Scottish Premiership
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Ross County 1-2 Kilmarnock

By Charles BannermanBBC Scotland at Victoria Park

Kilmarnock made the longest trip in the Scottish Premiership to record their first away win of the season with a fine performance in Dingwall.

Impressive youngster Chris Johnston gave Killie the lead before Ross County responded with a well worked equaliser from Stuart Kettlewell.

Then, as half-time beckoned, Kris Boyd grabbed what turned out to be the winner with a 22-yard lob.

Kilmarnock missed chances to extend their lead with Boyd a regular threat.

The three points takes Allan Johnston's side out of second bottom spot, which is now occupied by Derek Adams' County.

Kilmarnock started strongly and the first real piece of action was Johnston's opener.

Boyd ran down the right and threaded a long square ball through the County defence to find the youngster at the back post and he finished from six yards out.

County responded and Kevin Luckassen dispossessed Jerone Tresselaar before feeding fellow Dutchman Melvin de Leeuw but his shot went wide from 20 yards.

There might also have been an equaliser if Graham Carely's ball had not narrowly missed De Leeuw's head.

However, Rocco Quinn started a fine four-man move that also involved Carey and, after De Leeuw's shot was blocked, Stuart Kettlewell netted the rebound from the edge of the box.

County might have taken the lead but De Leeuw's well-struck effort fizzed past the left post.

Boyd took his next opportunity better and, with the County defence posted missing, he had all the time in the world to hit a left footed lob over goalkeeper Mark Brown.

Killie spurned several chances to go ahead early in the second half and Johnston set up Boyd, whose shot came off the underside of the bar.

Then Michael Gardyne came close with a shot and a header as the Ayrshire side continued to press,

At the other end, De Leeuw sent an inviting ball across goal but there was no-one to connect with it and Luckassen put another effort over.

Boyd found the woodwork again - the right post this time - late on after a scintillating 70-yard run by Rory McKenzie.

But, in the end, the second half yielded no further addition to the scoresheet.

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Brown
  • 2Kovacevic
  • 3Gordon
  • 18KlokSubstituted forMustafiat 81'minutes
  • 5Boyd
  • 6MicicSubstituted forGlenat 65'minutes
  • 4Kettlewell
  • 23Carey
  • 19LuckassenSubstituted forRossat 65'minutes
  • 10Quinn
  • 11De Leeuw

Substitutes

  • 9Mustafi
  • 14Maatsen
  • 15Glen
  • 16Cooper
  • 17Ross
  • 20Fraser
  • 24Dingwall

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Samson
  • 16Clohessy
  • 2Tesselaar
  • 10Johnston
  • 30Ashcroft
  • 5Irvine
  • 13GabrielSubstituted forNicholsonat 73'minutes
  • 23McKeown
  • 9BoydSubstituted forMuirheadat 84'minutes
  • 25GardyneSubstituted forMcKenzieat 78'minutes
  • 28Slater

Substitutes

  • 7Nicholson
  • 8Clingan
  • 12Reguero
  • 14Silva
  • 18McKenzie
  • 19Ibrahim
  • 33Muirhead
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
2,937

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 1, Kilmarnock 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ben Gordon (Ross County).

  5. Post update

    Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Mihael Kovacevic (Ross County).

  7. Post update

    Chris Johnston (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jackson Irvine.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Gary Glen (Ross County) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Robbie Muirhead replaces Kris Boyd.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Orhan Mustafi replaces Marc Klok.

  14. Post update

    Stuart Kettlewell (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Slater (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Kilmarnock. Rory McKenzie replaces Michael Gardyne.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jeroen Tesselaar (Kilmarnock).