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Kilmarnock 0-1 Motherwell

Motherwell's Louis Moult prods the ball home
Louis Moult's late winner sunk Kilmarnock

Motherwell earned their first win under Mark McGhee as Louis Moult poked in a late goal at Rugby Park.

The game looked destined to end in a stalemate with neither team looking able to produce sufficient spark up front to earn all three points.

Kilmarnock had enjoyed the better of the overall play but rarely tested the Motherwell goal.

And they paid for that in the closing moments as the ball broke to substitute Moult to fire past Jamie MacDonald.

It was rather cruel on the home side who had looked the likelier to score, though both teams struggled for much of the game to create meaningful opportunities.

Indeed, the only effort on goal of any note in the first half came a minute before the interval when Kallum Higginbotham played a short free kick to Rory McKenzie and the captain rifled a shot goalwards from 20 yards, but Connor Ripley dealt with it comfortably.

Josh Magennis
Josh Magennis rises to win a header for Kilmarnock

The first test of MacDonald in the home goal didn't materialise until early in the second half but though Theo Robinson's header was powerful enough it was straight into the arms of the keeper.

Higginbotham made Ripley work again midway through the second period with a fine strike on the half-volley from outside the box, but the keeper got down sharply to keep the shot out.

Killie began to carve out shooting opportunities, with Greg Kiltie, Josh Magennis and Rory McKenzie all failing to hit the target from good positions.

And so it fell to Moult to snatch the points; he would have had a second in the closing seconds but for a good save by MacDonald.

The visitors will settle for the narrow victory though as they recorded their first win in five games.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 14O'Hara
  • 5FindlayBooked at 56mins
  • 26Balatoni
  • 22McHattieBooked at 36mins
  • 3Smith
  • 19Slater
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 67mins
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forObadeyiat 72'minutes
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forBoydat 85'minutes
  • 28MagennisBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 1Ridgers
  • 4Hamill
  • 8Robinson
  • 9Boyd
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 20Carrick

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 16Kennedy
  • 6McManus
  • 15ChalmersBooked at 60mins
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 7AinsworthBooked at 36minsSubstituted forTaylorat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Pearson
  • 11Johnson
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forMoultat 63'minutes
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forFletcherat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 9Fletcher
  • 13Samson
  • 19Clarkson
  • 20Moult
  • 21Leitch
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
3,931

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 1.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Jake Taylor replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

Attempt blocked. Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Wes Fletcher (Motherwell).

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 1. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Wes Fletcher replaces Scott McDonald.

Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott McDonald (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Louis Moult (Motherwell).

Attempt missed. Kieran Kennedy (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock).

Scott McDonald (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Tope Obadeyi replaces Greg Kiltie.

Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

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

Booking

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie MacDonald (Kilmarnock).

(Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell).

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

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2Hearts1382324141026
3Aberdeen138141916325
4St Johnstone136252721620
5Ross County135351815318
6Hamilton135351818018
7Dundee134541922-317
8Kilmarnock134361422-815
9Inverness CT133551216-414
10Motherwell134271015-514
11Partick Thistle13247919-1010
12Dundee Utd132291026-168
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