Killie ended the year on a high at Easter Road, recording back to back wins for the first time in the 1996/97 season! Confidence was high after trouncing third placed Aberdeen Bobby Williamson's men set about trying to do the same to fifth placed Hibs.
A charge forward and strike from all of 35 yards from the one true Kerr, the best guy in fitba (Easy now, you'll break something - Ed.), the legendary Dylan Kerr brought out a good stop from octogenarian goalkeeper Jim Leighton.
Next up, McIntyre warmed the hands of the Hibs number one, as his shot looked to be squeezing in at the junction of post and bar.
Comic cuts defending from the home side as we pressed on, looking to take the lead on the slope. Panic gripped the hearts of Hibs as they appeared to not know what to do at a corner (something we can relate to these days). Jim McIntyre just failed to make contact as the ball flew through the box. It was immediately delivered back in from the other side, and, as the home defence took longer than an oil tanker to turn, Kevin McGowne steamrollered in, but his header flashed just wide of goal.
Just before the break. Killie got their just rewards. A ball over the top for McIntyre to chase down the left hand side resulted in him being onside and miles in front of the home defence. He controlled the ball with his head, continued into the corner of the box, where he unleashed a shot of almost Bunion-esque quality, sending the ball past Leighton.
HALF TIME: Hibernian 0 - 1 Kilmarnock
Over the break the Killie fans decided to keep themselves entertained with some sort of velcro-hat-ball-catchy-thing (times were simpler back then, none of your smartphone sweetie game things, not even a Nokia 3210 to play Snake on).
In the second half, the home side huffed and puffed, but couldn't blow down Killie's back line and so we came away with all three points, and a bit of breathing space at the bottom of the table with a few decent results having pushed us up to eighth at the expense of Motherwell and Raith Rovers.
Team: Lekovic, Hamilton, Dylan Kerr, Lauchlan, McGowne, Findlay, Mitchell, Reilly, McIntyre, Bagan, Burke
Subs: Roberts & Alan Kerr for Burke & McIntyre