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Saturday's SPL as it happened


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By Colin Moffat

1710: Righto. I'll sign off now. Many thanks for your company and enjoy the rest of your Saturday. We'll be back for more of the same from Tynecastle and Celtic Park tomorrow.

1705: SPL leaders Rangers are in action tomorrow. Ally McCoist's men visit Tynecastle for a 1230 kick off and a win in Edinburgh would stretch their advantage to nine points. At 1500, Celtic entertain Aberdeen, who are yet to score a goal away from home this season.

1703: From gusforgie on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Great fight-back from the Pars today, stuff like that will keep us up #comeonyepars."

1700: Hibs were really holding on by their fingernails as they finished 3-2 winners at St Mirren. It was a match packed full of thrills and spills and you can see it 'as live' over on BBC ALBA from 1730.

1657: Dundee United drop down to 10th spot after a drab stalemate at home to St Johnstone, who are now level on points with Celtic, although they have played two more games than Neil Lennon's side.

1655: Well, well. Inverness stay rooted to the bottom of the league after conceding that late penalty. Manager Terry Butcher will not be best pleased...

1653: FULL-TIME: St Mirren 2-3 Hibernian

1653: FULL-TIME: Inverness 1-1 Dunfermline

1652: FULL-TIME: Dundee United 0-0 St Johnstone

1650: Dunfermline midfielder Gary Mason misses a chance to put his side ahead at Inverness with an effort that flies wide when he perhaps should have hit the target.

1649: Graham Carey bursts into the Hibs penalty area, leaving a trail of green and white shirts in his wake, but the lively Buddies sub skews his shot wide.

1648: From thedarrenhudson on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Right now two points separate six teams from St Mirren who have been widely praised this season to ICT who many have written off."

1645: Graham Stack again has to block, this time from a Graham Carey free kick which finds Steven Thompson, the Hibs goalie getting his left hand to the shot.

The Pars draw level from the penalty spot, with David Proctor upending an opponent, allowing Liam Buchanan to convert from the spot.

1643: GOAL Inverness 1-1 Dunfermline (Buchanan)

1642: Play continues to rage on in Paisley as Hibs forward Junior Agogo runs the length of the St Mirren half, only to drive in a shot that Samson deals with easily. Akpo Sodje is fuming since he was much better placed than his team-mate.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1639: St Mirren respond with a swift attack. Nigel Hasselbaink dribbles past three Hibs players then crosses for the on-rushing Steven Thompson in the centre of the penalty box but the ball flies wide, with Sean O'Hanlon perhaps getting a crucial touch. Jim Goodwin follows up but his effort cannons off the junction of post and crossbar.

1638: An astonishing miss from Hibs sub Akpo Sodje! The big man just had to tap in a low cross from Lewis Stevenson but somehow scooped the ball over the crossbar from a couple of yards out.

1636: Hibs have now withdrawn top scorer Garry O'Connor, replacing him with defensive midfielder Victor Palsson. It looks like the visitors are shoring things up to protect their 3-2 lead. St Mirren winger Gary Teale's afternoon is also over, he is replaced by Graham Carey.

1634: St Johnstone striker Francisco Sandaza is booked for simulation after taking a dramatic tumble in the Dundee United box. Still 0-0 at Tannadice.

1633: Nigel Hasselbaink gets a dirty look from St Mirren team-mate Steven Thompson after driving the big striker's knockdown high over the crossbar.

1630: St Mirren are on top now and Hibs make another change, with Danny Galbraith making way for Lewis Stevenson.

1626: Steven Thompson outmuscles Richie Towell to fire in an angled shot that Hibs keeper Graham Stack keeps out with one hand. The loose ball falls to Nigel Hasselbaink but the St Mirren sub fires wide from right in front of goal. In his defence, he had two defenders blocking his path.

1625: "Dunfermline are on top and it looks like a matter of time before they equalise. My hope, or thought, was that Caley Thistle would go on to win two or three nil with the wind at their back, but that's why I'm not a betting man," BBC Radio Scotland pundit Brian Irvine.

