Killie Comeback Kids!
3 - 3 Kilmarnock
The visitors, lacking the experience of the players such as Boyd, McLaughlin and Hay, took a while to settle in this game, allowing Hearts to race into a 3 goal lead by the half-hour mark. The home side opened the scoring as early as the 6th minute, King firing into the net from the edge of the area.
Hearts dominated the opening exchanges using their favoured get-the-ball-as-quickly-as-possible-up-to-the-big-man-up-front tactic so well liked by their first XI. Although far from pretty, the approach was causing the young Killie back four some concern. The second counter came, however, via a more aesthetically pleasing route with Hamill doing well to cut inside two Killie men to skelp home from 20 yards giving Stewart no chance.
Killie gradually found their feet with Murray and Di Giacomo especially playing some nice football. Unfortunately, however a mixture of over-elaboration and poor finishing let the
Ayrshire men down. Chief culprit in the profligate stakes was Jaconelli who was twice put clear by Jacko only to shoot wide. These misses proved costly because, as Killie continued to press, Hearts mounted a quick counter attack giving King a simple opportunity to double his tally and score Hearts third.
Minutes later Jaconelli was again put clear of the Hearts defence, but was pulled back as he shot straight at the keeper. Killie's claims for a penalty were waved away however. The visitors continued to play some good attacking football and were rewarded with a penalty on 61 minutes after Jacko - making another surging run - was hauled down in the area. The young striker took the kick himself and scored on the second attempt after the keeper made a good block.
Kilmarnock: Stewart, Coyle,
Dillon , Canning, McGregor, McGuiness, Gilroy, C. Boyle (Gold 81), Jaconelli
(Naismith 92), Di Giacomo , Murray.
Match report courtesy of Dave Hannah
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