Scottish Premiership
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Kilmarnock 0-1 Motherwell

By Alasdair LamontBBC Scotland at Rugby Park
Motherwell's Louis Moult prods the ball home
Louis Moult's late winner sunk Kilmarnock

Motherwell earned their first win under Mark McGhee as Louis Moult poked in a late goal at Rugby Park.

The game looked destined to end in a stalemate with neither team looking able to produce sufficient spark up front to earn all three points.

Kilmarnock had enjoyed the better of the overall play but rarely tested the Motherwell goal.

And they paid for that in the closing moments as the ball broke to substitute Moult to fire past Jamie MacDonald.

It was rather cruel on the home side who had looked the likelier to score, though both teams struggled for much of the game to create meaningful opportunities.

Indeed, the only effort on goal of any note in the first half came a minute before the interval when Kallum Higginbotham played a short free kick to Rory McKenzie and the captain rifled a shot goalwards from 20 yards, but Connor Ripley dealt with it comfortably.

Josh Magennis
Josh Magennis rises to win a header for Kilmarnock

The first test of MacDonald in the home goal didn't materialise until early in the second half but though Theo Robinson's header was powerful enough it was straight into the arms of the keeper.

Higginbotham made Ripley work again midway through the second period with a fine strike on the half-volley from outside the box, but the keeper got down sharply to keep the shot out.

Killie began to carve out shooting opportunities, with Greg Kiltie, Josh Magennis and Rory McKenzie all failing to hit the target from good positions.

And so it fell to Moult to snatch the points; he would have had a second in the closing seconds but for a good save by MacDonald.

The visitors will settle for the narrow victory though as they recorded their first win in five games.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 21MacDonald
  • 14O'Hara
  • 5FindlayBooked at 56mins
  • 26Balatoni
  • 22McHattieBooked at 36mins
  • 3Smith
  • 19Slater
  • 7McKenzieBooked at 67mins
  • 23KiltieSubstituted forObadeyiat 72'minutes
  • 11HigginbothamSubstituted forBoydat 85'minutes
  • 28MagennisBooked at 77mins

Substitutes

  • 1Ridgers
  • 4Hamill
  • 8Robinson
  • 9Boyd
  • 16Obadeyi
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 20Carrick

Motherwell

  • 1Ripley
  • 18Law
  • 16Kennedy
  • 6McManus
  • 15ChalmersBooked at 60mins
  • 4Grimshaw
  • 7AinsworthBooked at 36minsSubstituted forTaylorat 90+1'minutes
  • 8Pearson
  • 11Johnson
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forMoultat 63'minutes
  • 77McDonaldSubstituted forFletcherat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Laing
  • 9Fletcher
  • 13Samson
  • 19Clarkson
  • 20Moult
  • 21Leitch
  • 25Taylor
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
3,931

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marvin Johnson (Motherwell) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Jake Taylor replaces Lionel Ainsworth.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

  12. Post update

    Tope Obadeyi (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Wes Fletcher (Motherwell).

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Kilmarnock 0, Motherwell 1. Louis Moult (Motherwell) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Kris Boyd replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Wes Fletcher replaces Scott McDonald.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  18. Post update

    Steven Smith (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Liam Grimshaw (Motherwell).

  20. Post update

    Conrad Balatoni (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.