posted on Jan, 21 2006 @ 11:04 AM
Hearts' fragile title hopes took another dent when they went down 1-0 to Kilmarnock in their Bank of Scotland Premier League clash at Rugby Park.
In an ill-tempered but compelling affair which referee Steve Conroy struggled to control a times, Danny Invincibile's close-range strike less than a
minute into the second half was enough to give the Ayrshire side the victory. The Jambos lost the chance to close the seven-point gap on leaders
Celtic who play their game in hand against Motherwell on Sunday.
Kris Boyd and Dado Prso grabbed a double each to secure a 4-1 win for Rangers against Livingston. Boyd grabbed a goal in each half against a battling
Livingston side, who had hauled themselves back into the game through Gabor Vincze. But it was substitute Prso who made the scoreline look convincing
when he netted twice late in the game.
Two-goal Derek Riordan pulled Hibernian to within six points of second-placed Hearts with a second-half winner against struggling Dunfermline at
Easter Road. Simon Donnelly came off the bench to cancel out the Scotland international's stunning opener in the first half to give Dunfermline hope
of pulling away from bottom club Livingston. But Riordan overtook strike partner Garry O'Connor in the SPL scoring charts by curling his 10th goal of
the campaign to seal the 2-1 win.
Craig Brewster's first match in charge of Dundee United ended in a draw as Alan Archibald ensured the new Terrors boss avoided defeat against his
former manager, Jimmy Calderwood. Aberdeen had taken the lead in the 49th minute when Richie Byrne's pass allowed Steve Crawford to set-up Darren
Mackie, who applied an assured finish from the edge of the area, but Archibald equalised three minutes later scoring from six yards out. Brewster made
his playing debut in the 60th minute, replacing Lee Miller, but the 39-year-old's afternoon ended prematurely after suffering an ankle injury in a
challenge with Russell Anderson.
Falkirk slumped to their biggest home defeat of the season as Inverness cantered to a 4-1 victory at Westfield. Barry Wilson, Dennis Wyness, Craig
Dargo and Ross Tokley all struck as caretaker manager Charlie Christie strengthened his claims to take the job on permanently. Craig Ireland had
earlier levelled for the Bairns before Inverness ran riot.