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Scottish football as it happened

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By Andy Campbell

1717: Well, that's it from me. Thank you for your contributions and join us again tomorrow for more live Scottish football coverage.

1712: Motherwell have returned to the top of the Scottish Premier League after their win at East End Park. However, Celtic and Rangers have the chance to overtake the Steelmen when they face St Mirren and Aberdeen respectably on Sunday.

1703: You can watch highlights of today's Scottish Premier League matches on the BBC website from 1800 BST on Sunday.

From Jock, a happy Saints fan in Perth by text on 80295: "What a game at McDiarmid, I don't care what is being said about Scottish football, a game like this would have graced any league, brilliant stuff."

1701: If tomorrow's action is half as exciting as today's, we'll be in for another treat. St Mirren host Celtic in the early kick-off, Aberdeen travel to face Rangers at Ibrox and the first Edinburgh derby of the season takes place at Tynecastle. Join us again tomorrow for more live coverage.

1657: What an afternoon! Six-goal thrillers at East End Park and McDiarmid Park and a late winner for Inverness against Kilmarnock. Fifteen goals in total and today's results put Motherwell top of the Scottish Premier League, for 24 hours at least.

Full time
1656: FULL-TIME St Johnstone 3-3 Dundee United

1654: There's still a minute of injury time to play in Perth.

1654: Lauri Dalla Valle has another effort from about 20 yards, low and hard and Saints keeper Peter Enckelman smothers the shot.

"It's been an unbelievable game of football. Tremendous advert for the game." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark at McDiarmid Park

Full time
1652: FULL-TIME Inverness 2-1 Kilmarnock

1651: Lauri Dalle Valle warms the palms of Saints keeper Peter Enckleman with a rising shot from 18 yards.

From Delboy in Symington by text on 80295: "Great afternoon of Scottish football. Crisis? What crisis!?"

Twitter
From AmyxJean on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Swanson the difference again for Dundee Utd?"

Full time
1649: FULL-TIME Dunfermline 2-4 Motherwell

Inverness look like they might have grabbed their first league win of the season as Graeme Shinnie fires home from deep inside the penalty area.

1647: GOAL Inverness 2-1 Kilmarnock (G Shinnie)

Motherwell breathe a sign of relief as Nicky Law makes a darting run from the half-way line and passes the ball into Michael Higdon lurking inside the six-yard box to knock it home.

1646: GOAL Dunfermline 2-4 Motherwell (Higdon)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
United are level! Gavin Gunning rises to head Danny Swanson's corner into the net.

1645: GOAL St Johnstone 3-3 Dundee United (Gunning)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
And Dunfermline have made things interesting at East End Park. Joe Cardle's shot deflects off a Motherwell defender and finds the net.

1644: GOAL Dunfermline 2-3 Motherwell (Cardle)

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Dundee United are back in it. A quickly-taken free-kick sends Johnny Russell into the box and he skilfully evades two players before cutting the ball across for Gary MacKay-Steven, who scores despite the best efforts of Saints keeper Peter Enckelman.

1642: GOAL St Johnstone 3-2 Dundee United (MacKay-Steven)

1641: Dundee United are staring at three consecutive defeats for the first time since May 2009.

"This game's changed, not in terms of scoreline but in terms of possession. If Dunfermline get another goal, you would wonder." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds at East End Park

1638: They're heading into the closing stages at East End Park and the Caledonian Stadium but there's still a bit to go at McDiarmid Park, due to the delayed start to the second half.

1632: The introduction of Danny Swanson has livened up Dundee United as they search for a way back at McDiarmid Park.

1631: Dunfermline's goal has now been credited to Joe Cardle as he was the player who deflected David Graham's shot into the net.

1630: Richie Foran should have done better with a header, picked out by Aaron Doran's cross, but he steers it wide of the post - golden opportunity missed by Inverness to take the lead.

"The youngsters Jim McIntyre has introduced have given them a bit of life and a bit of energy - and a bit of hope." BBC Scotland pundit Steve Cowan at East End Park

1628: Inverness press for a winner and Richie Foran tries to find strike partner Gregory Tade but Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell makes the interception.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Substitute Dave Graham drives at the Motherwell defence, unleashes a shot and a deflection wrong-foots goalkeeper Darren Randolph as the Pars pull one back.

