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Kilmarnock 2-2 Ross County

Two Kris Boyd goals earned Kilmarnock a point at home to Ross County, who had Filip Kiss sent off.

Kiss had set up Yoann Arquin to put the Staggies in front after half an hour and seven minutes later Yann Songo'o doubled the advantage.

But Boyd's strike in 47 minutes gave the home side hope and when new signing Alexei Eremenko came on and the Slovak was sent off Killie had hope.

And it was Boyd who scored in injury time at Rugby Park to register a draw.

The Staggies should have scored with only five minutes on the clock. Jordan Slew was played through on goal and, although he tried to pick his spot, he instead fired high and wide.

For Kilmarnock, Rory McKenzie looked lively down the right and, after a one-two with Greg Kiltie, his shot was saved by Michael Fraser.

Soon after a great run from Robbie Muirhead ended with his shot flashing just wide.

Ross County manager Derek Adams

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Midway through the first half there was a flurry of chances for County.

First, Michael Tidser had his shot from the edge of the area saved by Craig Samson but the keeper failed to hold it and the rebound fell to Richie Brittain, who fired in another shot which Samson saved and spilled.

The ball came back to Brittain, who went down in the box under a challenge, but referee Crawford Allan waved play on.

But Derek Adams' team made the breakthrough on the half-hour mark after a flowing attack.

Kiss provided the killer ball to Arquin just inside the box and the striker coolly guided the ball into the corner of the net past the reach of Samson.

Five minutes later Yann Songo'o brought further cheer to the small band of travelling fans in the awful cold and wet conditions as he steered Brian McLean's shot from the edge of the box into the net.

Two minutes into the second half Kilmarnock pulled a goal back in controversial circumstances.

From a corner the ball appeared to strike Kris Boyd's hand but, with no whistle, the striker played on, turned and fired home.

Soon after a refreshed Kilmarnock almost drew level when McKenzie ran through the middle of the County defence and hit a shot from the edge of the area that cannoned back off the post.

Robbie Muirhead then looked like he had equalised after a great run, but his shot went just wide.

Alexei Eremenko came on for the final quarter of the match to a huge roar from the home fans as Kilmarnock intensified their search for an equaliser.

That was boosted further when Kiss was shown a second yellow and County were reduced to 10 men.

Eremenko then demonstrated his imagination and ability, firing in a shot from 25 yards which went just wide.

County hit Kilmarnock on the break a couple of times without putting the game beyond Killie's reach, and it was Boyd who had the final say.

With time almost up the striker found the net with a header as Kilmarnock rescued a point that helps their push for a top-six place.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 5Irvine
  • 2TesselaarSubstituted forJohnstonat 83'minutes
  • 8ClinganBooked at 40mins
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 29Pascali
  • 36KiltieSubstituted forEremenkoat 68'minutes
  • 28Slater
  • 9Boyd
  • 33Muirhead
  • 18McKenzie

Substitutes

  • 7Nicholson
  • 10Johnston
  • 12Reguero Chapinal
  • 20Eremenko
  • 22Maksimenko
  • 25Gardyne
  • 26O'Hara

Ross County

  • 20Fraser
  • 3Gordon
  • 28Songo'o
  • 8Brittain
  • 21McLean
  • 26Oikonomou
  • 7KissBooked at 76mins
  • 12TidserSubstituted forCooperat 65'minutes
  • 27ArquinSubstituted forQuinnat 88'minutes
  • 25SlewSubstituted forDe Leeuwat 73'minutes
  • 23Carey

Substitutes

  • 1Brown
  • 2Cikos
  • 5Boyd
  • 10Quinn
  • 11De Leeuw
  • 15Glen
  • 16Cooper
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
3,372

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Ross County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Ross County 2.

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Ben Gordon (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Ross County 2. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Chris Johnston with a cross.

Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Yoann Arquin.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Brian McLean.

Attempt missed. Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Johnston replaces Jeroen Tesselaar.

Attempt missed. Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ben Gordon (Ross County).

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Filip Kiss (Ross County).

Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Melvin De Leeuw replaces Jordan Slew.

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

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Alexei Eremenko replaces Greg Kiltie.

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Michael Tidser because of an injury.

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

Michael Tidser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

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

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Michael Fraser.

Attempt saved. Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Tidser (Ross County).

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

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic2320304463
2Aberdeen2414371345
3Motherwell231427444
4Inverness CT221147837
5Dundee Utd249871235
6St Johnstone23959532
7Hibernian247710-628
8Kilmarnock257513-1126
9St Mirren246612-1624
10Ross County246414-1422
11Partick Thistle2541011-1722
12Hearts255515-225
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