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Scottish Premiership

Rugby Park (ATT 4,494) 3rd April 2013 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: A Crawford

Kilmarnck Kilmarnock vs St Mirren St Mirren

Kilmarnck 1

K Boyd (47)

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St Mirren 1

E Goncalves (36)

Kris Boyd's second-half goal earned Kilmarnock a point against St Mirren

Last Updated: 03/04/13 11:07pm

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Kris Boyd: Congratulated after scoring the equaliser.

Kris Boyd: Congratulated after scoring the equaliser.

Kilmarnock's bid to wrap up a top-six spot hit something of a hitch as they were held to a 1-1 draw by League Cup winners St Mirren.

The hosts now need to beat Dundee at Rugby Park on Saturday if they are to assure themselves of a top-half finish, Kris Boyd having earned them a point against the Buddies with his first Clydesdale Bank Premier League goal in three years.

Both sides had early chances but Steven Thompson fired over the bar for St Mirren and James Fowler than shot straight at Craig Samson at the other end.

Boyd looked dangerous throughout for the hosts and he headed over from a corner, and was then denied by the advancing Samson, while Mark O'Hara shot wide in between.

But St Mirren continued to pose a threat as well, and a low shot from Esmael Goncalves trickled just wide of the post.

Goncalves (36) then gave the visitors the lead, latching onto an excellent David van Zanten pass and then guiding a shot past Cameron Bell.

St Mirren were well on top at this point and twice went very close to doubling their advantage before the break, but Thompson put a great chance wide and Bell then pulled off a superb save to deny Goncalves.

And Kilmarnock levelled just two minutes into the second half, Borja Perez putting Boyd in on goal with a lofted pass, and the striker finding the target with a powerful low shot.

That goal changed the momentum of the match and it was now the hosts who looked the more dangerous, Perez having a shot blocked and then putting a fine volley just wide.

Garry Hay was next to chance his arm but his effort from distance was just too high and Boyd's header from a Fowler cross was saved by Samson.

The hosts were adamant that they should have had a late penalty when Fowler burst through on goal and then appeared to be barged into by Van Zanten, but the referee waved play on and St Mirren survived to earn a point.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Hamilton Academical 10 23
2 Dundee United 10 22
3 Inverness CT 10 20
4 Kilmarnock 10 20
5 Aberdeen 11 19
6 Celtic 9 17
7 Dundee 10 13
8 Partick Thistle 9 10
9 St Johnstone 10 9
10 St Mirren 10 7
11 Motherwell 11 7
12 Ross County 10 4

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