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  • Date:02 Jan 2012
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:Rugby Park
  • Attendance:5,986
  • Heffernan (33)
    Racchi (88)
  • Mair (9)
Goal!

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92:01 +2.01

Gary Fisher on for Dean Shiels.

91:18 +1.18

Paul McGowan takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.

90:50 +0.50

James Fowler concedes a free kick for a foul on Jeroen Tesselaar. Direct free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar.

88:31

A goal is scored by Danny Racchi from just outside the area high into the middle of the goal. Kilmarnock 2-1 St Mirren.Assist by Paul Heffernan.

82:57

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Zdenek Kroca misses to the right of the target.

82:00

Unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Zdenek Kroca results in a free kick. Paul McGowan takes the free kick.

81:05

Gary Teale comes on in place of Steven Thompson.

77:26

Jeroen Tesselaar has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

73:37

The referee blows for offside against Steven Thompson. Mohamadou Sissoko takes the indirect free kick.

72:55

Zdenek Kroca concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Samson. Craig Samson takes the free kick.

72:24

Inswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line.

71:41

Unfair challenge on David Silva by David Barron results in a free kick. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.

69:52

Nigel Hasselbaink is ruled offside. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.

68:35

Unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink by Liam Kelly results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Nigel Hasselbaink.

65:47

Shot by James Fowler from 20 yards. Craig Samson makes a save.

63:29

The referee blows for offside against Nigel Hasselbaink. (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with David Silva coming on for Matthew Kennedy. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.

60:51

Aaron Mooy leaves the field to be replaced by Nigel Hasselbaink.

60:36

Steven Thomson is brought on as a substitute for Graham Carey.

55:01

Jeroen Tesselaar is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Shiels.

51:36

Paul Heffernan has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.

51:10

The official flags Aaron Mooy offside. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.

49:26

Graham Carey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Racchi. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.

47:45

Effort on goal by Aaron Mooy from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

46:08

Matthew Kennedy produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

45:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marc McAusland on Danny Racchi. Direct free kick taken by Dean Shiels.

45:19 +0.19

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Barron on Dean Shiels. Direct free kick taken by Dean Shiels.

45:18

Paul Heffernan fouled by David Barron, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.

44:52

Liam Kelly fouled by Steven Thompson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by James Fowler.

43:54

Inswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels.

43:15

David van Zanten fouled by Manuel Pascali, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Pascali is cautioned. Jeroen Tesselaar takes the direct free kick.

40:30

Zdenek Kroca gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean. Direct free kick taken by Kenny McLean.

39:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Racchi by Jeroen Tesselaar. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.

36:17

Corner taken by Graham Carey, clearance by Mohamadou Sissoko.

35:40

Foul by Paul Heffernan on Marc McAusland, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marc McAusland.

33:09

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Matthew Kennedy from the right by-line, Paul Heffernan finds the net with a goal from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-1 St Mirren.The assist for the goal came from Matthew Kennedy.

32:34

Dean Shiels takes a shot. Save by Craig Samson.

30:58

Zdenek Kroca replaces Alex Pursehouse.

27:30

Outswinging corner taken by Graham Carey from the left by-line.

24:38

Paul McGowan fouled by Liam Kelly, the ref awards a free kick. Jeroen Tesselaar takes the direct free kick.

23:04

Steven Thompson is ruled offside. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.

21:13

Graham Carey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Garry Hay. Garry Hay takes the free kick.

13:12

Graham Carey concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Racchi. Dean Shiels restarts play with the free kick.

12:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul McGowan by Alex Pursehouse. Paul McGowan takes the free kick.

9:00

Corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey, Lee Mair grabs a headed goal from close range. Kilmarnock 0-1 St Mirren.Graham Carey provided the assist for the goal.

8:11

Corner taken left-footed by Graham Carey from the left by-line, Marc McAusland takes a shot.

7:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Shiels by Kenny McLean. Garry Hay takes the direct free kick.

6:56

Effort from outside the penalty box by Liam Kelly goes wide right of the goal.

6:36

Kenny McLean takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.

4:10

David Barron concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Shiels. Direct free kick taken by Dean Shiels.

2:30

Foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Steven Thompson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Graham Carey.

1:41

Effort from 25 yards by Steven Thompson. Save made by Cameron Bell.

0:44

The official flags Steven Thompson offside. Mohamadou Sissoko takes the indirect free kick.

0:20

Kenny McLean takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.

Match Preview

Shiels looking to break into top six Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels is satisfied with his much-changed side's first half to the campaign - but he has challenged them to break into the top six in January. Kilmarnock lost most of their influential players in the first half of 2011 - Jamie Hamill, Ben Gordon, Frazer Wright, Craig Bryson, Alexei Eremenko, Mehdi Taouil and Conor Sammon all departing. However, Shiels has replaced them well and Killie sit three points off the top half of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League ahead of the visit of St Mirren on Monday, with a game in hand on Saints and Dundee United above them. Shiels believes his team deserve many more points than they have accrued and he feels they can kick on further. "We're doing really well," he said. "It's just a matter of hopefully getting that wee bit of a rub that's going to take us a bit further. "We would like to go further to get into the top six. If we win our game in hand we're in the top six, and I think that's good. "We want to cement our place in there in the next month. "The month of January is a month we can consolidate ourselves in there. "If we continue the performances we've had recently then we'll go on and do well." Killie went four games unbeaten before losing to Celtic and St Johnstone either side of Christmas but Shiels felt they could and possibly should have taken something from both games. The Northern Irishman was aggrieved with a number of refereeing decisions after a 3-0 defeat at St Mirren Park earlier in the season and he is keen to make amends on Monday. "The last time we played them was a good game but decisions went against us," he said. "The pitch is not playing very well at the minute but hopefully we can get ourselves in a position where we can win the game." Meanwhile, Graham Carey insists there is plenty more to come from him now that he is beginning to establish himself as a key figure for St Mirren. The midfielder came through the youth ranks at Celtic and joined Saints in the summer following a successful loan spell with the Paisley club in 2010. Carey had to bide his time upon his arrival at St Mirren Park this season but, now that he has forced his way into manager Danny Lennon's plans, the 22-year-old is determined to stay there. He said: "It was a bit frustrating at the start of the season but I've got myself in the team the last couple of weeks and hopefully I can stay there. "I'm happy with how it's going but there is still a lot more to come. "I've got a few goals in the last couple of weeks as well, and it's always good to chip in with them. "But the main thing is that the team is playing well after coming off the back of two defeats. We've got a little run going and hopefully that continues." Lennon does not expect to have any fresh injury worries for the game. Carey has been struggling with a back problem but the midfielder should be fit for the visit to Rugby Park.