1623: The small band of Hibs fans boo at St Mirren Park as boss Colin Calderwood elects to withdraw Leigh Grifftiths, scorer of two first-half goals. The towering Akpo Sodje comes off the bench.

1622: Barry Douglas heads just wide as Dundee United come close again.

1620: "St Mirren haven't started the second half well at all - a bit like they started the first half. Danny Lennon will want to see more of the football that led to that goal-scoring period." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark at St Mirren Park.

1617: A couple of games are already finished in the second round of the Scottish Cup. Poor old Wigtown & Bladnoch were thumped 9-0 at home by Stranraer.

1615: A David Graham free-kick somehow finds it way through the Caley Thistle defensive wall, but goalkeeper Ryan Esson holds the Dunfermline forward's effort.

1612: Dundee United forward Lauri Dalla Valle is off target again as he heads wide from John Rankin's teasing cross.

1611: Caley Thistle's Greg Tansey fires a 25-yard free-kick a foot wide of a Dunfermline post.

1610: St Johnstone are almost in as Liam Craig tries to bundle the ball towards goal but United survive.

1609: The wholly impartial BBC Scotland reporter Chick Young can be hear tut-tutting every time his beloved St Mirren give the ball away, which is quite a lot of tutting, given their slack start to the second half.

1607: From Buster1903 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Five goals in a Hibs game and none from O'Connor??"

Someone has struck the woodwork
1605: Dundee United defender Garry Kenneth fires off a 35-yard free kick that clips the top of the crossbar on its way out. An escape for Saints early in the second half.

1603: We're up and running again, although we are experiencing radio commentary problems from the cracker at St Mirren Park.

1559: Inverness were on the rack for most of the first half but Dunfermline could not profit from their period of dominance and are behind after Gregory Tade's diving header.

1555: "It's been a decidedly average first 45 minutes," BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont, watching Dundee United 0-0 St Johnstone at Tannadice.

1552: Well, I don't suppose I'm the only one taken aback by that scoreline at St Mirren Park. Hibs started well, playing a high-tempo pressing game, and were gifted a goal by some crazy dribbling from keeper Craig Samson. Out of the blue, Paul McGowan rattled in a quick-fire double but Hibs hit back with a header from Sean O'Hanlon and a super strike from Leigh Griffiths, who was the man to profit from Samson's moment of madness.

Half time
Dundee Utd 0-0 St Johnstone
Inverness 1-0 Dunfermline
St Mirren 2-3 Hibernian

1544: "Dunfermline goalkeeper Paul Gallacher is a bit busier now, so that will warm him up a bit for the second half, when I am sure he will have more to do playing into the wind" BBC Radio Scotland pundit Brian Irvine in Inverness.

This is some game at St Mirren Park as Hibs surge back into the lead thanks to a great strike from Leigh Griffiths. The on-loan striker ran on to a chipped pass from Garry O'Connor and walloped in a shot from a very tight angle.

1542: GOAL St Mirren 2-3 Hibernian (Griffiths)

The goals just keep coming in Paisley as Sean O'Hanlon gets his head to a David Wotherspoon free kick and the ball sails into the net.

1539: GOAL St Mirren 2-2 Hibernian (O'Hanlon)

Inverness pounce on a mistake from former Ross County defender Alex Keddie and, when Richie Foran sends in a cross, Gregory Tade throws himself at it to head into the Dunfermline net.

Having made a dreadful start, St Mirren are now ahead as Gary Teale's free kick is headed across goal by Steven Thompson, bounces off a Hibs player towards Paul McGowan who drives low and hard past Graham Stack from 14 yards.

1536: GOAL Inverness 1-0 Dunfermline (Tade)

1535: GOAL St Mirren 2-1 Hibernian (McGowan)

St Mirren are back on level terms as David van Zanten delivers a cross from the right and Paul McGowan has a free header from eight yards. Graham Stack got a hand to it but could not keep it out.

1534: GOAL St Mirren 1-1 Hibernian (McGowan)

1533: St Johnstone defender Frazer Wright breathes a sigh of relief after his sliced clearance drops just over the crossbar.

