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Celtic Spend An Afternoon At The Top Of The SPL Before Normal Service Is Resumed

Tuesday 1st October 2013
Phill Inman reports at the goings at the weekend north of the border.

In a weekend packed with goals Inverness Caledonian Thistle has stayed top of the Scottish Premier league on goal difference with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Hibernian. In form striker Billy McKay took full advantage of a Hibernian defensive mix up to put Thistle ahead. Richie Foran was then quickest to Greenhalgh's header that hit the bar to put Terry Butchers men 2-0 up. McKay scored his second of the game rifling home from 20 yards as Inverness put last week's defeat behind them.

Celtic had briefly gone top of the league in there early kick off with a 5-2 thrashing off Kilmarnock. The Hoops took the lead early on when a speculative cross from Giorgio Samaras was only parried as far as Kris Commons. It was then Samaras's turn to get a goal as he arrowed a shot past Craig Samson to put Celtic 2-0 up. Celtic did not stop there as there as they scored a third, Samaras scoring again in a fiery first half. Kilmarnock rallied with goals from Sammy Clingan and Sean Clohessy. Clingan rifled in a fantastic free kick past the helpless Fraser Forster. Clohessy then swept the ball home after a smart one two with Clingan to give Killie hope. The comeback never looked likely as the second half quieted down after the frenetic first, Samaras completed his hat trick late in the second half, before substitute Amido Balde wrapped up the win, Celtic still have a game in hand and a prime chance to go top.

Motherwell went third in the table with a 3-1 win over Ross County, which saw County drop down to ninth in the league. County took the a 1-0 lead into the first half through Melvin De Leuww's heavily deflected shot. Motherwell came out in the second half a different team and scored three goals in 20 minutes to secure a comfortable victory.

St Johnstone and Partick Thistle drew 1-1 in a match that mirrored their mid table status. Kris Doolan fired the Jags ahead with a low angled shot before Steven Macleans low shot levelled. To give a result that was fair for both teams.

Meanwhile bottom of the table Hearts gained a valuable point against sixth place Dundee United. Both sides struggled to find a way through in a game lacking that killer touch. Hearts were unlucky not to take a point last week losing out to a last minute goal against Ross County. But on the basis of their performances so far there is a small chance that they could catch St Mirren who have had a poor start to the season.
Phill Inman
I'm 23 years old and followed football all my life. Still waiting for my talent and prowess to get spotted on the pitch, until that happens I hope you enjoy reading my articles.

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