Kilmarnock and Hibernian each took a point from a lively Scottish Premier League encounter at Rugby Park.

Paul Heffernan's lob put the hosts in charge with just six minutes on the clock after a Borja Perez free-kick had been deflected out.

Eoin Doyle restored the balance with a close-range strike in the 26th minute.

Impressive long-range efforts from Killie's Momo Sissoko and Hibs' Leigh Griffiths could have snatched the win, but the second half ended goal-free.

The point pushes Hibs into fourth place, one point ahead of Aberdeen, while Kilmarnock remain eighth.

Killie opened the scoring after Hibs had blocked Perez's free-kick, only to come under pressure again from a lofted ball.

Heffernan latched on to Michael Nelson's headed knock-down and lobbed Ben Williams from 12 yards out.

James Dayton then flighted an inch-perfect ball to the centre of the Hibs box that Heffernan rose to meet, but the Irishman's header inched past the post.

Hibs restored parity when Griffiths's cross from the right was missed by Killie goalkeeper Cammy Bell and his defence, allowing Doyle to stab home from six yards out.

Doyle forced a save from Bell after a neat one-two, but the Killie keeper was equal to the task, then Jeroen Tesselaar failed to reach the target at the other end with an angled shot.

With half-time approaching, Bell punched an in-swinging corner onto the head of Paul Hanlon, but the ball looped over the bar.

Immediately after the restart, Paul Cairney's close-range lob was cleared off the line by James Fowler.

Griffiths was unlucky not to snatch the lead when a 35-yard short bounced awkwardly before Bell palmed it wide.

On the hour mark, Sissoko almost netted a sensational goal with a curving long-range shot from 40 yards that edged past the Hibs post.

Cairney went down following Nelson's challenge in the box but the Hibs man received a booking for simulation.

Dayton's free-kick inside the last five minutes was smothered by keeper Williams as Hibs lived dangerously under pressure from their hosts.

And, in the final moments of the match, Griffiths tried to hook home a looping reverse ball from three yards out, but it ended up in the hands of Bell.

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Scottish Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Kilmarnock 1-1 Hibernian FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Heffernan 6
  • Doyle 26

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Bell
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 04 Fowler
  • 06 Nelson
  • 88 Sissoko
  • 10 Dayton
  • 11 Harkins (McKenzie 58)
  • 29 Pascali
  • 12 Sheridan
  • 14 Heffernan (Johnston 76)
  • 15 Perez (O'Leary 82)

Substitutes

  • 17 Letheren,
  • 05 O'Leary,
  • 23 McKeown,
  • 18 Johnson,
  • 28 Winchester,
  • 24 McKenzie,
  • 30 Johnston

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 03 McGivern yellow card
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 18 Maybury
  • 07 Deegan yellow card
  • 11 Cairney yellow card
  • 14 Wotherspoon (Sproule 77)
  • 16 Stevenson
  • 20 Taiwo (Claros 82)
  • 09 Griffiths
  • 10 Doyle (Kuqi 87)

Substitutes

  • 31 Murdoch,
  • 36 Donaldson,
  • 08 Claros,
  • 17 Sproule,
  • 34 Horribine,
  • 24 Handling,
  • 32 Kuqi
Ref: MaddenAtt: 4,028
KILMARNOCK
HIBERNIAN

