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Kilmarnock   1 - 1   St Johnstone

Kilmarnock v St Johnstone
Conor Sammon's early strike was his 16th goal of the season

Kilmarnock extended their unbeaten run to six league games despite St Johnstone forcing a draw at Rugby Park.

The home side took the lead when Conor Sammon netted Alexei Eremenko's low cross from close range.

Both sides struggled to create for much of what was a largely quiet game with Sammon looking the most likely player to add to the scoreline.

However, Saints substitute Cleveland Taylor grabbed a share of the spoils with a late strike across goal.

The draw kept the Ayrshire side in fourth spot in the table, three points clear of Inverness, while Saints stay eighth - but with their advantage over Aberdeen reduced to two points.

Kilmarnock started the better of the two sides and Mehdi Taouil played the ball through to Sammon who evaded two challenges, but was forced wide and had to settle for a corner.

However, the first real chance fell to the visitors when Danny Grainger's long ball beat the Killie back four only for Peter MacDonald to put his header off target.

The home side's response was almost immediate as Eremenko played a low free-kick into the box with the visiting defence expecting a high cross.

However, the lively Sammon turned the ball into the net from eight yards out to score his 16th goal of the season.

Having got the goal Killie began to sit in, and the tactic almost paid off as Sammon picked up the ball and raced into the Saints box, where Saints goalkeeper Peter Enckelman had to look smart to block his effort.

The game had entered a quiet spell, but the creative Eremenko was alert enough to play in Garry Hay, who had burst forward from left back, but Enckelman dived to his left to save and hold his header.

And the Finnish keeper had to look lively again as he pulled off a great save from Sammon after Taouil's pass flummoxed Michael Duberry, sending the Irish striker haring in on goal.

However, out of nowhere, a deft flick from Jody Morris set Collin Samuel free in the Killie box and his rising left-footed drive was tipped over the bar by Killie keeper Cammy Bell.

The second half started tamely, with neither side creating much from open play although both sets of midfielders traded some hefty challenges.

However, a free-kick from Grainger was lofted into the box, with MacDonald beating the Killie central defenders to the ball, but he didn't get enough on his header and it flashed wide.

Taouil took advantage of a mistake by Duberry to nick the ball through to Sammon in the box, but his curling shot was wide of the mark.

Late on Murray Davidson picked up on Chris Millar's cross, as the visitors pushed for the equaliser but directed his header straight at Bell.

Sammon then picked up on the break but the Irishman's shot from a narrow angle was deflected over the bar by defender Steven Anderson.

However, just as the game appeared to be slipping away from St Johnstone, substitute Taylor fired a low ball across the face of goal which slipped just inside Bell's far post to level the scores.

And Sam Parkin almost nicked the points for Saints at the end from another Grainger free-kick, but his effort was just off target.


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Saturday, 15 January 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Kilmarnock 1-1 St Johnstone FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Sammon 16
  • Taylor 86

Kilmarnock

  • 13 Bell
  • 02 Clancy
  • 03 Hay
  • 04 Fowler
  • 05 Wright
  • 06 Sissoko
  • 10 Taouil (Berntsson 89)
  • 22 Kelly
  • 29 Pascali yellow card
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Eremenko

Substitutes

  • 33 Jaakkola,
  • 12 Old,
  • 15 Berntsson,
  • 14 Silva,
  • 28 Gross,
  • 50 Kennedy,
  • 27 Laurent

St Johnstone

  • 01 Enckelman
  • 02 MacKay
  • 03 Grainger yellow card (May 85)
  • 06 Duberry
  • 12 Anderson
  • 04 Morris
  • 07 Millar
  • 10 Craig (Taylor 69)
  • 20 Davidson
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 21 Samuel (Parkin 75)

Substitutes

  • 15 Smith,
  • 19 Maybury,
  • 37 Caddis,
  • 11 Taylor,
  • 32 May,
  • 09 Parkin,
  • 26 Reynolds
Ref: McLeanAtt: 4,885
KILMARNOCK
ST JOHNSTONE

