Scottish Premiership
Kilmarnock1Inverness CT1

Kilmarnock 1-1 Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Gary Warren (centre) celebrates his equaliser for Caley Thistle
Gary Warren (centre) equalised for Caley Thistle

Souleymane Coulibaly's stunning strike against Inverness Caledonian Thistle was not enough to give Kilmarnock back-to-back home league victories.

Coulibaly looked to have won the game as he slalomed inside the penalty area before firing home after 73 minutes.

But Gary Warren rose to head a powerful equaliser six minutes from time.

Kilmarnock's Nathan Tyson went closest to breaking the deadlock in the first half, but Josh Meekings did superbly to clear the striker's lob off the line.

Coulibaly's goal prevented Caley Thistle recording their first top-flight clean sheet in 18 games at Rugby Park since April 2005.

But Killie, who won 2-0 against Dundee in their last home game, could not see it out in search of their first back-to-back league wins at Rugby Park since March 2015.

And the point ensured Caley Thistle stay ahead of Partick Thistle at the foot of the Scottish Premiership.

Coulibaly on the mark

Coulibaly has sometimes been labelled a "luxury player" because of his lack of involvement at times during games.

That, though, would be harsh as whenever the 21-year-old manages to get on the ball near the opponents' goal, defenders must be wary.

The Ivory Coast-born striker found the net for the 11th time this season with another piece of magic.

When he picked the ball up around 25 yards out on the wing, there appeared to be little hope of an effort on target.

However, Coulibaly had different thoughts and, after twisting his way past three Caley Thistle defenders, he unleashed a right-foot shot that beat goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams at his near post.

Warren picks his spot

Kilmarnock celebrate Souleymane Coulibaly's opener
Souleymane Coulibaly (centre) scored a superb opening goal

Warren has more than proven his worth to Caley Thistle over the past few years with his at-times excellent game reading at the heart of the defence.

However, he can also pose a real threat up front and notched his opening goal of the season late on to grab a point.

Greg Tansey floated in a free-kick that was met by Warren and the Englishman bulleted a header beyond goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald to snatch a point that at times looked highly unlikely.

Referee gets the bird

Referee Nick Walsh is a new name for many who watch the Scottish Premiership and he did little at Rugby Park to enhance his reputation.

At times, his decision-making at best looked poor, with Killie manager lee Clark on his knees at one point after one ruling in the first half.

However, the man in the middle could not be blamed for a pretty dreadful first half by both teams with a point apiece was just about the right result.

Match reaction

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark: "We deserved to win the game. Totally dominated the first half.

"Granted, Inverness came back into the game in spells.

"We score a terrific goal through Souleymane again, but we defended a set-play very very poorly and that has cost us all three points and another real good win at home.

"I'm frustrated, disappointed, but the work ethic of the players was terrific as we pressed really well.

"There are lots of positives to take from the game. Young Ian Wilson was outstanding all game. Another full debut and he can be really pleased."

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran: "Definitely happy with a point away from home. It's always a good result away from home.

"Kilmarnock were the better team in the first half. They put a lot of balls into the box, but we dealt with them really well.

"In the second half, we were the better team. We had a great chance with Alex Fisher.

"You also have to look at their goal. My goalkeeper and players tell me it was a blatant hand ball to control the ball. So we didn't get that decision.

"It should have been our free-kick but he goes and sticks it in the top corner. It's took a fantastic finish for them to score against us."

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 27Hendrie
  • 36Wilson
  • 5Boyle
  • 24TaylorBooked at 64mins
  • 8Dicker
  • 3SmithBooked at 90mins
  • 19Coulibaly
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 45mins
  • 11Jones
  • 12Tyson

Substitutes

  • 6Smith
  • 18Adams
  • 20Bojaj
  • 21Frizzell
  • 31Mackay
  • 33Hawkshaw
  • 44Cameron

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 3Tremarco
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 22McKaySubstituted forPolworthat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 8DraperBooked at 16mins
  • 16Tansey
  • 17HornerSubstituted forKingat 53'minutes
  • 29Cole
  • 11Vigurs
  • 26DoumbouyaSubstituted forFisherat 21'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 7Polworth
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 15Mulraney
  • 18Fisher
  • 19Boden
  • 20King
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
3,294

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home9
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home18
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Inverness CT 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Inverness CT 1.

Booking

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Booking

Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steven Smith (Kilmarnock).

Billy King (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Souleymane Coulibaly (Kilmarnock) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Liam Polworth.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Inverness CT 1. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Tansey following a set piece situation.

Hand ball by Nathan Tyson (Kilmarnock).

Foul by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

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

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

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Inverness CT 0. Souleymane Coulibaly (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the high centre of the goal.

Foul by Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock).

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nathan Tyson (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by William Boyle.

Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Booking

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

Billy King (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by William Boyle.

Foul by Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock).

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

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Luke Hendrie.

Foul by William Boyle (Kilmarnock).

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

Attempt missed. Souleymane Coulibaly (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Billy King replaces Lewis Horner because of an injury.

Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Tyson (Kilmarnock).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic16151046133346
2Rangers1810532518735
3Aberdeen1784529171228
4Hearts1877432221028
5St Johnstone176652320324
6Ross County184861929-1020
7Kilmarnock184771630-1419
8Motherwell174582128-717
9Hamilton1821061925-616
10Dundee1844101524-916
11Inverness CT183782334-1116
12Partick Thistle173681927-815
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