Scottish Premiership
Inverness CT3Kilmarnock1

Inverness CT 3-1 Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock keeper Jamie MacDonald is sent off at Inverness
The red card for Kilmarnock keeper Jamie MacDonald was the turning point of the game

Inverness Caledonian Thistle ensured Kilmarnock remain in relegation danger after a victory that turned on a red card for goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

The visitors led 1-0 at half-time from Kallum Higginbotham's smart finish.

But when MacDonald pulled down Ross Draper and was sent off after 55 minutes, Greg Tansey's equaliser from the spot changed the game's dynamic.

Draper flicked home after a corner to put Caley ahead before Danny Williams wrapped up victory three minutes later.

The win lifted Inverness 11 points clear of Kilmarnock in 11th place with four games to go, to all but end any lingering fears of dropping into the play-offs.

But the visitors, who remain four points adrift of Hamilton ahead of their game against Dundee United, will have cause to regret Conrad Balatoni's disastrous back-pass, which effectively forced MacDonald into bringing Draper down for the game-changing penalty.

Kilmarnock appeared fortunate to escape an early red card when Miles Storey tried to outmuscle Mark O'Hara and went to ground, but referee John Beaton waved away the Inverness striker's claim.

The visitors' first real threat saw Greg Kiltie's powerful shot from distance off target, while a Storey burst for the hosts saw Williams, playing in a more offensive role, bend an effort away from MacDonald, who did well to save.

Gary Warren and Williams both had decent opportunities before Draper wasted a great chance, waiting for the ball to drop after a corner but only clipping the post with MacDonald racing towards him.

Tansey was fortunate to escape a red card when he blatantly pulled Kris Boyd back after already being booked.

Against the run of play, Kilmarnock pounced with a wonderful goal just before half-time.

Callum Higginbotham curls in Caley Thistle's opening goal
Higginbotham's superb opening goal had given Kilmarnock hope of a better outcome

Kiltie found Higginbotham on the left edge of the area. Tansey allowed him to cut inside and he curled a wonderful shot right-footed into the far corner

Kilmarnock seemed to be on course for a morale-boosting result until Balatoni tried to roll the ball back to MacDonald, Draper nipping in and Tansey confidently dispatching the penalty after Conor Brennan replaced the departed MacDonald in goal.

Despite that, a wonderful curling long range free-kick from Boyd nearly eased Kilmarnock ahead but his effort smacked off the post and Rory McKenzie was off target with the rebound.

Josh Meekings nodded wide with the goal gaping before Kilmarnock failed to clear an out-swinging corner and Draper knocked home from close range.

Williams tucked home his first of the season after a good passing move to increase the hosts' advantage.

Kilmarnock tried to mount a late comeback, Julien Faubert clipping the bar while Boyd was twice narrowly off target, but a self-inflicted defeat may prove costly for their hopes of avoiding that relegation play-off.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 14Devine
  • 3Tremarco
  • 8Draper
  • 16TanseyBooked at 23mins
  • 27VigursSubstituted forMbuyi-Mutomboat 74'minutes
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 39Storey

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 7Williams
  • 9Foran
  • 17Horner
  • 21Hughes
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonaldBooked at 53mins
  • 14O'Hara
  • 4Addison
  • 26BalatoniSubstituted forAshcroftat 77'minutes
  • 27Hodson
  • 36Faubert
  • 29Dicker
  • 7McKenzie
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forBrennanat 54'minutes
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forObadeyiat 77'minutes
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 5Findlay
  • 8Henshall
  • 13Brennan
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 32Taylor
  • 39Frizzell
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
2,228

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 3, Kilmarnock 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 3, Kilmarnock 1.

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

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

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

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

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

Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Miles Addison.

Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Tope Obadeyi replaces Greg Kiltie.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Ashcroft replaces Conrad Balatoni.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 3, Kilmarnock 1. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Miles Storey.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo replaces Iain Vigurs.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, Kilmarnock 1. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Attempt missed. Josh Meekings (Inverness CT) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) with an attempt from very close range is just a bit too high.

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Attempt saved. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Lee Hodson.

Attempt blocked. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 1, Kilmarnock 1. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Conor Brennan replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Dismissal

Jamie MacDonald (Kilmarnock) is shown the red card.

Penalty Inverness CT. Ross Draper draws a foul in the penalty area.

goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic34238379265377
2Aberdeen34215856391768
3Hearts34179854342060
4Motherwell34145154249-747
5St Johnstone34137145151046
6Ross County34135164956-744
7Dundee341014105050044
8Inverness CT341110134344-143
9Partick Thistle34118153341-841
10Hamilton34109153956-1739
11Kilmarnock3488183457-2332
12Dundee Utd3466223461-2724
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