Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren

Kris Boyd's first-half strike was enough to give Kilmarnock a victory over St Mirren that leaves Hibernian second bottom of the Premiership.

But results elsewhere mean Killie face a showdown against Hibs on Saturday to avoid a relegation play-off.

Boyd missed a great early chance from eight yards, but he then squeezed a shot under goalkeeper Chris Dillo after from a fine Alexei Eremenko pass.

St Mirren threatened an equaliser then Killie's James Fowler was sent off.

The Ayrshire side held on to leapfrog Hibs by a point, but only two teams remain in danger of a play-off against Championship side going into the final weekend after Partick Thistle ensured their safety with a 4-2 victory away to Hearts that takes the Glasgow side above St Mirren into seventh spot.

Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali
Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali celebrated at the final whistle

Torrential rain lapping down on Rugby Park was a menace to both sides and, when Rory McKenzie intercepted a short Darren McGregor pass-back, goalkeeper Chris Dillo stayed on his feet to poke the ball out for a throw.

Another slip by Marc McAusland allowed McKenzie's low cross to find Boyd soon after, but the former Rangers striker stabbed wide from only six-yards out.

Steven Thompson then spurned Saints' first opening after he headed wide from Jim Goodwin's quick free-kick.

However, Killie were a different side from the one battered in the capital and they forced Dilo into another brilliant save as Manuel Pascali's header had the goalkeeper sprawling,

The Frenchman, though, was beaten by Boyd seconds later.

Dillo stood up well to deny the Killie hitman's first attempt after Alexei Eremenko swung a stunning ball to the back post but was powerless to stop Boyd battering home the rebound.

McAusland and John McGinn both sent efforts over Samson's bar as the visitors chased a leveller before the break.

However, Dilo ensured they only went in a goal down as he first saved from McKenzie after another McGregor slip-up then denied Lee Ashcroft with another instinctive block from the resulting corner.

The Buddies had looked anything but assertive in defence, but McAusland timed his last-ditch tackle to perfection to deny Boyd a second 10 minutes after half-time.

Samson kept out his former club again just after the hour mark as he got hands on Kenny McLean's low free-kick.

The final 10 minutes were torture for the home fans as Saints poured men forward - and their nerves were tested even further when Fowler, booked in the first half, collected a second yellow for tripping Jason Naismith on 87 minutes..

Killie, though, held out and referee Alan Muir's final whistle was greeted like a goal - now they have one-more nail-biter to see out on Saturday to ensure their 21-year stay in Scotland's top league continues.



Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Samson
  • 15BarbourBooked at 18mins
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 29PascaliBooked at 85mins
  • 30AshcroftBooked at 31mins
  • 22Maksimenko
  • 4FowlerBooked at 87mins
  • 20Eremenko
  • 9BoydSubstituted forMuirheadat 73'minutes
  • 18McKenzieSubstituted forNicholsonat 81'minutes
  • 5Irvine


  • 7Nicholson
  • 8Clingan
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Gros
  • 12Reguero Chapinal
  • 28Slater
  • 33Muirhead

St Mirren

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 30Dilo
  • 22Naismith
  • 18Kelly
  • 6Goodwin
  • 14McAusland
  • 4McGregor
  • 10McGowanSubstituted forWyldeat 58'minutes
  • 24NewtonSubstituted forMagennisat 59'minutes
  • 9ThompsonBooked at 50mins
  • 11McLean
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forTealeat 77'minutes


  • 2van Zanten
  • 12Campbell
  • 16Magennis
  • 21Teale
  • 28Kello
  • 39Wylde
  • 99Djemba-Djemba
Alan Muir

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamSt Mirren
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, St Mirren 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, St Mirren 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

  5. Post update

    James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gregg Wylde.

  8. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

  9. Post update

    Foul by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

  10. Post update

    Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  12. Booking

    Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

  14. Post update

    James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  16. Post update

    James Fowler (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

  18. Post update

    Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

4Dundee Utd3716101164471758
5Inverness CT37159134244-254
6St Johnstone37158144840853
7Partick Thistle37814154462-1838
8St Mirren37108193857-1938
9Ross County37107204160-1937
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