Killie fans were left with a familiar feeling on Tuesday night as they once again saw their team concede in the last minute of the game. This time, Rangers were in town for the rearranged Scottish Cup Replay, a reward for the Ayrshire side’s spirited defending at Ibrox a couple of weeks before. With over 13,000 inside Rugby Park, the pressure was certainly on for both teams.
In fact, the pressure appeared to be too much for Killie defender Steven Smith who, with just over two minutes on the clock, hauled down prolific striker Martyn Waghorn inside the box . Referee Bobby Madden was left with no choice but to point to the spot. Although seemingly injured in winning the penalty, Waghorn stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, sending MacDonald the wrong way, much to the delight of the Rangers fans behind both goals.
Most of the home support would have been forgiven for thinking the game was all but over there and then. However, they would have been more than surprised just four minutes later when Kiltie laid off McKenzie on the edge of the Rangers box and he fired the ball past Wes Foderingam to bring the home side level with the Championship leaders.
Killie then went looking for another goal and almost got it when Josh Magennis robbed Dominic Ball inside the Rangers half and sprinted towards Foderingam’s goal. However, a seemingly excellent tackle by Rob Kiernan robbed the Irishman just as he was about to shoot. On second viewing however, it appears that Kiernan in fact took none of the ball and effectively barged Magennis off the ball.
The game then went from one goalmouth to the other, with Slater and Miller coming the closest to scoring. This is the way it continued until half time which was much needed for both sets of players.
Rangers started the second half with great intent, with both Barrie McKay and James Tavernier close to putting Rangers back in front. For the remainder of the half, the away team pressed for a winner but couldn’t find that end product thanks to some poor decisions and some stout Kilie defending. Due to Rangers pushing so many men forward, Killie tried to counter-attack however most of these fizzled away to nothing.
With extra time looming, a long ball into the box was booted out for a corner by the Killie defence, instead of up the park or out for a throw in. This proved costly for Killie as in the second minute of injury time, McKay’s corner was met at the front post by Nicky Clark, who swept the ball into the net from close range. The home players slumped to the ground in devastation and so were knocked from the cup by almost the last kick of the ball.