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Stewart fires Kilmarnock to top of the table

Steve Clarke's side climbed to the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership
Steve Clarke's side climbed to the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership

By Ronnie Esplin

Kilmarnock climbed to the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership after a Greg Stewart first-half double saw off Livingston.

Steve Clarke's impressive side cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win and maintained their fine recent form that has seen them lose just once in their last 11 outings.

That consistent run means they move one point ahead of Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic, who they face on Saturday at Celtic Park.

Stewart got them off to a flying start with the opener after three minutes and added a second after 21 minutes.

Elsewhere, a controversial second-half penalty from St Johnstone winger Matthew Kennedy denied Hearts a first victory in seven games in a stormy tussle at McDiarmid Park.

Arnaud Djoum had given the visitors a sixth-minute lead but Blair Alston equalised for Saints just 14 minutes later.

Olly Bozanic then headed Hearts back in front in the 41st minute before Kennedy's spot-kick ensured the clash finished 2-2.

At Easter Road, St Mirren forward Adam Hammill scored from inside his own half as Saints picked up a point in a 2-2 draw at Hibernian.

Hammill opened the scoring with his incredible strike after six minutes before Oli Shaw brought the hosts level after the break. An Efe Ambrose own goal gifted Saints the lead again but Ryan Porteous responded for Neil Lennon's side with a header.

In last night's remaining fixture, veteran striker Kenny Miller grabbed a stunning hat-trick as basement club Dundee beat Hamilton 4-0 in their clash at Dens Park.

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