Second-half slips see Killie lose 2-0 to St Mirren

Second-half slips see Killie lose 2-0 to St Mirren

in Match Reports April 9, 2018

There was more disappointment for Killie's Development Squad as they fell to a 2-0 home loss to St Mirren.

Having lost out to Aberdeen in the Scottish Youth Cup on Thursday, Andy Millen's men went into this match level on points with the Buddies.

Brad Spencer came back into the side to partner Ursene Mouanda in the middle of the park.

Killie enjoyed the better of a tight first half with Dan Scally attempting an ambitious overhead kick from a corner but his effort couldn't find the target.

Innes Cameron was the home side's most promising attacking option as Killie pushed for an opening goal but to no avail.

Saints appeared to grow in confidence as the match wore on with central defender Conor McBrearty going close with a looping header which bounced off the crossbar.

The defender was called into action at the other end to halt Oliver McDonald's wicked cross towards Cameron and it was to prove to be a crucial intervention.

St Mirren went ahead minutes later as a strong run down the right from Cameron MacPherson played in Conor O'Keefe and his cross found Matthew Reilly to volley home.

Reilly should have added a second goal but he blazed over when in a promising position in the box.

Killie pushed to find a way back into the match but as they took more risks they became exposed to the counter attack.

And St Mirren took advantage as substitute Cameron Bredner ran through on goal before dispatching his shot past Ross Miller.

Now Millen's side face away matches against Hamilton, Ross County and Hearts as they bid to end the season with a flourish.

Kilmarnock: Miller; Barr, Trialist, I.Wilson, Dempsie; Spencer (Taylor), Scally (McLevy), Mouanda, Graham, McDonald (Rennie), Cameron.