1532: Ryan Esson comes to Caley Thistle's rescue, the goalkeeper superbly pushing a Joe Cardle half-volley from just inside the penalty box wide.

1531: "So far there's no penetration from St Mirren: they're not being allowed to play their short passing football and the Hibs defence are having an easy time of it." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Sandy Clark in Paisley.

1529: Dunfermline centre-half John Potter rises to meet a corner, but his header is straight at Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson, who fists the ball clear. The visitors are well on top, with a fierce wind at their backs.

1527: "There's no great pattern or flow to the game. At the moment, they're just cancelling each other out." BBC Sportsound pundit Craig Paterson at Tannadice, watching Dundee Utd v St Johnstone.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1525: A magnificent effort from Dunfermline full-back Paul Burns, who uses the Highland wind to bend in a 25-yard drive that smacks off the inside of a post and rolls across the goal-line before going for a goal kick to Inverness.

1525: Eagle-eyed St Mirren fans may notice that their players are wearing pink laces (and other accessories!) today. It's not a fashion choice: they're raising awareness of breast cancer, but it happens to look quite snazzy too.

1523: Not much to report from the Caledonian Stadium, where the home side have failed to threaten while Dunfermline's Andy Kirk fired wide when he should have hit the target and David Graham also shot wildly over.

1521: "Colin Calderwood's tactics are working today. Hibs look a big threat and St Mirren look nervy at the back." Sandy Clark, BBC Radio Scotland pundit.

1518: Another effort from Dundee United forward Lauri Dalla Valle, this time a header from Keith Watson's cross but the effort is off target, to St Johnstone's relief.

1516: More indecision in the St Mirren defence presents Leigh Griffiths with another chance but the striker can only find the side-netting with an angled shot on the turn from close range.

1514: Kevin Moon's first-time shot on the run is well blocked by Dundee United defender Gavin Gunning.

1509: Inverness full-back Thomas Piermayr is shown a yellow card for a scything tackle on winger Joe Cardle, a sixth booking of the season for the Austria Under-21 international.

1508: Dundee United striker Lauri Dalla Valle threatens for the home side after getting goal-side of Frazer Wright. St Johnstone goalkeeper Peter Enkelman makes the save.

A howler from Buddies keeper Craig Samson gifts Leigh Griffiths his first Hibs goal. The goalie took forever to deal with a back-pass from Lee Mair then tried to dribble his way out of trouble, allowing the on-loan Wolves forward to nick the ball and tuck it into an empty net.

1507: GOAL St Mirren 0- 1 Hibernian (Griffiths)

1504: Having beaten Hibernian at Easter Road back in August, Danny Lennon reverts to the same starting XI two months on, with Gary Teale replacing Nigel Hasselbaink from the side which drew with Rangers last week. Teale had an early pop at goal but his shot ricocheted off a Hibs defender.

1503: Hibs manager Colin Calderwood has gone for a very attacking line-up, with three forwards getting support from Danny Galbraith and David Wotherspoon in midfield.

1501: We're off at St Mirren Park, Tannadice and the Caledonian Stadium.

1457: After the departure of manager Derek McInnes to Bristol City, Alec Cleland and Jody Morris are charged with looking after first team affairs for St Johnstone. Cleland has just told BBC Radio Scotland he's interested in taking on the job full-time.

1455: Lauri Dalla Valle takes the place of the injured Danny Swanson in the Dundee United side, while Keith Watson and Barry Douglas are in for Scott Allan and Johnny Russell. St Johnstone make one enforced change with the injured Cillian Sheridan dropping out with injury, to be replaced by Marcus Haber.

1450: From VillaNo7 on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Today's game could make or break Dundee United's season."

Dundee Utd: Pernis, Watson, Dixon, Kenneth, Gunning, Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Douglas, Dalla Valle, Daly. Subs: Banks, Russell, Armstrong, Mackay-Steven, Allan, Dow, Barrett.
St Johnstone: Enckelman, MacKay, Callum Davidson, Anderson, Wright, Millar, Morris, Moon, Craig, Sandaza, Haber. Subs: Mannus, Maybury, Gibson, Finnigan, Caddis, May, Durnan.
Referee: Alan Muir

1441: Inverness boss Terry Butcher names an unchanged line-up for the third successive game despite hammering his players after going down 2-0 at St Johnstone last week. Jason Thomson and Alex Keddie return to the Pars starting XI.

