Scottish Premiership
Kilmarnock1St Mirren0

Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren

Kris Boyd's first-half strike was enough to give Kilmarnock a victory over St Mirren that leaves Hibernian second bottom of the Premiership.

But results elsewhere mean Killie face a showdown against Hibs on Saturday to avoid a relegation play-off.

Boyd missed a great early chance from eight yards, but he then squeezed a shot under goalkeeper Chris Dillo after from a fine Alexei Eremenko pass.

St Mirren threatened an equaliser then Killie's James Fowler was sent off.

The Ayrshire side held on to leapfrog Hibs by a point, but only two teams remain in danger of a play-off against Championship side going into the final weekend after Partick Thistle ensured their safety with a 4-2 victory away to Hearts that takes the Glasgow side above St Mirren into seventh spot.

Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali
Kilmarnock captain Manuel Pascali celebrated at the final whistle

Torrential rain lapping down on Rugby Park was a menace to both sides and, when Rory McKenzie intercepted a short Darren McGregor pass-back, goalkeeper Chris Dillo stayed on his feet to poke the ball out for a throw.

Another slip by Marc McAusland allowed McKenzie's low cross to find Boyd soon after, but the former Rangers striker stabbed wide from only six-yards out.

Steven Thompson then spurned Saints' first opening after he headed wide from Jim Goodwin's quick free-kick.

However, Killie were a different side from the one battered in the capital and they forced Dilo into another brilliant save as Manuel Pascali's header had the goalkeeper sprawling,

The Frenchman, though, was beaten by Boyd seconds later.

Dillo stood up well to deny the Killie hitman's first attempt after Alexei Eremenko swung a stunning ball to the back post but was powerless to stop Boyd battering home the rebound.

McAusland and John McGinn both sent efforts over Samson's bar as the visitors chased a leveller before the break.

However, Dilo ensured they only went in a goal down as he first saved from McKenzie after another McGregor slip-up then denied Lee Ashcroft with another instinctive block from the resulting corner.

The Buddies had looked anything but assertive in defence, but McAusland timed his last-ditch tackle to perfection to deny Boyd a second 10 minutes after half-time.

Samson kept out his former club again just after the hour mark as he got hands on Kenny McLean's low free-kick.

The final 10 minutes were torture for the home fans as Saints poured men forward - and their nerves were tested even further when Fowler, booked in the first half, collected a second yellow for tripping Jason Naismith on 87 minutes..

Killie, though, held out and referee Alan Muir's final whistle was greeted like a goal - now they have one-more nail-biter to see out on Saturday to ensure their 21-year stay in Scotland's top league continues.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 15BarbourBooked at 18mins
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 29PascaliBooked at 85mins
  • 30AshcroftBooked at 31mins
  • 22Maksimenko
  • 4FowlerBooked at 87mins
  • 20Eremenko
  • 9BoydSubstituted forMuirheadat 73'minutes
  • 18McKenzieSubstituted forNicholsonat 81'minutes
  • 5Irvine

Substitutes

  • 7Nicholson
  • 8Clingan
  • 10Johnston
  • 11Gros
  • 12Reguero Chapinal
  • 28Slater
  • 33Muirhead

St Mirren

  • 30Dilo
  • 22Naismith
  • 18Kelly
  • 6Goodwin
  • 14McAusland
  • 4McGregor
  • 10McGowanSubstituted forWyldeat 58'minutes
  • 24NewtonSubstituted forMagennisat 59'minutes
  • 9ThompsonBooked at 50mins
  • 11McLean
  • 7McGinnSubstituted forTealeat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2van Zanten
  • 12Campbell
  • 16Magennis
  • 21Teale
  • 28Kello
  • 39Wylde
  • 99Djemba-Djemba
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
4,911

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 1, St Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 1, St Mirren 0.

Attempt saved. Kenny McLean (St Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gregg Wylde.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

Foul by James Fowler (Kilmarnock).

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

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

Booking

Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

James Goodwin (St Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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

James Fowler (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Thompson (St Mirren).

Corner, St Mirren. Conceded by Lee Ashcroft.

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

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

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

Attempt saved. Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Barry Nicholson replaces Rory McKenzie.

Attempt blocked. Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Robbie Muirhead (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darren McGregor (St Mirren).

Attempt blocked. Alexei Eremenko (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, St Mirren. Gary Teale replaces John McGinn.

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

Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Josh Magennis (St Mirren).

James Fowler (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by John McGinn (St Mirren).

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Kris Boyd because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Marc McAusland.

Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gregg Wylde (St Mirren).

Foul by Marc McAusland (St Mirren).

Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic3730617596
2Aberdeen3720891668
3Motherwell3721412367
4Dundee Utd371610111758
5Inverness CT3715913-254
6St Johnstone3715814853
7Partick Thistle3781415-1838
8St Mirren3710819-1938
9Ross County3710720-1937
10Kilmarnock3710621-2236
11Hibernian3781118-1935
12Hearts3710720-2022
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