Scottish Cup agony for Killie after penalty defeat

Scottish Cup agony for Killie after penalty defeat

in Match Reports March 13, 2018

It was penalty pain for Killie as we missed out on a Scottish Cup semi-final place on spot kicks to a determined Aberdeen outfit.

Steve Clarke's men pushed last year's finalists all the way over 120 minutes in a tight and tense match at Rugby Park.

Stephen O'Donnell had put Killie ahead early in extra time after a scrappy and nervous 90 minutes following fine work from substitute Eamonn Brophy.

But Aberdeen hit back through a Kenny McLean penalty after Stevie May went down under a challenge from Kirk Broadfoot.

It took the match to penalties where former Killie keeper Freddie Woodman saved from Greg Taylor, Eamonn Brophy and Greg Kiltie.

Youssouf Mulumbu and Jordan Jones were handed starting spots while Greg Taylor recovered from the knock sustained on Saturday.

Both teams tried to find a way into the match but neither side wanted to commit too much in the early stages.

Chances were at a premium with Woodman and Jamie MacDonald rarely called into serious action in front of crowd of nearly 9,000.

Killie made the breakthrough when Brophy drove towards goal before squaring the ball to O'Donnell who stroked the ball into the net.

As Clarke's men tried to hold out, Aberdeen struck back with McLean sending MacDonald the wrong way from the spot.

The hosts came closest to getting a winner but the offside flag was up to curtail any celebrations at an early stage.

And so the game would be decided fro 12 yards with the Dons doing enough to progress to claim a last four meeting with Motherwell next month.

The Kilmarnock supporters showed their appreciation for the players' effort at the end with warm applause as the focus turns back to securing a place in the top six.

Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Broadfoot, Findlay, Taylor; Power (Tshibola), Mulumbu (Kiltie), Dicker; Jones, McKenzie (Brophy), Boyd (Erwin)