1625: GOAL Dunfermline 1-3 Motherwell (Graham)

Someone has struck the woodwork
1620: Kilmarnock almost in front at the Caledonian Stadium. Ben Hutchinson takes advantage of a slip by Chris Hogg and bends a shot off the post.

1619: Manager Jim McIntyre makes a double change in a bid to get Dunfermline back into this game. Ryan Mason replaces Gary Mason while Paul Willis comes on for Paul Burns.

1618: Dundee United come close to pulling one back at McDiarmid Park. Paul Dixon's cross finds Johnny Russell on the edge of the box and the forward's header zips past the near post.

1617: With more than half-an-hour left some of the home support at Dunfermline are already heading home. After a great start to the season their side have been woeful.

1615: The ball drops kindly for Cillian Sheridan from a Saints free kick but the striker hoofs his shot high over the crossbar from eight yards.

DW is pleased Dunfermline have signed Craig Easton and has text on 80295 to say: "Good to see that the Pars have signed a midfielder as its been obvious for weeks that we had a weak spot. Unless we get a grip quickly Motherwell could get four or five."

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Chris Humphrey makes it 3-0. The winger went on a run past several players before cutting into the penalty area and rattling the ball in off the post. The Dunfermline defence were at fault for giving him plenty of space. Motherwell thoroughly dominant now, Humphrey's first goal of the season.

1611: GOAL Dunfermline 0-3 Motherwell (Humphrey)

"Kilmarnock have the upper hand, even though Inverness looked like the dominant side in the first half. Ever since Killie scored the equaliser, they've looked more confident" BBC Scotland pundit Brian Irvine in Inverness

1610: Motherwell are still on top at East End Park so Dunfermline are making a change. Andy Barrowman, who has been up front alongside Andy Kirk, is replaced by David Graham.

1609: St Johnstone have started the second half as they finished the first. Dave MacKay bursts into the box and has a shot deflected over. From the corner, Jamie Adams heads just wide at the back post.

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From k_plus_n on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Can Motherwell be the team to push the Old Firm this year? With the current form of the three teams at the moment, why not!!?"

1608: St Johnstone kick the second half off against Dundee United.

1605: Inverness striker Gregory Tade almost repeats his trick from the first half with a carbon copy header that drifts across the face of the Killie goal shortly after the restart.

1603: The matches at the Caledonian Stadium and East End Park are back underway.

1557: Dundee United boss Peter Houston gave referee Charlie Richmond an earful at McDiarmid Park as the teams went off the pitch. Houston is also sporting elbow pads on his jumper - a daring new look or a sign of the hard times at Tannadice?

1554: Three exciting first halves draw to a close with goal action at all three grounds. Time for a quick break to grab a cup of tea!

Half time
1552: HALF-TIME St Johnstone 1-3 Dundee United

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Francisco Sandaza scores his second of the day in the third minute of stoppage time. The striker escaped Garry Kenneth's sliding challenge and produced a composed finish to beat Dusan Pernis. Once again, Sandaza declined to celebrate scoring against his former club.

1550: GOAL St Johnstone 3-1 Dundee United (Sandaza)

Half time
1547: HALF-TIME: Inverness 1-1 Kilmarnock
Dunfermline 0-2 Motherwell

1546: Another stoppage at McDiarmid Park as Francisco Sandaza and Gavin Gunning require treatment following a collision.

1543: Dunfermline fans are beginning to boo their players at East End Park as Motherwell continue to dominate with four minutes until half-time.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
What a turnaround! St Johnstone take the lead at a free-kick. Dave MacKay makes a disguised run and Jody Morris cleverly back-heels the ball to Liam Craig, whose thunderous low shot flies through the United wall and into the net.

1539: GOAL St Johnstone 2-1 Dundee United (Craig)

St Johnstone goal: Francisco Sandaza coolly side-foots his penalty into the net. The big striker did not celebrate the goal out of respect for his former team.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Kilmarnock goal: Dean Shiels works his way towards the Inverness penalty area and curves a superb shot from around 20 yards out past Ryan Esson in the Inverness goal to give Kilmarnock an equaliser as half-time approaches.

