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Boyce hits hat-trick to demolish Dundee

By Staff Reporter

Published 28/12/2015

Devastating form: Ross County’s Liam Boyce
Devastating form: Ross County’s Liam Boyce

Liam Boyce scored a spectacular hat-trick as Ross County twice came from behind to thump visitors Dundee 5-2 at Victoria Park.

And it was a big weekend for his Northern Ireland colleague Niall McGinn as well, as the former Dungannon Swifts winger struck the 50th goal of his Aberdeen career.

Boyce hit three stunning first-time finishes to help County secure the points after going a goal down.

Kane Hemmings put Dundee in front after five minutes and netted his second shortly after the break after Boyce had briefly brought County level, latching onto a long ball and poking it past goalkeeper Scott Bain.

County were soon on level terms again through Michael Gardyne and Jackson Irvine gave his side the lead for the first time in the match just three minutes after coming off the bench.

Two more goals from Boyce, a fantastic volley in the 69th and a neat finish in the 85th minute completed his treble and took his tally for the season to 17.

Adam Rooney salvaged a late point, but Aberdeen missed the chance to go top of the Scottish Premiership after being held to a 2-2 draw by Inverness at Pittodrie.

The visitors looked set to seize all three points after cruising into a 2-0 lead, with Liam Polworth opening the scoring and Greg Tansey increasing their advantage with a 47th-minute penalty.

The Dons, who moved level on points with leaders Celtic but with a worse goal difference, got back in the game in the 73rd minute when McGinn fired home a right-footed shot to take his tally for the club to 50 and set up the dramatic finale.

They grabbed the equaliser in injury time when Adam Rooney kept his nerve from the penalty spot following a handball by Ross Draper.

Kilmarnock were boosted in their battle to avoid relegation as they held on for a 1-0 win at Hamilton.

Tope Obadeyi grabbed the only goal of the game for the visitors in the 69th minute after being set up by Northern Ireland international Josh Magennis.

Dundee United against Motherwell and Partick versus St Johnstone were both postponed.

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