26 Dec Scottish Premiership round-up
Aberdeen missed the opportunity to go top of the table after drawing 2-2 with Inverness Caley Thistle at Pittodrie.
Yet again, the Dons failed to convince anyone they are serious about challenging Celtic for the title, as they battled back from 2-0 down to salvage a point against John Hughes’ team.
Both sides had to put up with difficult playing conditions underfoot and overhead, but Caley took full advantage with a goal either side of the break.
Ross Draper’s cutback to Liam Polworth put the highlanders one goal in front, thanks to some slack defending from Paul Quinn in the 41st minute.
The Dons full back then brought Draper down in the penalty box, two minutes into the second half, which prompted ref, Willie Collum to point to the spot. Tansey converted the penalty to make it 2-0.
Aberdeen’s hopes of putting pressure on Celtic looked dead and buried but, Nial McGinn’s goal after 73 minutes gave the fans belief that an amazing fight back was on.
Willie Collum isn’t a fans favourite at Pittodrie but his decision to award Aberdeen a penalty in injury time gave Derek McInnes’ side the chance to snatch a point, which Adam Rooney duly delivered to make it 2-2.
At New Douglas park, Gary Locke breathed a huge sigh of relief as Tope Obadeyi’s 69th minute strike settled the match in Kilmarnock’s favour against Hamilton Accies.
This was a game of two halves, the first half Kilmarnock were dire, but in the second period this match always had the feeling that one goal would settle it in very difficult playing conditions.
Apart from the disappointment of a third consecutive defeat, the major concern during the game for Accies was the injury to Lucas Tagliapietra, which brought the game to a halt for six minutes as the defender received treatment for a fall inside the box before being stretchered off.
Kilmarnock got the all important goal when Obadeyi had time inside the box to fire a shot which bounced off the surface and deceived the outstretched arms of Michael McGovern to loop high into the net.
The victory ends Killie’s seven game run without a win and increases their advantage over bottom of the table Dundee United to ten points, due to the postponement of their game against Motherwell earlier in the day.
Up at Dingwall, Ross County thumped five past Dundee, despite Paul Hartley’s side twice taking the lead through Kane Hemmings, only to be pegged back by a hat trick from Liam Boyce and a goal apiece from Michael Gardyne and Jackson Irvine.