1439: From keysersoz on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Re: 1235, good to see Billy Dodds spot on as normal!"

Inverness CT: Esson, Piermayr, Tokely, Proctor, Graeme Shinnie, Foran, Tansey, Andrew Shinnie, Ross, Davis, Tade. Subs: Tuffey, Cox, Shane Sutherland, Chippendale, McKay, Gillet, Meekings.
Dunfermline: Gallacher, Jason Thomson, Potter, Keddie, McCann, Boyle, Graham, Mason, Burns, Cardle, Kirk. Subs: Smith, McDougall, Buchanan, Ryan Thomson, Easton, Byrne, Young.
Referee: Steven McLean

Full time
It's a second stalemate between these sides this season as Kilmarnock keep a clean sheet for the first time in eight games. Motherwell will stay in second place in the SPL this weekend, moving four points clear of nearest challengers Celtic, who play tomorrow.

1434: Kilmarnock midfielder James Fowler drills in a shot from distance that Darren Randolph smothers comfortably.

1432: We're into the last few minutes now and it's still Motherwell 0-0 Kilmarnock. No suggestion of either side settling for a point.

1429: James Dayton is on for Kilmarnock. Gary Harkins has run his race.

1428: Omar Daly gets his first chance to turn on the accelerator down the left flank but Killie's Alex Pursehouse matches the speedy sub to thwart the danger.

1426: Danny Buijs jinks past Stevie Hammell to make his way into the Motherwell penalty area but his progress is halted by a totally committed Steve Jennings, who comes flying in with a sliding challenge.

St Mirren: Samson, van Zanten, McAusland, Mair, Tesselaar, Thomson, Goodwin, McLean, Teale, Thompson, McGowan. Subs: Graeme Smith, Barron, Hasselbaink, McKee, McShane, Carey, Haddad.
Hibernian: Stack, Towell, O'Hanlon, Murray, Hanlon, Osbourne, Wotherspoon, Galbraith, Griffiths, O'Connor, Agogo. Subs: Brown, Scott, Stevenson, Palsson, Stephens, Sodje, Welsh.
Referee: Bobby Madden

1422: From lauriedunsire on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Killie seem more comfortable in possession but 'Well possibly more dangerous when in the final third. Could go either way!"

1420: Good work from Gary Harkins and Dean Shiels sets Danny Buijs free in the penalty area but the Dutchman chooses not to pull the trigger and his tame cross is cut out by a Motherwell defender.

1418: Gary Harkins powers a shot high over the crossbar from 25 yards. Not the Killie playmaker's finest moment today...

1417: Less than 20 minutes to go now and it's still Motherwell 0-0 Kilmarnock. Are we going to get a breakthrough?

1415: Omar Daly's first contribution is a late tackle on Dean Shiels. Ref Craig Thomson gives the Jamaican the benefit of the doubt and keeps his cards in his pocket.

1412: Double change for the home side: Omar Daly and Bob McHugh come on, with Jamie Murphy and Chris Humphrey the men making way.

1411: From the free kick, Rory McKeown curls an effort a few feet over the crossbar.

1410: Motherwell skipper Stephen Craigan is booked for blocking Paul Heffernan on the edge of the penalty area.

1409: From stewerogers on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: " I'm saying it now, @Jamiemurphy89 or late sub Bob McHugh cracker to seal the deal. Mon' the 'Well!"

1407: With his clever passing and good movement, Gary Harkins is looking the likeliest source of a goal at the moment. Team-mates Dean Shiels and Paul Heffernan perhaps need to up their game though...

1405: Gary Harkins fashions room for a shot on the edge of the penalty area but it flies straight at Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph.

1401: Tom Hateley charges forward from his right-back position and flashes a curling shot a few feet wide of Anssi Jaakkola's goal.

