Tonight is the night, the start of a brand new season. And what makes it even better is that it’s a cup game against our oldest and most hated rivals, A*r United.
- It’s the best possible start to the season, a game to get the fans right behind the team and a chance to fight for the right to wear the famous blue and white.
- We haven’t played them too many times in the past few years, just three times just 2009. So before tonight’s clash, let’s take a look at these past fixtures just to remind ourselves what an Ayrshire derby win feels like.
- In the fourth round of the Scottish Cup back in 2009, Killie were drawn to play Ayr at Sommerset Park. In a hotly contested game, the blues took the lead through the Italien Stalion Manuel Pascali after just nine minutes. However, just six minutes later, Dean Keenan netted for the Honest Men. Killie thought they’d grabbed the winner on 54 minutes after Craig Bryson found the back of the net, but the Ayr side were to have the last laugh. In the dying seconds of the match, Alex Williams salvaged a draw for the home side. A replay back at Rugby Park attracted 11,000 spectators, who watched Killie roll out 3-1 winners. It was the away side who scored first, Bryan Prunty seemingly heading into the Killie net, when in fact he had punched the ball ‘Maradonna Style’. However, our class showed in the end as a Medhi Taouil goal and a double from an unlikely source in Simon Ford sealed the tie and a place in the next round for the mighty Ayrshire Killie.
- The next game is by far the most important of the three. An Ayrshire Derby in the League cup semi final at Hampden, Scottish football doesn’t get much better than that. In front of 25,000 at the national stadium, Ayr ‘valiantly’ parked a double decker bus in front of their goal for 110 minutes, before Dean Shiels sent the Killie faithful into dreamland with a winner 10 minutes before penalties. And the rest, as they say, is history. A few months later, on March 18 2012, Kilie would turn over Celtic and lift the cup for the first time in our history.
- The most recent Ayrshire Derby pales in comparison to the previous two, but the win was still as sweet. A League Cup second round clash back in August 2014 saw Killie run out as 1-0 winners thanks to a fantastic team goal finished off by a superb strike from Rory McKenzie.
- So that’s the last three Ayshire Derbies, and with 3,200 Killie fans descending on Ayr tonight, it looks like this one could be even better than the rest.
ONE TEAM IN AYRSHIRE 💙