Mackie lifts Aberdeen

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November 25, 2006 7:19pm CST
AFP November 25, 2006 GLASGOW (AFP) - Darren Mackie's double strike helped Aberdeen move back into second place in the Scottish Premier League with a 3-0 win at Dunfermline. Jimmy Calderwood's side took the lead through Lee Miller's 54th minute strike and Mackie scored twice in two minutes to seal a convincing victory that leaves Dunfermline bottom of the table. The Dons can be leap-frogged by Rangers if they win by at least two goals at home to Kilmarnock on Sunday. Hearts captain Stephen Pressley was back in the team but was unable to inspire his troubled team as they drew 0-0 at Inverness. Caretaker coach Eduard Malofeev, in charge for the last time before the return of previous boss Valdas Ivanauskas from a lay-off for health reasons, restored Pressley to the starting line-up after he was dropped following his criticism of majority shareholder Vladimir Romanov. But Hearts, without a win in seven league matches, were indebted to Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon for a superb save from Ian Black's header. Dennis Wyness also had a great chance for Inverness but shot over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy. Motherwell's Richie Foran scored two penalties in his side's 4-2 home win against 10-man Falkirk. Anthony Stokes had given Falkirk the lead in the 36th minute but Foran levelled on the stroke of half time from the spot after a handball by Mark Twaddle. Foran struck again with another penalty in the 49th minute after Keith Lasley was fouled by Kenny Milne. Stokes teed up Russell Latapy to reduce the deficit in the 71st minute but Motherwell restored their two-goal advantage just four minutes later when Scott McDonald smashed home a superb strike to claim the 5,000th Premier League goal. Falkirk suffered another blow when Stokes was shown a second yellow card for diving and then Calum Elliot headed home in the 83rd minute to complete the victory.
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