Danny Haynes' first goal for Hibernian earned Terry Butcher's men a point at Rugby Park to sustain their challenge for place in the Premiership's top six.

The on-loan Notts County striker's fine header cancelled out Rory McKenzie first-half strike for Kilmarnock.

Both goalscorers threatened to get a winner in the closing stages of the matches.

Haynes had a shot blocked by Manuel Pascali before Ben Williams saved bravely at the feet of McKenzie

The result takes Hibs level with sixth-place St Johnstone while Killie are five points behind.

It was the visitors who had the first effort, which came from last week's goal hero Tom Taiwo. But on this occasion his strike from the edge of the box flew wide.

Boyd had a left-foot shot from 20 yards that did not trouble the Hibs goal - but the striker's next major contribution certainly did as he provided the creativity for Killie' opener.

Controlling the ball and turning inside the centre circle Boyd picked out McKenzie with an intricate pass inside Ryan McGivern.

Danny Haynes celebrates after scoring for Hibernian against Kilmarnock

Haynes brought Hibs level in the second half

McKenzie latched onto it and from 14 yards on the angle and drilled slow into the far corner of the net.

As much as Hibs had more of the possession in the first half they were unable to create any real clear cut chances.

Haynes swerved a shot wide before a low driven cross from Lewis Stevenson found no takers as they looked for an equaliser.

But Haynes did level early in the second half when he adjusted superbly to head Sam Stanton's cross past Samson.

Moments later, Killie were appealing for a penalty when Boyd was grounded in a aerial challenge with Michael Nelson but referee Craig Thomson ignored the claims.

Stanton, with two goals in his last two matches, came close to adding another with a left-footed free-kick from 22 yards which dipped just over the crossbar.

As Alexei Eremenko tired, he was replaced by Michael Gardyne to inject a bit of pace to the Killie attack.

The substitute provided two fine deliveries into the Hibs box but Greg Kiltie and then Boyd failed to take advantage when the ball fell at their feet.

And neither Haynes nor McKenzie could add to their earlier goals meaning both sides had to settle for a point.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson Booked
  • 26 O'Hara
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 08 Clingan
  • 30 Ashcroft
  • 29 Pascali
  • 18 McKenzie
  • 28 Slater
  • 09 Boyd
  • 20 Eremenko (Gardyne - 65' )
  • 33 Muirhead (Kiltie - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Irvine
  • 07 Nicholson
  • 10 Johnston
  • 12 Reguero Chapinal
  • 22 Maksimenko
  • 25 Gardyne
  • 36 Kiltie

Hibernian

  • 01 Williams
  • 23 Forster Booked
  • 03 McGivern
  • 20 Taiwo Booked
  • 05 Nelson
  • 04 Hanlon
  • 07 Harris
  • 26 Stanton
  • 33 Haynes (Collins - 86' )
  • 19 Handling (Craig - 69' )
  • 16 Stevenson (Cairney - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 10 Craig
  • 11 Cairney
  • 14 Collins
  • 15 Boateng
  • 18 Maybury
  • 21 Murdoch
  • 24 Heffernan
Ref: Craig Thomson
Att: 4,036

Match Stats

Shots

4 9

On target

1 2

Corners

0 5

Fouls

7 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, Hibernian 1.

90:00 +1:21 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Hibernian 1.

88:03

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

87:34 Booking

Booking Craig Samson (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

87:16

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Mark O'Hara.

86:41

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock).

86:41

Michael Nelson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Danny Haynes.

85:10

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

81:04

Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:04

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

79:45

Attempt missed. Alex Harris (Hibernian) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

76:51

Attempt saved. Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

75:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Paul Cairney replaces Lewis Stevenson.

74:41

Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

73:43

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

68:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hibernian. Liam Craig replaces Daniel Handling.

66:10

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

66:10

Alex Harris (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Michael Gardyne replaces Alexei Eremenko.

61:40

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jeroen Tesselaar.

60:53

Samuel Stanton (Hibernian) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

59:48

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

59:48

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:58 Booking

Booking Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

57:51

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:51

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

55:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Hibernian 1. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alex Harris with a cross.

53:43 Booking

Booking Jordan Forster (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.

53:34

Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:34

Foul by Jordan Forster (Hibernian).

49:43

Attempt missed. Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

48:34

Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Sammy Clingan.

47:02

Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

47:02

Foul by Danny Haynes (Hibernian).

45:00

Second Half begins Kilmarnock 1, Hibernian 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Greg Kiltie replaces Robbie Muirhead.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, Hibernian 0.

31:43

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

31:43

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:52

Attempt missed. Danny Haynes (Hibernian) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

26:17

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

26:17

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

24:49

Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:49

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Hibernian).

22:21

Attempt missed. Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

19:03 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Hibernian 0. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kris Boyd.

13:06

Delay in match Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) because of an injury.

10:41

Attempt missed. Michael Nelson (Hibernian) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

10:10

Danny Haynes (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:04

Foul by Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock).

3:32

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

3:32

Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:49

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

1:22

Attempt missed. Tom Taiwo (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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