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Scottish Premiership Wrap: Motherwell boost European hopes, Celtic trounce Aberdeen

3 May 2014 21:32

Motherwell all but secured a UEFA Europa League qualifying berth with victory in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

Third-placed Motherwell ended a three-game winless run by edging St Johnstone 2-1 at home.

Stephen McManus headed home the deciding goal before half-time to send Stuart McCall's side six points clear of fourth-placed Dundee United, who could only draw 1-1 at Inverness Caledonian Thistle due to a superb performance from home goalkeeper Dean Brill.

Motherwell only require one point from their final two outings to secure European football.

Champions Celtic ran out 5-2 winners against second-placed Aberdeen, who are now just a point above Motherwell.

Celtic have long since secured a third successive title, but required victory on Saturday to maintain their chances of breaking the 100-point barrier.

Neil Lennon's men ultimately triumphed at a canter, with Scott Brown and Kris Commons each grabbing two goals.

Gregg Wylde's 79th-minute thunderbolt earned St. Mirren a 1-0 win over Ross County, heightening the latter's relegation fears.

County are just a point above Kilmarnock, who visit Hearts on Sunday and currently occupy the relegation play-off place.

Hibernian and Partick Thistle each moved a point above Ross County following an entertaining 1-1 draw.

Kris Doolan's tap-in gave Partick an early lead, but Hibs avoided a seventh successive defeat - despite losing Michael Nelson to a red card - courtesy of Sam Stanton's late header.

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Competition
Premiership
Date
3 May 2014
Game week
3
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1
Venue
Fir Park (Motherwell)
Attendance
7201

Goals

1 - 0
1 - 1
S. McManus 36'  
2 - 1

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
24
20
12
22
23
26
30
# Player Bookings
22
11
8
4
15
23
25

Sunday 24 July

22:25
20:43
19:55
19:29
19:20
18:41
18:14
18:10
17:49
17:03
16:56
16:39
16:10
15:17
15:00
14:44
13:55
13:44
13:27
13:11
12:42
12:08
11:22
10:36
10:10
09:09
08:12
07:45
06:07
03:50
03:45
03:14
02:39
01:20
01:17
00:07

Saturday 23 July

23:41
23:14
21:30
21:24
21:20
20:44
19:53
19:04
18:53
18:06
17:57
17:31
17:21
16:59
16:39
15:48
15:42
15:21
15:17
15:06
14:56
14:29
14:22
14:02
13:49
13:33
13:04
12:30
12:14
11:09
10:48
10:34
08:08
08:04
07:27
07:26
07:24
06:30
05:37
05:08
04:28
02:35
02:19
02:03
01:08
00:48

Friday 22 July

23:57
23:05
22:25
21:58
21:03
20:38
20:11
19:33
18:52
18:19
18:07
18:05
17:46
17:36
17:33
17:28
17:24
17:13
17:05
17:04
17:00
16:55
16:55
16:46
16:12
15:01
14:44
14:35
14:17
13:48
13:28
13:10
12:57
12:42
12:16
11:47
11:45
11:00
10:48
09:59
09:42
07:17
06:22
04:15
04:03
04:00
03:49
02:56
02:50
01:40
00:43
00:28
00:26

Premiership table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0

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