Kilmarnock 2-0 Motherwell
Kilmarnock made it back-to-back home wins as they denied Motherwell the opportunity to move second in the Scottish Premier League.
A shot from Ross Barbour took a huge deflection off Stevie Hammell to give the home side an early lead.
Motherwell created a host of chances but could not find a way through before William Gros headed in on 71 minutes.
The visitors unravelled in the closing stages, with Fraser Kerr and skipper Keith Lasley both sent off.
The home side started well with their neat passing game evident, but it took a touch of good fortune to give them the lead.
Barbour drilled in a low shot from 25 yards which Hammell turned into his own net.
That blow seemed to spark Motherwell into action as they peppered the Killie goal with efforts looking for the equaliser.
Lasley turned a Nicky Law cross just wide then a few minutes later a Shaun Hutchinson header was cleared off the line by Gros.
The Killie striker took up a good position defending a set piece and he repeated the feat a short while later from the same player.
Kyle Letheren, deputising for the injured Cammy Bell, then made a point-blank stop from Simon Ramsden as Well kept up the pressure.
Hammell then tried to make up for his earlier error with a 25-yard effort which Letheren saved at the second attempt.
Lasley was the next to fail in front of goal for the visitors latching onto a Henrik Ojamaa cross.
At the interval Killie replaced Barbour with recent signing Sammy Clingan.
This was only Motherwell's second game in 37 days and they began the second half again in offensive fashion.
From a 25-yard free-kick Hateley struck his effort straight at Letheren.
But in 71 minutes Kilmarnock added a second with a terrific header from Gros who met James Dayton's perfect cross and left keeper Darren Randolph helpless.
That looked to have knocked the stuffing out of Well as Killie tightened up and looked the greater threat.
Motherwell's miserable day was completed with two red cards in the last 10 minutes.
Kerr came on as a substitute for Hateley in 80 minutes and was sent off five minutes later for a challenge on Dayton.
Lasley followed him up the Rugby Park tunnel a minute from the end for a similar challenge on the same player.
- 17 Letheren
- 02 Tesselaar Booked (Racchi - 68' )
- 04 Fowler
- 25 Barbour (Clingan - 46' )
- 88 Sissoko
- 10 Dayton
- 15 Perez (Hay - 63' )
- 29 Pascali
- 38 O'Hara
- 09 Gross
- 14 Heffernan
- 53 Jaakkola
- 03 Hay
- 05 O'Leary
- 07 Racchi
- 08 Clingan
- 19 Ibrahim
- 24 McKenzie
- 01 Randolph
- 03 Hammell
- 05 Hutchinson
- 15 Ramsden (McHugh - 73' )
- 18 Carswell (Higginbotham - 70' )
- 04 Law
- 06 Hateley Booked (Kerr - 82' Dismissed )
- 07 Humphrey Booked
- 14 Lasley Dismissed
- 08 Ojamaa
- 09 Higdon
- 12 Hollis
- 19 Kerr
- 26 Francis-Angol
- 30 Cummins
- 17 Daley
- 11 Higginbotham
- 16 McHugh
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +3:39
The ball is crossed by Garry Hay, Danny Racchi takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.90:00 +2:13
Henrik Ojamaa is caught offside. Kyle Letheren takes the indirect free kick.90:00 +1:40
James Dayton produces a cross, save by Darren Randolph.90:00 +1:18
Paul Heffernan fouled by Henrik Ojamaa, the ref awards a free kick. Sammy Clingan takes the free kick.88:16
Garry Hay restarts play with the free kick.88:16 Dismissal
Dismissal Red card for Keith Lasley.88:06
Keith Lasley challenges James Dayton unfairly and gives away a free kick.86:42
Paul Heffernan takes a shot. Save by Darren Randolph.84:04 Dismissal
Dismissal The referee sends off Fraser Kerr for serious foul play.82:32
Danny Racchi fouled by Keith Lasley, the ref awards a free kick. Kyle Letheren takes the direct free kick.81:57
James Dayton crosses the ball, save by Darren Randolph.81:04 Substitution
Substitution Fraser Kerr comes on in place of Tom Hateley.80:18
Free kick taken by James Dayton.80:18 Booking
Booking Tom Hateley receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.80:08
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tom Hateley on James Dayton.78:59
Centre by William Gros, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.77:23
Direct free kick taken by Kyle Letheren.77:23 Booking
Booking Chris Humphrey receives a caution.77:09
Chris Humphrey challenges Paul Heffernan unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Keith Lasley.75:09
Garry Hay gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Robert McHugh. Free kick crossed right-footed by Tom Hateley.73:14
The assistant referee flags for offside against Keith Lasley. Kyle Letheren takes the indirect free kick.72:15 Substitution
Substitution Robert McHugh on for Simon Ramsden.70:47 Goal scored
Goal! - William Gros - Kilmarnock 2 - 0 Motherwell William Gros scores a headed goal from close range. Kilmarnock 2-0 Motherwell.69:45
Keith Lasley concedes a free kick for a foul on James Dayton. Direct free kick taken by Kyle Letheren.69:09 Substitution
Substitution Kallum Higginbotham comes on in place of Stewart Carswell.67:57 Substitution
Substitution Danny Racchi is brought on as a substitute for Jeroen Tesselaar.66:53
Garry Hay produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.64:12
William Gros fouled by Stewart Carswell, the ref awards a free kick. Mark O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.63:06
Tom Hateley takes a short corner.62:52
Henrik Ojamaa sends in a cross, clearance by Garry Hay.62:05 Substitution
Substitution Borja Perez goes off and Garry Hay comes on.61:40
The ball is sent over by William Gros, Shaun Hutchinson makes a clearance.60:41
Borja Perez challenges Keith Lasley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Hateley takes the direct free kick.59:49
Unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali by Henrik Ojamaa results in a free kick. Kyle Letheren restarts play with the free kick.57:58
Unfair challenge on Keith Lasley by Borja Perez results in a free kick. Tom Hateley shoots direct from the free kick, save made by Kyle Letheren.57:24
William Gros is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Simon Ramsden takes the free kick.54:47
The ball is sent over by Chris Humphrey, Mohamadou Sissoko manages to make a clearance.53:54
Chris Humphrey crosses the ball, blocked by Manuel Pascali.52:43
Nicky Law takes the free kick.52:43 Booking
Booking The referee shows Jeroen Tesselaar a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.52:29
Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on Henrik Ojamaa, free kick awarded.51:51
Outswinging corner taken by Borja Perez from the right by-line.51:03
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicky Law. Kyle Letheren takes the indirect free kick.50:03
William Gros delivers the ball, Simon Ramsden manages to make a clearance.49:01
Centre by Paul Heffernan, Stevie Hammell manages to make a clearance.47:41
The ball is crossed by Nicky Law, clearance by Manuel Pascali.45:02 Substitution
Substitution Ross Barbour goes off and Sammy Clingan comes on.45:01
The referee gets the second half underway.45:00 +0:04 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.44:28
Henrik Ojamaa produces a cross.42:54
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Henrik Ojamaa. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Tom Hateley, save by Kyle Letheren.42:14
James Dayton has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.41:37
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on William Gros by Tom Hateley. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.39:43
Henrik Ojamaa produces a cross, Close range shot by Keith Lasley clears the bar.38:14
Shot from just outside the box by William Gros misses to the left of the goal.37:17
Stevie Hammell takes a shot. Save made by Kyle Letheren.36:57
Ross Barbour challenges Stevie Hammell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Law takes the direct free kick.36:03
Shaun Hutchinson concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Heffernan. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Borja Perez, save by Darren Randolph.35:12
Effort from deep inside the area by Henrik Ojamaa misses to the right of the target.33:45
Keith Lasley delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Michael Higdon misses to the left of the goal.33:15
Keith Lasley takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.32:35
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Hateley, Stewart Carswell takes a shot. Kyle Letheren gets a block in.32:17
The ball is crossed by Stevie Hammell, Borja Perez manages to make a clearance.31:06
Foul by Stewart Carswell on Borja Perez, free kick awarded. James Dayton crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.29:52
Effort on goal by Henrik Ojamaa from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.29:04
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Tom Hateley, Shaun Hutchinson takes a shot. Kyle Letheren makes a save.28:21
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line, clearance by Manuel Pascali.27:43
Ross Barbour produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.25:07
Nicky Law takes a shot. Kyle Letheren makes a save.24:16
Unfair challenge on Nicky Law by Mohamadou Sissoko results in a free kick. Tom Hateley takes the direct free kick.23:23
Handball decision goes against Keith Lasley. Jeroen Tesselaar restarts play with the free kick.22:49
Corner from the right by-line taken by Tom Hateley, Shaun Hutchinson takes a shot. Jeroen Tesselaar gets a block in.22:32
Outswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley, clearance by Jeroen Tesselaar.22:08
Inswinging corner taken by Tom Hateley from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Borja Perez.21:53
The ball is crossed by Henrik Ojamaa, Jeroen Tesselaar manages to make a clearance.21:29
William Gros is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Darren Randolph takes the free kick.19:48
A cross is delivered by Nicky Law, Close range strike by Keith Lasley goes over the bar.17:32
Foul by James Dayton on Tom Hateley, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Tom Hateley.16:32
James Dayton takes a shot. Blocked by Nicky Law.14:36
Unfair challenge on Borja Perez by Keith Lasley results in a free kick. Paul Heffernan takes the direct free kick.12:14
Assist by Ross Barbour.12:14 Goal scored
Goal! - Stevie Hammell - Kilmarnock 1 - 0 Motherwell Stevie Hammell puts the ball into his own goal from 6 yards. Kilmarnock 1-0 Motherwell.10:19
William Gros fouled by Simon Ramsden, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Borja Perez, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.9:11
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on William Gros by Tom Hateley. James Fowler takes the free kick.7:50
The ball is delivered by James Fowler.7:25
Henrik Ojamaa produces a cross, save by Kyle Letheren.5:55
The ball is delivered by Chris Humphrey, save by Kyle Letheren.5:42
A cross is delivered by Stevie Hammell, clearance made by Jeroen Tesselaar.4:38
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tom Hateley from the left by-line.2:54
The ball is sent over by Paul Heffernan, Shaun Hutchinson manages to make a clearance.0:01
Ross Barbour produces a cross.0:00
The referee gets the match started.
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