ABERDEEN 5-1 KILMARNOCK
Going in to this match, we had lost our previous 11 encounters with the Dons, so the signs were not looking good. Even still, with our recent run of good performances, I’m sure most Killie fans would have been quietly optimistic. However, it was not to be.
We started the brighter, with a solid looking back four and some real pace and energy driving forward. Taylor, McKenzie and Coulibaly all went close before we were hit with the usual sucker punch. It was the Don’s first shot of the game that produced a goal, with Peter Pawlett skilfully getting in the way of a shot from Graeme Shinnie to steer the ball home.
The second goal came quickly after, MacDonald making a great save from Pawlett, however the defence were nowhere to be seen as Anthony O’Connor nipped in to tuck the ball away from all of two yards.
Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, Aberdeen made it three and easy before the break. Rooney playing a through ball to Hayes who used his pace to burn away from the defence and slot the ball beyond the onrushing MacDonald. Killie survived to the half without any more goals, however things were not to improve after it.
It was Irishman McGinn who scored Aberdeen’s fourth, the ball rebounding back to him after his initial effort was blocked, and he made no mistake with the second attempt. There was something to cheer about for the hardy band of travelling supporters, as McKenzie smartly stroked the ball home after good work by the substitute Tyson.
The home side were to have the last laugh however, as great individual play from Hayes ended in him finding the back of the net.
Not exactly the greatest night up north for us, but anything that we took from the game was always going to be a bonus. The game against Motherwell on Saturday is much more important, and the boys will need all the support they can get.