in Match Reports April 5, 2018
Killie's Youth Cup journey came to an end at the semi-final stage after losing out 3-0 to Aberdeen at Rugby Park.
Bruce Anderson scored a hat-trick for the young Dons after Alex Samizadeh had seen red for Killie in the first half.
Aberdeen started well and took the lead after seven minutes when Anderson found space in the centre of the penalty area before firing past Jasko Keranovic.
The sun was causing issues for the Killie defence early on with captain Iain Wilson misjudging his header, forcing Keranovic into a strong save at his near post moments after the opening goal.
The turning point of the match came shortly afterwards. Following a clash of heads, Killie were awarded a free kick before the linesman on the Frank Beattie side raised his flag.
After consultation with the official, the referee showed a straight red to Samizadeh for allegedly kicking out at Toby Wells.
Paul Sheerin's men couldn't add to their lead and Killie went on to enjoy their brightest spell of the match right after the restart.
Innes Cameron, performing admirably as the lone striker, forced David Craddock into a good save before the Aberdeen keeper was made to think smartly moments later to intercept a fine through ball.
Aberdeen grabbed a second ten minutes into the second half as the play broke down while Killie tried to attack. Seb Ross was able to play in Anderson, who finished high past the helpless Keranovic.
And the Dons striker had his hat-trick on the hour mark with a well-struck shot from the edge of the box which flew past the Killie goalkeeper with the aid of a deflection.
Keranovic was able to save an Aberdeen penalty with a full-stretch save from Ross to keep the score down.
But there was no way back for Andy Millen's team as their cup adventure comes to an end at the last four stage.
Kilmarnock: Keranovic; Barr, McLevy (Campbell), A.Wilson, I. Wilson (c); Mouanda, McDonald (Paterson), Graham, Scally; Samizadeh, Cameron