McKay's brace leads Inverness past Hearts

A first-half double from Billy McKay helped Inverness to a 2-0 win over Hearts on Saturday, keeping the club unbeaten at the top of the Scottish Premier League.

McKay needed just 10 minutes to open the scoring on Saturday when he was picked out in front of goal by Aaron Doran's cross. The forward controlled the ball and then beat goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald, who got a hand to the shot but couldn't keep it out.

Doran played a part in McKay's second goal as well as he took a pass from McKay and had his shot blocked. However, the ball fell to McKay at the back post where he scored from six yards.

Hearts was reduced to 10 men in the 82nd minute when Jamie Hamill handled the ball inside his own penalty area, but McKay was unable to complete his hat trick as his spot kick was saved by MacDonald.

Celtic kept pace with Inverness by securing a narrow 1-0 win at Dundee United courtesy of an 87th-minute goal from Anthony Stokes.

The Hoops sit three points back of Inverness with one game in hand, while Partick Thistle moved into third place by overcoming a one-goal deficit in the last 10 minutes to beat St Mirren, 2-1.

Goals from Kallum Higginbotham and Ross Forbes lifted Partick to the win, while St Mirren has claimed just one point from its first four games.

Aberdeen and St Johnstone played out a 0-0 draw, Motherwell came from a goal down to beat Kilmarnock, 2-1, while Hibernian and Ross County finished in a 0-0 draw stalemate.