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Staggies keep unbeaten Premiership start intact with 2-2 draw against Killie

Ross Draper celebrates after netting for Ross County.
Ross Draper celebrates after netting for Ross County.

Ross County kept their unbeaten start to the Premiership season intact by salvaging a 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock.

Ross Draper had given the home side the lead in the first half to put the Staggies on course for a third successive win, however goals from Alan Power and Chris Burke turned the game on its head.

Ross Stewart’s penalty secured a point for the Dingwall men however, ending their 100% record to the campaign but maintaining their strongest start to a top-flight season after three games.

Stuart Kettlewell made four changes to the Staggies’ line-up despite the Dingwall men having defeated Motherwell and Hamilton ahead of the visit of Killie. Michael Gardyne, Regan Charles-Cook, Josh Mullin and Draper were drafted in, with Billy Mckay, Lee Erwin, Harry Paton and Jordan Tillson left on the bench.

County made a bright start and threatened within the opening 50 seconds, with Draper unable to guide the ball past Danny Rogers after being picked out by Gardyne.

Another fine chance fell the way of Charles-Cook just two minutes later, however he blazed over following Ross Stewart’s cutback.

Killie’s first effort came on 10 minutes, with Mitch Pinnock seeing a free kick comfortably held by Ross Laidlaw.
The Staggies made the breakthrough on 15 minutes though, with Draper picked out unmarked by Mullin’s delivery, and able to guide the ball past Danny Rogers.

Killie claimed for a penalty when Chris Burke went to ground under close attention from Josh Reid, with referee Gavin Duncan unmoved, while at the other end Draper and Mullin were off target with efforts before the break.

Killie made a strong start to the second half, with Burke narrowly off target with a powerful free kick, however the visitors levelled the scoring on 59 minutes. Ross Millen picked out the run of Power from the right flank, with the midfielder slotting past the onrushing Laidlaw from 10 yards.

The visitors turned the game on its head on 66 minutes, with Burke smashing an effort high into the net past Laidlaw after being picked out by Power.

County pushed for a way back into the game, with Stewart denied by the post after letting fly with a low effort from distance.

He was not to be denied on 79 minutes however, netting his second goal of the season from the spot after Millen was penalised for handball.

Laidlaw was called upon to make a low save from substitute Brandon Haunstrop’s free kick, while Coll Donaldson had to make a block to deny Millen’s strike, but there was to be no late breakthrough.

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