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Monday 16th September 2019

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Weekend in Numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers from the weekend...

5 – Celtic defeated Hamilton Academical 1-0 at The Fountain of Youth Stadium to continue their 100% start to the Ladbrokes Premiership season. James Forrest scored the only goal of the game – it was his 50th league goal for Celtic. The Hoops have won their first five matches of a league campaign for the first time since 2010/11, which was Neil Lennon’s first full season in charge in his first spell at the club. Amazingly, just one of the last 10 teams to win their first five matches have actually gone on to win the league title.

2002/03 – Celtic (2nd)

2003/04 – Rangers (2nd)

2004/05 – Celtic (2nd)

2005/06 – Heart of Midlothian (2nd)

2007/08 – Rangers (2nd)

2010/11 – Rangers (1st)

2010/11 – Celtic (2nd)

2015/16 – Aberdeen (2nd)

2015/16 – Heart of Midlothian (3rd)

2018/19 – Heart of Midlothian (6th)

2019/20 – Celtic (?)

3 – Motherwell climbed to third in the Ladbrokes Premiership thanks to a 3-2 victory over Heart of Midlothian in Edinburgh. The Steelmen recorded their first league win at Tynecastle since January 2014, when John Sutton scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory. Saturday’s success ended a run of 11 league matches without a win in the capital – Well had played six times at Tynecastle and five times at Easter Road and picked up three draws. Their only win in Edinburgh during that period came against Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park in the Betfred Cup in 2017.

11/01/2014 – Heart of Midlothian 0 Motherwell 1 (Sutton)

Hearts: MacDonald; McGowan, McGhee, McKay, McHattie (Walker); Paterson, Hamill, Robinson, Stevenson, Smith (King); Carrick (Nicholson).

Motherwell: Nielsen; Ramsden, Hutchinson, McManus, Hammell; Ainsworth (Francis-Angol), Carswell, Lasley, Vigurs (Lawson); McFadden (Anier), Sutton.

4 – Ayr United defeated Dundee United 2-0 at Somerset Park to move level on points with their visitors at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship table. Ian McCall’s side have won four of their last five matches against The Terrors, having previously not beaten them in the league since 1977. The Honest Men have conceded just one goal in their last seven home matches against Dundee United – that was scored by Tope Obadeyi in a 1-0 victory in December 2016.

13/03/1999 – Ayr United 0-0 Dundee United [Scottish Cup]

06/03/2002 – Ayr United 2-0 Dundee United [Scottish Cup]

10/12/2016 – Ayr United 0-1 Dundee United [Championship]

15/04/2017 – Ayr United 0-0 Dundee United [Championship]

06/10/2018 – Ayr United 2-0 Dundee United [Championship]

25/01/2019 – Ayr United 1-0 Dundee United [Championship]

14/09/2019 – Ayr United 2-0 Dundee United [Championship]

5 – Clyde climed to sixth place in the Ladbrokes League 1 table after thumping Stranraer 6-1 at Broadwood on Saturday. David Goodwillie was the star of the show, finding the net an amazing five times including three penalties. Goodwillie became the first player to score five in a game for Clyde since Billy McPhail in an 11-1 victory over Cowdenbeath in October 1951. This was just the eighth time this century that a player has scored five times in a SFL/SPL/SPFL match:

04/11/2000 – Kenny Miller (Rangers 7-1 St Mirren)

02/01/2001 – Glynn Hurst (Greenock Morton 0-6 Ayr United)

25/09/2004 – Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock 5-2 Dundee United)

20/11/2004 – Kenny Deuchar (Gretna 6-2 Albion Rovers)

25/03/2007 – Pat Clarke (Stranraer 1-6 Cowdenbeath)

30/12/2009 – Kris Boyd (Rangers 7-1 Dundee United)

13/05/2012 – Gary Hooper (Celtic 5-0 Heart of Midlothian)

14/09/2019 – David Goodwillie (Clyde 6-1 Stranraer)

4 – Edinburgh City thumped Annan Athletic 4-0 at Ainslie Park to remain three points behind Cove Rangers at the top of Ladbrokes League 2. James McDonaugh’s side have taken 13 points from their opening six league matches, with their only defeat coming away to Cove on the opening day of the season. Saturday’s win equalled The Citizens’ record league victory since being promoted to the SPFL in 2016 – they have now won 4-0 on four separate occasions.

04/08/2018 – Edinburgh City 4-0 Albion Rovers

12/01/2019 – Queen’s Park 0-4 Edinburgh City

24/02/2019 – Edinburgh City 4-0 Elgin City

14/09/2019 – Edinburgh City 4-0 Annan Athletic