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Monday 23rd September 2019

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games across all four divisions...

17 – Heart of Midlothian climbed off the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership thanks to a 2-1 Edinburgh derby victory over Hibernian at Easter Road. Stevie Mallan gave the Hibees the lead but the Jam Tarts hit back through goals from Uche Ikpeazu and Aaron Hickey. The last time Hearts came from behind to win a derby was May 2010, when Anthony Stokes opened the scoring for Hibs before goals from Suso Santana and David Obua won it for Hearts. At the age of 17 years 104 days, Hickey became the youngest player to score in an Edinburgh derby since the end of World War II.

Hearts’ youngest competitive goalscorers (since WWII)
16 years 177 days – Dave Bowman (v Ayr United, 03/09/1983)
16 years 237 days – Harry Cochrane (v Celtic, 17/12/2017)
17 years 25 days – Dave Bowman (v Kilmarnock, 04/04/1981)
17 years 31 days – Jordan McGhee (v Aberdeen, 24/08/2013)
17 years 104 days – Aaron Hickey (v Hibernian, 22/09/2019)

8 – Rangers defeated St Johnstone 4-0 at McDiarmid Park to keep up the pressure on Celtic at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership. All the goals came in the second half, through Alfredo Morelos, Connor Goldson and Jermain Defoe (2). This is the fourth time this season that Rangers have scored four times in the second half – they also did so in both matches against St Joseph’s in the Europa League and against Hibernian in the Ladbrokes Premiership. Steven Gerrard’s side remain unbeaten away from home this season; winning six, drawing two and keeping six clean sheets.

Longest active unbeaten away records (all competitions)
8 – Rangers
8 – Celtic
5 – Motherwell
4 – East Fife
3 – Aberdeen
3 – Dumbarton
3 – Edinburgh City

10 – Dundee United held on to top spot in the Ladbrokes Championship after coming from behind to beat Arbroath 2-1 at Tannadice on Saturday. Lawrence Shankland struck twice in the last three minutes to take his own league tally for the season to 10 goals. Shankland is the fastest ever Dundee United player to reach double figures in a league season, doing so in just six matches. He has now scored 75 goals in 85 matches for Ayr United and Dundee United since the start of the 2017/18 season.

Leading 2019/20 SPFL goalscorers (all divisions)
10 – Lawrence Shankland (Dundee United)
9 – David Goodwillie (Clyde)
6 – Isaac Layne (Dumbarton)
5 – Ryan Christie (Celtic)
5 – Jermain Defoe (Rangers)
5 – Odsonne Edouard (Celtic)
5 – Mitch Megginson (Cove Rangers)
5 – Shane Sutherland (Elgin City)

4 – Forfar Athletic defeated Montrose 2-0 in Saturday’s Angus derby to climb to fourth in the Ladbrokes League 1 table. It ended a run of six games without a win for Jim Weir’s team, who are now just five points off the top. The Loons have now won four consecutive home matches against the Gable Endies in all competitions, which is their best run in this derby since the mid-1960s. Montrose, on the other hand, have never managed four straight home wins against Forfar.

Forfar’s home derby delight
25/07/2018 – Forfar Athletic 3-1 Montrose (Betfred Cup)
15/12/2018 – Forfar Athletic 2-1 Montrose (Ladbrokes League 1)
27/04/2019 – Forfar Athletic 1-0 Montrose (Ladbrokes League 1)
21/09/2019 – Forfar Athletic 2-0 Montrose (Ladbrokes League 1)

4 – Cowdenbeath kept themselves within touching distance of the Ladbrokes League 2 leaders thanks to a 3-0 win over Queen’s Park at Hampden. Gary Bollan’s side remain in third place, a point behind Edinburgh City and four behind Cove Rangers, and are already six points clear of the Spiders in fourth. The Blue Brazil have recorded four league wins in a row for the first time in over a decade – the last time they managed this was between November 2008 and January 2009 as Danny Lennon led them to promotion from the Third Division.

Cowdenbeath connect four
24/08/2019 – Cowdenbeath 3-1 Annan Athletic
31/08/2019 – Cowdenbeath 2-1 Brechin City
14/09/2019 – Stenhousemuir 0-3 Cowdenbeath
21/09/2019 – Queen’s Park 0-3 Cowdenbeath