St Johnstone 1-2 Kilmarnock: Findlay and Brophy off the mark

St Johnstone 1-2 Kilmarnock: Findlay and Brophy off the mark

in Match Reports December 2, 2017

First Killie goals for Stuart Findlay and Eamonn Brophy ensured Steve Clarke's men gained three points in Perth.

David Wotherspoon struck the post late on for the hosts but they could not deny the men from Ayrshire taking maximum points from McDiarmid Park.

Following the 3-1 loss to Aberdeen, Steve Clarke gave starts to Gary Dicker, Kris Boyd, Dom Thomas and Eamonn Brophy with Adam Frizzell and Lee Erwin dropping to the bench while Jordan Jones missed out through suspension.

It was Thomas who set up the opening goal after nine minute with Findlay getting his head on the ball and diverting it past the St Johnstone defender on the line. 

St Johnstone, who had to change their team after players were caught up in traffic delays due to an accident on the A9, responded with a series of crosses into the box in a bid to find an equaliser.

They duly got their reward when Steven MacLean managed to bullet a header past Jamie MacDonald following a teasing cross from the right.

Killie stood firm and grew in confidence at the start of the second period with Brophy looking particularly sharp. A fine passing move saw Stephen O'Donnell play a lovely pass inside and Brophy produced a crisp finish to net his first goal for the club.

Zander Clark denied Brophy his second of the match but despite Wotherspoon's late effort, it was to be Killie's day in the Fair City.

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Greer, Broadfoot, Findlay; Power, Dicker, Taylor, Thomas (Burke), Brophy (Erwin), Boyd (Hawkshaw)