Kilmarnock were pegged back twice against St Mirren in the Scottish Premiership as their safety in the division is left out of their hands following a 3-3 draw.
Ross County’s win over Hamilton means only a nine-goal swing for Accies in their match with Kilmarnock would see the Rugby Park side go automatically down. But Tommy Wright’s side need to win in South Lanarkshire, currently in the relegation play-off spot of 11th and trailing County by three points, albeit with a superior goal difference.
Kyle Lafferty opened the scoring after 10 minutes as Kilmarnock’s confidence started to grow, dominating the chances in the first half. However, it wasn’t all sunshine for Kilmarnock as Lafferty was shown a yellow card 34 minutes into the match for simulation which left the striker in a dangerous position going into the second half.
St Mirren did create some chances with some notable efforts from Jon Obika in the first half but were unable to find the back of the net until the second half. Chris Burke and Lafferty led several chances for Kilmarnock after the interval as the Ayrshire side showed they won’t be relegated without a fight. This was confirmed by Lafferty’s second goal of the night on the 62nd minute of the match.
St Mirren weren’t happy with conceding two goals as immediately after Lafferty’s goal, Jamie McGrath fired the ball into the back of the net making it 2-1. With 15 minutes left in the match St Mirren equalised through a magnificent goal from Cammy MacPherson. The game was nowhere near over as Greg Kiltie then sent the ball flying into the back of the net with 10 minutes remaining.
Not even 60 seconds after Kiltie’s goal St Mirren equalised once again as the goal flurry at Rugby Park continued. Collin Quaner ran up the pitch and slid the ball straight into the net for his first Saints goal as a dramatic and thrilling night at Rugby Park was brought to a close. Here are three things we learned.
Lafferty Is Kilmarnock’s greatest asset
Lafferty once again proved that he is Kilmarnock’s saving grace with his opening goal and continuous attacking play. Regardless of what division Kilmarnock see themselves in next season, signing Lafferty on a permanent deal will be vital for the club’s success.
St Mirren a fighting force
St Mirren are a team that won’t give up their momentum until that final whistle blows. Scoring three goals in the second half seen the side show that despite being safe from relegation climbing the league table is still their main objective.
As Ross County defeated Hamilton 2-1 Kilmarnock’ safety is still unconfirmed going into their match against Hamilton this weekend. Kilmarnock are ahead based on goal difference and three points and aren’t guaranteed an immediate relegation but could potentially play in the Championship play offs.
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