skip to content
Foul by Colin Nish on Frazer Wright, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.
The official flags Colin Nish offside. Cameron Bell takes the free kick.
Derek Riordan sends in a cross.
The ball is crossed by Jamie Hamill, Effort on goal by Liam Kelly from 18 yards. Save by Mark Brown.
The ball is delivered by Craig Bryson.
Ian Murray goes into the referee's book. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Manuel Pascali by Ian Murray. Alexei Eremenko crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Colin Nish. The ball is crossed by Craig Bryson, Derek Riordan makes a clearance. The assistant referee signals for offside against Manuel Pascali.
Alexei Eremenko decides to take the corner short, Shot from just outside the area by David Silva goes over the bar.
Liam Miller is shown a red card for professional foul.
Conor Sammon fouled by Liam Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Alexei Eremenko takes the free kick. Jamie Hamill takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Murray. James Fowler takes a shot from 25 yards. Save made by Mark Brown. Corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line, Edwin De Graaf makes a clearance.
Conor Sammon fouled by Liam Miller, the ref awards a free kick. Alexei Eremenko takes the free kick.
Foul by Colin Nish on Manuel Pascali, free kick awarded. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.
The referee cautions Manuel Pascali for dissent. Edwin De Graaf produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
The ball is sent over by Craig Bryson, save by Mark Brown.
Souleymane Bamba goes off and Daniel Galbraith comes on. Unfair challenge on Liam Kelly by Jonathan Grounds results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from right wing, Mark Brown makes a save.
Derek Riordan crosses the ball, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
The ball is delivered by Derek Riordan, Liam Kelly makes a clearance. Corner from right by-line taken by Derek Riordan.
Liam Kelly gives away a for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Grounds. Liam Kelly shown a yellow card.
Foul by Liam Kelly on Jonathan Grounds, awarded. Booking for Liam Kelly for unsporting behaviour.
Liam Kelly gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jonathan Grounds. Liam Kelly receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Indirect free kick taken by Derek Riordan.
David Silva joins the action as a substitute, replacing Mehdi Taouil. The ball is sent over by Mehdi Taouil, Francis Dickoh manages to make a clearance. Ben Gordon takes a shot. Mark Brown makes a save. Corner taken right-footed by Alexei Eremenko from the right by-line, David Wotherspoon makes a clearance.
Shot from 25 yards by Liam Kelly. Mark Brown makes a save.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Alexei Eremenko. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Derek Riordan concedes a free kick for a foul on Jamie Hamill. James Fowler takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Liam Miller from 25 yards. Manuel Pascali gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Derek Riordan.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Conor Sammon. Souleymane Bamba takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Conor Sammon, blocked by Francis Dickoh. Alexei Eremenko takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Edwin De Graaf manages to make a clearance.
Centre by Derek Riordan, clearance made by Manuel Pascali.
Michael Hart delivers the ball, save made by Cameron Bell.
Colin Nish on for John Rankin.
Alexei Eremenko crosses the ball, clearance made by Francis Dickoh. The ball is delivered by Alexei Eremenko.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Murray by Conor Sammon. Free kick taken by Francis Dickoh.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Edwin De Graaf. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Derek Riordan grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-1 Hibernian.
The ball is delivered by Mehdi Taouil, Francis Dickoh gets a block in. Liam Kelly delivers the ball, clearance made by Souleymane Bamba.
Liam Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Alexei Eremenko. James Fowler takes the indirect free kick.
David Wotherspoon produces a cross, clearance by Jamie Hamill.
Souleymane Bamba crosses the ball, Frazer Wright makes a clearance.
Derek Riordan takes a inswinging corner.
Unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil by Jonathan Grounds results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Michael Hart delivers the ball, Jamie Hamill makes a clearance.
Conor Sammon is caught offside. Free kick taken by Michael Hart.
Derek Riordan is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by Ian Murray results in a free kick. Craig Bryson takes the direct free kick. Alexei Eremenko delivers the ball, save by Mark Brown.
Liam Kelly scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-0 Hibernian.Ben Gordon sends in a cross, assist on the goal came from Ben Gordon. John Rankin is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick. The referee blows for offside. Michael Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Kelly finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-0 Hibernian.The ball is swung over by Ben Gordon, the assist for the goal came from Ben Gordon.
Liam Kelly fires in a goal from inside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-0 Hibernian.Ben Gordon sends in a cross, the assist for the goal came from Ben Gordon. The official flags John Rankin offside. Cameron Bell takes the direct free kick. The official flags Jamie Hamill offside. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Hart.
The ball is swung over by Jamie Hamill.
The ball is swung over by Liam Miller, Cameron Bell makes a save.
Liam Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on James Fowler. Indirect free kick taken by James Fowler.
The ball is crossed by Jonathan Grounds, Manuel Pascali makes a clearance. Floated corner taken left-footed by John Rankin, Francis Dickoh gets a header at goal, save made by Cameron Bell.
The ball is crossed by Jonathan Grounds, save by Cameron Bell.
