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Summary

  1. Play-off final second leg at Rugby Park
  2. Kilmarnock win 4-1 on aggregate
  3. Kiltie & Addison goals in first eight minutes
  4. Kiltie's second & Boyd put Killie in command
  5. Kilmarnock extend their 23-year stay in top flight
  6. Falkirk's six-year absence continues

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

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Summer holidays

That's it for us for another Scottish football season. Kilmarnock stay in the Premiership, Falkirk remain in the Championship, with Dundee United going down to join them, while Hibs will also be there but as Scottish Cup winners. Celtic are champions and will renew their city rivalry next season with promoted Rangers.

Next up for us are Scotland's friendlies against Italy and France. Hope to see you then.

Magic Magennis

Josh Magennis was the man of the match, the Northern Ireland striker who began his career as a goalkeeper and then played at full-back for Aberdeen making the difference after returning from injury.

The 25-year-old will hope his performance was enough to clinch his place in Michael O'Neill's squad for the Euro 2016 finals.

Tope Obadeyi and Josh Magennis celebrate
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Tope Obadeyi and Josh Magennis both set up Kilmarnock goals

Tom English's view

You can now read Tom English's match report here.

Bairns' ball burst

For Falkirk, they are left to lick their wounds and go again in the Championship after a fine season when they finished above Hibs as runners-up and then beat the Scottish Cup winners in their play-off semi-final. 

Falkirk striker John Baird shows his disappointment
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Falkirk striker John Baird is left to ponder what might have been

Kilmarnock continue in top-flight

Kilmarnock's players celebrate
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Kilmarnock retain their place in the Scottish Premiership

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark

On BBC Radio Scotland

"When the goals were going in, it was a replication of what we did when we stayed up with Birmingham City and I never thought that would be repeated.

"I knew the implications of going down.

"We needed a quick start and to get the big crowd onside.

"We couldn't have dreamed of a better start and that settled us a bit, but you never know with Falkirk and it's credit to them that they never threw the towel in.

"This club has been loitering about his position for four or five years and this warning has to be heeded."

Falkirk manager Peter Houston

On BBC Radio Scotland

"When you are two down after seven minutes, the occasion certainly got to us. 

"There are a lot of players in tears in there feeling like they have let the fans down.  

"But they have been magnificent all season and it is not a day to criticise the players. 

"We were involved in a cup final at the end of last season and a play-off at the end of this one. 

"We need to learn when we are in a position like that how to get it over the line. 

"We have to look at it in the close season and see if we can add more quality and maybe more physicality if you look at us compared to Kilmarnock."

Kilmarnock midfielder Greg Kiltie

Two-goal hero on BBC Radio Scotland

"The most important thing was to win and stay in the league. 

"We shouldn't be in this position to start with, but for me breaking into the team it has been brilliant this season. 

"We need to work hard in pre-season and come out flying as we can't be this position next season."

Fans are on the pitch

Kilmarnock fans celebrate on the pitch
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Kilmarnock fans were on the pitch after the final whistle

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@BBCSportScot @BBCSport well done Lee Clark xx

Kilmarnock striker Josh Magennis

On BBC Radio Scotland

"To do it on the last day of the season was not what we wanted.

"But sometimes that's what it takes.

"I felt okay for the first leg, but it wasn't worth the risk of further injury and the manager and I decided to miss that and hopefully make an impact in the first 70 minutes for this one.

"First and foremost, my club is Kilmarnock.

"I can't turn my back on my club even with the prospect of playing for Northern Ireland in the Euros - if selected, I must stress that." 

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald

On BBC Radio Scotland

"From a personal view, it is one of the best seasons I've had and yet we've been involved in a relegation battle.

"We've survived and that's the main thing.

"The fans have turned out today and were definitely our 12th man.

"Hopefully we can entice a few of them back again next season."

'Animal abuse'

The home players are back on the pitch to celebrate with their fans and one of the them has just pulled the head off the Kilmarnock squirrel!

That's their furry mascot by the way, so no real animals were harmed.

There was a huge gulf between the two sides this afternoon

Willie MillerBBC Radio Scotland pundit

Premiership dominance

It is the second season in a row that the Premiership side have had a healthy victory over the team coming through the play-off series in the Championship. Remember, Rangers were hammered 6-1 by Motherwell on aggregate.

Kilmarnock striker Kris Boyd

On BBC Radio Scotland

"The amount of chances we had on Thursday and we didn't take them.

"We had the same amount of chances today and we took them.

"The plan was to get in Falkirk's faces and we took them by surprise.

"It is great to be part of this, but hopefully never again and we are delighted to stay in this division."