Possession

  • Kilmarnock 57%
  • St Johnstone 43%

Attempts on target

  • Kilmarnock 4
  • St Johnstone 5

Attempts off target

  • Kilmarnock 3
  • St Johnstone 7

Corners

  • Kilmarnock 5
  • St Johnstone 7

Fouls

  • Kilmarnock 8
  • St Johnstone 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:08 The match has reached full-time.
  • 90:00+1:38 The ball is delivered by Steve May, save by Cameron Bell.
  • 90:00+0:32 Corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line, clearance made by Steve May.
  • 89:10 Headed effort from inside the area by Sam Parkin misses to the left of the target.
  • 88:12 Manuel Pascali gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Murray Davidson. Jody Morris restarts play with the free kick.
  • 88:12 Substitution Billy Berntsson joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mehdi Taouil.
  • 88:12 Booking Manuel Pascali goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:30 GOAL - Cleveland TaylorKilmarnock 1 - 1 St Johnstone Cleveland Taylor finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 St Johnstone.
  • 84:43 Murray Davidson concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexei Eremenko. Garry Hay takes the indirect free kick.
  • 84:43 Substitution (St Johnstone) makes a substitution, with Steve May coming on for Daniel Grainger.
  • 83:36 Alexei Eremenko delivers the ball in from the corner, save by Peter Enckelman.
  • 83:15 Shot by Conor Sammon from 12 yards. Save by Peter Enckelman.
  • 82:28 Chris Millar crosses the ball, Murray Davidson takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
  • 79:38 Jody Morris crosses the ball, clearance made by Tim Clancy.
  • 78:37 Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Conor Sammon goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 78:02 Tim Clancy fouled by Sam Parkin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from right wing, Murray Davidson manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:41 Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Michael Duberry has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
  • 74:38 Substitution Collin Samuel goes off and Sam Parkin comes on.
  • 72:53 Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Grainger from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Tim Clancy.
  • 72:32 The ball is delivered by Daniel Grainger, Cleveland Taylor has a drilled shot. Blocked by Mohamadou Sissoko.
  • 71:32 Daniel Grainger takes a shot. Mohamadou Sissoko gets a block in.
  • 70:18 Mohamadou Sissoko concedes a free kick for a foul on Collin Samuel. Jody Morris takes the free kick.
  • 68:12 Substitution Liam Craig goes off and Cleveland Taylor comes on.
  • 67:48 Conor Sammon produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 67:38 The ball is crossed by Murray Davidson, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
  • 67:05 Centre by Chris Millar, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.
  • 66:44 Foul by Mehdi Taouil on Murray Davidson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jody Morris.
  • 66:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by David MacKay. Indirect free kick taken by Liam Kelly.
  • 65:01 Liam Craig sends in a cross.
  • 62:49 The ball is sent over by Chris Millar.
  • 62:34 Liam Craig takes a shot. Garry Hay gets a block in.
  • 61:57 Corner from right by-line taken by Daniel Grainger.
  • 61:10 The ball is sent over by Tim Clancy.
  • 60:47 Murray Davidson is penalised for a handball. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
  • 59:24 Unfair challenge on Collin Samuel by James Fowler results in a free kick. Daniel Grainger has an effort direct from the free kick.
  • 56:57 Foul by David MacKay on Mehdi Taouil, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from left wing, Murray Davidson makes a clearance.
  • 54:58 Foul by Murray Davidson on Liam Kelly, free kick awarded. Alexei Eremenko produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 54:01 Liam Craig challenges Tim Clancy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mohamadou Sissoko takes the free kick.
  • 53:52 The ball is swung over by David MacKay, clearance by James Fowler.
  • 52:50 Alexei Eremenko concedes a free kick for a foul on Jody Morris. Michael Duberry takes the free kick.
  • 51:49 Corner taken by Daniel Grainger, Headed effort from inside the area by Peter MacDonald misses to the left of the target.
  • 51:39 The ball is delivered by David MacKay, clearance made by James Fowler.
