in Match Reports July 28, 2018
Kilmarnock secured their place in the second round of the Betfred Cup courtesy of a 2-0 home win over Queen's Park.
Eamonn Brophy and Kris Boyd struck to give Steve Clarke's men all three points and ensure Killie topped Group H with 10 points.
Six players came into the starting line up with Greg Taylor and Stephen O'Donnell returning at full back while Eamonn Brophy, Mikael Ndjoli, Chris Burke and Gary Dicker all started.
Assistant manager Alex Dyer had called on Killie to be patient in the match and that's exactly what was required against Gus MacPherson's determined Spiders.
Chris Burke latched onto a lovely lofted pass over the top of the defence only to be denied by Queen's goalkeeper Jordan Hart.
Defender Gerry McLauchlan then had to make a crucial last-ditch challenge to deny the winger as he looked to sneak in on goal in the first half.
Brophy tried his luck from distance with some members of the crowd thinking he had found the target, only to be disappointed to find out only the side netting had been struck.
Killie continued to dominate the ball and were almost rewarded in the opening seconds of the restart as Burke tried to connect with another fine cross from the left. The opening goal was to come down that side as Ndjoli showed great skill and composure.
The on-loan Bournemouth man squared the ball to Brophy and the striker prodded the ball under Hart to calm any nerves in the home crowd.
Jordan Jones and Lee Erwin were introduced into the action and both helped to stretch the match as the visitors desperately looked for a way back in.
Erwin set up Boyd only to see Hart gets his fingertips to the ball and push it onto the post when it seemed certain that the Killie number 9 would score.
But he didn't have to wait long to net his fourth goal of the season. Boyd was brought down in the area by Scott Gibson and the Killie striker made no mistake by finding the corner from 12 yards out.
And the goal brought matters to a close as we await our next opponents in Sunday's draw.
Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Broadfoot, S.Boyd, Taylor; Power, Dicker, Ndjoli (Jones), Burke (Thomas); K.Boyd, Brophy (Erwin)