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Kilmarnock 1-1 Hibernian

By John BarnesBBC Scotland at Rugby Park

Danny Haynes' first goal for Hibernian earned Terry Butcher's men a point at Rugby Park to sustain their challenge for place in the Premiership's top six.

The on-loan Notts County striker's fine header cancelled out Rory McKenzie first-half strike for Kilmarnock.

Both goalscorers threatened to get a winner in the closing stages of the matches.

Haynes had a shot blocked by Manuel Pascali before Ben Williams saved bravely at the feet of McKenzie

The result takes Hibs level with sixth-place St Johnstone while Killie are five points behind.

It was the visitors who had the first effort, which came from last week's goal hero Tom Taiwo. But on this occasion his strike from the edge of the box flew wide.

Boyd had a left-foot shot from 20 yards that did not trouble the Hibs goal - but the striker's next major contribution certainly did as he provided the creativity for Killie' opener.

Controlling the ball and turning inside the centre circle Boyd picked out McKenzie with an intricate pass inside Ryan McGivern.

Danny Haynes celebrates after scoring for Hibernian against Kilmarnock
Haynes brought Hibs level in the second half

McKenzie latched onto it and from 14 yards on the angle and drilled slow into the far corner of the net.

As much as Hibs had more of the possession in the first half they were unable to create any real clear cut chances.

Haynes swerved a shot wide before a low driven cross from Lewis Stevenson found no takers as they looked for an equaliser.

But Haynes did level early in the second half when he adjusted superbly to head Sam Stanton's cross past Samson.

Moments later, Killie were appealing for a penalty when Boyd was grounded in a aerial challenge with Michael Nelson but referee Craig Thomson ignored the claims.

Stanton, with two goals in his last two matches, came close to adding another with a left-footed free-kick from 22 yards which dipped just over the crossbar.

As Alexei Eremenko tired, he was replaced by Michael Gardyne to inject a bit of pace to the Killie attack.

The substitute provided two fine deliveries into the Hibs box but Greg Kiltie and then Boyd failed to take advantage when the ball fell at their feet.

And neither Haynes nor McKenzie could add to their earlier goals meaning both sides had to settle for a point.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1SamsonBooked at 88mins
  • 26O'Hara
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 8Clingan
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 29Pascali
  • 18McKenzie
  • 28Slater
  • 9Boyd
  • 20EremenkoSubstituted forGardyneat 65'minutes
  • 33MuirheadSubstituted forKiltieat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Irvine
  • 7Nicholson
  • 10Johnston
  • 12Reguero Chapinal
  • 22Maksimenko
  • 25Gardyne
  • 36Kiltie

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 23ForsterBooked at 54mins
  • 3McGivern
  • 20TaiwoBooked at 58mins
  • 5Nelson
  • 4Hanlon
  • 7Harris
  • 26Stanton
  • 33HaynesSubstituted forCollinsat 86'minutes
  • 19HandlingSubstituted forCraigat 69'minutes
  • 16StevensonSubstituted forCairneyat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Craig
  • 11Cairney
  • 14Collins
  • 15Boateng
  • 18Maybury
  • 21Murdoch
  • 24Heffernan
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
4,036

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home4
Away9
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home0
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away5

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Hibernian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Hibernian 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  4. Booking

    Craig Samson (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark O'Hara.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock).

  7. Post update

    Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Danny Haynes.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  10. Post update

    Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Paul Cairney replaces Lewis Stevenson.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Craig replaces Daniel Handling.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

  19. Post update

    Alex Harris (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Michael Gardyne replaces Alexei Eremenko.

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