Scottish Premiership
Kilmarnock1Aberdeen2

Kilmarnock 1-2 Aberdeen

Kilmarnock missed a late penalty as Aberdeen cut the gap on Premiership leaders Celtic to five points.

Craig Slater, who levelled for the hosts with a fabulous strike after the break, had a weak effort saved by Scott Brown after the goalkeeper had felled Lee Miller in the box.

Adam Rooney put the Dons ahead with a close-range header on 40 minutes.

And Cammy Smith was also on target with a header from a Niall McGinn cross to consign Kilmarnock to the bottom six.

Rooney's goal was his 26th of the season and means he has scored against every top flight side in a fruitful campaign.

That both of the visitors' goals came from McGinn deliveries came as no surprise.

The Northern Ireland international curled three terrific crosses into the box inside the first 15 minutes, with Rooney flashing a header narrowly wide from the second.

With Aberdeen dominating possession, Craig Samson then made a smart save to keep out Smith's shot as the home defence struggled to clear their lines.

Kilmarnock, who needed a win to keep alive their faint hopes of a top-half finish, allowed the visitors far too much time and space on the ball in the first half and were seldom seen as an attacking threat.

However, the hosts did have good reason to feel aggrieved. Tope Obadeyi shrugged off Willo Flood to race into the box, only for referee John Beaton to blow for a very soft foul against the winger, who was in the process of attempting to round Brown.

Craig Slater fired in an excellent equaliser for Kilmarnock
Craig Slater fired in an excellent equaliser for Kilmarnock

With half-time approaching, Aberdeen made the breakthrough as Donervon Daniels stuck out a foot to meet McGinn's free-kick from the left and the ball flew across the six yard box for the alert Rooney to nod in.

The second half was only two minutes old when Kilmarnock restored parity thanks to a wonderful goal.

Obadeyi was able to stride forward unopposed and squared to Slater, who looked up and planted a firm strike inside the near post from 22 yards.

Moments later, Killie went close to a second as Chris Johnson hammered a shot across the face of goal.

With the Ayrshire side suddenly snapping into tackles and pressing hard, Aberdeen were knocked out of their stride, although Samson had to turn away a Jonny Hayes shot from 18 yards.

But Brown was also being kept busy and did well to keep out a firm header from Josh Magennis.

With the game evenly balanced, Aberdeen restored their lead to a chorus of angry boos from the home support.

Kilmarnock thought they should have had a foul when Mark Reynolds brought down Magennis, but play continued and McGinn twisted away from his marker on the right to find the unmarked Smith with another good cross.

The teenager could not miss with a free header right in front of goal.

Johnson fizzed another shot off target and Killie were handed the perfect chance to level in stoppage time when Brown bundled substitute Miller over but the keeper atoned by keeping out a dreadful spot-kick.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 26O'Hara
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 36Syme
  • 22WestlakeBooked at 70mins
  • 10Johnston
  • 19Slater
  • 8ClinganSubstituted forEcclestonat 85'minutes
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forMcKenzieat 72'minutes
  • 20EremenkoSubstituted forMillerat 72'minutes
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 7McKenzie
  • 9Miller
  • 11Cairney
  • 13Brennan
  • 14Eccleston
  • 30Kiltie

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 28Daniels
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 8FloodSubstituted forJackat 75'minutes
  • 14SmithSubstituted forPawlettat 83'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 7McLean
  • 11Hayes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forShanklandat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 5Taylor
  • 15Robson
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 22Jack
  • 25Shankland
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
3,525

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home7
Away9
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away13
Fouls
Home6
Away6

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Aberdeen 2.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Penalty saved! Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Kilmarnock. Lee Miller draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Scott Brown (Aberdeen) after a foul in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Lawrence Shankland replaces Adam Rooney.

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Nathan Eccleston replaces Sammy Clingan.

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett replaces Cameron Smith.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Attempt missed. Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Ryan Jack replaces Willo Flood.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Tope Obadeyi.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Miller replaces Alexei Eremenko.

Foul by Willo Flood (Aberdeen).

Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Darryl Westlake (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Aberdeen 2. Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) header from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Niall McGinn.

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Craig Slater.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Sammy Clingan.

Foul by Cameron Smith (Aberdeen).

Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

Foul by Donervorn Daniels (Aberdeen).

Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic31234464154973
2Aberdeen32215653282568
3Inverness CT32167944331155
4Dundee Utd31154125246649
5St Johnstone33146132932-348
6Dundee321111104443144
7Hamilton33127144248-643
8Partick Thistle33108154138338
9Kilmarnock32108143442-838
10Ross County3297163656-2034
11Motherwell3394203357-2431
12St Mirren3263232256-3421
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