVERNESS CT: Gonzalez, Jack, Mawene, Considine, Foster, Fyvie, Osbourne, Arnason, Milsom, Vernon, Magennis. Subs: Jason Brown, McArdle, Clark, Mackie, Pawlett, Paton, Megginson.

1440: Oh boy, we could certainly do with some entertaining football to cheer us up after a dismal night for Scottish teams in the Europa League QUALIFIERS(!) on Thursday.

1435: Good afternoon, all, and welcome to this afternoon's live text commentary of today's three Scottish Premier League games.

Print Sponsor

Scottish Premier results

20 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Motherwell 4 5 10
2 Celtic 3 7 9
3 Dunfermline 4 2 8
4 St Mirren 5 1 8
5 Rangers 3 4 7
6 Kilmarnock 3 3 5
7 Dundee Utd 5 -4 5
8 Hearts 4 1 4
9 Aberdeen 5 -4 4
10 Hibernian 4 -5 3
11 St Johnstone 3 -3 1
12 Inverness CT 5 -7 1

related bbc links:


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.