posted on Apr, 23 2005 @ 03:30 PM
Battling Hearts handed themselves a slim European lifeline when Andy Webster's 88th-minute equaliser gave them a 2-2 draw against Hibernian in their
Bank of Scotland Premier league derby at Easter Road.
Garry O'Connor had given the home side an eighth-minute lead after latching onto a Scott Brown pass but the Jambos fought back to equalise with a
terrific 22nd-minute goal from Lee Miller to send the Tynecastle side into the interval level. After the break, Derek Riordan fired the Leith side
into the lead but just when the three points seemed set to remain at Easter Road the Gorgie defender popped up to head home a Paul Hartley free-kick
and keep the gap between the two side in the league to eight points.
Meanwhile Aberdeen cut the gap on third-placed Hibs to two points courtesy of a 1-0 win at Motherwell. Darren Mackie grabbed the only goal of the game
when he bulleted a header home in the 34th minute.
Kilmarnock striker Craig Dargo came off the bench to snatch a last-gasp 1-0 win over Dundee at Rugby Park. The defeat leaves the visitors in the thick
of the relegation battle, though none of the three sides below them managed to collect a victory.
Goals from Stevie Crawford and Eric Deloumeaux ensured the points were shared as strugglers Dundee United and Livingston drew 1-1. The Tannadice men
were incensed when referee Kevin Toner waved away a very strong penalty claim right at the beginning of the second half because the match turned away
from them in the split second following Emmanuel Dorado's tackle on Jim McIntyre. Livi were boosted by the decision going in their favour and - with
more than a little help from home goalkeeper Tony Bullock - won a point to keep their survival hopes alive with Deloumeaux's scrappy goal.
They remain bottom though as Dunfermline, the side immediately above them on goal difference, picked up a point after a goalless stalemate against
Inverness Caledonian Thistle at East End Park. Livi welcome Dunfermline to Almondvale next week in a match that will go a long way to deciding who