Ross County beat Kilmarnock to leapfrog the visitors, who replace them in second-bottom spot in the Premiership.

County had penalty claims denied when striker Jordan Slew appeared to be tugged by Jeroen Tesselaar.

But neither side had seriously threatened until Filip Kiss produced a classy finish by steering a shot home four minutes before the break.

Richard Brittain's 77th-minute penalty put County further ahead before Kris Boyd's late, headed reply.

Kilmarnock have now only won one of their last six outings and have three games left to avoid a play-off against a Championship side to avoid relegation.

The visitors looked lively early on with Michael Gardyne going on a surging run towards the County box but his shot was disappointing, trickling wide of the left post.

County began to dominate and there was an excellent chance for Jordan Slew, who got in behind the Kilmarnock defence only to lob harmlessly past the far post.

Moments later, Slew appeared to be hauled to the ground right on the edge of the box by Jeroen Tesselaar but no free-kick or penalty was given.

Kilmarnock players

Killie are now in the dreaded play-off spot with three games to play

A Graham Carey cross from a free-kick curled dangerously in to the six-yard box. Goalkeeper Craig Samson caught it but set the nerves of the Killie fans on edge when he seemed to be momentarily juggling the ball.

When County did make the breakthrough it was something of a classic. Kiss worked a nice one-two move with Melvin de Leeuw on the edge of the box then caressed the ball into the corner of the net.

Ross Barbour sent William Gross through on goal after the break but the Killie substitute's first touch let him down.

County, however, were looking dangerous on the counter attack and one of those surges led to Brittain being fouled in the box by Lee Ashcroft.

The team captain made no mistake when he fired the ball powerfully past Samson.

County's Yoann Arquin, who missed last week's loss to Hearts as manager Derek Adams refused to comment on reports the striker went missing for several days, made an appearance from the bench.

In the dying moments, Boyd got one back for Killie by guiding Rory McKenzie's cross past Mark Brown.

It was only then that Killie seemed to find a sense of urgency and managed to sustain some pressure on the Staggies goal during four minutes of injury time.

But in the end it was County who almost got a third through Arquin, whose shot was pushed round the post by the fingertips of Samson with Barbour having a headed effort cleared off the line by Ben Gordon.

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Ross County

  • 01 Brown
  • 02 Cikos
  • 03 Gordon Booked
  • 07 Kiss Booked
  • 28 Songo'o
  • 05 Boyd
  • 08 Brittain Booked
  • 12 Tidser (Kettlewell - 25' )
  • 25 Slew
  • 11 De Leeuw (Cooper - 72' )
  • 23 Carey (Arquin - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Kettlewell
  • 10 Quinn
  • 16 Cooper
  • 20 Fraser
  • 21 McLean
  • 22 Saunders
  • 27 Arquin

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson
  • 15 Barbour
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 05 Irvine
  • 30 Ashcroft Booked
  • 22 Maksimenko Booked
  • 18 McKenzie
  • 29 Pascali (Johnston - 73' )
  • 09 Boyd
  • 20 Eremenko (Clingan - 65' )
  • 25 Gardyne (Gros - 52' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Fowler
  • 08 Clingan
  • 10 Johnston
  • 11 Gros
  • 12 Reguero Chapinal
  • 28 Slater
  • 33 Muirhead
Ref: Kevin Clancy
Att: 3,401

Match Stats

Shots

11 11

On target

9 5

Corners

4 7

Fouls

9 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 1.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 1.

90:00 +3:31

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Craig Samson.

90:00 +3:24

Attempt saved. Yoann Arquin (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +1:07

Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +1:07

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

90:00 +0:53

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Mark Brown.

90:00 +0:43

Attempt saved. Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

90:00 +0:17

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Erik Cikos.

89:18

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:18

Foul by Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock).

87:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 1. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rory McKenzie.

86:32

Foul by Yoann Arquin (Ross County).

86:32

Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

86:06

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:06

Foul by Vitalijs Maksimenko (Kilmarnock).

85:38

Attempt missed. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

85:18

Attempt blocked. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

83:43

Attempt saved. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

83:07

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:07

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

80:48

Attempt saved. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

80:15 Booking

Booking Vitalijs Maksimenko (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

80:03

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:03

Foul by Vitalijs Maksimenko (Kilmarnock).

78:42

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

77:39

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

77:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Yoann Arquin replaces Graham Carey because of an injury.

76:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 0. Richard Brittain (Ross County) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

75:46 Booking

Booking Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

75:39

Penalty Ross County. Richard Brittain draws a foul in the penalty area.

75:39

Penalty conceded by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) after a foul in the penalty area.

73:33

Attempt missed. Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

72:58

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

72:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Johnston replaces Manuel Pascali.

71:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Alex Cooper replaces Melvin De Leeuw.

71:26

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:52

Attempt missed. Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

65:19 Booking

Booking Ben Gordon (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

65:14

Foul by Ben Gordon (Ross County).

65:14

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

65:05

Attempt saved. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

64:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. Sammy Clingan replaces Alexei Eremenko.

56:56

Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) header from the right side of the box misses to the left.

54:51

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Vitalijs Maksimenko.

53:34

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Vitalijs Maksimenko.

51:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Kilmarnock. William Gros replaces Michael Gardyne.

50:41

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

45:00

Second Half begins Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 0.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 0.

44:34

Attempt saved. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

44:00

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:58

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

43:18

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

43:00

Erik Cikos (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:42

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

40:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 0. Filip Kiss (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Slew.

40:07

Erik Cikos (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:07

Foul by Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock).

39:23

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:23

Foul by Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock).

35:03

Erik Cikos (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:03

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

34:28

Yann Songo'o (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:28

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

32:32

Foul by Ben Gordon (Ross County).

32:32

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

29:33

Foul by Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County).

29:33

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

28:20 Booking

Booking Filip Kiss (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

28:16

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

28:16

Jackson Irvine (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:09 Booking

Booking Richard Brittain (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

27:00

Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:57

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

25:45

Attempt missed. Graham Carey (Ross County) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

24:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ross County. Stuart Kettlewell replaces Michael Tidser because of an injury.

24:20

Richard Brittain (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:20

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

21:46

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

21:15

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Craig Samson.

21:06

Attempt saved. Jordan Slew (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

20:43

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

19:57

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

15:57

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

15:57

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:45

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

13:45

Foul by Filip Kiss (Ross County).

11:38

Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:38

Foul by Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County).

11:15

Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

11:15

Scott Boyd (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

10:48

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

5:29

Foul by Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock).

5:29

Jordan Slew (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:34

Foul by Richard Brittain (Ross County).

3:34

Vitalijs Maksimenko (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:41

Attempt missed. Michael Gardyne (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

2:15

Filip Kiss (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:15

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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