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SPFL Development League Round Up - 19-20/02/18

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The SPFL Development League round up is back and what a week it has been for the future stars of the SPFL. Results these past couple of days have had a tremendous impact at both ends of the table, so let's have a look at the action
 
 
Celtic 1-4 Aberdeen
 
The week started off in spectacular fashion as Celtic succumbed to a shock 1-4 defeat at the hands of a superb Aberdeen side at Cappielow
 
The young Dons got off to the best possible start, taking the lead after just four minutes. After an impressive flowing move, Ethan Ross played a great ball into the path of his namesake Seb Ross placed the ball past Ryan Mullen in the Celtic goal.
 
Celtic were level 10 minutes before half-time when a deflected Paul Kennedy strike fell into the path of Regan Hendrey, who hit a delightful left-footed shot into the top right hand corner of Dons 'keeper Archie Mair's net.
 
Aberdeen retook the lead just three minutes into the second half. Connor McLennan played in Bruce Anderson, who had the time and space to take a touch and fire a shot past Mullen.
 
Just after the hour mark it was 3-1 through Ethan Ross, who can probably count himself fortunate not to be called offside, and the game was sealed through Ethan Ross, despite a late sending off as Bruce Anderson saw red. A great win for Aberdeen who keep up the pace on the league leaders
 
 
Partick Thistle 1-1 Falkirk
 
Both of these sides were separated by just five points at the beginning of the day and that's how it remained as Partick Thistle and Falkirk played out a 1-1 draw at the Excelsior Stadium in Airdire
 
It took till the 25th minute for the Partick to open the scoring, but it was well worth the wait as Ross Fleming sent an absolute rocket into the top corner from 22 yards out.
 
However Falkirk levelled the scoring just three minutes before half-time as a Bairns corner was headed down by Peter Grant into the path of Kevin O'Hara who spun around and fired a shot past Ryan Scully to level the scores
 
Both sides really pushed in the final few minutes for that all important winning goal, but ultimately the game finished all square, with both sides sharing the points.
 
 
St Johnstone 1-4 Hibernian
 
Hibernian have been in fine form in the SPFL Development League this season and again shpwed why they sit at the summit after an impressive 4-1 away win against St Johnstone at New Central Park
 
However it was the Saints who opened the scoring through Cameron Thomson, who capitalised on a mistake by Hibees 'keeper Maciej Dabrowski to slot into the net. Hibs were level 15 minutes later through the typically dangerous Oli Shaw.
 
St Johnstone were battling well against the league leaders before the Edinburgh side turned on the style, scoring three goals in five minutes to seal the game. The first came through Lewis Allan, who reacted quickest from a long throw into the box to prod the ball home on 67 minutes.
 
Then came a quickfire double from Innes Murray. The first was a fine individual effort as the youngster rode two challenges from the Saints defence before slamming the ball home. The second came just 120 seconds later when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box from a corner. His shot took a wicked deflection for his second nd Hibs' fourth of the match
 
 
Hearts 2-1 Dundee United
 
There was late drama in this top vs bottom style encounter as Hearts secured a late winner to secure a 2-1 victory at home to bottom side Dundee Untied at Oriam
 
The Jambs fielded a trialist today and he will not done his chnces of securing a contract any harm as he opened the scoring on the 25 minute mark. A superb pass from Malaury Martin found the trialist, who then fired his strike into the roof of the net from ten yards.
 
United were level 10 minutes from time when Louis Appere latched onto a long ball into the box to fire his shot past Jack Hamilton and level the score.
 
It seemed as though United were on course to leave with a valuable point, however it would be Hearts that would take all three as Aidan Keena drove into the United half and fired a sublime shot past 'keeper Denixz Mehmet to give the Jambos the win.
 
 
 
 
Hamilton Accies 4-1 St. Mirren
 
Hamilton Accies continued their impressive run of form in the league with a 4-1 win over a St Mirren side eager to move as far away from the bottom of the table as possible at the Superseal Stadium.
 
The match marked a great day for Marc Kelly who secured a first half hat-trick. His first came in the opening minute through a stunning curling strike. The second came 20 minutes later and the third after just 28 minutes to give his side a commanding lead.
 
St Mirren had one back 10 minutes into the second half as he reacted quickly to fire his own rebounded shot into the back of the net to give the Paisley Saints some hope going into the last half hour.
 
That hope was squashed on the 64th minute mark however when on loan Manchester United midfielder Charlie Scott fired home on the half volley from a corner to give end St Mirren's resistance and secure the three points for the Accies. 

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