1537: GOAL St Johnstone 1-1 Dundee United (Sandaza, pen)

1536: GOAL Inverness 1-1 Kilmarnock (Shiels)

Someone has won a penalty
1535: St Johnstone have a penalty! Johnny Russell is penalised for catching David Robertson's head with a high boot in the act of clearing the ball.

"I think Darren Randolph has set up a hammock in the Motherwell goal, it has been so long since he was called into action." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod at East End Park

Twitter
From iainFordyce17 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Great start from Motherwell today. 2-0 up within 26 minutes. Keeping up their good start to the season."

Yellow card
1531: It's still a fiercely competitive derby at McDiarmid Park. Lauri Dalla Valle and Frazer Wright both required treatment after a crunching tackle earlier on and Wright has just been booked for tripping the United striker. Injury blow for Saints with Callum Davidson limping off to be replaced by Willie Gibson.

"That goal from Tade was no more than Inverness Caledonian Thistle deserved - and a fantastic delivery from Foran too." BBC Scotland pundit Brian Irvine at the Caledonian Stadium

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Motherwell goal: Jamie Murphy makes a darting run into the Dunfermline box and his shot takes a deflection off Alex Keddie as it travels into the net. Inverness goal: Gregory Tade heads in after a wonderful cross from Richie Foran to net his first ever goal for Inverness and give the hosts the lead.

1528: GOAL Inverness 1-0 Kilmarnock (Tade)

1527: GOAL Dunfermline 0-2 Motherwell (Murphy)

"Dunfermline look nervous for the first time this season." BBC Radio Scotland commentator Liam McLeod

Someone has struck the woodwork
1522: A chance for Motherwell's Tom Hateley from a free kick 30 yards out. His shot took a touch off the Dunfermline wall and came off Paul Gallacher's post. A lucky escape for Gallacher who was nowhere near it.

1520: The eagle-eyed among you will no doubt have noticed that I initially credited Motherwell's goal to Keith Lasley when it was in fact Michael Higdon.

"Ryan Esson has had nothing to do at all - the game has hit a lull. After Kilmarnock's early passing, it's all about Inverness now." BBC Scotland pundit Brian Irvine in Inverness

1517: An effort from distance by Nick Ross from 25 yards out. Killie keeper Cammy Bell had it covered, but the whizzed past the post. Magnificent shot, but to no avail for Inverness.

1516: Willo Flood is on the post to make a goal-line clearance as St Johnstone's Jamie Adams gets a shot away following a corner.

"This is a real derby!" BBC Radio Scotland Open All Mics reporter Charlie Mann at McDiarmid Park

1516: Another Aaron Doran corner - this time a short one - is picked up by Thomas Piermayr who fires in from deep inside the box, but, again, the ball clears the Kilmarnock bar.

Twitter
From thedarrenhudson on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "So Tim Clancy is playing today in defence for Motherwell, they will be hoping he can Clear the Present Danger!"

1515: It should be 2-0 to Dundee United. Barry Douglas drilled the ball into the danger area and new loan signing Lauri Dalle Valle diverted it over the crossbar from eight yards.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
Michael Higdon plays a one-two with Keith Lasley and fires a low shot into the net. A good start for the visitors.

1512: GOAL Dunfermline 0-1 Motherwell (Higdon)

1509: A spell of pressure from St Johnstone culminates with a shot from Cillian Sheridan skidding into the arms of United keeper Dusan Pernis.

1508: Some news from Celtic; defenders Emilio Izaguirre and Charlie Mulgrew have both agreed contract extensions to stay at the club until 2015.

1507: An outswinging corner from Inverness's Aaron Doran lands at the feet of Nick Ross, who sends his shot over the bar from just inside the Kilmarnock box.

Yellow card
1507: A meaty challenge by Jamie Adams on Barry Douglas means a booking for the St Johnstone player.

1505: New Motherwell signing Tim Clancy is seeing a lot of the ball in the early stages at East End Park. It's been a positive start from the visitors in the opening five minutes.

Goooooooaaaaaaaaal
What a start for Dundee United, first attack of the match and it's a goal! John Rankin feigned to shoot, slipped a pass to Jonny Russell, who set up Barry Douglas to rifle an angled shot into the far corner from the edge of the penalty box.

