Ross County 2-2 Kilmarnock: Boyd seals second-half comeback

Ross County 2-2 Kilmarnock: Boyd seals second-half comeback

in Match Reports December 13, 2017

Second-half goals from Kris Boyd and Eamonn Brophy capped a fine Kilmarnock comeback to ensure a 2-2 draw with Ross County.

Christopher Routis and Jason Naismith looked like claiming the points for the hosts in a damaging 45 minutes for Killie, a period which saw defensive duo Gordon Greer and Stuart Findlay forced off with injuries.

However, the men from Ayrshire showed their fighting spirit in the second period to deservedly claim a share of the spoils.

Steve Clarke stuck with the starting XI, which thrashed Partick Thistle 5-1 on Saturday but Killie made a slow start with Jamie MacDonald forced into a series of early saves.

Brophy was denied at the other end by a wonderful fingertip save by Fox but County made their dominance pay on the 30 minute mark shortly after Greer was forced off with what looked like a groin injury.

The opener came as Chris Eagles’ corner found Routis unmarked at the back post and he volleyed home past MacDonald.

And the Staggies went further ahead as Jason Naismith directed his flicked header from Eagles’ free-kick past the goalkeeper just before the interval.

Things seemed to be getting worse when Findlay also had to be withdrawn after falling near the touchline.

The visitors came out with a renewed purpose in the second half and it was the in-form Brophy who would prove to be the catalyst.

With 61 minutes gone he managed the engineer space 25 yards from goal before unleashing an unstoppable shot past Fox to bring Killie back into the match.

Further efforts from Jones, O’Donnell and Mulumbu came and went but Killie got the equaliser their play deserved with four minutes to play.

Substitute Chris Burke crossed for Boyd to head home with the aid of a deflection off a County defender to the joy of the 133 Killie fans who had made the long trip north.

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Greer (S.Boyd), Broadfoot, Findlay (Taylor); Power, Dicker, Mulumbu; Jones (Burke), Brophy, Boyd.