SPL ronud-up

Motherwell hit four to top the SPL table

September 2, 2012
By ESPN staff

Michael Higdon's hat-trick earned Motherwell a 4-1 victory against Inverness and fired the Fir Park side to the top of the SPL on Sunday.

Michael Higdon scored a hat-trick
APMotherwell are starting to move clear of the rest of the chasing pack

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Tom Hateley had opened the scoring for the hosts directly from a 10th-minute corner and Higdon netted the first of his three goals a minute later.

Richie Foran reduced the deficit to 2-1 before half-time but Higdon added another two goals in eight minutes of the final quarter of the game, with Inverness seeing a late penalty saved.

Dundee won their first league game of the season after a 1-0 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle. Ryan Conroy's third minute penalty was all that was required for Dundee to secure all three points and lift them off the bottom of the table.

Hearts dominated the attacking possession but couldn't beat an inspired Rab Douglas in the Dundee goal. The veteran goalkeeper made a string of impressive stops including John Sutton's first half spot kick.

David Templeton marked his debut with a double as Rangers came from behind to claim a convincing victory over Elgin City in the Irn-Bru Third Division. Lee McCulloch celebrated being handed the captain's armband with a brace of his own, as he netted his 100th and 101st career goals.

Dean Shiels was also on target, sparking the Rangers comeback with the equaliser after Jamie Duff had given Elgin a shock lead.