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SPFL Development League - W/C 28th October 2016 roundup

Written by  Dillon Boyle
As the season nears its midway point, there was a packed midweek of SPFL Development League football this week.
 
There were no goals in the tie between Dundee and Falkirk (click here for full match report). This draw puts Dundee up one place in the league ahead of Aberdeen although Aberdeen have three games in hand, Falkirk also moved up one spot on the table ahead of Motherwell on goal difference. Falkirk also have a game in hand and could move above the Hamilton Accies next week.
 
Our second match saw Dunfermline play Dundee United where a decisive goal fifty five minutes into the game saw Dunfermaline's Callum Smith rise above the defence and score a header. Dundee's keeper Brett Long did get a hand to it but it wasnt enough tot keep the ball out the back of the net. The win keeps Dunfermeline seventh and it also keeps Dundee United in thirteenth.
 
The third match of the week comes from Partick Thistle's tie at Airdrie's Excelsior Stadium, where they played Inverness CT. The first goal came from Inverness' Jamie Wilson in the twenty eighth minute of the game where he took an easy tap in from six yards out. The equaliser however didnt come until late into the second half when McLaughlin played Lamont through on goal and he drilled it home to take the game to a 1-1 draw.  This draw was short lived however with another goal coming from Jamie Wilson who chipped the goalie to restablish Inverness' lead. Thistle were to come back though with Lamont crossing the ball and Davied Syme puts it home in the 89th minute to bring it back to a draw of 2-2. This draw meant that Partick Thistle are now in second place but could move back down to third as Ross County have two games in hand and Inverness are still bottom of the league with just nine points from thirteen games.
 
The next game was Hearts vs Rangers where the visitors won 2-1. Rangers took the lead first with a good shot from Liam Burt but Hearts equalised on the stroke of half time with great heading effort from Russel McLean. The second half saw Rangers get a penalty after David Bates was fouled in the box, Zak Rudden stepped up and slotted it home to clinch the victory for Rangers. The win means that Rangers move up to eighth place above St Mirren and Hearts move down to sixteenth place.
 
Next up is St Johnstone vs Hamilton Accies (pictured, right), which resulted in a 2-0 win to Accies. The goals from the Accies came either side of the half with Danny Redmond scoring in the fourty first minute and then Eamonn Brophy scoring in the fifty-forth. Sub Marc Kelly seemed to make an impact according to the Accies website. The win for the Accies means that they stay in fourth place ahead of Falkirk. St Johnstone now sit in fourthteenth.
 
Our final game, rounding off the week's action on Wednesday afternoon, was St Mirren's home tie against Motherwell. An early goal from Motherwell's Dylan Mackin was cancelled out by O'Keefe, as the sides played out a 1-1 draw.
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