  • 49:50 Jody Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexei Eremenko. Free kick taken by Mohamadou Sissoko.
  • 48:17 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Fowler by Daniel Grainger. Alexei Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:17 Booking Daniel Grainger is given a yellow card.
  • 47:23 Tim Clancy delivers the ball.
  • 46:39 David MacKay challenges Mehdi Taouil unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
  • 45:30 Foul by Garry Hay on Peter MacDonald, free kick awarded. Daniel Grainger takes the free kick.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+1:14 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+0:48 A cross is delivered by Peter MacDonald, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
  • 44:14 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Grainger.
  • 43:50 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Grainger, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
  • 43:21 Shot from 12 yards from Collin Samuel. Save made by Cameron Bell.
  • 41:29 The ball is delivered by Peter MacDonald.
  • 40:45 The ball is sent over by Chris Millar.
  • 39:59 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David MacKay, clearance made by James Fowler.
  • 38:43 Conor Sammon takes a shot. Save made by Peter Enckelman.
  • 37:30 Garry Hay fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
  • 35:46 A cross is delivered by Alexei Eremenko, Garry Hay takes a shot. Peter Enckelman makes a brilliant save.
  • 31:48 Liam Kelly crosses the ball, save by Peter Enckelman.
  • 31:34 Centre by Garry Hay.
  • 26:12 The ball is swung over by Alexei Eremenko, clearance made by Steven Anderson.
  • 25:53 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko, Michael Duberry manages to make a clearance.
  • 25:41 The ball is crossed by Tim Clancy, Daniel Grainger gets a block in.
  • 24:03 Manuel Pascali concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Duberry. Michael Duberry takes the indirect free kick.
  • 23:30 Shot by Daniel Grainger went wide left of the target.
  • 21:51 The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:36 The ball is crossed by Chris Millar.
  • 19:52 Foul by Alexei Eremenko on Jody Morris, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Duberry.
  • 19:23 Michael Duberry challenges Conor Sammon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mehdi Taouil takes the free kick.
  • 18:57 The referee blows for offside against Peter MacDonald. Indirect free kick taken by Frazer Wright.
  • 17:25 The ball is crossed by Chris Millar, clearance by Frazer Wright.
  • 17:20 Murray Davidson sends in a cross.
  • 15:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by David MacKay on Liam Kelly. Free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko. Assist by Alexei Eremenko.
  • 15:32 GOAL - Conor SammonKilmarnock 1 - 0 St Johnstone A goal is scored by Conor Sammon from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 St Johnstone.
  • 13:49 The ball is sent over by Daniel Grainger, Header by Peter MacDonald from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 13:37 The ball is swung over by Chris Millar, Tim Clancy manages to make a clearance.
  • 11:34 Centre by Alexei Eremenko, clearance made by David MacKay.
  • 10:49 Alexei Eremenko delivers the ball, clearance by Steven Anderson.
  • 10:28 Short corner worked by Alexei Eremenko.
  • 10:16 The ball is crossed by Conor Sammon, Michael Duberry gets a block in.
  • 9:53 A cross is delivered by Peter MacDonald, clearance made by Mohamadou Sissoko.
  • 8:06 Centre by David MacKay, Peter MacDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mohamadou Sissoko. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
  • 6:53 A cross is delivered by Tim Clancy.
  • 5:15 Peter MacDonald is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Frazer Wright.
  • 4:47 Alexei Eremenko fouled by David MacKay, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.
  • 3:10 The ball is sent over by Liam Craig, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
  • 2:56 The ball is delivered by Chris Millar, clearance by James Fowler.
  • 2:01 Mehdi Taouil delivers the ball.
  • 1:07 Corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko, clearance made by Steven Anderson.
  • 0:53 Centre by Tim Clancy, clearance made by Liam Craig.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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