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Dubliner Daly tops the Scottish scoring charts

IRISH striker Jonathan Daly is aiming for a Champions League slot with Dundee United after pushing himself to the top of the scoring charts in the SPL.

Dubliner Daly, 29, took his tally for the league season to 17 goals -- 20 in all competitions -- by scoring twice for United in their 3-0 win over Dunfermline, a win which leaves his club fourth in the SPL table, five points behind Motherwell.

"The Champions League is definitely an added incentive for us," says Daly, one of five Irish players in the United side along with Sean Dillon, Willo Flood, Richie Ryan and Gavin Gunning.

"Motherwell are a good side, but we have closed the gap by three points and we will keep chasing them."

The Irish contingent at Hibernians were also celebrating over the weekend as that win for Dundee United over Dunfermline, along with Hibs' win away to Inverness, means that Pat Fenlon's Hibs side are now six points ahead of bottom side Dunfermline and closer to SPL safety.

"It's a fantastic three points for us," Fenlon said after Hibs came from 1-0 down to win 3-2 yesterday.

"We were disappointed in the first-half, because we didn't start the game well. We looked a little bit fearful. When you see what they are capable of in some parts of the second half, you just wonder why. You've got to take the lead from this now.

"That's the big thing that we take away: the three points are great, but we have got to realise that we are a better team than we showed in the first half.

"There is a hell of a lot to go. We could have to come back up here again. There are difficult games to come: we have just got to focus."

Hibs play Motherwell in the league next weekend before their Scottish Cup semi-final meeting with Aberdeen.