Scottish Premiership
Kilmarnock1Dundee Utd1

Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee United

Billy McKay (right)
Billy McKay's (right) penalty made it all square after Stuart Findlay's red card

Billy McKay's seventh goal of the season ensured bottom of the table Dundee United earned a point against 10-man Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Kris Boyd gave home side the lead from close range with his 95th for the Ayrshire men after a sweeping move.

Kilmarnock's Stuart Findlay conceded a penalty for a foul on Ryan McGowan which was deemed to have denied him a goal scoring opportunity.

McKay slotted the spot kick beyond Jamie MacDonald to square the game.

Boyd was making his first start for Killie since 29 August and he didn't hang around to make an impact.

The striker began and finished the move that resulted in his opening goal. He picked out Craig Slater who in turn spread the ball wide to Josh Magennis and his cross was side footed home from three yards by Boyd.

Tope Obadeyi twice came close to adding to Killie's lead before the quarter of an hour mark. But on both occasions he was thwarted by Michal Szromnik; the first diving low to his right to save from point blank range, then low to his left as Obadeyi got his head on a Mark O'Hara cross from the right.

However, when Findlay was sent off by referee John Beaton for fouling McGowan midway through the first half to concede a penalty, United pulled level as McKay converted the spot kick.

It came after a Florent Sinama Pongolle free-kick, which took a defection, was parried wide by goalkeeper MacDonald. McKay swept it back across the face of goal to the back post where Findlay and McGowan collided.

Billy McKay (centre)
Billy McKay (centre) pulled Dundee United level from the penalty spot

United tried to utilise their one man advantage as Killie tried to regroup.

McKay should have put United in front when clean through but MacDonald advanced from his line to make a fine stop.

Despite the blustery conditions both sides served up some neat moves to create chances.

The visitors saw a Blair Spittal shot fly wide before a Sinama Pongolle shot, following a neat exchange of passes with McKay, was held by MacDonald.

At the other end Boyd failed to get a touch on a dangerous driven cross from Mark O'Hara, while Obadeyi once again watched Szromnik turn away his left foot shot from the edge of the area.

Early in the second half United had a strong claim for a penalty ignored as Spittal looked to have been pulled back by Mark Connolly as he tried to latch onto a through pass.

The United manager Mixu Paatelainen was incensed and had to be calmed down by the referee after disputing his decision.

Paul Dixon blasted a shot wide of the target before MacDonald then was called upon to make a couple of fine saves one from Spittal.

Killie's talented midfielder Craig Slater almost put Killie back in front. He ended a positive run with a terrific curling right foot shot which crashed back off Szromnik's right hand post.

Mark Durnan nearly turned the ball into his own net as he miscued a clearance, but much to his relief the United goalkeeper was in the right place to save the ball and his blushes.

United have now picked up only one win in their last 15 League matches while Killie are five games without a victory.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 14O'Hara
  • 6Connolly
  • 26Balatoni
  • 5FindlayBooked at 23mins
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forKiltieat 64'minutes
  • 19SlaterBooked at 22mins
  • 4HamillBooked at 71mins
  • 3SmithSubstituted forMcHattieat 59'minutes
  • 9BoydSubstituted forCarrickat 88'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 1Ridgers
  • 2Barbour
  • 8Robinson
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 20Carrick
  • 22McHattie
  • 23Kiltie

Dundee Utd

  • 21Szromnik
  • 2Dillon
  • 17Durnan
  • 19Gunning
  • 3Dixon
  • 4SouttarBooked at 34mins
  • 8Rankin
  • 12McGowan
  • 20SpittalSubstituted forErskineat 81'minutes
  • 54Sinama-PongolleSubstituted forConnollyat 77'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 11Erskine
  • 18Connolly
  • 22Fraser
  • 24Spark
  • 28Donaldson
  • 51Zwick
  • 55Demel
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,828

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamDundee Utd
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Dundee United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Dundee United 1.

Dale Carrick (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Sean Dillon (Dundee United).

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

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Dale Carrick.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Dale Carrick replaces Kris Boyd.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Attempt blocked. John Souttar (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Chris Erskine (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Mark O'Hara.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Chris Erskine replaces Blair Spittal.

Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

Aidan Connolly (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Sean Dillon.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee United. Aidan Connolly replaces Florent Sinama-Pongolle.

Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Dundee United).

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

Attempt saved. John Souttar (Dundee United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Booking

Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Gavin Gunning (Dundee United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

Ryan McGowan (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

Foul by John Rankin (Dundee United).

Attempt missed. Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Greg Kiltie replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Attempt missed. Billy McKay (Dundee United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Blair Spittal (Dundee United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Kilmarnock).

Florent Sinama-Pongolle (Dundee United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kevin McHattie replaces Steven Smith because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Paul Dixon (Dundee United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Dundee United. Conceded by Josh Magennis.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic16123141122939
2Aberdeen1711242718935
3Hearts1694329171231
4St Johnstone179353526930
5Hamilton166462122-122
6Ross County176382525021
7Dundee174852227-520
8Inverness CT164571722-517
9Partick Thistle164571723-617
10Kilmarnock174581830-1217
11Motherwell164391323-1015
12Dundee Utd1723121333-209
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