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Ross County 1-2 Kilmarnock

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.

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Interview - Kilmarnock manager Allan Johnston

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.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Brown
  • 2Kovacevic
  • 3Gordon
  • 18KlokSubstituted forMustafiat 81'minutes
  • 5Boyd
  • 6MicicSubstituted forGlenat 65'minutes
  • 4Kettlewell
  • 23Carey
  • 19LuckassenSubstituted forRossat 65'minutes
  • 10Quinn
  • 11De Leeuw

Substitutes

  • 9Mustafi
  • 14Maatsen
  • 15Glen
  • 16Cooper
  • 17Ross
  • 20Fraser
  • 24Dingwall

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 16Clohessy
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 10Johnston
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 5Irvine
  • 13GabrielSubstituted forNicholsonat 73'minutes
  • 23McKeown
  • 9BoydSubstituted forMuirheadat 84'minutes
  • 25GardyneSubstituted forMcKenzieat 78'minutes
  • 28Slater

Substitutes

  • 7Nicholson
  • 8Clingan
  • 12Reguero
  • 14Silva
  • 18McKenzie
  • 19Ibrahim
  • 33Muirhead
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
2,937

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 2.

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

Foul by Ben Gordon (Ross County).

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

Foul by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Kris Boyd.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Orhan Mustafi replaces Marc Klok.

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

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Michael Gardyne.

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

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

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Scott Boyd (Ross County).

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

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jeroen Tesselaar.

Substitution

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

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Gary Glen replaces Branislav Micic.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Steven Ross replaces Kevin Luckassen.

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

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

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Kevin Luckassen (Ross County).

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

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

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock).

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

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

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic1411302336
2Inverness CT149231029
3Dundee Utd157531826
4Aberdeen15825826
5Motherwell15816-725
6St Johnstone15636521
7Hibernian15456-517
8St Mirren14446-716
9Partick Thistle15357-1214
10Kilmarnock15339-812
11Ross County14329-1311
12Hearts15339-12-3
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