Kilmarnock 1-1 Dundee Utd- Match Report

Kilmarnock and Dundee United battle out a drawKilmarnock and Dundee United were forced to share the points after battling out a 1-1 draw in the Ladbrokes Premiership.It may yet prove to be a valuable point for bottom side United but will also feel like an opportunity missed after playing against 10 men for three quarters of the game.Kris Boyd claimed his third goal of the season after just a few minutes, before Billy McKay levelled from the penalty spot for United.The clash at Rugby Park was one of just a handful of Scottish fixtures to survive the weather conditions as Storm Desmond battered the country.United handed a debut to new striker Florent Sinama-Pongolle from the start.But it was Killie forward Boyd who had an early impact on the game with the opener after just three minutes.A Josh Magennis cross into the box was met by Boyd who lashed home a left-foot shot from close range.It was the ideal start for a Kilmarnock side who had been left reeling by last week's 5-2 defeat at the same venue against Partick Thistle.They continued to pose a threat in front of goal and only the woodwork prevented Tope Obadeyi from adding his name to the scoresheet.But the home side were dealt a blow when they were reduced to 10 men after 23 minutes and United levelled from the resultant penalty a minute later.Sinama-Pongolle had stung the palms of Jamie MacDonald with a powerful free-kick

Ryan McGowan was then bundled over by Stuart Findlay as he tried to get on the end of McKay's cross.Findlay was shown a straight red by referee John Beaton, before McKay converted from 12 yards.The striker could have added to his tally moments later when he found himself through on goal only to be denied by the legs of MacDonald.Killie could have restored their lead when Mark O'Hara whipped a cross into the box from the right and Boyd side-footed just wide at the back post.United then passed up a decent chance of their own early in the second half.McKay played the ball out to Blair Spittal and he teed up the shot for Paul Dixon who sliced across the face of goal and wide.At the other end, Craig Slater saw his effort crash off the post as both sides pushed for a potential winner.But neither side were able to find the decisive goal and claim maximum points

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