Scottish Premiership
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Predatory Kris Boyd nets Kilmarnock win over St Mirren

Kris Boyd's 90th minute winner saw Kilmarnock get the New Year off to a winning start at home to St Mirren.

Buddies debutant Adam Campbell gave the visitors the lead with a smart finish at Rugby Park.

Rory McKenzie levelled for Kilmarnock when he rifled a shot beyond the helpless Marian Kello.

With the game seemingly destined for a draw, the predatory Boyd pounced to grab the winner.

With both sides aiming to secure their sixth league win of the season, Kilmarnock came within a whisker of taking the lead when Craig Slater's effort cannoned back off the bar.

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Interview - Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston

The visitors capitalised on that reprieve when 18-year-old on-loan Newcastle striker Campbell pounced as Killie failed to clear a free-kick and the debutant slotted home.

Buoyed by Campbell's goal, St Mirren sought a second with Conor Newton and John McGinn both forcing Craig Samson into saves against his former club.

Kilmarnock boss Allan Johnston had challenged his side to show some steel for the rest of the season.

And they equalised on the half-hour mark when McKenzie rifled a shot beyond Kello.

Samson was forced into action once again when he clawed away Paul McGowan's effort as both sides bristled with attacking intent.

The sides drew 1-1 in Paisley earlier in the season and the same scoreline looked likely after the break with both goalkeepers in great form.

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Interview - St Mirren boss Danny Lennon

Boyd, who had been quiet in the opening period, found space inside the area but send a shot high over the bar.

Samson, who proved impressive throughout, produced a superb save to push away Danny Grainger's volley.

Campbell grew in confidence as the game progressed and the teenager came close to scoring his and St Mirren's second when his shot was blocked.

In a Premiership clash boasting more than a few crisp drives from distance, Kilmarnock substitute Robbie Muirhead forced Kello into a superb stop with a thumping effort.

Campbell again threatened with the Kilmarnock defence creaking as both sides sought a winner.

Boyd sparked jubilant scenes among the home support showed great composure to keep his head after collecting Muirhead's pass and fire a shot past Kello.

Victory sees Kilmarnock leapfrog St Mirren and move into eighth spot in the table.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 16Clohessy
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 28Slater
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 29Pascali
  • 18McKenzie
  • 5Irvine
  • 9Boyd
  • 25GardyneSubstituted forMuirheadat 66'minutes
  • 10JohnstonSubstituted forNicholsonat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Nicholson
  • 8Clingan
  • 12Reguero
  • 21Winchester
  • 23McKeown
  • 26O'Hara
  • 33Muirhead

St Mirren

  • 28Kello
  • 22Naismith
  • 18Kelly
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forReillyat 76'minutes
  • 4McGregor
  • 14McAusland
  • 24Newton
  • 10McGowanBooked at 41mins
  • 12Campbell
  • 9ThompsonSubstituted forHarkinsat 85'minutes
  • 27Grainger

Substitutes

  • 2van Zanten
  • 5Mair
  • 8Harkins
  • 17Reilly
  • 26Brady
  • 30Dilo
  • 36Cuddihy
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
5,410

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, St Mirren 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, St Mirren 1.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, St Mirren 1. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Robbie Muirhead.
Daniel Grainger (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).
Foul by Daniel Grainger (St Mirren).
Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Adam Campbell (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Foul by Daniel Grainger (St Mirren).
Barry Nicholson (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Harkins replaces Steven Thompson.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Barry Nicholson replaces Chris Johnston.
Adam Campbell (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).
Attempt saved. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).
Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).
Foul by Paul McGowan (St Mirren).
Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Thomas Reilly replaces John McGinn.
Attempt saved. Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Daniel Grainger (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Sean Clohessy (Kilmarnock).
Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).
Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).
Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Michael Gardyne.
John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).
Attempt blocked. Adam Campbell (St Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Daniel Grainger (St Mirren) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Sean Clohessy.
Attempt missed. Marc McAusland (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.
Attempt blocked. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic1916302951
2Motherwell201316640
3Aberdeen2012261238
4Inverness CT191036933
5Dundee Utd209561532
6Hibernian20767027
7St Johnstone19748325
8Kilmarnock206311-821
9St Mirren19559-1020
10Partick Thistle193610-1815
11Ross County194213-1714
12Hearts203413-21-2
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