Formation:4132Manager: Kenny Shiels

Kilmarnock

Formation: 4132Manager: Danny Lennon

St Mirren

  • Cameron Bell
  • Garry Hay
  • Manuel Pascali
  • Mohamadou Sissoko
  • Alex Pursehouse
  • James Fowler
  • Danny Racchi
  • Dean Shiels
  • Liam Kelly
  • Paul Heffernan
  • Matthew Kennedy
  • SUBS
  • Anssi Jaakkola
  • David Silva
  • Zdenek Kroca
  • Leon Panikvar
  • William Gros
  • Gary Fisher
  • Lee Ashcroft

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Match Report

Racchi stunner gives Killie the points Danny Racchi's sublime last-minute winner earned Kilmarnock a 2-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory over St Mirren at Rugby Park. The game looked set to end in a hard-fought stalemate until Racchi superbly chipped visiting goalkeeper Craig Samson to earn the hosts all three points. It was a thrilling way to end a second half that had struggled to live up to the opening 45 minutes. Lee Mair gave St Mirren the lead after 10 minutes but his goal was cancelled out by Paul Heffernan 10 minutes before the break. St Mirren made the brighter start and Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell was forced into a good stop after only two minutes from Steven Thompson's long-range drive. The home side's first chance fell to Heffernan who latched on to Alex Pursehouse's intelligent through-ball but Samson made a brave stop at the striker's feet. Marc McAusland came agonisingly close to giving the visitors the lead after eight minutes when he struck the bar after connecting with Graham Carey's corner. It was not long before Saints did grab the lead however, as Carey's corner just a minute later was headed home by Mair despite the best efforts of Bell to keep the ball out. After falling behind Killie appeared to be struggling to find any way through the visitors' defence and the home fans vented their frustration at an increasingly error-ridden display from their team. Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels reacted to this and after 30 minutes he replaced Pursehouse with Zdenek Kroca in an attempt to help his side force an equaliser. The change seemed to galvanise Kilmarnock, firstly Dean Shiels forced Samson to turn his shot past the post and from the resulting corner Heffernan spun and struck a low shot into the bottom left corner. The hosts had the first chance of the second half when a well-worked free-kick was struck over by Matthew Kennedy. St Mirren created a chance of their own in the 48th minute when Paul McGowan seized on an error in the Killie defence, the striker laid the ball to Aaron Mooy but the 21-year-old failed to test Samson. With the game very much in the balance, St Mirren boss Danny Lennon brought on Nigel Hasselbaink and Steven Thomson to replace Mooy and Carey. Saints were presented with a good opportunity to take the lead when Liam Kelly felled Hasselbaink at the edge of the box in the 68th minute. The striker took the free-kick himself but blazed well over. Hasselbaink had another good chance 11 minutes later but failed to connect with Thompson's dangerous delivery. Lennon made his final change of the afternoon when the tireless Thompson was replaced by Gary Teale. St Mirren appeared to be finishing the match the stronger side with Teale causing problems with his direct style of play, but it was Kilmarnock who were to grab the winner with just one minute remaining as Racchi's sublime chip over the head of Samson from just outside of the box proved decisive.

Form Guide

    DWWDLL
  • Kilmarnock
  • VS
  • St Mirren
  • LLDDWD

Last Meetings

  • St Mirren
  • 3 - 0
  • Kilmarnock
  • 24/09/2011
  • Kilmarnock
  • 2 - 0
  • St Mirren
  • 26/02/2011
  • St Mirren
  • 0 - 2
  • Kilmarnock
  • 03/01/2011
  • Kilmarnock
  • 2 - 1
  • St Mirren
  • 11/09/2010
  • St Mirren
  • 1 - 0
  • Kilmarnock
  • 24/04/2010
  • Kilmarnock
  • 1 - 1
  • St Mirren
  • 20/02/2010

Top Scorers

Kilmarnock

  • P Heffernan 6
  • D Shiels 4
  • J Dayton 3
  • M Pascali 2
  • J Fowler 1
  • Z Kroca 1
  • G Harkins 1
  • D Racchi 1
  • R McKeown 1

St Mirren

  • S Thompson 5
  • P McGowan 4
  • K McLean 3
  • N Hasselbaink 3
  • G Carey 2
  • S Thomson 1
  • J Goodwin 1
  • M McAusland 1
  • A Mooy 1

Goals

Kilmarnock

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 25
  • 2 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 2 (For) 3 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 3 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 4 (For) 5 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 3 (For) 5 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 3 (For) 4 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 2 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

St Mirren

    • Total goals 52
    • Goals per game 22
  • (For) 5 (Against) Period 0-10 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 8 (For) 4 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 2 (For) 2 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • (For) 4 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 3 (For) 1 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

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