Kris Boyd (right) celebrates his goal
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Kris Boyd (right) scored Kilmarnock's fourth goal

Pitch invasion

There were fears at the final whistle there of a repeat of yesterday's events at Hampden as about 100 fans broke on to the Rugby Park pitch.

However, the police quickly formed a cordon across the pitch and have cleared the park again.

Kilmarnock joy

Kilmarnock extend their 23-year stay in Scotland's top flight with an emphatic victory. For Falkirk, their six-year absence continues.

FULL-TIME

Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk (agg 4-1)

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@BBCSportScot Oh well, no Ayrshire derbies next season.

Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk (agg 4-1)

Greg Kiltie receives a standing ovation for his two goals as he is replaced with Rory McKenzie.

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@BBCSportScot l think it's safe to say it's curtains for @falkirkbairns & well done to @OfficialKillie who'll remain in the @Scottishprem

DISALLOWED GOAL

Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk (agg 4-1)

Falkirk have the ball in the net as Myles Hippolyte fires home from 15 yards, but the whistle goes for a foul by Lee Miller on goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald, who had let the ball slip out his hands under pressure from the striker.

Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk (agg 4-1)

Kilmarnock miss a great chance of another goal on the break. Greg Kiltie breaks clear and finds Mark O'Hara with a long ball over the retreating defence, but the defender has a tired shot instead of handing another goal to Kris Boyd.

Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk (agg 4-1)

Time looks to have run out for Falkirk with Kilmarnock easing to an emphatic win. You wouldn't know it from manager Lee Clark's histrionics on the touchline.

Blue Bairns

A disappointed Falkirk fan
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Falkirk fans are crying into their beards

YELLOW CARD

Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk (agg 4-1)

Mark Kerr goes into the book for taking out double Kilmarnock scorer Greg Kiltie.

Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk (agg 4-1)

Josh Magennis is replaced with defender Mark O'Hara as Kilmarnock look to tighten up and protect their lead. The striker has made the impact manager Lee Clark had hoped for, but he has been struggling with injury and will hope that he has not done any additional damage that might deny him a place in Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 finals squad.

Will Kilmarnock give Lee Clark a bit of money to spend? He has only won a handful of games and, if they don't, they could be here again, same place, same time next year

Allan PrestonBBC Radio Scotland pundit

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Killie completely blowing Falkirk away here. Haven't heard Rugby Park rock like this in a long time. #playoffs

GREAT SAVE!

Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk (agg 4-1)

Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald beats away a Bob McHugh shot and it is cleared from in front of goal.

Leapy Lee

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark is a picture of joy as he sprints down the touchline after both those goals. After the third goal, he wrapped a home scarf round the neck of a policewman and earned himself a talking to from referee Willie Collum.

Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark celebrates
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Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark collects a scarf from happy fans

GOAL

Kilmarnock 4-0 Falkirk (Kris Boyd)

It is Josh Magennis' turn to expose Falkirk as they push too far forward. The Northern Ireland striker sprints almost the length of the park before squaring the ball for Kris Boyd to tap in Kilmarnock's fourth goal.

Kilmarnock 3-0 Falkirk (agg 3-1)

Falkirk boss Peter Houston with his last throw of the dice as the forward thinking Myles Hippolyte takes the place of Craig Sibbald.

GOAL

Kilmarnock 3-0 Falkirk (Greg Kiltie)

Tope Obadeyi sets up Kilmarnock's third goal with a fine run down the left wing and his low cut-back is swept home by Greg Kiltie for the midfielder's second goal of the day.

Kilmarnock 2-0 Falkirk (agg 2-1)

Greg Kiltie does well to create space for himself, but the Kilmarnock midfielder's strike from 25 yards is straight at goalkeeper Danny Rogers.

YELLOW CARD

Kilmarnock 2-0 Falkirk (agg 2-1)

Falkirk defender David McCracken is booked for a late challenge - not his first of the day as Lee Miller comes on for John Baird as Bairns boss Peter Houston changes a striker for a striker.

CLOSE!

Kilmarnock 2-0 Falkirk (agg 2-1)

So near to a third goal for Kilmarnock as Lee Ashcroft's header from a free-kick is parried by goalkeeper Danny Rogers and it deflects off Tope Obadeyi and inches over the crossbar from five yards out.

Kilmarnock 2-0 Falkirk (agg 2-1)

Falkirk resort to the team they started with on Thursday, with Blair Alston coming into midfield in place of the less mobile and more defensive Tom Taiwo.

Kilmarnock 2-0 Falkirk (agg 2-1)

Blair Alston, who was unfortunate to be dropped to the Falkirk bench, and Lee Miller are warming up for the visitors.