The Story of '97
by Craig Benson
by Craig Benson
After two, albeit narrow defeats, on the bounce Killie looked to get back on track with the visit of Dunfermline Athletic to Rugby Park. Making his first start for The Mighty was Kevin McGowne. Recently arrived from St Johnstone, he would go on to play a pivotal role, not just in this season but for many seasons to follow.
Unfortunately for us it was the visitors who took the lead. A free kick wide on their right hand side, was whipped into the box for Gerry Britton to rise above the defence to nod home. Easy meat for the Pars.
Killie managed to pull level a minute into added time at the end of the first half. A softish shot from Paul 'Bunion' Wright which Ian Westwater probably should have dealt with somehow squiggled under him and despite his desperate efforts to claw the ball away from the goal, it trundled over the line.
Into the second half & with Killie doing all the running, it wasn't long before we took the lead.
Jim McIntyre received a tug on his jersey, just as he looked set to crack off a shot and referee Graham Allison had no hesitation in pointing to the spot. This time, Paul Wright's shot had velocity to spare as it flew past Westwater. Probably just as well that the big Englishman dove out of the way. If he stood his ground & tried to catch it, he'd have ended up in row G of the Moffat stand.
That wasn't the end of the scoring, however. With time running out, Gerry Britton got his second from a tight angle inside the box, after we just could not clear our lines.
Full time: 2-2. Probably a fair reflection on the game.
Team: Lekovic, MacPherson, Anderson, Reilly, Whitworth, McGowne, Mitchell, Henry, Wright, McIntyre, Holt.
Subs: McKee & Monty for Holt & Reilly
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