The referee blows for offside. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Handball by Francis Dickoh. Craig Bryson takes the direct free kick.
Pass corner from left by-line crossed in by Alexei Eremenko, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
The ball is crossed by Jamie Hamill, Souleymane Bamba makes a clearance. Alexei Eremenko takes the outswinging corner, Francis Dickoh makes a clearance.
Liam Miller delivers the ball, Liam Kelly gets a block in.
The offside flag is raised against Conor Sammon. Free kick taken by Mark Brown.
Ian Murray takes a shot. Clearance by Manuel Pascali.
Foul by Derek Riordan on James Fowler, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alexei Eremenko.
Jamie Hamill goes into the referee's book.
Jonathan Grounds receives a yellow card.
Jonathan Grounds gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Kelly. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
Derek Riordan is ruled offside. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Craig Bryson by John Rankin results in a free kick. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
John Rankin takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save. John Rankin takes a outswinging corner.
Unfair challenge on Alexei Eremenko by Liam Miller results in a free kick. Jamie Hamill takes the indirect free kick.
Souleymane Bamba challenges Conor Sammon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
Ian Murray fouled by Alexei Eremenko, the ref awards a free kick. Jonathan Grounds takes the free kick. Derek Riordan produces a cross, clearance by Manuel Pascali.
Jonathan Grounds crosses the ball, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Alexei Eremenko from the left by-line played to the near post.
The ball is crossed by Ben Gordon, blocked by Michael Hart. Alexei Eremenko decides to take a short corner. The ball is sent over by Alexei Eremenko, save made by Mark Brown.
Edwin De Graaf concedes a free kick for a foul on Mehdi Taouil. Free kick taken by Ben Gordon.
Centre by Ben Gordon, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
Conor Sammon is ruled offside. Mark Brown takes the free kick.
Liam Kelly gets on the score sheet with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Hibernian.Ben Gordon crosses the ball, assist by Ben Gordon.
John Rankin takes the outswinging corner, Manuel Pascali manages to make a clearance. Edwin De Graaf sends in a cross.
Centre by David Wotherspoon, Effort on goal by Liam Miller from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Michael Hart gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mehdi Taouil. Frazer Wright takes the direct free kick.
Alexei Eremenko crosses the ball, clearance by Souleymane Bamba.
Centre by David Wotherspoon, Frazer Wright gets a block in.
Ben Gordon produces a cross, Conor Sammon takes a shot. Save by Mark Brown.
The ball is swung over by Conor Sammon, Ian Murray makes a clearance. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexei Eremenko by John Rankin. Alexei Eremenko restarts play with the free kick.
The game gets underway.
The players leave the pitch at half time.
The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
The referee ends the match.
Killie tie up Kelly ahead of Hibs clash
Kilmarnock return to action against Hibernian on Saturday but manager Mixu Paatelainen has been busy during their enforced three-week break, tying up Liam Kelly on an extended contract and moving for a goalkeeper.
Midfielder Kelly has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal after establishing himself as an integral part of Paatelainen's team.
The 20-year-old former MK Dons midfielder has scored two goals this season during an impressive start to the season for Paatelainen's men.
Kelly said: "I'm delighted. As soon as he came to me about extending the contract, I was more than happy to do so.
"Hopefully over the next two-and-a-half years we will take the club forward and I will improve as a player."
Paatelainen has predicted a bright future for Kelly as he himself plans for the coming months and years at Rugby Park.
"We're happy he has signed because he's a young, talented player who works very hard," the Finn said.
"He is a model professional and has every chance in the game. He is a hard-working box-to-box midfielder who can score goals and is good at defending.
"We are close to coming to an agreement with one or two other players but nothing to say yet.
"We are also talking to a goalkeeper and very close to agreeing terms with him, just looking ahead to the future and trying to strengthen us for next season."
The former Hibernian manager is also looking to add to his squad in January, although he dismissed as "rumours" suggestions he was trying to sign Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly.
"I'm hoping to strengthen," he said. "Our budget is almost full but maybe with a little wheeling and dealing we are able to do something.
"I would like to strengthen one or two areas but we will have to see."
Killie have not played since comfortably beating Aberdeen 2-0 but Paatelainen is happy with their fitness after making use of the Toryglen indoor football centre near Hampden.
They are likely to have an unchanged squad for the visit of Hibernian, and Paatelainen is eager to take on his former club at Rugby Park after last weekend's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Celtic Park was postponed two days before kick-off for safety fears before a subsequent thaw cleared ice and snow.
"It's still a bit of a mystery why last weekend's match was called off," Paatelainen said.
"The first we heard it was the police who advised to call the match off and then the police came forward and said it wasn't them. We're in the dark but not to worry.
"We play Hibs now and we're looking forward to it. They have had a bit of consistency in selection the last few matches they played. That's always good for any side.
"I suspect they will be pretty happy with the players who are performing, they got a fantastic win against Rangers and beat Motherwell, so they can beat anybody."