1357: Kilmarnock keeper Anssi Jaakkola has to scoop away a dangerous cross from Jamie Hammell before making a tremendous double save. The Finn blocks a Steve Jennings shot from close range and then pulls off a great flying save to thwart Michael Higdon. Wonderful stuff.

1353: A trip on Gary Harkins from Keith Lasley earns the Motherwell man a booking. A disappointing free kick fizzles out, with Paul Heffernan crowded out on the edge of the penalty after taking a short pass from Dean Shiels. That one must have looked a lot better on the training ground...

1351: Kilmarnock's Gary Harkins pings in a quality cross from the left but Stephen Craigan gets a clearing header to it, with Paul Heffernan waiting to pounce.

1349: Kilmarnock kick us off for the second half. No changes in personnel.

1345: Kilmarnock have David Silva (no, not the famous one) and James Dayton on the bench if they want to liven things up in attack. Not so many options for Motherwell boss Stuart McCall, although Bob McHugh looks like an exciting prospect...

1342: Hibs sit just one point off the bottom of the SPL. One year into manager Colin Calderwood's reign, there have not been real signs of improvement from the men in green and white.

1339: St Mirren are in confident mood after last weekend's 1-1 draw at Ibrox. Can they build on that fine performance against Hibernian in Paisley today?

Half time
It's been an entertaining first 45 minutes, with chances at both ends. Kilmarnock have gone closest, with Gary Harkins striking the post with a shot.

1332: Kilmarnock skipper Manuel Pascali growls in anguish as his header from a corner finds the net but it won't count since he was climbing all over an opponent in amber and claret.

1331: BBC boffins are looking into problems with the live scores and individual match live text coverage, which is supplied by our friends from the Press Association.

1329: From KerronCross on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "The Kilmarnock goalie is wearing number 53. Are there really another 52 players in squad or is he just a big Herbie fan?"

1327: Dean Shiels seizes upon some slack Motherwell passing but his progress towards goal is crudely interrupted by Stevie Hammell, who picks up a yellow card for manhandling his opponent. Nothing comes from the resulting free kick.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1324: Gary Harkins finds room on the right edge of the Motherwell penalty box and his shot across keeper Darren Randolph cannons off the base of the far post. Paul Heffernan's follow-up effort is blocked by defender Tim Clancy.

1320: James Fowler strides forward from midfield but the Kilmarnock man does not catch his shot quite right and the effort from 22 yards slides wide.

1318: Motherwell are looking the more menacing side, with Kilmarnock sitting deeper and deeper.

Someone has struck the woodwork
1315: Tom Hateley fizzes in a dangerous corner from the left and it strikes the crossbar, with Killie keeper Anssi Jaakkola at full stretch.

1314: From William_Main on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Impressed by the way Motherwell are going about things this season. Hope they don't drift away from the Old Firm."

1312: Michael Higdon squirms away from Kilmarnock skipper Manuel Pascali in the penalty area but can only find the side-netting with his shot on the turn.

1308: Stevie Hammell and Chris Humphrey swing good deliveries into the Kilmarnock penalty area but the visitors clear their lines without much fuss.

1304: From cameronfoster on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Hearts throwing a media strop over some SFA spat at a time when wages aren't being paid on time is just a coincidence, yeah?"

1302: Chris Humphrey controls a high ball nicely on his chest then drills in an angled shot that Killie keeper Anssi Jaakkola does well to get fingertips to.

1300: Another great cross from Jamie Murphy flashes into the Kilmarnock penalty area but 'Well striker Michael Higdon is slow to react and the danger is cleared.

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1258: From Chris in Motherwell by text on 80295: "You have to wonder what happened to the fans who were desperate for Scottish Cup Final tickets, if only they showed the same support in general!"

1256: Chris Humphrey gets in behind the Kilmarnock defence but the speedy winger delays his cross and it's cleared for a corner. From the set-piece delivery, the ball falls nicely for Stephen Craigan but his shot is blocked in a congested six yard box.

