SPL - Motherwell grab point in 12-goal thriller

PA Sport - Wed, 05 May 22:31:00 2010

Lukas Jutkiewicz struck a stunning injury-time volley to cap a four-goal comeback for Motherwell and keep the Steelmen in pole position in the race for Europe after a 6-6 draw Fir Park.

Motherwell's Mark Reynolds(L) celebrates with team mate Lukas Jutkiewicz after scoring against Celtic during their Scottish Premier League soccer match in Motherwell, - 0

Hibs were coasting midway through the second half of a chaotic clash after Anthony Stokes netted twice to add to Colin Nish's first-half treble and Derek Riordan's effort.

But Giles Coke and John Sutton both hit their second goals of the game which, along with Tom Hateley's free-kick, allowed Motherwell the chance to level and Jutkiewicz did so in style moments after team-mate Ross Forbes had missed a penalty.

Falkirk shared a goalless draw with St Johnstone to leave them needing a win at Kilmarnock on Saturday to avoid relegation.

Despite considerable pressure, especially in the first half, Steven Pressley's bottom-placed side were unable to conjure a goal at the Falkirk Stadium.

With rivals Killie winning at Aberdeen, the Bairns fell two points adrift and must now emulate last season's final-day victory at Inverness to avoid dropping to the First Division for the first time since 2005.

Kilmarnock gave their chances of remaining in Scotland's top flight a massive boost by coming from a goal behind to beat Aberdeen 2-1 at Pittodrie.

Dons skipper Mark Kerr had broken the deadlock after 26 minutes with his first goal since 2006 but Liam Kelly equalised with just over 20 minutes remaining.

The comeback was complete when Aberdeen transfer target Kevin Kyle powered a header beyond Stuart Nelson.

Jimmy Calderwood's side had gone into the match on a dire run of 10 defeats in 11 matches but will fancy their chances of staying up after securing three vital points.

Hearts' hopes of securing Europa League football were effectively ended after battling out a goalless home draw with Dundee United.

In a hard-fought contest, clear-cut chances were at a premium and, despite a late surge by the home side, they could not find the elusive goal.

Even if Hearts close the three point gap on fifth placed Hibs in Sunday's final game of the season against Celtic, they have an 11-goal difference to make up on their city rivals.

Marco Paixao was denied a goal-of-the-season contender and Michael Higdon missed several gilt-edged chances as Hamilton and St Mirren's penultimate game of the season ended goalless.

Paixao saw a wondrous 35-yard volley crash against the underside of the crossbar and - according to television replays - over the line less than three minutes after kick-off.

Team-mate Douglas Imrie had a penalty appeal turned down as Accies had the better of the first half, but the tide turned after the break and Higdon failed to net on four separate occasions.

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