1504: GOAL St Johnstone 0-1 Dundee United (Douglas)

Whistle
1502: And the matches get underway.

1500: Players are on the pitch for the pre-match handshakes.

1455: Five minutes to go until kick-off.

1454: There are three former Dundee United players in the St Johnstone line-up; David McCracken, David Robertson and Francisco Sandaza. Could one of that trio come back to haunt the Tangerines?

1449: Another debutant on show today is Motherwell's new signing Tim Clancy.

1443: In other transfer news, Hibernian have signed Leigh Griffiths on loan from Wolves until January.

1442: That means Lauri Dalla Valle makes his debut for Dundee United after joining on loan from Fulham earlier this week.

1439: Full teams from McDiarmid Park.
St Johnstone: Enckelman, MacKay, Wright, McCracken, Callum Davidson, Robertson, Adams, Morris, Craig, Sheridan, Sandaza. Subs: Mannus, Maybury, Caddis, Gibson, May, McIntosh, Higgins.
Dundee Utd: Pernis, Dillon, Kenneth, Gunning, Dixon, Flood, Douglas, Rankin, Armstrong, Russell, Dalla Valle. Subs: Banks, Watson, Robertson, Swanson, Mackay-Steven, Allan, Dow.
Referee: Charlie Richmond

1438: Full teams from the Caledonian Stadium.
Inverness CT: Esson, Tokely, Hogg, Golobart, Graeme Shinnie, Ross, Piermayr, Morrison, Foran, Doran, Tade. Subs: Tuffey, Andrew Shinnie, Shane Sutherland, McKay, Laing.
Kilmarnock: Bell, Fowler, Kroca, McKeown, Ada, Kelly, Buijs, Dayton, Shiels, Pascali, Hutchinson. Subs: Jaakkola, Hay, Harkins, Galan, Racchi, Pursehouse, Fisher.
Referee: Bobby Madden


1437: Full teams from East End Park.
Dunfermline: Gallacher, Jason Thomson, Dowie, Keddie, McCann, Cardle, Mason, Hardie, Burns, Barrowman, Kirk. Subs: Smith, Rutkiewicz, Graham, Buchanan, Willis, Ryan Thomson, Young.
Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Clancy, Craigan, Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Jennings, Law, Higdon, Murphy. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Forbes, Page, Halsman, Lawless, Carswell.
Referee: Euan Norris

Twitter
From BBC Scotland's Jane Lewis on Twitter: "Shaun Hutchinson misses out because of a hamstring injury, paving the way for a debut for new recruit Tim Clancy. The club have also agreed a two-year deal with Omar Daley subject to a work permit. He's at East End Park today before travelling to Jamaica on Monday to sort out the paperwork."

1435: The first Tayside derby of the season takes place at McDiarmid Park with St Johnstone on a high following last week's 1-0 win at Celtic Park and then a comfortable 3-0 midweek triumph over Livingston in the cup. United have lost their last two games and will be eager to avoid three in a row.

1434: Inverness also lost to lower league opposition in the cup during the week with Ayr United triumphing at Somerset Park. The Highlanders are still looking for their first league win of the season but today's opponents Kilmarnock have not lost yet this season.

1432: At East End Park, a win for either side would send them top of the table, for at least 24 hours. A draw would be enough for Motherwell to reach the summit. The Pars sustained a surprise defeat in the Scottish Communities League Cup to East Fife in midweek but Jim McIntyre's side are still unbeaten on league duty and are aiming for a third straight SPL win.

1430: Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Premier League coverage. Just the three games today, with Dunfermline hosting Motherwell, Kilmarnock travelling to Inverness and Dundee United making the short trip to St Johnstone.



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27 Aug 2011 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 27 Aug 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Motherwell 6 4 13
2 Rangers 4 7 10
3 Celtic 4 6 9
4 St Mirren 5 1 8
5 Dunfermline 5 0 8
6 Kilmarnock 5 2 6
7 Dundee Utd 6 -4 6
8 Hearts 5 1 5
9 St Johnstone 5 -2 5
10 Aberdeen 5 -4 4
11 Inverness CT 6 -6 4
12 Hibernian 4 -5 3

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