in Match Reports February 28, 2018
The Killie shot stopper was forced into action to deny Kyle Lafferty in the final minute after the Northern Irishman had been fouled in the box.Eamonn Brophy gave Killie the lead after just two minutes, latching onto a fine long pass before beating Christophe Berra and nutmegging Jon McLaughlin, who had a fine night for the hosts.
Killie settled into the match well in tough conditions with a heavy pitch making good football difficult on a cold winter night in the capital.Just as the visitors had settled the home side responded with a series of errors and slips allowing former Killie ace Steven Naismith to head home his first Hearts goal.
Craig Levein’s men were on the up and it took a fantastic goalline clearance from Greg Taylor to keep Killie level at the break.
The conditions began to take their toll with both Gordon Greer and goalscorer Brophy forced off with minor injuries ahead of Saturday’s cup clash with Aberdeen.Stuart Findlay and Lee Erwin came on and both players contributed to a controlled Killie display in the second period.
McLaughlin was called into action to deny Erwin as well as a fine late header from Jordan Jones.
As the match moved into the final stages and the fine Killie support must have feared the worst.
First Jones was denied a winner by another excellent McLaughlin save. And at the other end Mulumbu put his hands on Lafferty’s shoulder and a penalty was awarded.Just as he had at Ibrox earlier this term, MacDonald stood tall and guessed the right way to stop the spot kick.
And Killie then held on to maintain their recent momentum and head to pittodrie on Saturday with confidence.
Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, Broadfoot, Greer (Findlay), Taylor; Power, Mulumbu, Tshibola (Wilson); Jones, McKenzie, Brophy (Erwin)