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SPFL Development League Round Up - 23/04/18

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The SPFL Development League is now drawing to a close and with Hibernian already being crowned league champions, the race for second place is still on. Here is how the action went down on Monday:
 
 
St. Mirren 2-2 Dundee
 
Dundee ended a good season in the SPFL Development League with a disappointing draw away to St. Mirren. The Dee finished the game with nine men as they let slip a two-goal lead.
 
Cedwyn Scott opened the scoring for Dundee after just six minutes when he managed to get on the end of Jesse Curran's cross. Matthew Henvey doubled the lead just a minute later with a drilled shot into the bottom corner.
 
St Mirren equalised just before half-time when Curran's wayward header only went as far as Robbie Leitch who had the simple task of firing home. Kerr Waddell was shown a red card 15 minutes into the second half for a late tackle and from the resulting free-kick St Mirren were level through a Sam Jamieson header.
 
Dundee would be reduced to nine men four minutes later as Matthew Henvey was shown a second yellow for dissent.
 
 
Falkirk 0-1 Hearts
 
Dundee's slip-up meant that Hearts closed the gap on the Dee to just four points as they secured victory over the league's bottom side Falkirk. The win means that Hearts can leapfrog Dundee to finish second if they secure four points from their last two games, which are against Kilmarnock and Celtic.
 
The scoreline could have been a lot worse for the Bairns and they had 'keeper Robbie Mutch to thank for keeping the score respectable. However he could not keep Hearts from opening the scoring just two minutes into the second half.
 
It was Euan Henderson who broke the deadlock, pouncing on a loose ball to fire past Mutch and secure the three points for the Jambos.
 
 
 
Celtic 0-2 Motherwell
 
Motherwell ensured a 100% record over Celtic in the Development League this season with a 2-0 win over the Bhoys at Lennoxtown. 
 
It took just three minutes for the Well to take the lead through some great work by Jack Hastie. The striker ran down the right hand side, before cutting in on his favoured left foot to strike past Ross Doohan for the lead.
 
Some slack play from Celtic defender Stephen Welsh led to Motherwell's second. Jamie Semple won the ball and played through David Turnbull, whose strike was saved by Doohan only as far as Hastie who tucked away for his and Motherwell's second.
 
 
St Johnstone 1-2 Dundee United
 
Dundee United came away from McDairmid Park with a very impressive 2-1 victory over St Johnstone.
 
Emil Lyng opened the scoring for the Terrors within five minutes after capitalising on a poor free-kick from Stefan Scougall to advance down the field and place the ball past Saints 'keeper Ross Sinclair.
 
United doubled their advantage just before the hour mark through Gavin Ritchie, who burst into the box to fire high past Sinclair. Saints responded well and pulled a goal back just a minute later through Ali McCann, but they could not find an equaliser and Dundee United returned to the City of Discovery with the three points in tow. 
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