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Victoria Park, Dingwall (ATT 3,401) 26th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Ross Co Ross County vs Kilmarnock Kilmarnock

Ross Co 2

F Kiss (41)
R Brittain (pen 77)


Kilmarnock 1

K Boyd (88)

Scottish Premiership: Ross County secure vital 2-1 win over Kilmarnock

Last Updated: 26/04/14 6:09pm

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Erik Cikos: Challenges Michael Gardyne in the game at Victoria Park

Erik Cikos: Challenges Michael Gardyne in the game at Victoria Park

Ross County gave their hopes of avoiding the dreaded end-of-season play-off a big fillip with a battling 2-1 win over Kilmarnock.

It is Kilmarnock who now occupy 11th place in the Premiership after goals from Filip Kiss and Richard Brittain won the day for the men from Dingwall.

Kris Boyd's 20th goal of the season reduced the deficit late on but it is Allan Johnston's side who are in the danger zone with three matches left.

Boyd's early strike lacked the power to trouble County goalkeeper Mark Brown.

It was fine afternoon for football but chances were scarce in the opening quarter, the home fans finally finding their voice as referee Kevin Clancy ignored Jordan Slew's penalty appeal when he had appeared to be impeded by Jackson Irvine.

County were then forced into a change, with Michael Tidser picking up a knock and Stuart Kettlewell coming on in his stead.

A Kiss (41) wonder strike put County in front, a curling effort from distance that flew past Craig Samson into the bottom corner.

Slew's shot was deflected behind before Ross Barbour clipped a great ball over the top for William Gros but the latter's control let him down with the goal beckoning.

Melvin De Leeuw fired straight at Samson before Manuel Pascali saw his header from Sammy Clingan's free-kick drift wide of Brown's goal.

Barbour lashed over the bar as Killie continued to press but Samson had to be at his best to foil County winger Graham Carey.

Brittain (77) gave the home side the breathing space they craved when he was fouled in the area by Lee Ashcroft and the County skipper made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Boyd (88) set up a nervy finish when he headed in Chris Johnston's cross but the home side held out - much to the relief of the Jail End.

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Scottish Premiership

Scottish Premiership
Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 27 63
2 Aberdeen 27 57
3 Inverness CT 28 53
4 Dundee United 27 46
5 Hamilton Academical 29 41
6 St Johnstone 28 41
7 Dundee 28 39
8 Kilmarnock 27 34
9 Partick Thistle 27 28
10 Ross County 27 21
11 St Mirren 28 21
12 Motherwell 27 21