Scottish Premiership
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By Andrew ThomsonBBC Scotland at Victoria Park

Ross County beat Kilmarnock to leapfrog the visitors, who replace them in second-bottom spot in the Premiership.

County had penalty claims denied when striker Jordan Slew appeared to be tugged by Jeroen Tesselaar.

But neither side had seriously threatened until Filip Kiss produced a classy finish by steering a shot home four minutes before the break.

Richard Brittain's 77th-minute penalty put County further ahead before Kris Boyd's late, headed reply.

Kilmarnock have now only won one of their last six outings and have three games left to avoid a play-off against a Championship side to avoid relegation.

The visitors looked lively early on with Michael Gardyne going on a surging run towards the County box but his shot was disappointing, trickling wide of the left post.

County began to dominate and there was an excellent chance for Jordan Slew, who got in behind the Kilmarnock defence only to lob harmlessly past the far post.

Moments later, Slew appeared to be hauled to the ground right on the edge of the box by Jeroen Tesselaar but no free-kick or penalty was given.

Kilmarnock players
Killie are now in the dreaded play-off spot with three games to play

A Graham Carey cross from a free-kick curled dangerously in to the six-yard box. Goalkeeper Craig Samson caught it but set the nerves of the Killie fans on edge when he seemed to be momentarily juggling the ball.

When County did make the breakthrough it was something of a classic. Kiss worked a nice one-two move with Melvin de Leeuw on the edge of the box then caressed the ball into the corner of the net.

Ross Barbour sent William Gross through on goal after the break but the Killie substitute's first touch let him down.

County, however, were looking dangerous on the counter attack and one of those surges led to Brittain being fouled in the box by Lee Ashcroft.

The team captain made no mistake when he fired the ball powerfully past Samson.

County's Yoann Arquin, who missed last week's loss to Hearts as manager Derek Adams refused to comment on reports the striker went missing for several days, made an appearance from the bench.

In the dying moments, Boyd got one back for Killie by guiding Rory McKenzie's cross past Mark Brown.

It was only then that Killie seemed to find a sense of urgency and managed to sustain some pressure on the Staggies goal during four minutes of injury time.

But in the end it was County who almost got a third through Arquin, whose shot was pushed round the post by the fingertips of Samson with Barbour having a headed effort cleared off the line by Ben Gordon.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Brown
  • 2Cikos
  • 3GordonBooked at 66mins
  • 7KissBooked at 29mins
  • 28Songo'o
  • 5Boyd
  • 8BrittainBooked at 28mins
  • 12TidserSubstituted forKettlewellat 25'minutes
  • 25Slew
  • 11De LeeuwSubstituted forCooperat 72'minutes
  • 23CareySubstituted forArquinat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Kettlewell
  • 10Quinn
  • 16Cooper
  • 20Fraser
  • 21McLean
  • 22Saunders
  • 27Arquin

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 15Barbour
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 5Irvine
  • 30AshcroftBooked at 76mins
  • 22MaksimenkoBooked at 81mins
  • 18McKenzie
  • 29PascaliSubstituted forJohnstonat 73'minutes
  • 9Boyd
  • 20EremenkoSubstituted forClinganat 65'minutes
  • 25GardyneSubstituted forGrosat 52'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fowler
  • 8Clingan
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Gros
  • 12Reguero Chapinal
  • 28Slater
  • 33Muirhead
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
3,401

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home9
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Craig Samson.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mark Brown.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Erik Cikos.

  10. Post update

    Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 1. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rory McKenzie.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

  14. Post update

    Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Vitalijs Maksimenko (Kilmarnock).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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