Killie produced one of their best displays of the season to move out of the relegation zone and leapfrog floundering Motherwell into tenth place as the race for premiership survival heats up.
Backed by a good travelling support, Killie started the brighter of the two sides with birthday boy Connor Ripley seeing plenty of action in the Motherwell goal. He had to be alert in the first half to parry a shot from Tope Obadeyi and made two great saves from Slater and Smith’s free-kicks. The closest that Motherwell came to scoring in the first half was when the always dangerous Marvin Johnson had a cross that struck Balatoni which luckily deflected up and onto the roof of the net. That was it for the first half, but luckily for Killie, they took their chances when it mattered.
Both goals were of the highest quality, with the first a great team goal before an excellent solo goal. For the first, the midfield pinged the ball around before playing in Steven Smith on the left who delivered a great cross right into the feet of the onrushing Kiltie who made no mistake from only six yards. The latter goal saw Slater drive forward with the ball at his feet before firing past Ripley to give the away side a two goal cushion. Motherwell almost made it a tense final few moments when Lewis Moult could only watch as his effort cannoned off the crossbar
That act concluded McCulloch’s first win as caretaker manager and means that the Ayrshire side are now unbeaten since becoming managerless, which is quite ironic when you think about it. With the new manager set to be announced soon and the cup replay against Rangers on Tuesday night, things are maybe just starting to look up for the mighty Ayrshire Killie.