Mehmet is congratulated by team-mate David Barron after netting for St Mirren
St Mirren fought back to claim a draw against Scottish Premier League opponents Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.
On-loan Aberdeen striker Chris Maguire turned the ball into the net to give the home side the lead 12 minutes before the interval.
Maguire missed a good chance to double Killie's advantage before the Buddies drew level late on.
Billy Mehmet hammered home the leveller with eight minutes left to register a point for the Paisley side.
The result consolidates Killie's position in ninth place while the Buddies are now only two points clear of the division's bottom club Falkirk.
Mehmet had a chance to give the visitors the lead after 12 minutes when he rose to meet Andy Dorman's corner but the striker's header missed the target.
Dorman's delivery, this time from a free-kick, found the head of Michael Higdon and goalkeeper Cammy Bell tipped the forward's powerful attempt over.
Saints continued to pressurise their hosts and Bell was forced into another save from Dorman's shot moments before the keeper claimed the ball at the feet of Steven Thomson after the midfielder had burst into the box.
Maguire tries to escape the challenge of Hugh Murray
But, against the run of play, Kilmarnock took the lead as keeper Gallacher spilled Craig Bryson's shot and Maguire scrambled the ball home.
Maguire looked dangerous again when he latched on to Kevin Kyle's head-flick and volleyed wide of Gallacher's goal.
St Mirren went back in search of a goal after the break but Killie were a threat on the break, Kyle having a shot saved by Gallacher in one counter thrust.
Maguire could have put the game to bed in the 66th minute when he met Conor Sammon's low cross but the striker's side-footed effort was wide.
Higdon volleyed wide before Saints eventually drew level.
Killie failed to clear their lines under a sustained period of pressure and Mehmet retrieved the ball outside the area before belting a powerful shot beyond Bell.
And neither side could find a winner in the closing stages.
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Saturday, 20 February 2010
06 Ford (Kiernan 46)
22 Kelly yellow card
23 Hamill (Adams 81)
16 Kyle yellow card
18 Sammon (Clancy 69)
05 Mair (Dargo 74)
21 Innes yellow card
07 Murray yellow card (Johnston 64)
15 Robb (Carey 64)
Ref: MuirAtt: 5,501
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:05 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
90:00+1:35 Christopher Maguire produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
90:00+1:24 Christopher Maguire takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
90:00+0:16 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Graham Carey, free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Innes on Kevin Kyle.
Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.
89:14 Robert Kiernan challenges Michael Higdon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Carey fires a strike on goal direct from
the free kick.
88:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chris Innes by Kevin Kyle. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
88:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jamie Adams by John Potter. Scott Severin restarts play with the free kick.
86:06 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Thomson on Craig Bryson. Free kick taken by Scott Severin.
85:58 The ball is sent over by David Barron, Scott Severin makes a clearance.
84:02 Christopher Maguire crosses the ball.
82:54 Foul by Andy Dorman on Garry Hay, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Garry Hay.
81:45 GOAL - Billy Mehmet:Kilmarnock 1 - 1 St Mirren Goal scored by Billy Mehmet from just outside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 St Mirren.
80:17 Tim Clancy takes the free kick.
80:17 Substitution Jamie Adams on for Jamie Hamill.
80:17 David Barron concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bryson.
79:26 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Hamill on Chris Innes. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
77:34 David Barron sends in a cross, Garry Hay makes a clearance.
75:24 Andy Dorman crosses the ball, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
73:56 Outswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the left by-line.
72:53 Substitution Lee Mair goes off and Craig Dargo comes on.
72:53 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Graham Carey.
72:48 Billy Mehmet crosses the ball, blocked by Scott Severin.
72:03 Chris Innes delivers the ball, save made by Cameron Bell.
70:51 Michael Higdon has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
70:14 Unfair challenge on David Barron by Jamie Hamill results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Barron.
68:44 Substitution Tim Clancy replaces Conor Sammon.
68:32 Effort from the edge of the box by Jamie Hamill goes wide of the left-hand post.
66:29 Christopher Maguire gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Thomson. Graham Carey crosses the ball in from
the free kick, Kevin Kyle makes a clearance.
65:45 Conor Sammon crosses the ball, Christopher Maguire produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes
wide of the right-hand upright.
65:04 The ball is delivered by Christopher Maguire.
63:21 Booking Kevin Kyle receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
63:04 Substitution Graham Carey on for Steven Robb.
63:04 Substitution Allan Johnston replaces Hugh Murray.
61:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Mehmet on Manuel Pascali. Garry Hay takes the free kick.