Possession

  • Kilmarnock 57%
  • Hibernian 43%

Attempts on target

  • Kilmarnock 8
  • Hibernian 6

Attempts off target

  • Kilmarnock 3
  • Hibernian 4

Corners

  • Kilmarnock 6
  • Hibernian 6

Fouls

  • Kilmarnock 14
  • Hibernian 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:13 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:51 Rory McKenzie crosses the ball, Ben Williams makes a save.
  • 90:00+1:23 Foul by James Fowler on Lewis Stevenson, free kick awarded. Ryan McGivern takes the free kick.
  • 89:47 Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Cairney on Chris Johnston. Michael Nelson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 89:10 Leigh Griffiths sends in a cross, Jeroen Tesselaar makes a clearance.
  • 88:15 Paul Cairney fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan McGivern takes the direct free kick.
  • 86:43 Substitution Shefki Kuqi on for Eoin Doyle.
  • 86:00 Ryan O'Leary challenges Eoin Doyle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.
  • 85:04 Ryan O'Leary delivers the ball, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.
  • 84:06 James Dayton shoots direct from the free kick, save by Ben Williams.
  • 84:06 Booking Caution for Ryan McGivern.
  • 84:00 Rory McKenzie fouled by Ryan McGivern, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 81:01 Substitution Jorge Claros replaces Tom Taiwo.
  • 81:01 Substitution Borja Perez leaves the field to be replaced by Ryan O'Leary.
  • 78:27 James Fowler produces a cross, blocked by Alan Maybury. Corner taken by Borja Perez from the right by-line, Eoin Doyle manages to make a clearance. Corner from left by-line taken by James Dayton.
  • 77:46 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the left by-line, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance.
  • 77:13 Manuel Pascali concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Hanlon. Direct free kick taken by Ben Williams.
  • 76:38 Corner from the right by-line taken by Borja Perez, clearance made by Paul Hanlon.
  • 75:23 Substitution Ivan Sproule comes on in place of David Wotherspoon.
  • 75:23 Substitution Paul Heffernan leaves the field to be replaced by Chris Johnston.
  • 75:05 Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Blocked by Manuel Pascali.
  • 74:31 The ball is crossed by Leigh Griffiths, clearance made by James Fowler.
  • 74:08 Eoin Doyle produces a cross, save by Cameron Bell.
  • 71:45 Centre by Eoin Doyle, clearance made by Michael Nelson. Paul Cairney takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Nelson. Leigh Griffiths takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Cillian Sheridan.
  • 70:25 Rory McKenzie produces a cross, Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Save made by Ben Williams.
  • 68:22 Manuel Pascali concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wotherspoon. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Leigh Griffiths.
  • 67:41 James Dayton fouled by David Wotherspoon, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
  • 63:16 The ball is swung over by Rory McKenzie, Ryan McGivern manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:10 Booking Paul Cairney receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 59:07 Mohamadou Sissoko has an effort at goal from a long way out that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 57:04 Substitution Rory McKenzie on for Gary Harkins.
  • 55:56 Borja Perez challenges Paul Cairney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Cairney.
  • 55:27 Foul by Borja Perez on Tom Taiwo, free kick awarded. Gary Deegan takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:56 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Heffernan. Paul Hanlon takes the direct free kick.
  • 53:18 Leigh Griffiths crosses the ball.
  • 52:27 Leigh Griffiths takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save. Leigh Griffiths takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Cillian Sheridan.
  • 51:11 Gary Deegan concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Harkins. James Fowler restarts play with the free kick.
  • 50:11 Corner from the right by-line taken by Borja Perez, Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Save by Ben Williams.
  • Correction - 47:47 Free kick crossed right-footed by Borja Perez from right wing, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.
  • 47:47 Free kick crossed by Borja Perez, clearance by Ryan McGivern.
  • 47:47 Booking Gary Deegan booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • Correction - 47:43 The referee penalises Gary Deegan for handball.
  • 47:43 Gary Deegan handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
  • 46:18 Paul Cairney takes a shot. James Fowler makes a clearance.
  • 45:43 Foul by Leigh Griffiths on Mohamadou Sissoko, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Michael Nelson.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:06 The first half comes to an end.
  • 44:28 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Harkins by Tom Taiwo. Gary Harkins produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Eoin Doyle gets a block in.
  • 41:21 Unfair challenge on Cillian Sheridan by Tom Taiwo results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Borja Perez.
  • 40:05 Lewis Stevenson produces a cross, Michael Nelson makes a clearance. David Wotherspoon takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, save made by Cameron Bell. Header on goal by Paul Hanlon from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 39:40 Paul Cairney produces a cross, Mohamadou Sissoko makes a clearance.
  • 35:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Deegan on James Dayton. Free kick taken by Borja Perez.
  • 32:20 The offside flag is raised against Paul Heffernan. Ryan McGivern restarts play with the free kick.
  • 31:45 Jeroen Tesselaar has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 31:05 Eoin Doyle takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
  • 29:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cillian Sheridan on Ryan McGivern. Gary Deegan takes the free kick.
  • 28:24 Shot from 20 yards by Cillian Sheridan. Comfortable save by Ben Williams.
  • 28:00 Corner taken by Borja Perez, Ben Williams makes a save.
  • 27:44 Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Paul Hanlon gets a block in.
  • 27:30 Paul Cairney challenges Gary Harkins unfairly and gives away a free kick. James Fowler takes the direct free kick.
  • 26:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Cairney by Gary Harkins. Ryan McGivern restarts play with the free kick.
  • 25:23 Assist on the goal came from Leigh Griffiths.
  • 25:23 GOAL - Eoin DoyleKilmarnock 1 - 1 Hibernian Goal scored by Eoin Doyle from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 Hibernian.
  • 25:12 Leigh Griffiths sends in a cross,
  • 24:17 The ball is sent over by Lewis Stevenson, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
  • 23:21 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by James Dayton from the right by-line, clearance made by Ryan McGivern.
  • 21:38 Borja Perez concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Cairney. Free kick taken by Gary Deegan.
  • 18:54 Gary Harkins challenges Paul Cairney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by David Wotherspoon from left channel, save by Cameron Bell.
  • 17:21 Shot from 35 yards by Leigh Griffiths went wide right of the target.
  • 15:52 Mohamadou Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Leigh Griffiths. Strike on goal comes in from Leigh Griffiths from the free kick.
  • 14:13 James Dayton crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Paul Heffernan from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.
  • 13:02 Unfair challenge on Eoin Doyle by Manuel Pascali results in a free kick. Paul Hanlon takes the direct free kick.
  • 9:39 The ball is sent over by Lewis Stevenson, clearance made by Michael Nelson.
  • 7:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeroen Tesselaar by Eoin Doyle. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 6:51 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Hanlon.
  • 5:15 Michael Nelson provided the assist for the goal.
  • 5:15 GOAL - Paul HeffernanKilmarnock 1 - 0 Hibernian Paul Heffernan grabs a goal from inside the box high into the middle of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Hibernian.
  • 4:06 Paul Heffernan produces a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Alan Maybury on James Dayton. Borja Perez has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, fantastic save by Ben Williams.
  • 3:11 Corner taken left-footed by Leigh Griffiths from the right by-line to the near post, Paul Heffernan manages to make a clearance.
  • 2:36 Corner taken by David Wotherspoon played to the near post, clearance by Cillian Sheridan.
  • 2:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on Eoin Doyle. Paul Hanlon restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:14 Eoin Doyle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Nelson. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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