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Boyd's late strike leads Kilmarnock over St. Mirren

Kilmarnock, Scotland ( - Kris Boyd struck in the second minute of stoppage time at Rugby Park on Thursday, helping Kilmarnock get a dramatic 2-1 win over St. Mirren.

The two sides were level for much of the match after Adam Campbell and Rory McKenzie had exchanged first-goals in the span of 11 minutes, and just when it seemed as if they would share the spoils, Boyd popped up with his sixth goal in as many games to hand the home side a vital win.

Killie has won three of its last four Scottish Premier League games to improve to 21 points on the season, moving the club one point clear of St. Mirren.

The visitors managed to make a bright start to Thursday's affair as Campbell collected a pass from Jason Naismith in the 18th minute and fired a low shot past Craig Sampson from 15 yards out.

But St. Mirren's lead lasted just 11 minutes with McKenzie taking a pass from Chris Johnson at the corner of the penalty area and drilling a shot past Marian Kello at his near post.

The two sides traded blows until Boyd finally bagged the go-ahead goal late in the contest, beating the offside trap to latch on to Robbie Muirhead's well- weighted through ball before calmly finishing past Kello.

In Thursday's final Scottish Premier League fixture, Hibernian claimed its third straight league win with a 2-1 defeat of Hearts at Easter Road.

After a scoreless opening period, James Collins handed Hibs the lead with his goal in the 61st minute, but Hearts equalized 11 minutes later through David Smith's first league goal of the campaign.

The telling strike came eight minutes from time as Liam Craig converted a penalty for his fourth goal of the season, which proved to be enough to give his side its seventh league win this term.

01/02 16:50:27 ET

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