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New boy Haring bags a brace on an away day stroll for Hearts

 

By Robert Jones

Hearts strolled to an opening-day win as summer signing Peter Haring scored twice in a 4-1 success at Hamilton.

Mickel Miller put Hamilton ahead in the 17th but Hearts -who started with Rangers target Kyle Lafferty on the bench after his preparation for the game was interrupted by the birth of his daughter on Thursday - soon levelled through Haring's header.

Scotland international Steven Naismith converted from the penalty spot before Haring sidefooted his second.

Steven MacLean wrapped up victory on Hamilton's newly-laid artificial pitch with a fine finish.

St Mirren marked their return to the top flight after a three-year absence with a 2-1 win over Dundee. Danny Mullen put them ahead after eight minutes but Elton Ngwatala levelled up almost immediately.

Dundee blew their chance to take the lead after the break when Sofien Moussa failed to convert from the penalty spot.

And Dundee were punished when a mistake from goalkeeper Jack Hamilton allowed Mullen to fire home seven minutes from time to give new Buddies boss Alan Stubbs a winning start.

Kilmarnock won on the opening weekend of the Premiership season for the first time since 2009 by beating St Johnstone 2-0 at Rugby Park.

Goals from Scott Boyd and on-loan Bournemouth forward Mikael Ndjoli rewarded a vastly-improved second half showing from Steve Clarke's men.

Kilmarnock took a 58th-minute lead when Boyd slotted into an open goal before substitute Ndjoli produced a wonderful 22-yard strike late on.

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