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Lee’s Killie pick up a point

13 May 2016

Lee Hodson’s Kilmarnock picked up a positive result on Wednesday evening as they looked to build confidence ahead of their Scottish Premiership relegation play-off next week.

Killie drew 1-1 with eight-placed Dundee, courtesy of Conrad Balatoni’s second-half header which cancelled out an opener from Rory Loy.

Hodson and Co know they can finish the campaign no better than 11th, which means they must face a play-off against either Hibernian or Falkirk to determine their top-flight fate – the two second-division clubs play their second leg this evening, with the scores currently tied at 2-2.

Before their two-legged play-off final, Kilmarnock must complete their regular season with a home match against Dundee United this Saturday lunchtime.

Meanwhile, Simon Church missed out on Aberdeen’s penultimate fixture of the season with a thigh problem.

The striker sustained the injury during the Dons’ clash with Celtic last weekend but was not risked in the 1-0 defeat to Heart of Midlothian.

Aberdeen host Ross County in their final game of the campaign on Sunday but Church isn’t expected to be involved, as he races to get fit in time to take part in Wales’ pre-Euro 2016 training camp.

In Iceland, Kabongo Tshimanga made his second appearance for Throttur Reykjavik but couldn’t prevent them suffering a heavy defeat away at Urvalsdield leaders Stjarnan.

The MK Dons striker came off the bench in the seventh minute after a serious injury to teammate Emil Atlason, with his side already a goal down.

Stjarnan scored twice more before Throttur had a decent shout for a penalty turned down when Tshimanga appeared to be pulled back in the box from a corner. The hosts then added three goals early in the second half to cap off a disappointing evening for the Reykjavik-based club.

Callum Brittain, also on loan in the Nordics, was an unused substitute – it was his first involvement with the first-team having previously featured for their Under-19s.

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