SPL - Round-up: Big win for Falkirk

Sat, 10 Apr 17:07:00 2010

Falkirk hauled themselves level on points with St Mirren at the foot of the SPL table after a precious Pedro Moutinho-inspired 2-1 home victory.

Scott Arfield, Falkirk - 0

The Portuguese forward curled home a sublime free-kick two minutes into first-half stoppage time - his sixth of the season - before turning provider for captain Darren Barr on 65 minutes.

Andy Dorman pulled one back two minutes from time but the hosts held on.

Steven Pressley's side remain bottom on goal difference but their first back-to-back victories of the season have given their survival chances a massive lift and brought others into the relegation mix.

Hearts winger Suso Santana's first-half strike in a 1-0 win booked his side's top-six place and heightened Kilmarnock's relegation concerns in front of Vladimir Romanov.

Hearts owner Romanov jetted in to see his side at Tynecastle for the first time since November 2008 and he was not disappointed after the Spaniard scored in the 32nd minute to give manager Jim Jefferies three points against his old employers.

The result leaves the Rugby Park outfit just one point ahead of basement side Falkirk, while Hearts are now just six behind city rivals Hibernian in the race for Europe.

Joel Thomas came off the bench to score a brilliant double as Hamilton thrashed Hibernian 4-1 at New Douglas Park.

The on-loan Colchester striker curled home from 25 yards and then coolly rounded Graham Stack to triple his goalscoring tally for Hamilton and move Accies above Aberdeen in the SPL.

Simon Mensing had earlier twice given Hamilton the lead with superbly-taken penalties as Hibernian suffered a serious blow to their Europa League despite enjoying dominant spells either side of Colin Nish's equaliser.

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