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Kilmarnock 0 - 0 St Johnstone
(SPL Under 21 Match - Rugby Park, 24th February 2003, 7.00pm Kick Off)


A healthy number of die hards turned out to see Killie and Saints battle out 
a dour match with no goals to cheer them up. Gary Locke, Kris 'Boom Boom' Boyd & Paul Di Giacomo were gracing the pitch for the second time in two days but it was the visitors who threatened first.
Panther made room on the right wing and his cross found Stevenson who could only head straight at Colin Stewart.

Stevie Murray was causing problems for the Saints defence and he set up a Hooky cross that was met by Boyd but his header was easily saved. Di Giacomo came close to breaking the deadlock in 25 minutes but his solo run ended with a low shot that Miotto blocked with his legs.

Forsyth had the ball in the net in 32 minutes but his effort was ruled out for offside. Two minutes later wee Ruby went on another mazy run and his well struck shot flew inches wide.

Killie went on the offensive after the break and after 56 minutes a Boyd header from a corner was hooked off the line. Miotto had the save of the match a minute later when he brilliantly tipped over a fierce Di Giacomo drive.

Di Giacomo riled the Killie fans by tearing his shirt off and storming down the tunnel after being substituted. Coach Ian Durrant headed down the tunnel after him and I'm sure young Jacko was told in no uncertain terms that his petulance was way out of order.

Killie continued to push for the decisive goal with Jaconelli and Gold coming close in the final 10 minutes however the visitors fought hard and it was hard to grudge them their point.

Killie were best served by Hay, McGregor and Murray whilst Miotto and Malone 
put in a good shift for the visitors.

Kilmarnock: Stewart, McGregor, Dillon, Coyle, Locke (Gold 60), Hay, Gilroy, Canning, n Boyd, Di Giacomo (Jaconelli 67), Murray.
Subs (not used): Samson, Masterton, McGuinness.

St Johnstone: Miotto, McIntyre, Malone (Strickland 67), Forsyth, McCulloch, Panther, Maher, Ferry, P. McDonald, Stevenson, S. McDonald (Gibson 52).
Subs (not used): Gilpin, Hall, Briggs.

Match report courtesy of The Killie Hippo

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