Nish at the double as Hibs earn their place in Europe
Monday 10 May 2010
Hibernian pipped Motherwell to fourth place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to secure European football with a 2-0 win at Dundee United yesterday.
Colin Nish broke the deadlock after 12 minutes with a shot that United goalkeeper Dusan Pernis should have saved, and scored his second with a header after 72 minutes to ensure his side finished the season on a high.
Motherwell staged another impressive late comeback to draw 3-3 at Rangers. Rangers thought they would be marking their trophy presentation with a win thanks to a Kris Boyd goal and a double from Kyle Lafferty. But Motherwell hit back through Jamie Murphy before goals from Steve Jennings and Lucas Jutkiewicz earned them a last-gasp draw. However, Hibs' victory means the Lanarkshire side now need Dundee United to win the Scottish Cup to ensure European football.
Zheng Zhi's second-half strike against Hearts gave Celtic their eighth consecutive SPL win in succession under Neil Lennon, their interim boss. The scores were level at half-time after Robbie Keane's opener had been cancelled out by Marius Zaliukas. However, a wonderful volley from 16 yards by the Chinese midfielder on the hour-mark earned him his first goal for the Hoops and the visitors a 2-1 victory to finish off a trophyless season.
Falkirk were condemned to the drop from the Premier League after being held to a goalless draw by Kilmarnock in the relegation decider.
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