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Kilmarnock 2-2 Hibernian

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Highlights: Kilmarnock 2-2 Hibernian

Kris Boyd scored from the rebound after his penalty was saved as Kilmarnock came from behind to earn a point against Hibernian in a pulsating match.

The visitors went two up inside 10 minutes through Florian Kamberi and teenage defender Ryan Porteous.

Kilmarnock were reinvigorated by the break, and Jordan Jones curled in an outstanding effort before Boyd's leveller.

The penalty award incensed Hibs manager Neil Lennon, who was sent to the stand.

He shouted at referee Kevin Clancy before sarcastically applauding the official's decision.

Hibernian striker Florian Kamberi scores against Kilmarnock
Hibernian striker Florian Kamberi flicks the ball past Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald for the opening goal

Both sides went into this match in top form - Hibs looking for a fourth straight win, Kilmarnock aiming for an eighth straight home victory. We got an electric start.

The ball was played out to Hibs left wing-back Lewis Stevenson, who was in acres of space. He delivered the ball into the box and Hibs striker Kamberi was the most alive to the opportunity. With just 27 seconds on the clock, the young Swiss striker flicked the ball home to stun the home side.

It set the tone for what would be a rampant start to the match from Hibs.

Midfield playmaker Scott Allan picked out Jamie MacLaren in the box, who in turn linked with Kamberi, and the Swiss striker's shot was deflected over the bar by Kilmarnock defender Stuart Findlay.

Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous scores against Kilmarnock
Hibernian's 18-year-old defender Ryan Porteous scores a powerful header against Kilmarnock

From the resulting corner, Hibs went 2-0 in front. Eighteen-year-old central defender Ryan Porteous - in for Paul Hanlon, who was missing the game following the birth of his son overnight - powered a header into the net as Hibernian doubled their lead with less than 10 minutes on the clock.

Straight after that, it was almost 3-0, a chance arriving quickly for MacLaren at the back post but with the goal gaping, the Australian clipped his shot over. Undeterred, moments later another chance fell to MacLaren and this time he forced a save from Kilmarnock goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

The home side had been caught in a Hibs whirlwind and looked stunned as they searched for a way to fight back. But the home side were struggling to make any real impression in the final third, with Kris Boyd looking very isolated.

The veteran striker had to wait until the 29th minute for his first real chance. Rory McKenzie provided the cross from the right and although Boyd rose well for the header, the ball flew high over the bar.

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon sent off by referee Kevin Clancy
Referee Kevin Clancy sends Hibernian manager Neil Lennon to the stand

Kilmarnock would go even closer five minutes later. A shot was fired in from Jones which deflected off Hibs captain Darren McGregor. The ball trickled narrowly wide.

At the other end, Kamberi forced another save before Jones threatened again. This time, the winger struck a fine shot from 20 yards which struck the post as the half ended 2-0 in Hibs' favour.

The next goal would be crucial and Kilmarnock came flying out of the blocks in the second half. A ball slung into the box found Youssouf Mulumbu who was just six yards from goal, but his volley was diverted over by Porteous.

But Kilmarnock would get the next goal and it would be a thing of beauty from their main threat, Jones.

Hibs manager Neil Lennon
Hibs manager Neil Lennon had to watch the remainder of the game from the Rugby park directors' box

The Northern Ireland winger found space on the corner of the penalty box and he curled a superb effort right into the top corner. The home crowd erupted as the game came alive once more.

Suddenly, in another Kilmarnock attack, Ambrose conceded a free kick. Boyd took it and although his strike was blocked, the follow-up effort struck the arm of Porteous and Kevin Clancy pointed to the penalty spot.

Boyd took the kick and although Ofir Marciano saved, Boyd followed up to make it 2-2 as the atmosphere inside Rugby Park reached fever pitch.

It was too much for Lennon, who was clearly incensed by the decision. Clancy came to the side of the pitch to speak to Lennon, who was right in the referee's face as he furiously vented his rage. The referee had no choice but to send Lennon to the stand. Lennon sarcastically applauded the decision as he was escorted away.

Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones
Kilmarnock winger Jordan Jones hit the post as well as scoring an excellent goal against Hibs

Kilmarnock were riding the crest of the wave of this sensational comeback.

Mulumbu suddenly came to the fore, with two shots in the space of a minute that looked certain to put Kilmarnock in front. On both occasions, Marciano made fantastic saves.

The chances kept coming as the momentum continued to build in Kilmarnock's favour. Substitute Eamonn Brophy fired wide, Jones had a low shot which looked like it was in the net but skewed wide, and Stephen O'Donnell curled an effort just wide. It felt like this match could only have one winner.

However the fizz died down in the final 10 minutes as this thrilling contest took a slight breather, although substitute Aaron Tshibola fashioned another chance which went close. In the end, an honourable draw seemed about right.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17Findlay
  • 12Taylor
  • 6PowerSubstituted forTshibolaat 83'minutes
  • 8Dicker
  • 24Mulumbu
  • 7McKenzie
  • 9BoydSubstituted forBrophyat 71'minutes
  • 11Jones

Substitutes

  • 10Kiltie
  • 20Wilson
  • 22Erwin
  • 25Brophy
  • 26Simpson
  • 27Tshibola
  • 32Fasan

Hibernian

  • 1Marciano
  • 25AmbroseBooked at 59mins
  • 24McGregor
  • 36PorteousBooked at 23mins
  • 17BoyleSubstituted forWhittakerat 89'minutes
  • 10McGeouchBooked at 70mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 16Stevenson
  • 23AllanBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBartleyat 71'minutes
  • 19MaclarenSubstituted forShawat 66'minutes
  • 22Kamberi

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 6Bartley
  • 11Swanson
  • 14Rherras
  • 31Bell
  • 32Shaw
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
5,348

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away3
Corners
Home16
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Hibernian 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Hibernian 2.

Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock).

Marvin Bartley (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Stuart Findlay.

Attempt saved. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Steven Whittaker.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Dylan McGeouch.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Steven Whittaker replaces Martin Boyle.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Florian Kamberi (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Aaron Tshibola replaces Alan Power.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John McGinn (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Oli Shaw (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

Attempt missed. Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt saved. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt missed. Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ryan Porteous.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Marvin Bartley replaces Scott Allan.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Eamonn Brophy replaces Kris Boyd.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dylan McGeouch (Hibernian).

Attempt saved. Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Attempt saved. Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ofir Marciano.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ryan Porteous.

Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Scott Allan (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Foul by Scott Allan (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Oli Shaw replaces Jamie Maclaren.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Hibernian 2. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

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1Celtic27187254183661
2Rangers28174755312455
3Aberdeen27164743311252
4Hibernian2813964032848
5Hearts2891182826238
6Kilmarnock269983335-236
7Motherwell28105133437-335
8St Johnstone2686122436-1230
9Dundee2884163043-1328
10Hamilton2675143648-1226
11Partick Thistle2866162647-2124
12Ross County2856172948-1921
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