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Ross County 2-2 Kilmarnock

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland in Dingwall

Kris Boyd scored an equaliser just after avoiding a second yellow card as Kilmarnock came from two down to draw with Ross County.

Chris Eagles set up Christopher Routis' volley and Jason Naismith's header as County took control.

Eamonn Brophy's long-range strike gave the visitors hope.

Boyd went down in the County box but the hosts were awarded a free-kick before the striker's deflected header levelled matters moments later.

Referee Andrew Dallas with Kris Boyd
Referee Andrew Dallas penalised Boyd moments before the striker scored

The result maintains a three-point gap between eighth-placed Killie and County two places below.

Eagles warmed the palms of Killie keeper Jamie MacDonald early on and Jamie Lindsay curled a shot just wide.

Kilmarnock slowly eased their way into the match and a lovely flowing move that involved Alan Power and captain Boyd ended with a shot by Brophy that brought out the best in County keeper Scott Fox - a stunning save to push the ball wide.

Visiting manager Steve Clarke was forced into a change when Gordon Greer hobbled off to be replaced by former home favourite Scott Boyd.

Within minutes, Owen Coyle's side took the lead. Boyd made an excellent clearance from a dangerous ball into the box but from the resultant corner taken by Eagles, Routis smashed home from eight yards.

A second Killie change followed when left-back Stuart Findlay had to be replaced by Greg Taylor and again the substitution was soon followed by a County goal.

The impressive Eagles sent in a free-kick from wide on the right with Naismith climbing high to bullet a header beyond MacDonald.

Ross County celebrate
Naismith (second from right) scored his first goal of the season

County began the second half well with Routis close to adding to the home side's lead, his free-kick ending up on the roof of the net.

Just after the hour mark Kilmarnock pulled their way back into the match. Brophy, fresh from his two goals against Partick Thistle on Saturday, collected from Boyd 22 yards from goal and smashed a shot past Fox.

The visitors began to lay siege to the home goal with the County defence scrambling the ball away at every opportunity.

County left-back Kenny van der Weg somehow managed to get in the way of a Youssouf Mulumbu shot that looked destined for the top corner.

With five minutes left referee Andrew Dallas awarded a free-kick to the home side after Boyd went down under a challenge. Boyd had been booked for a first-half foul but the striker faced no further punishment.

And sixty seconds later Boyd hit the home side with a sucker punch.

Chris Burke burst down the left and his cross was met by his former Rangers team-mate for a ninth goal of the season.

One last chance fell the hosts' way, captain Andrew Davies' header easily saved by MacDonald, meaning Kilmarnock headed back to Ayrshire with a point that for long spells looked highly unlikely.

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Fox
  • 3Naismith
  • 2Fraser
  • 15Davies
  • 28van der Weg
  • 33EaglesSubstituted forDraperat 77'minutes
  • 25O'Brien
  • 4Routis
  • 18Lindsay
  • 40Keillor-DunnSubstituted forDowat 67'minutes
  • 11CurranSubstituted forMckayat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Chow
  • 9Dow
  • 10Schalk
  • 17Draper
  • 19Mikkelsen
  • 22Mckay
  • 31McCarey

Kilmarnock

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 4GreerSubstituted forBoydat 29'minutes
  • 17FindlaySubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 11JonesSubstituted forBurkeat 77'minutes
  • 6PowerBooked at 34mins
  • 8Dicker
  • 24MulumbuBooked at 90mins
  • 25Brophy
  • 9BoydBooked at 54mins

Substitutes

  • 12Taylor
  • 16Boyd
  • 21Frizzell
  • 22Erwin
  • 23Hawkshaw
  • 26Bell
  • 29Burke
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,021

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Chris Burke (Kilmarnock).

  4. Post update

    Marcus Fraser (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Booking

    Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Billy McKay (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock).

  13. Post update

    Christopher Routis (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Ross County 2, Kilmarnock 2. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Burke.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock).

  16. Post update

    Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Ross Draper (Ross County).

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic16115038102838
2Rangers17103435191633
3Aberdeen1710342520533
4Hibernian178632619730
5Hearts186661719-224
6Motherwell167272222023
7St Johnstone166371723-621
8Kilmarnock184772126-519
9Hamilton174582327-417
10Ross County1844101728-1116
11Dundee1843111729-1215
12Partick Thistle162591329-1611
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