1254: Kilmarnock midfielder Gary Harkins has a crack at goal from 22 yards but it's a simple save for Darren Randolph.

1253: Paul Heffernan skips away from Motherwell captain Stephen Craigan but his touch is heavy, allowing Tim Clancy to clear at the edge of the penalty area.

1252: Jamie Murphy gallops away from a couple of Killie defenders down the left flank but his low delivery into the danger area fails to find a team-mate.

1251: From KerronCross on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Fir Park looks empty today. Even for Fir Park."

1249: Motherwell have made a promising start, with both full-backs prominent in early attacks.

1246: We're underway at Fir Park, with the home side kicking off.

1243: The players are in the tunnel at Fir Park. Not long to go now...

1242: And what about the bottom-of-the-table clash between Inverness and Dunfermline - is is too early to talk about six-pointers?

1240: St Johnstone visit Dundee United later today. How will the Saints react to the loss of manager Derek McInnes?

1238: From CoffeePatriot on Twitter using #bbcsportsound: "Let's see if Motherwell can rattle some cages and get within 4 pts of Rangers. It'll also be interesting to see how Killie bounce back after the stunning game last week against Celtic."

1235: BBC Radio Scotland pundit Billy Dodds is not expecting another 0-0 between Motherwell and Kilmarnock. "There will be goals," he confidently predicts. Kilmarnock's Paul Heffernan is the leading marksman on show today, with six SPL strikes so far.

1233: Motherwell defender Shaun Hutchinson is fit again after ankle and hamstring injuries but he has to be content with a place on the home bench. No surprise there. Stuart McCall's side have been flying.

1230: "It's very disappointing. Fans need to know why teams are picked and like to hear reaction to results. Media outlets like the BBC provide them with that. It's the fans who will be the ones who suffer," BBC Scotland pundit and former Jambo Allan Preston on the Edinburgh club's decision to ban media from speaking to players and coaches.

1228: Hearts aren't speaking to anyone until Paulo Sergio's SFA hearing on 3 November and if you hadn't noticed Rangers have withdrawn all co-operation with the BBC. Ibrox owner Craig Whyte gave newspaper interviews to Jim Traynor and Tom English today and you can hear those two present Your Call on BBC Radio Scotland at 1730.

Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Clancy, Craigan, Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Jennings, Law, Higdon, Murphy. Subs: Bradley, Hutchinson, McHugh, Daley, Forbes, Page, Carswell.
Kilmarnock: Jaakkola, Pursehouse, Sissoko, Pascali, McKeown, Kelly, Buijs, Fowler, Harkins, Shiels, Heffernan. Subs: Letheren, Hay, Silva, Dayton, Kroca, Racchi, Fisher.
Referee: Craig Thomson

1222: Following three defeats on the bounce, Killie stunned Celtic by racing into a 3-0 half-time lead last weekend but had to be content with a share of the spoils after a stirring comeback from Neil Lennon's side.

1220: The teams drew 0-0 in Ayrshire in July and Kilmarnock are undefeated in their last four outings against 'Well.

1217: Motherwell are aiming for a fourth consecutive SPL win and will move to within four points of leaders Rangers if they manage it.

Breaking news
1214: Hearts have withdrawn their staff from all media events in protest at manager Paulo Sergio being called in front of the Scottish Football Association.

1212: Both sides are unchanged for the 1245 kick off at Fir Park. Full team line-ups to follow...

1210: Good afternoon and welcome to our Scottish Premier League coverage. In-form Motherwell host Kilmarnock in the lunchtime kick off, with Dundee United v St Johnstone, Inverness v Dunfermline and St Mirren v Hibernian to follow at 1500.

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Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 22 Oct 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 11 19 29
2 Motherwell 12 1 23
3 Celtic 10 10 19
4 St Johnstone 12 5 19
5 Hearts 11 7 18
6 St Mirren 12 -2 13
7 Aberdeen 11 -1 12
8 Kilmarnock 12 -3 12
9 Hibernian 12 -7 12
10 Dundee Utd 12 -7 11
11 Dunfermline 11 -11 10
12 Inverness CT 12 -11 9

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