Kilmarnock 3-0 Hibs: Brophy and Stewart light up game

Kilmarnock 3-0 Hibs: Brophy and Stewart light up game

in Match Reports December 1, 2018

Eamonn Brophy and Greg Stewart shone as Killie enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Hibernian at Rugby Park.

In a game halted twice by the floodlights going out during the second half of the contest but play resumed to ensure Killie claimed all three points.

Brophy was one of four players to return to the starting line up with Stuart Findlay dropping out with Scott Boyd taking his place.

Rory McKenzie and Jordan Jones also came into the team with Chris Burke and Mikael Ndjoli moving to the bench.

And it took only six minutes for the forward to make an impact on his return when a quickly taken throw in found Greg Stewart. He cut inside before playing the ball into Brophy to fire past Adam Bogdan.

Neil Lennon had opted for a change in formation with Efe Ambrose in a midfield position in a 3-5-2.

And Killie were able to make the most of their advantage as they piled pressure on the visitors. Jordan Jones was brought down in the box by Darren McGregor after another jinking run and Brophy made no mistake from the penalty spot to put Steve Clarke's men 2-0 ahead.

Nobody within the stadium could have imagined what was about to unfold as the players emerged for the second period.

Lennon introduced Daryl Horgan and Oli Shaw on for Steven Whittaker and McGregor and his changes seemed to be making an impact as Hibs emerged a much better outfit than in the opening 45 minutes.

After 52 minutes the floodlights went out to cause a break in play with both sets of supporters breaking out into song as the referee took the players off the field.

After a restart, Bachmann had to be sharp to deny Horgan with a smart low save before Rugby Park was plunged into darkness once more.

Thankfully power was able to be restored once more in a move which seemed to upset Killie style.

Aaron Tshibola and Chris Burke replaced Brophy and McKenzie as the home side tried to see the game out with sporadic breaks on the counter.

The influential Alan Power was denied the goal his performance deserved as he dragged his shot wide but it wasn't to matter.

In stoppage time, Burke broke through the middle of the pitch before playing in Stewart, who dinked the ball over Bogdan to ensure Killie went second in the table.

Kilmarnock: Bachmann; O'Donnell, Broadfoot, S.Boyd, Taylor; Power, Dicker, Jones, McKenzie (Burke), Stewart, Brophy (Tshibola)  

Attendance: 6,036