Hibernian have no fresh concerns as they prepare for their first fixture in three weeks.
Hibs were last in action in the 0-0 draw with St Johnstone on November 27, a match Valdas Trakys missed due to a knock and Derek Riordan and Paul Hanlon sat out due to suspension. All three are available for the trip to Rugby Park.
Darryl Duffy (foot), Graham Stack (back) and Merouane Zemmama (knee) are back in training but are unlikely to return to competitive action until early in the new year.
Hibernian goalkeeper Mark Brown will meet his former team-mates at Kilmarnock but will be careful not to enjoy the post-match hospitality of friends too much at Rugby Park with the busy festive period imminent.
Hibs have had two wins, four defeats and one draw since Colin Calderwood succeeded John Hughes as manager in October but remain at the wrong end of the table with the end of the year approaching.
Victory on Saturday could provide crucial momentum into a period which sees Hibs in action five times in 16 days, with the Killie game followed by fixtures against Hamilton, Aberdeen, Dundee United and the New Year's Day derby with Hearts.
But with the club's Christmas party already behind them, Brown and his team-mates will focus on the job in hand.
"It's just a case of getting on with it," he said.
"Most of the boys in the squad are experienced and we know that's part and parcel of the job.
"I don't think the manager has to remind anybody of their responsibilities as a footballer.
"You have to live your life right. You have to be professional in everything you do and the games when they come round will take care of themselves."
Kelly fired Hibs to victory
Liam Kelly celebrated his new contract with a first-half double against Hibernian to send Kilmarnock into fifth place in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League with a 2-1 win.
The midfielder, who signed a two-and-a-half year deal on Friday, finished off assists from Ben Gordon with either foot to continue Kilmarnock's impressive form.
Derek Riordan's magnificent long-range strike brought Hibs back into the game early in the second half.
But Edwin de Graaf wasted their best opportunity to level and their chances were further diminished when Liam Miller was sent off following some sustained indecision from referee Craig Thomson.
Much of the Rugby Park pitch was covered in a light sprinkling of snow after a fresh outbreak within two hours of kick-off, but Kilmarnock were still largely successful in playing the attractive brand of passing football that has now earned them five wins in seven SPL games.
The home side started well and almost benefited from several early through balls to Conor Sammon, who saw a diving header saved by Mark Brown in the opening stages.
Hibernian also had an early chance when a slip by James Fowler let in Miller, but the midfielder could not adjust his body properly and stabbed wide from six yards.
Killie took the lead in the ninth minute when Kelly finished off a wonderful flowing move.
Mehdi Taouil opened up Hibs by playing a reverse pass inside Michael Hart for Ben Gordon, who squared for Kelly to stroke the ball into the corner from 15 yards with his right foot.
Kilmarnock took a firm grip of possession and threatened again from Alexei Eremenko's corner, but neither Manuel Pascali or Craig Bryson could get a decisive touch.
Hibs were playing a fluid formation with Miller and David Wotherspoon supporting Riordan from midfield and they were getting enough men forward to trouble Killie on occasion.
The closest they came in the first half was when the ball broke for John Rankin 18 yards out, but Cammy Bell got down to block his 18-yard strike with his foot.
But the home side moved further ahead in the 43rd minute when Kelly produced another first-time finish inside the penalty box. Jamie Hamill's diagonal ball eventually fell for Gordon and his inside pass was swept home by Kelly from 10 yards with his left foot.
The second half started in uneventful fashion until Riordan produced a piece of magic 10 minutes in. The forward instantly took advantage of a few yards of room almost 25 yards out to unleash an unstoppable swerving strike into the top corner.
Hibs quickly brought on Colin Nish for Rankin and pushed more men forward. But they still struggled to cut open the Kilmarnock defence and the hosts began to find some rhythm previously missing in the second half to exploit gaps in the visiting defence.
Kelly saw a powerful long-range strike held by Brown, who then stretched to tip away Gordon's rising strike.
Hibs centre-back Sol Bamba went off with 15 minutes left with Jonathan Grounds moving inside and Daniel Galbraith coming on at left-back.
The visitors had the chance to level in the 78th minute when a brilliant piece of skill from Wotherspoon finally opened up the home defence.
He laid the ball to de Graaf in the inside right channel but the Dutchman took a heavy touch and blasted the ball into the side net to the disgust of three team-mates inside the box.
Hibernian's chances were soon undone when Miller was sent off after several minutes of controversy and confusion. The Irishman clipped the legs of Sammon as the striker ran into the diagonal edge of box following a slip by Grounds. Thomson gave a free-kick and maintained his decision following talks with assistant Brian McGarry as the home side claimed the offence had taken place inside the area.
Killie looked set to take the free-kick before another delay ensued as Thomson consulted fourth official Thomas Robertson, with the outcome being a straight red card.
The free-kick was taken short before eventually falling for Fowler, whose powerful volley was tipped over by Brown and Kelly almost claimed his hat-trick only for Hamill to over-hit his cutback.
© 2004 - 2015 football.co.uk