Kilmarnock 1-0 Ross County: Erwin is right on the spot

Kilmarnock 1-0 Ross County: Erwin is right on the spot

in Match Reports January 20, 2018

Lee Erwin's late penalty sent Kilmarnock through to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Ross County.

The substitute fired the ball past Aaron McCarey after referee Bobby Madden judged that Rory McKenzie had been hauled down by Tim Chow.

Chow saw red as Erwin stepped up to make no mistake from 12 yards to spark scenes of celebration at Rugby Park.

Eamonn Brophy and Rory McKenzie came into the team to start 2018 with Youssouf Mulumbu and Chris Burke missing out.

Neither side seized great control of the match in the opening hour with Jamie MacDonald looking sharp to deny County debutant Inih Effiong.

Stuart Findlay replaced Scott Boyd at the interval with Jason Naismith heading narrowly wide as both sides tried to find the crucial opening goal. 

Steve Clarke made a double substitution with 15 minutes remaining as Greg Kiltie and Lee Erwin replaced Kris Boyd and Eamonn Brophy. 

The move was to pay dividends as both looked hungry to impress the manager and home crowd.

Just as thoughts turned to a replay in Dingwall on Tuesday night, McKenzie went down in the area and Madden awarded the spot kick.

County through everything at Killie in stoppage time to try and find an equaliser and MacDonald had to remain alert to stop his fellow shot stopper McCarey from grabbing a dramatic goal in the final seconds.

But the hosts stayed strong and will now await their next opponents in the cup.

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Broadfoot, S.Boyd (Findlay), Taylor; Power, Dicker, McKenzie, Jones, K.Boyd (Erwin), Brophy (Kiltie).

Attendance: 3,595