Kilmarnock made the longest trip in the Scottish Premiership to record their first away win of the season with a fine performance in Dingwall.

Impressive youngster Chris Johnston gave Killie the lead before Ross County responded with a well worked equaliser from Stuart Kettlewell.

Then, as half-time beckoned, Kris Boyd grabbed what turned out to be the winner with a 22-yard lob.

Kilmarnock missed chances to extend their lead with Boyd a regular threat.

The three points takes Allan Johnston's side out of second bottom spot, which is now occupied by Derek Adams' County.

Kilmarnock started strongly and the first real piece of action was Johnston's opener.

Boyd ran down the right and threaded a long square ball through the County defence to find the youngster at the back post and he finished from six yards out.

County responded and Kevin Luckassen dispossessed Jerone Tresselaar before feeding fellow Dutchman Melvin de Leeuw but his shot went wide from 20 yards.

There might also have been an equaliser if Graham Carely's ball had not narrowly missed De Leeuw's head.

However, Rocco Quinn started a fine four-man move that also involved Carey and, after De Leeuw's shot was blocked, Stuart Kettlewell netted the rebound from the edge of the box.

County might have taken the lead but De Leeuw's well-struck effort fizzed past the left post.

Boyd took his next opportunity better and, with the County defence posted missing, he had all the time in the world to hit a left footed lob over goalkeeper Mark Brown.

Killie spurned several chances to go ahead early in the second half and Johnston set up Boyd, whose shot came off the underside of the bar.

Then Michael Gardyne came close with a shot and a header as the Ayrshire side continued to press,

At the other end, De Leeuw sent an inviting ball across goal but there was no-one to connect with it and Luckassen put another effort over.

Boyd found the woodwork again - the right post this time - late on after a scintillating 70-yard run by Rory McKenzie.

But, in the end, the second half yielded no further addition to the scoresheet.

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (6)

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Kovacevic
  • 03 Gordon
  • 18 Klok (Mustafi - 81' )
  • 05 Boyd
  • 06 Micic (Glen - 65' )
  • 04 Kettlewell
  • 23 Carey
  • 19 Luckassen (Ross - 65' )
  • 10 Quinn
  • 11 De Leeuw

Substitutes

  • 09 Mustafi
  • 14 Maatsen
  • 15 Glen
  • 16 Cooper
  • 17 Ross
  • 20 Fraser
  • 24 Dingwall

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson
  • 16 Clohessy
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 10 Johnston
  • 30 Ashcroft
  • 05 Irvine
  • 13 Gabriel (Nicholson - 73' )
  • 23 McKeown
  • 09 Boyd (Muirhead - 84' )
  • 25 Gardyne (McKenzie - 78' )
  • 28 Slater

Substitutes

  • 07 Nicholson
  • 08 Clingan
  • 12 Reguero
  • 14 Silva
  • 18 McKenzie
  • 19 Ibrahim
  • 33 Muirhead
Ref: Bobby Madden
Att: 2,937

Match Stats

Shots

11 15

On target

4 5

Corners

4 3

Fouls

7 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 2.

90:00 +4:01 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 2.

90:00 +3:15

Attempt saved. Orhan Mustafi (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

88:24

Foul by Ben Gordon (Ross County).

88:24

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:46

Foul by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

86:46

Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:18

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

85:08

Attempt saved. Gary Glen (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

83:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Kris Boyd.

82:55

Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

82:38

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

80:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Orhan Mustafi replaces Marc Klok.

79:40

Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:40

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

78:52

Attempt saved. Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

77:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Michael Gardyne.

76:01

Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

75:26

Steven Ross (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:26

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

74:05

Marc Klok (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:05

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock).

73:42

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

73:42

Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:49

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jeroen Tesselaar.

72:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Barry Nicholson replaces Reuben Gabriel because of an injury.

71:42

Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

67:48

Attempt missed. Reuben Gabriel (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

64:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Gary Glen replaces Branislav Micic.

64:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Steven Ross replaces Kevin Luckassen.

63:39

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

61:43

Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:43

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

61:16

Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

61:16

Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:48

Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:48

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock).

59:48

Attempt missed. Kevin Luckassen (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

56:47

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

55:06

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

53:28

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

52:42

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Rory McKeown.

51:10

Graham Carey (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

51:10

Foul by Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock).

49:47

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

45:00

Second Half begins Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 2.

45:00 +0:06 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 2.

42:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 2. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

40:30

Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

40:00

Attempt saved. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

35:08

Attempt missed. Rory McKeown (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

32:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 1. Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mihael Kovacevic.

30:28

Foul by Marc Klok (Ross County).

30:28

Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:48

Attempt missed. Kevin Luckassen (Ross County) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

27:58

Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

26:25

Attempt missed. Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

22:44

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Craig Slater.

20:52

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Branislav Micic.

20:02

Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

17:56

Hand ball by Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock).

15:32

Attempt saved. Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

13:43

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

13:43

Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:14

Attempt missed. Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

11:50

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

10:19

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Branislav Micic.

9:43

Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:43

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

6:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 0, Kilmarnock 1. Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kris Boyd.

3:30

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

3:30

Branislav Micic (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:52

Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

0:52

Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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