in #KillieStories December 9, 2017
Alan Cochrane @ Rugby Park
Two goals from Kris Boyd, two more from Eamonn Brophy, and a Partick Thistle own goal brought an end to Killie’s barren run at Rugby Park, while Thistle’s only consolation was a very good Chris Erskine shot which evaded Jamie MacDonald in the Kilmarnock goal.
Kilmarnock looked hungry right from the first whistle, and it took only eleven minutes for the home side to take the lead. Youssouf Mulumba, making his first start for the club, opened up the Thistle defence, created a chance for skipper Kris Boyd, and the striker made no mistake. Four minutes later Thistle drew level when a shot from Chris Erskine found its way into the net, but after another four minutes, Killie were back ahead.
A Boyd free kick from outside the box could only be beaten back by Tomas Cerny, and Brophy was available to shoot home. Killie dominated the rest of the half, but couldn't add to their lead.
Thistle started the second half brightly but couldn't find a way through; the defence making sure that MacDonald didn't have a shot to save. Kilmarnock gradually turned the screw again, upped the pressure, and when Cerny beat away a Brophy shot, Keown couldn't get out of the way, and the ball rebounded into the net. With 65 minutes gone, Killie again increased their lead when Boyd headed a Burke corner back across the box and Eamonn Brophy headed past Cerny. Kilmarnock were now in total control, but it took until the 78th minute for Kris Boyd to put the icing on the cake from the penalty spot, and he fairly lashed the ball into the net.
Steve Clarke was understandably pleased to get a win at home, and to get back to back wins after beating St Johnstone at Perth last week, but was still disappointed that we were unable to keep a clean sheet. When asked about Boyd taking the penalty with Brophy on two goals and the game effectively over, he said “"Kris takes the penalties, no matter what the score is. As Kris said, not too many players want to take penalties if you are 1-0 down.”
Kilmarnock: MacDonald, O’Donnell, Greer, Broadfoot, Findlay, Power, Dicker, Mulumbu (Burke), Jones, Brophy (Taylor), Boyd (Erwin)
Partick Thistle: Cerny, Turnbull, Keown, Spittal, Doolan (Sammon), Erskine, Lawless (Woods), Barton (Storey),Devine, McGinn, Edwards
Referee: Bobby Madden