Hearts blow chance to go top

Hearts blow chance to go top

Published Aug. 26, 2012 1:00 a.m. ET

Hearts missed out on the chance to go top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League as they were held to a goalless draw against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Sunday afternoon.

The Dons enjoyed the better of the chances against a Hearts side that looked jaded after their midweek exertions against Liverpool in the Europa League, although the Tynecastle men remain unbeaten in the SPL this season.

Despite their pressure, the hosts were unable to find a way past Hearts stopper Jamie MacDonald and were forced to settle for a second successive goalless draw at home.

In Sunday's other game in the Scottish top flight, Thomas Reilly's stoppage-time leveller handed St Mirren a 1-1 draw against Motherwell at Fir Park.


Micheal Higdon took advantage of some poor defending by Lee Mair and slotted
beyond Craig Samson in the opening minute.

St Mirren pressed for an equaliser throughout the remainder of the match,
despite the late dismissal of Shaun Hutchinson, and in the final minute they
restored parity. Steven Thompson forced an excellent save from Darren Randolph
and substitute Reilly bundled the ball into the net.

In Saturday's action Dundee United's hopes of maintaining their 100% record and top spot were undone by suicidal second-half defending as they lost 3-1 at Kilmarnock.

A comedy of errors inside the first five minutes allowed Rory McKenzie and Borja Perez to claim their first goals for Kilmarnock before Jude Winchester grabbed the home side's third inside 10 minutes to give Kenny Shiels' side their first win of the season.

And although Jon Daly pulled one back for the Tannadice side it did little to placate manager Peter Houston, who was raging on the touchline throughout the second half.

Hibernian made it back-to-back wins in the SPL with a 2-0 success against St Johnstone at Easter Road.

The home side were second-best throughout the first half but took a 1-0 advantage into the break thanks to a 45th-minute goal by Paul Hanlon. Eoin Doyle added the second six minutes after the restart.

The defeat leaves St Johnstone joint bottom of the division with only one point taken from their opening four games, while Hibs move up into second.

A Richard Brittain penalty was enough to give Ross County their first SPL win of the season over Dundee.

The Staggies, now unbeaten in 38 league games, netted the winner with less than 20 minutes remaining after Mark Corcoran had been impeded by Neil McGregor.

The defeat leaves Dundee at the foot of the table with only one point from their opening four matches.