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Kilmarnock 1-2 Ross County

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland at Rugby Park

Liam Boyce scored one and created another as Ross County fought back to beat Kilmarnock and pip the Ayrshire side to ninth place in the Premiership.

Killie took a first-half lead when Greg Kiltie pounced on Martin Woods' mistake.

But after the break Boyce met Marcus Fraser's cross at the near post and looped a finish into the far corner.

And the Northern Irishman turned provider by threading a pass for Rocco Quinn to roll past Conor Brennan.

It is a victory which secures County an extra £45,000 of Scottish Professional Football League prize money because of the slightly higher placing.

That could be the difference which allows them to sign an extra player, which they will need to do a few times over the close season given they have just released 14 from their squad.

One of them - Richie Brittain - was in tears as he left the Rugby Park pitch after seven years with Dingwall side.

Greg Kiltie scores for Kilmarnock against Ross County
Kiltie fired Killie ahead just before the break

Wins in the penultimate week of the season allowed Kilmarnock manager Gary Locke and his Ross County counterpart Jim McIntyre to relax knowing Premiership safety was guaranteed.

Locke opted to start Kiltie, goalkeeper Brennan and Aaron Splaine - an 18-year-old who operated in the centre of midfield like a seasoned professional despite only making his senior debut.

Splaine displayed nifty touches to ghost away from markers, as well as a surging desire to push forward and test former Killie stopper Antonio Reguero with some fierce drives.

One of those shots almost doubled the lead soon after Kiltie's opener, but the soon to be out of contract Spaniard dived to show potential suitors he can still save the best of them.

Kiltie's strike made Woods pay for a sloppy pass on the edge of his own box, and the guilty County midfielder barely had time to put his hands on his head in dismay before Josh Magennis had squared the ball for Kiltie to finish.

A few minutes earlier Woods could have been the hero; the former Doncaster man's speculative strike from distance pushed onto the upright by Northern Irishman Brennan.

Ross County's Boyce was already in double figures for the campaign and the forward nearly increased his tally from a curling free-kick which Brennan had to be smart to tip wide.

He would not need to wait much longer for his goal, somehow looping Fraser's cross in at the far corner to take the wind out of a young Killie side's sails.

The hosts, with an average age of 22 in their starting line-up, conceded again when Boyce played in Quinn to finish low past Brennan for his first goal of the season.

And that ensured a winning end to the season for the Highlanders.

Rocco Quinn scores for Ross County against Kilmarnock
Quinn tucked away County's winner



Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Brennan
  • 26O'Hara
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 6ConnollyBooked at 18minsSubstituted forSymeat 60'minutes
  • 2BarbourBooked at 79mins
  • 30Kiltie
  • 19Slater
  • 20Eremenko
  • 37SplaineSubstituted forCairneyat 73'minutes
  • 16ObadeyiSubstituted forMcKenzieat 67'minutes
  • 28Magennis


  • 1Samson
  • 7McKenzie
  • 11Cairney
  • 14Eccleston
  • 35Hodge
  • 36Syme

Ross County

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Reguero
  • 44Fraser
  • 5Boyd
  • 43Quinn
  • 12Reckord
  • 40Gardyne
  • 26WoodsSubstituted forQuinnat 45'minutes
  • 36Irvine
  • 24De VitaSubstituted forBrittainat 78'minutes
  • 30DingwallSubstituted forCurranat 54'minutes
  • 16Boyce


  • 4Quinn
  • 8Brittain
  • 10Kiss
  • 11Curran
  • 20Sernas
  • 21Brown
  • 29Macleod
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Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamRoss County
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    Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Ross County 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Ross County 2.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Irvine (Ross County).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Conor Brennan.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Curran (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Curran (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Foul by David Syme (Kilmarnock).

  11. Post update

    Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Booking

    Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Richard Brittain replaces Raffaele De Vita.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Ross County 2. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Boyce.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Curran (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Paul Cairney replaces Aaron Splaine.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

  20. Post update

    Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.