Scottish Premiership
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Scottish Premiership: Kilmarnock 2-1 Inverness CT

Kilmarnock moved 14 points clear of bottom side Dundee United with only their second win in 11 league games.

They adapted better to the horrendous conditions, with the match stopped in each half to clear the lines of snow.

Happily for the home side, the match was allowed to finish, with Craig Slater's stunning volley securing the victory.

Ross Draper had cancelled out Greg Kiltie's early opening goal, but Kilmarnock deserved their win.

While Gary Locke will not make any public admissions, Kilmarnock look safe from automatic relegation and must now concentrate on avoiding a relegation play-off, which looks like involving an almighty scrap with Hamilton Accies, Partick Thistle and Motherwell.

A greater resolve that has been evident in their last three games, in which they are unbeaten, should help them begin to climb the table, if they can apply that consistently.

Greg Kiltie gives Kilmarnock the lead
Greg Kiltie gives Kilmarnock the lead

Certainly they are not a team short on talented individuals, one of whom put them ahead in the early stages.

Adam Frizzell was thwarted by Carl Tremarco's challenge but the ball fell kindly for Kiltie to stroke the ball past Owain Fon-Williams from close range.

In the tricky conditions, Liam Polworth was entitled to try his luck from distance and Jamie MacDonald had to push a couple of efforts away.

The second of those led to the corner from which Draper was presented with the chance to equalise in similar fashion to Kiltie, slamming in from just six yards out.

The goal that won it, though, was of the highest quality.

Ross Draper scores from close range to bring Inverness level
Ross Draper scores from close range to bring Inverness level

The ball broke to Slater on the edge of the penalty area and he showed great technique to acrobatically volley in off the underside of the bar.

Kilmarnock's greatest fear at that point must have been the likelihood of the match being abandoned, as snow fell steadily and the pitch became more treacherous.

Greg Tansey went close on two occasions to pulling Caley Thistle level again and both Jamie Hamill and Tope Odabeyi might have made sure of victory late on, but both were denied by stout defending.

Regardless, though, they did enough to take the three points and ease some of the pressure that had begun to build at the foot of the table.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 24Syme
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 26Balatoni
  • 5Findlay
  • 4Hamill
  • 19Slater
  • 39FrizzellSubstituted forObadeyiat 78'minutes
  • 23Kiltie
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forRobinsonat 88'minutes
  • 20Carrick

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 8Robinson
  • 9Boyd
  • 13Brennan
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 17Splaine
  • 33Hawkshaw

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2RavenSubstituted forSutherlandat 82'minutes
  • 15WedderburnSubstituted forFisherat 63'minutes
  • 5Warren
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 90mins
  • 8Draper
  • 20PolworthSubstituted forMbuyi-Mutomboat 61'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 16TanseyBooked at 29mins
  • 19Williams
  • 27Vigurs
  • 39Storey

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 9Foran
  • 11Roberts
  • 18Fisher
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo
  • 34Brown
  • 37Sutherland
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
2,937

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home7
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home1
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Inverness CT 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Inverness CT 1.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Scott Robinson.

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

Alisdair Sutherland (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock).

Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Owain Fon Williams.

Attempt saved. Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Booking

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Scott Robinson replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by David Syme (Kilmarnock).

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Alisdair Sutherland replaces David Raven.

Foul by Jamie Hamill (Kilmarnock).

Alex Fisher (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Syme (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Tope Obadeyi replaces Adam Frizzell.

Attempt missed. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Miles Storey (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Kilmarnock).

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Dale Carrick (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock).

Miles Storey (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Alex Fisher replaces Nathaniel Wedderburn.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo replaces Liam Polworth.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic21154252173549
2Aberdeen21134434201443
3Hearts22117442241840
4St Johnstone219573531432
5Ross County2293103633330
6Dundee227873538-329
7Inverness CT227783032-228
8Motherwell2174102334-1125
9Partick Thistle216692128-724
10Hamilton2266102837-924
11Kilmarnock2366112642-1624
12Dundee Utd2224161945-2610
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