60:28 Kevin Kyle concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Mair. Lee Mair takes the free kick.
59:27 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bryson, Michael Higdon manages to make a clearance.
59:13 Kevin Kyle takes a shot. Save made by Paul Gallacher.
58:24 Short corner worked by David Barron, clearance by Craig Bryson.
57:10 Shot by Steven Robb from just outside the area goes over the net.
54:26 The free kick is swung in left-footed by Garry Hay, Conor Sammon challenges Hugh Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
54:26 Booking Booking for Chris Innes for unsporting behaviour.
54:20 Chris Innes challenges Conor Sammon unfairly and gives away a free kick.
53:17 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bryson from the right by-line.
53:10 The ball is crossed by Christopher Maguire, Chris Innes makes a clearance.
52:05 Kevin Kyle fouled by Chris Innes, the ref awards a free kick. The ball is crossed by Garry Hay, Close range headed effort
by Manuel Pascali clears the crossbar.
50:46 The ball is sent over by Billy Mehmet, clearance by Scott Severin.
49:15 Direct free kick taken by Lee Mair.
49:15 Booking Liam Kelly booked.
49:12 Andy Dorman fouled by Liam Kelly, the ref awards a free kick.
46:35 Effort on goal by Steven Thomson from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
46:18 The ball is sent over by Andy Dorman, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
45:07 Conor Sammon fouled by Chris Innes, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Garry Hay.
45:01 The referee starts the second half.
45:01 Substitution Simon Ford leaves the field to be replaced by Robert Kiernan.
45:00+0:13 The players leave the pitch at half time.
42:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Hugh Murray on Jamie Hamill. Scott Severin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right channel, clearance by Chris Innes.
42:26 Andy Dorman crosses the ball, Craig Bryson manages to make a clearance.
41:51 Christopher Maguire has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
40:23 Simon Ford challenges Andy Dorman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andy Dorman.
39:51 The ball is crossed by Craig Bryson, Close range headed effort by Jamie Hamill misses to the right of the goal.
36:36 Scott Severin restarts play with the free kick.
36:36 Booking Hugh Murray is shown a yellow card.
36:28 Hugh Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Christopher Maguire.
35:30 Foul by Craig Bryson on Billy Mehmet, free kick awarded. Lee Mair takes the direct free kick.
34:54 A cross is delivered by Steven Robb, Scott Severin manages to make a clearance.
32:24 GOAL - Christopher Maguire:Kilmarnock 1 - 0 St Mirren Christopher Maguire scores a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 St Mirren.
31:59 Craig Bryson takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save.
30:30 Long range shot by Scott Severin goes wide right of the net.
29:52 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Craig Bryson from the right by-line, clearance made by Andy Dorman.
29:36 A cross is delivered by Steven Thomson, Cameron Bell gets a block in.
28:17 Kevin Kyle concedes a free kick for a foul on John Potter. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
27:56 Andy Dorman takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
26:49 Andy Dorman takes a outswinging corner.
25:48 Jamie Hamill challenges Steven Robb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Andy Dorman, save by Cameron
23:41 Andy Dorman takes the inswinging corner, Close range header by Chris Innes goes over the bar.
23:24 Andy Dorman takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
21:33 The ball is sent over by Steven Thomson, clearance by Simon Ford.
19:32 Steven Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Bryson. Direct free kick taken by Scott Severin.
17:32 Christopher Maguire concedes a free kick for a foul on Andy Dorman. Free kick crossed right-footed by Andy Dorman from left
wing, Scott Severin manages to make a clearance.
16:12 Kevin Kyle challenges Hugh Murray unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
13:40 Unfair challenge on Steven Robb by Christopher Maguire results in a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
Correction - 13:11 Lee Mair gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Kyle. Free kick taken by Scott Severin.
13:11 Foul by Lee Mair on Kevin Kyle, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Craig Bryson.
11:40 Inswinging corner taken by Andy Dorman, Billy Mehmet has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand
11:34 Centre by Andy Dorman, clearance made by Craig Bryson.
8:43 Foul by Garry Hay on David Barron, free kick awarded. Steven Robb crosses the ball in from the free kick.
8:25 A cross is delivered by Christopher Maguire, John Potter gets a block in.
4:28 Kevin Kyle challenges Lee Mair unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the direct free kick.
3:00 Unfair challenge on Michael Higdon by Manuel Pascali results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Barron.
0:52 Andy Dorman takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Kevin Kyle.
0:45 Steven Thomson crosses the ball, Jamie Hamill manages to make a clearance.
0:00 The game begins.
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