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SPL Wrap: St Johnstone snatch European place as Inverness lose

18 May 2013 19:13

St Johnstone snatched the Scottish Premier League's final European spot after beating Motherwell 2-0 at McDiarmid Park on Sunday.

Inverness started the day in third place, knowing three points at Victoria Park would secure their first-ever UEFA Europa League spot going into their clash with Ross County.

However, Andre Hainault netted the only goal of the game just before half-time to claim Ross County's first win over their Highland rivals since 2009.

Meanwhile, St Johnstone took advantage with a victory over SPL runners-up Motherwell to move two points ahead of Inverness.

Liam Craig, making his last appearance for the club before a move to Hibernian for next season, opened the scoring with a long-range effort in the 36th minute.

Nigel Hasselbaink doubled the home side's lead two minutes after half-time to seal the three points and his side's place in the Europa League qualifiers for a second year running.

SPL champions Celtic finished their league campaign in style with a convincing 4-0 win over Dundee United at Tannadice.

Kris Commons put the visitors ahead with a superb free-kick in the 11th minute, after he was hauled down by Jon Daly just outside the penalty area, before two goals from Georgios Samaras put Celtic in complete control of proceedings.

The Greek striker's first effort found the net thanks to a deflection off of young defender John Souttar, before he headed home a free-kick from Commons in the 27th minute.

Anthony Stokes netted a fourth goal five minutes from time to put Celtic in a confident mood ahead of their Scottish Cup final with Hibernian next Sunday.

On Saturday, the Edinburgh side ensured they go into the final on the back of three consecutive victories after beating relegated Dundee 1-0 at Easter Road.

David Wotherspoon guided home a powerful header in the 79th minute to help his side finish highest in the bottom half of the SPL table.

Aberdeen snatched a late draw at home to Hearts after Jamie Hamill’s late own-goal cancelled out Ryan Stevenson’s opener.

In the other game of the day, St Mirren sprung a surprise as they beat ninth-placed Kilmarnock 3-1 at Rugby Park.

John McGinn had put Danny Lennon's side ahead with his first senior goal after 20 minutes, but Kris Boyd equalised soon after for the hosts.

Paul McGowan restored St Mirren's lead with 75 minutes gone before on-loan midfielder Conor Newton's late effort sealed the three points.

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Competition
Premiership
Date
18 May 2013
Game week
5
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
1 - 0
Venue
Easter Road Stadium (Edinburgh)
Attendance
9522

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Substitutes

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28
7
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# Player Bookings
11
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24
27
36
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