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Newz Forum: SOCCER: Bank of Scotland Scottish Premier results 16/04/05

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posted on Apr, 16 2005 @ 02:11 PM
Craig Bellamy blasted a spectacular winner as SPL champions Celtic heroically pulled themselves back from two goals down to beat Aberdeen 3-2 and increase their lead over Rangers to five points.

The visitors looked on course to claim their third consecutive success on the Hoops' doorstep and give the Ibrox men back the initiative in the title race after racing to a shock two-goal lead through Zander Diamond and Darren Mackie after 14 minutes. But Stanislav Varga and John Hartson hauled Celtic back on level terms either side of the break before on-loan Bellamy blasted a spectacular winner.

Goals from Roy McBain, Bryan Prunty and Craig Brewster gave Inverness a 3-2 win over Dundee but it still wasn't enough to see Caley grab sixth place before the split. The Highlanders raced into a 3-0 lead and even missed a twice-taken penalty before Dundee fought back with goals from Tom McManus and John Sutton. But despite a valiant effort, Inverness have to settle for a disappointing but credible place in the bottom half of the league for the last five games.

Terry Butcher's Motherwell sneaked into the top-six by grabbing a last-gasp 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock at Fir Park. An own goal from Killie keeper Alan Combe on 86 cancelled out Peter Leven's 33rd-minute free-kick and ensured Motherwell can look forward to a lucrative end to their season. The point meant the Steelmen finished one ahead of Inverness and will now face the top five sides in the league to complete their campaign - including big-money matches against the Old Firm.

Grant Brebner's sensational 92nd-minute goal gave Dundee United a 2-1 victory over Hearts to keep them a step ahead of fellow strugglers Livingston in the race to avoid relegation. The game had been heading to a stalemate after Lee Miller struck in the 39th minute to cancel out Barry Robson's opener moments earlier.

Livingston kept up the pressure with a 3-0 win at Hibernian. Derek Lilley opened the scoring four minutes after the break before goals by Hassan Kachloul and Burton O'Brien secured the win.



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