SPL round up: Stokes, Daly & Hayes score

With Rangers, Hibernian and Kilmarnock all involved in pre season friendly’s there were only four games in the Scottish Premier League.

Saturday’s action saw Dundee United overcame the early loss of Scott Severin to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a 1-1 draw at home to another unbeaten side St Mirren.

Severin suffered a double leg break inside the first two minutes following a 50/50 challenge with Waterford man Jim Goodwin and faces a lengthy period on the sidelines however despite losing one of his key player’s United manager Peter Houston absolved the Buddies skipper of any blame, “He is a wholehearted and committed player but there was no malice in the tackle with Goodwin. The two went in for the ball together and Seve came off worse”

St Mirren, with David Van Zanten at right back, went ahead through Steven Thomson on 11 minutes but Dundee United hit back with Jon Daly, who has started the season in blistering form getting his 2nd goal of the season to rescue a point for the Tangerines.

Willo Flood and Sean Dillon completed an Irish quintet in action at Tannadice.

Meanwhile Dubliner Jonathan Hayes was on the score sheet as Inverness came from 2-1 down against Dunfermline to draw 3-3 in a thrilling encounter at East End Park.

Greg Tansey’s 83rd minute goal from Richie Foran’s cross goal header took Terry Butchers side to 3-2 and they looked set for their first win of the season as the clock ticked down.

However Martin Hardie had other ideas with his injury time free kick rescuing a point for Dunfermline although Inverness will be pleased to at least get their first point of the season.

Hayes and Foran were joined in the starting lineup by Aaron Doran who made his first start since his summer move from Blackburn. The young Charleville man played 74 minutes before being replaced.

At Pittodrie, Anthony Stokes 74th minute goal was enough to make it two wins out of two for Celtic and take them to second into the table, a point behind unbeaten Motherwell.

Overall it was a mixed day for Neil Lennon, who while delighted with the three points, saw his defensive injury worries increase when he lost star defender Emilio Izaguirre to a suspected broken ankle.

With Glen Loovens also out summer signings Adam Matthews and Kelvin Wilson started at the back for Celtic as Lennon adopted a 4-1-4-1 formation with Stokes out wide on the left.

Celtic found it hard to break down a resolute Aberdeen as both side went close in the first, Kris Commons and Scott Vernon trading efforts. Celtic upped the ante in the second half and found the net with just over 15 minutes to go as Commons dispossessed Richard Foster before setting up Stokes.

Finally Darren Randolph made it 270 minutes without conceding a goal this season as Motherwell spoiled the league debut of new Hearts manager Paulo Sergio.

In demand Jamie Murphy scored the winning goal on 60 minutes to make it two wins and a draw from their opening three games.

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