St Mirren moved out of the play-off spot and up to ninth place in the Premiership by beating Kilmarnock.

There was little excitement until Paul McGowan had a shot well saved by Craig Samson early in the second half.

Marian Kello saved well from Killie's Robbie Muirhead with the scores blank and Kris Boyd later hit the post.

Conor Newton made the breakthrough when he smashed in a shot from 16 yards and Gregg Wylde finished a good run with a nice finish to wrap up the points.

The win puts Saints level with Kilmarnock in the table and only one point covers the four clubs above stranded basement side Hearts.

Despite a bright opening it took until 18 minutes for the first real chance. Making his home debut following his loan move from Aberdeen, Josh Magennis collected the ball at the edge of the box but his shot was deflected just wide of the post.

And on the 33rd minute Kenny McLean fired in a free-kick from 20 yards that whistled just wide of the Kilmarnock post.

Before the interval there was a Kilmarnock penalty appeal following a good run from winger Chris Johnston. The loose ball appeared to strike McLean's hand and the Killie fans roared in appeal but referee Crawford Allan allowed play to continue.

Danny Lennon's side upped the ante after the interval and a low shot from McGowan was touched wide by Samson.

It sparked a flurry of St Mirren pressure and a great run from John McGinn along the byline caused chaos. His cutback appeared to strike a Kilmarnock defender but Samson was there to smother the ball on the line.

Kello then produced a stunning diving save to deny Muirhead after the visiting substitute tried to curl a shot into the top corner.

The game was opening up and the promise of a goal seemed ever closer as Kilmarnock forward Lee Ashcroft sent a header from a Chris Johnston just over the crossbar.

Kilmarnock top-scorer Boyd then fluffed a chance when he was set up by David Moberg Karlsson, the Scotland striker swiping fresh air rather than the ball.

Following that reprieve, St Mirren moved into the lead as Newton crashed in a shot to send the home crowd wild following a swift counter-attack.

Kilmarnock responded as Boyd was set loose in the Saints penalty box but his shot came back off the post.

And St Mirren sealed the victory in style with substitute Wylde showing great pace and producing a fantastic strike which nestled just inside the post to secure an important three points for the home team.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

St Mirren

  • 28 Kello
  • 22 Naismith
  • 18 Kelly
  • 24 Newton
  • 04 McGregor
  • 14 McAusland
  • 16 Magennis (Campbell - 89' )
  • 11 McLean Booked
  • 09 Thompson
  • 10 McGowan (Wylde - 77' )
  • 07 McGinn

Substitutes

  • 12 Campbell
  • 17 Reilly
  • 26 Brady
  • 30 Dilo
  • 34 Williams
  • 39 Wylde
  • 99 Djemba-Djemba

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson
  • 26 O'Hara
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 08 Clingan (Irvine - 26' )
  • 29 Pascali
  • 30 Ashcroft
  • 18 McKenzie
  • 28 Slater Booked
  • 09 Boyd
  • 20 Eremenko (Muirhead - 45' )
  • 10 Johnston (Moberg-Karlsson - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Irvine
  • 11 Gros
  • 12 Reguero Chapinal
  • 14 Moberg-Karlsson
  • 22 Maksimenko
  • 25 Gardyne
  • 33 Muirhead
Ref: Crawford Allan
Att: 4,650

Match Stats

Shots

11 8

On target

5 2

Corners

7 6

Fouls

2 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, St Mirren 2, Kilmarnock 0.

90:00 +2:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, St Mirren 2, Kilmarnock 0.

88:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Adam Campbell replaces Josh Magennis.

87:18 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 2, Kilmarnock 0. Gregg Wylde (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

85:41

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by John McGinn.

80:53

Steven Thompson (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:53

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).

79:39

Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

78:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! St Mirren 1, Kilmarnock 0. Conor Newton (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

77:07

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

76:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, St Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces Paul McGowan.

76:08

Attempt missed. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

75:11

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

73:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. David Moberg-Karlsson replaces Chris Johnston.

73:13

Attempt missed. Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

72:22

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Kenny McLean.

66:28

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

66:28

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:24 Booking

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

65:17

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

65:17

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

61:40

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

60:20

Josh Magennis (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:20

Foul by Craig Slater (Kilmarnock).

59:19

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Darren McGregor.

58:46

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

58:16

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Marián Kello.

58:05

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

57:24

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Craig Slater.

54:42

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Craig Samson.

54:32

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

53:15

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark O'Hara.

52:58

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Craig Samson.

52:44

Attempt saved. Paul McGowan (St Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

50:12

Attempt saved. Steven Thompson (St Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

45:39

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

45:00

Second Half begins St Mirren 0, Kilmarnock 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Alexei Eremenko.

45:00 +2:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, St Mirren 0, Kilmarnock 0.

45:00 +1:19

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Chris Johnston.

44:38

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

44:38

Josh Magennis (St Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:40 Booking

Booking Kenny McLean (St Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

35:34

Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:34

Foul by Kenny McLean (St Mirren).

32:44

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

32:07

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

32:07

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:24

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Mark O'Hara.

25:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Jackson Irvine replaces Sammy Clingan because of an injury.

22:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:32

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

22:22

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

19:47

Sean Kelly (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

19:47

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

18:48

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Rory McKenzie.

18:35

Attempt blocked. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked.

18:07

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

9:46

John McGinn (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

9:46

Foul by Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock).

7:52

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (St Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

6:08

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

2:23

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

1:48

Attempt missed. Darren McGregor (St Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

1:14

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).

1:14

Paul McGowan (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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