Wales strike hands Killie point
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gary Wales' injury-time equaliser gave Kilmarnock a 2-2 draw against Hibernian.
A strike from Gary Wales deep in injury time handed Kilmarnock a 2-2 draw with Hibernian at Rugby Park.
Handed a rare start up front by manager Jim Jeffries following his last-gasp strike against Dundee United, Wales came good for the second time in as many matches as the visitors had seemed destined for victory.
Hibs' Garry O'Connor had scored with five minutes remaining, with substitute defender Chris Hogg's first goal for the Edinburgh club cancelling out Steven Naismith's 30th-minute opener for the home side.
Wales had two early chances to open the scoring: a desperate lunge from Stephen Glass halting his first effort, before hooking his second attempt - a difficult volley - wide.
Hibernian's first effort came on 11 minutes courtesy of right-back Steven Whittaker, with O'Connor narrowly failing to connect with a Derek Riordan centre seven minutes later.
A sweet 21st-minute strike from O'Connor then forced a fine save from Alan Combe.
But the visitors' chances were dealt a blow three minutes later when playmaker Guillaume Beuzelin was carried off on a stretcher, with Hogg on as a replacement.
The resulting reshuffle hindered Hibs' progress and Kilmarnock took the lead on the half-hour when Naismith hit home a 25-yard effort that Hibs' keeper Zbigniew Malkowski was slow to react to.
But the Pole made lighter work of a close-range Allan Johnston effort just before half-time.
Hibs began the second-half with greater urgency and it was little surprise when the equaliser came on the hour: Hogg lashing in Thomson's corner following a scramble in the Kilmarnock six-yard box.
The soon-to-be substituted Danny Invincible could have put Killie back in front, but it was Hibs who took the lead when O'Connor finished clinically, having been put through by Caldwell.
But the home side rallied, with Wales' close-range equaliser coming after David Lilley's header had rebounded off the post.