Rooney hits hat-trick for Aberdeen
Adam Rooney blitzed St. Johnstone at Pittodrie on Saturday afternoon, scoring all three goals as Aberdeen went level on points with Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership.
Rooney nodded home two goals inside 17 minutes and completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot in the second half.
The 29-year old Dubliner has averaged close to a goal every two games for Aberdeen since joining the club from Oldham Athletic in the summer of 2014.
Down south in the Championship, David Meyler blasted home an 11th minute penalty as Hull demolished Birmingham City 6-1 at home.
Hull are scoring freely but remain down in 17th position at this admittedly early stage of the 2017-18 season.
Aiden McGeady, meanwhile, hit the headlines at Deepdale and not just on account of his second half strike. The winger grabbed a second half equaliser for Sunderland in their 2-2 draw with Preston North End.
McGeady, a former Preston player, was booed by the Deepdale crowd for the duration of the game and responded by running the length of the field to celebrate in front of the home fans after his goal.
Recent Ireland call-up Seanie Maguire started the game for the hosts but failed to get on the scoresheet and was subbed with only two minutes of normal time remaining.
22-year old Cork-born midfielder Alan Browne struck the post late in the game while Daryl Horgan was introduced by the hosts on the 69th minute.
Up at Villa Park, Glenn Whelan rescued the victory for Steve Bruce’s team when he cleared Gary Madine’s header off the line.
Conor Hourihane also played the full 90 minutes in Aston Villa’s 1-0 win over Bolton.
Full back Matt Doherty laid on a goal for Leo Bonatini in Wolves impressive 4-0 away victory over Burton Albion.
In League One, Tuam striker Rory Gaffney hit the opening goal as Bristol Rovers beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 at Memorial Stadium. The ex-Mervue and Limerick striker has hit five goals so far this season.
Eoin Doyle struck twice for Oldham Athletic at Fratton Park, hitting goals either side of half-time as the visitors beat Portsmouth 2-1.
Euro 2012 veteran Simon Cox capitalised on a weak attempted clearance to put Southend United 2-0 up at home to Blackpool. The visitors pulled one back early in the second half but it wasn’t enough to prevent Southend claiming victory.