The Staggies made it back to back Premiership wins for the first time since September as they overcame Kilmarnock on a frosty Saturday afternoon at the Global Energy Stadium. Lee Erwin’s first County goal just seconds before the full time whistle saw the Staggies claim the three vital points.
The game started on a sour note for the home side when Michael Gardyne had to be replaced after only 7 minutes. The midfielder suffering a hamstring problem and replaced with Billy McKay. Moments later Callum Morris would have a good chance from a Mullin corner. The defenders header flashing just over the bar.
Just before the half hour the visitors could have taken the lead through Eamonn Brophy. The striker spun past Liam Fontaine and headed for goal but the recovering Callum Morris managed to get himself across to deflect the effort.
The Staggies would reply instantly through Brian Graham. The striker heading for goal and seeing Branescu getting a finger tip to the ball to save it crossing the line.
In what was an end to end second half with little clear cut chances, it wasn’t until Johnson headed over from close range on 73 minutes that the match received a fresh injection of pace. Brophy would then have a great opportunity to open the scoring but after peeling away his shot was well saved by Baxter.
In what was a great move from the Staggies Lee Erwin came so close to getting his first goal with 13 minutes remaining. He managed to hammer the ball on the half volley across goal but it shaved the post in going wide. Erwin again has an effort well deflected shortly after. He cut past 2 players before taking aim but his shot was strongly cleared by a Killie defender.
The breakthrough would come deep in to stoppage time at the end of the match. The ball, falling from the sky, was unleashed for goal by Erwin who saw his initial effort rebound off the underside of the bar but the striker was there to follow up and score his first Staggies goal and send the Jailend in to ecstasy.
It was another vital 3 points for the Staggies who now sit in 7th place with 20 points on the board.