Ladbrokes Premiership



by Stewart McConnell

A DRAMATIC last gasp goal from substitute Louis Moult brought to an end Kilmarnock's three-match unbeaten run at Rugby Park on Saturday.

Killie went into the game in confident mood after recording back-to-back victories for the first time this season and have been much-improved following a disappointing start to the campaign.

But they can count themselves unlucky to take nothing from the game following a spirited performance. They dominated proceedings against a Motherwell side who have Mark McGhee back in charge.

Boss Gary Locke was disappointed to leave empty-handed and said afterwards: "It was a sore one to take. It was a scrappy game but we dominated and if one team was going to win, I thought it would have been us."

The first half was totally uneventful with one only once opportunity falling to each side. Troon man Rory McKenzie and Well's Scott McDonald had shots saved by respective goalkeepers Connor Ripley and Jamie MacDonald.

After the break, Killie took a grip of the game as they pushed forward. Ripley saved a fierce effort from Kallum Higginbotham and Northern Irish international striker Josh Magennis headed narrowly wide of target.

However just as it looked like a point had been secured, the hosts were hit with a huge sucker punch with two minutes remaining. Former Celt Stephen Pearson had a shot blocked. But Moult latched onto the loose ball and dispatched a shot beyond the home number one and into the net.

Saturday sees Killie head to McDiarmid Park to face St Johnstone and they will be looking to bounce back.

STARMAN: Greg Kiltie 3

Steven Smith 2

Josh Magennis 1.