in Match Reports December 26, 2018
Jordan Jones scored the winner as Kilmarnock emerged from Fir Park with all three points against ten-man Motherwell.
The Northern Ireland international sent a looping effort over the head of Mark Gillespie and into the net as Killie won 1-0.
Aaron Tshibola and Kris Boyd came into the side following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hamilton but it was the hosts who faced added disruption.
The home team were forced to make a double substitution after 16 minutes when Charles Dunne and Carl McHugh were involved in a sickening clash of heads. Both men were taken off with Dunne carried from the field on a stretcher.
Things got even worse for 'Well as substitute Christian Mbulu was also taken off with a head knock, meaning Motherwell had used all their subs after 28 minutes.
Jordan Jones had warmed up with a shot which flew just past the post but he was to make no mistake on 39 minutes.
He teased the defender before curling the ball over the goalkeeper and into the net to leave the Lanarkshire men stunned.
Alan Power was once again a key influence in the match, halting Motherwell counter attacks before starting Killie's forays forward.
Tempers were starting to fray with the home team feeling too few decisions were going in their favour. With Killie retaining their control of the match, things boiled over as Curtis Main caught Stephen O'Donnell in the face and referee Steven McLean showed a red card.
Eamonn Brophy and Rory McKenzie had been sent on moments earlier to try and grab an all-important second goal and both men went close with good efforts as the 1,860 Killie fans roared their team on.
At the other end Tom Aldred and Gael Bigirimana both went close but in truth the match should have been put out of sight when Brophy was played through on goal, only to fire wide of the target.
It would not matter as McLean sounded the full time whistle and ensure Killie head into the final match before the winter break in third position.
Kilmarnock: Bachmann; O'Donnell, S.Boyd, Findlay, Taylor; Power, Dicker, Tshibola (McKenzie), Jones (Ndjoli), Stewart, K.Boyd (Brophy)