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By ESPN Staff
Dec 16, 2006

SPL wrap: Aberdeen break Hearts to go second

GLASGOW Dec 16 (Reuters) - Aberdeen moved into second place in the Scottish Premier League on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Hearts thanks to a late goal from Steve Lovell.

He grabbed the winner on 87 minutes after goalkeeper Craig Gordon spilled the ball six metres out.

Aberdeen now have 34 points from 19 games while leaders Celtic, with 47 from 18, visit third-placed Rangers on Sunday in the Glasgow derby. Rangers have 31 points from 18 matches.

Aberdeen Manager Jimmy Calderwood said: 'We have come here determined to get a result and if you are going to do anything in the league then you have to go to difficult places and do well.

'We have a little bit of a gap now. But we will get our backsides kicked sooner or later, I just hope it is later.'

Falkirk beat Hibernian 2-1 while 10-man Dundee United won 3-2 at Motherwell. United's Norwegian defender Christian Kalvenes was sent off after 30 minutes.

Elsewhere, Kilmarnock won a seven-goal thriller by edging out Inverness Caledonian Thistle 4-3 away and St Mirren slugged out a goalless draw with Dunfermline.