Aberdeen goes top with sixth straight win

Aberdeen, Scotland (SportsNetwork.com) - Aberdeen claimed a sixth successive victory on Thursday as the club notched a 2-0 home win over St Johnstone to move to the top of the Scottish Premier League.

Celtic entered the day two points clear at the top of the league, but the leaders had their match with Partick Thistle postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

That meant that Aberdeen could take over the top spot with a win on Thursday, and the Dons made the most of the chance, using goals from David Goodwillie and Cammy Smith to secure an eighth win in nine matches, moving the club one point above Celtic.

It took just six minutes for the match to come to life as Goodwillie took a chip from Niall McGinn off his chest and scored on a fantastic overhead kick from 10 yards.

St Johnstone goalkeeper Alan Mannus did his best to keep his side within a goal and he produced a fine save on a curling effort from Goodwillie early in the second half.

The hosts were the better side but they still only held a one-goal lead as the match entered stoppage time before Smith put the result away as he got on the other end of a squared ball from Adam Rooney to finish off the match.

Dundee United moved to within two points of second-place Celtic by hammering Dundee FC, 6-2, behind two goals from Gary Mackay-Steven, while Hamilton kept pace by notching a 5-0 win over Motherwell with five different players providing the goals.

Aaron Doran scored a goal in each half to propel Inverness to a 3-1 win at Ross County, and Kilmarnock edged St Mirren, 2-1, behind second-half penalty kicks from Alexei Eremenko and Craig Slater.