Scottish Premiership
Kilmarnock1Inverness CT2

Kilmarnock 1-2 Inverness CT

Billy McKay scored twice as 10-man Inverness came from behind to beat Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

David Raven was sent off for conceding the penalty which Alexei Eremenko converted early in the second half.

But, with the hosts disjointed in defence, McKay replied swiftly, tucking away a shot after some neat footwork.

And the striker made it four goals in three games when he clipped a composed strike into the corner for the winner on 81 minutes.

A third consecutive victory lifts John Hughes's side into third spot in the Premiership, while angry boos were aimed at home boss Allan Johnston on the final whistle.

Killie were perhaps fortunate to find themselves ahead after a disappointing first-half played in high winds, rain and sleet.

And they threw away the chance to move into the top half of the table as they nervously failed to capitalise on their lead and advantage in personnel.

Inverness hogged the ball during the opening minutes and Greg Tansey hammered a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

The same player tried his luck from distance and it needed the fingertips of Craig Samson to prevent the Caley Thistle midfielder's curling, dipping effort from finding the top corner.

McKay then had a glimpse of goal as he stole in from right but home defender Mark Connolly managed to to make a a good sliding block.

The Killie fans were appalled as Lee Miller had a wild fresh-air swipe when the ball dropped to him on the edge of the area.

But they were on their feet when Eremenko hammered in a shot only to see Josh Meekings divert it wide with his head.

With the wind easing, the second half opened with Tansey again testing Samson from distance but the visitors soon found themselves a goal down and a man down.

Raven, booked for a high challenge on Craig Slater in the first half, was sent packing for hacking down Josh Magennis as the striker ploughed into the penalty area.

Alexei Eremenko
There were loud jeers from Kilmarnock fans when goalscorer Alexei Eremenko was substituted

Magennis and Eremenko had a minor spat over the spot-kick honours, with the big Finn taking the ball to find the net, despite goalkeeper Dean Brill getting a touch.

Soon after, Magennis was presented with a fabulous chance to score when Brill pushed away a shot from Rory McKenzie.

The ball fell perfectly for the Northern Irishman but he could only head over an unguarded net from 12 yards.

Despite the imbalance in numbers, the hosts' lead did not last long as Ross Draper fired in a pass for McKay, who demonstrated nimble feet to find space before firing past Samson.

Kilmarnock's strikers have struggled for goals this season but their front two almost combined to good effect when Miller slid in at the near post to nudge a low cross from Magennis narrowly wide.

Tansey cracked in yet another long-range shot that Samson managed to push wide as the depleted visitors looked the more menacing side.

Home supporters reacted angrily when Eremenko was withdrawn and their mood darkened further when McKay knocked in his second goal of the day.

The Kilmarnock defence were at sixes and sevens as Nick Ross and McKay exchanged passes and the striker stroked home a shot from 18 yards.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 2Barbour
  • 6Connolly
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 23ChantlerBooked at 67mins
  • 7McKenzie
  • 26O'HaraSubstituted forCairneyat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 19Slater
  • 28Magennis
  • 20EremenkoSubstituted forJohnstonat 70'minutes
  • 9MillerBooked at 21minsSubstituted forMuirheadat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hamill
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Cairney
  • 13Brennan
  • 22Westlake
  • 29Pascali
  • 33Muirhead

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2RavenBooked at 47mins
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 18Tremarco
  • 16Tansey
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10DoranSubstituted forWilliamsat 62'minutes
  • 8DraperBooked at 36mins
  • 11RossSubstituted forChristieat 84'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 14Devine
  • 17Horner
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 22Christie
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
2,793

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home6
Away7
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Inverness CT 2.

  3. Booking

    Paul Cairney (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Paul Cairney (Kilmarnock).

  5. Post update

    Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mark Connolly (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces Nick Ross.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Paul Cairney replaces Mark O'Hara.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Inverness CT 2. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nick Ross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Craig Samson.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Ross Barbour.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Johnston replaces Alexei Eremenko.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

  18. Post update

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

  19. Booking

    Chris Chantler (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Chris Chantler (Kilmarnock).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen21151533171646
2Celtic19133336122442
3Inverness CT2113263021941
4Hamilton20123536191739
5Dundee Utd20122639261338
6St Johnstone209291721-429
7Kilmarnock2183102127-627
8Dundee216783033-325
9Partick Thistle195682523221
10Motherwell2152141438-2417
11Ross County2025131941-2211
12St Mirren2132161537-2211
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