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Kilmarnock 0-4 Ross County

By John BarnesBBC Scotland at Rugby Park
Jonathan Franks celebrates his debut goal for Ross County

Liam Boyce scored twice as Ross County tore Kilmarnock to shreds with a strong first-half showing at Rugby Park.

The hosts were atrocious in defence as an early deflected strike from Boyce sent the Staggies on their way.

Jonathan Franks knocked in a debut goal after a Craig Curran effort was blocked and Boyce added a tap-in.

Andy Davies shot in the fourth goal from a corner on 35 minutes to complete their biggest win over bottom-of-the-table Killie.

The Ayrshire side have not won at home since March and have picked up just one win from their last 14 matches.

Supporters had barely taken their seats when Boyce's shot took a deflection to beat goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald.

Michael Gardyne then got to the left byline to cut the ball back for Curran to fire in a shot which was blocked on the line but Franks pounced to hammer in the rebound.

It was all County and MacDonald had to be alert to make good saves from Fraser and two from Curran to prevent them increasing their lead.

Killie's problems continued with captain Mark Connolly and Darryl Westlake being forced off with injuries

And MacDonald could do nothing to stop Boyce claiming his second of the day when he connected with a Jamie Reckord driven shot.

The fourth goal quickly followed with captain Davies volleying home a Michael Gardyne corner kick at the back post for his first goal for the Dingwall side.

Killie's only real effort of the first half came from Kris Boyd as his 20 yard free kick came back off the post.

Lee McCulloch's follow up was deflected over the bar and that was to be the player assistant coach's last involvement as he limped off to be replaced by Aaron Splaine.

Liam Boyce opened the scoring with a deflected strike
Boyce opened the scoring with a deflected strike

Jackson Irvine was controlling the match in the middle of the park and the former Killie player almost made it five before the interval with an overhead kick which was tipped over by MacDonald.

Early in the second half, Davies could have added to the visitors' lead when he guided a free header over the bar, with the Kilmarnock defence nowhere to be seen.

As regularly happens when one side has a commanding lead by half time, the flow of goals dried up.

But for MacDonald's performance Killie could have been facing an even greater margin of defeat and the former Falkirk keeper produced another good save from County substitute Stewart Murdoch two minutes from the end.

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21MacDonald
  • 12WestlakeSubstituted forBarbourat 25'minutes
  • 6ConnollySubstituted forFindlayat 11'minutes
  • 18Ashcroft
  • 3SmithBooked at 72mins
  • 28Magennis
  • 14O'Hara
  • 15McCullochSubstituted forSplaineat 41'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 11Higginbotham
  • 7McKenzie
  • 9Boyd

Substitutes

  • 2Barbour
  • 4Hamill
  • 5Findlay
  • 17Splaine
  • 19Slater
  • 23Kiltie
  • 29Davies

Ross County

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Fox
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Davies
  • 6Robertson
  • 3Reckord
  • 7Gardyne
  • 36Irvine
  • 17FranksSubstituted forDe Vitaat 73'minutes
  • 4Quinn
  • 11CurranSubstituted forGrahamat 34'minutesBooked at 51mins
  • 10BoyceSubstituted forMurdochat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Boyd
  • 8McShane
  • 9Graham
  • 14Holden
  • 18Murdoch
  • 21Bachmann
  • 24De Vita
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
3,604

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home8
Away22
Shots on Target
Home2
Away11
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home17
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Kilmarnock 0, Ross County 4.

  2. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Curran (Ross County) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Liam Boyce (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  4. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 0, Ross County 4.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Brian Graham (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Splaine (Kilmarnock).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jamie MacDonald.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Raffaele De Vita (Ross County).

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Andrew Davies (Ross County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Stewart Murdoch (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Raffaele De Vita replaces Jonathan Franks because of an injury.