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Kilmarnock vs Livingston. Scottish Premiership.

The BBSP Stadium, Rugby ParkAttendance5,239.

Kilmarnock 2

  • J Wright (4th minute, 47th minute)

Livingston 3

  • B Anderson (39th minute)
  • S Kelly (61st minute pen)
  • C Stokes (75th minute own goal)

Kilmarnock 2-3 Livingston: Chris Stokes' late own goal gifts Livi victory at Rugby Park

Report as Livingston come out on top against Kilmarnock in a five-goal encounter in the Scottish Premiership; Joe Wright had scored two headers for the hosts but the visitors had twice levelled before Chris Stokes deflected Cristian Montano's cross into his own net

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Highlights from the Scottish Premiership as Kilmarnock took on Livingston at Rugby Park

Chris Stokes' late own goal proved decisive as Livingston defeated Kilmarnock 3-2 in an entertaining match at Rugby Park.

The Kilmarnock defender failed to sort his feet out as he deflected a Cristian Montano cross into his own net to settle the contest.

Joe Wright had scored two headers for the hosts but the visitors had twice levelled, first through a long-range Bruce Anderson strike and then with Sean Kelly's penalty making it 2-2.

Both sides contributed to an open contest but it was Livi who came out on top through the own goal as they moved into the top six while the hosts remain 10th.

Kilmarnock boss Derek McInnes had made two changes following his side's defeat by St Johnstone last weekend, with Ryan Alebiosu and Liam Donnelly replacing Lewis Mayo and Kerr McInroy.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Livingston players celebrate after scoring via a Chris Stokes own goal during a cinch Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Livingston at Rugby Park, on November 04, 2022, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)
Image: Livingston came out on top at Rugby Park

Livingston manager David Martindale, meanwhile, opted to make three changes from their last match against Celtic, with Shamal George, Dylan Bahamboula and Anderson coming in from the start.

Kilmarnock had been caught cold in their last outing but this time it was their turn to make the early breakthrough in just the fourth minute.

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Daniel Armstrong swung in a corner from the right-hand side and defender Wright was in the right place to power home a header from inside the six-yard box.

The away side looked to respond and Ayo Obileye was presented with a clear opening in the 17th minute but he could only head narrowly wide when picked out by a Kelly corner.

KILMARNOCK, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Livingston's Bruce Anderson celebrates scoring to make it 1-1 during a cinch Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Livingston at Rugby Park, on November 04, 2022, in Kilmarnock, Scotland. (Photo by Rob Casey / SNS Group)
Image: Livingston's Bruce Anderson celebrates his goal against Kilmarnock

It was proving to be an open first half and Liam Donnelly almost doubled the home side's advantage just before the half-hour mark as he saw a shot from outside the box deflect past a post, before Livi came close in the 33rd minute when Jack Fitzwater's long ball released Anderson but he could only shoot straight at Hemming.

The Livingston striker only had to wait six minutes for his next chance, though, and this time he would take it as he latched onto a Steven Kelly pass before rifling a precise low shot into the bottom-right corner of the goal from 25 yards to bring the visitors level.

The hosts almost hit back instantly as Stokes' header cannoned off the bar with George beaten.

Kilmarnock's Joe Wright (C) celebrates scoring to make it 1-0 with his teammates during a cinch Premiership match between Kilmarnock and Livingston at Rugby Park
Image: Joe Wright celebrates after putting Kilmarnock ahead early on

That looked like it would be the last action of the half but there was still time for one more opening on the stroke of half-time and it was the Armstrong and Wright combination that once again made the difference, as Wright met the winger's deep cross to loop a header over George and into the corner.

After the entertaining first half, the second period began in similar fashion with Innes Cameron going through on goal after a mistake from Jackson Longridge but the defender recovered to stifle the striker's shot.

Livingston were then handed a route back into the match on the hour mark when referee Colin Steven awarded a penalty after Bahamboula's header struck Stokes' arm and Kelly duly dispatched the spot-kick, coolly sending Hemming the wrong way to equalise.

It was the away side who continued to press forward and they were rewarded for their efforts in the 75th minute as they took the lead for the first time in the match.

The lively Anderson was involved again, as he played the ball through to substitute Montano whose dangerous low cross came off the unfortunate Stokes and into the net.

Kilmarnock pushed for an equaliser and Armstrong's deflected effort nearly brought them level in the last minute but it drifted wide as Livingston saw out the match to secure a precious away victory.

What's next?

Kilmarnock head to Dundee United on Wednesday at 7.45pm before hosting Hibs on Saturday November 12; kick-off at 3pm.

Livingston welcome Aberdeen on Tuesday with kick-off at 7.45pm and then they travel to Hearts four days later, starting at 3pm.

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