|Goals||Roscoe (61) OG
Gary Kirkpatrick @ Rugby Park
A performance of the highest order helped Killie sweep aside a poor Aberdeen in the SPFL Development League at Rugby Park.
After a delayed kick-off, Killie bossed much of a lacklustre first half in which both sides created very few clear cut opportunities. Aberdeen managed no shots on target while Killie tested Dons’ experienced goalkeeper Neil Alexander just a handful of times.
In the opening 3 minutes, first team midfielder Martin Smith volleyed an effort straight into the hands of Alexander before Smith’s midfield partner Iain Wilson made the keeper work even more to prevent his stinging drive from flying into the right top corner following Flo Bojaj’s lay-off.
Killie were clearly more engaged in the affair while the majority of Aberdeen’s starting eleven seemed well out of their depths. Another chance arrived for the home side in the 12th minute when Lewis Morrison cut the ball back into the danger area. Wilson only had to aim his header towards one of the corners but Alexander was equal to it.
Killie then had a penalty shout waved away after Adam Frizzell, with the ball at his feet, had his shirt tugged from the back by a Dons defender – the referee was having none of it. Very little happened between then and the whistle for the interval as Killie went in the better side at the break.
The cliché of ‘a game of two halves’ was the talk of the match following the final whistle as the second period proved to be a belter – for the Ayrshiremen at least. On 60 minutes, Killie deservedly broke the deadlock via an own goal from Aberdeen’s Sam Roscoe, with the ball trickling into the net after sub Scott McLean’s low cross in.
Killie’s dominance on proceedings began to shine through when Frizzell made it 2-0, beating Alexander with a low left-footed shot into the corner at the conclusion of a rapid counter-attack down the right flank.
‘Frizz’ almost grabbed a brace when Wilson’s lovely lay-off found the diminutive winger inside the box. However, his eventual strike just shaved the outside of the post, much to the relief of the Dons’ defence, who were completely outdone in the build-up.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Killie were in total control. But a lapse in concentration at the back let in Joe Nuttall, who bundled home at the back post following a cross from deep. Their goal was in-fact their first shot on target.
A few nervous moments for Killie followed the Dons’ reply but those nerves were settled again when Flo Bojaj put the game to bed after 83 minutes with a wonderful solo goal. The Albanian drifted into the final third on the right with the ball at his feet before mesmerising the full-back with a couple of step-overs. He then unleashed a powerful shot into the corner, provoking a rousing applause from the home crowd.
Immediately after the goal, Bojaj was replaced up front by young Innes Cameron. And he had hardly touched the ball before firing in Killie’s fourth. The tall forward rose highest at the back post after a cross from Frizzell and headed the ball into the net with seemingly considerable ease. 4-1 to the Killie boys.
Aberdeen were absolutely dreadful from start to finish and looked more like a bottom-of-the-table side as opposed to a team sitting seventh place before the encounter.
Killie’s big win moves them onto 10 points but remain in 15th in front of Hearts and Inverness CT. The Rugby Park side’s next game is on Sunday 6th November against Stirling Albion in the Scottish Youth Cup Third Round.
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