Paton (76 Pen, 89)
Devlin McKay, Taylor Queen, Sam Lidington, Lewis Clark, Karleigh Osborne, Thomas Dempsie (Kenneth Barr 56), Jack Paterson (Ewan McLevy 56), Oliver McDonald, Innes Cameron, Will Graham, Scott McLean.
Subs Not Used: Curtis Lyle.
Cammy Gill, Johnny Galloway (Brandon Luke 55), Josh Robertson, Lewis Martin, Stuart Morrison, Evan Horne, Robbie Crawford, Lewis SPence, Callum Smith, Scott Lochhead, Michael Paton.
Subs: Matty Todd, Gregor Jordan.
Gary Kirkpatrick @ Rugby Park
Killie succumbed to a painful defeat at the hands of Dunfermline as a last gasp winner gave the visitors all three points at Rugby Park. A tedious encounter came to a dramatic close when Michael Paton rose highest to head into the top corner in what was virtually the last piece of match action. This followed a controversial point in the game when Lewis Clark went down in his own box after a 50/50 collision with a Pars midfielder. However, the referee penalised Clark, who had to depart with an injury which reduced Killie to 10 men, awarding a spot-kick to Dunfermline, which Paton converted. Before this, it was the home side who got their noses in front first after 35 minutes when Scott McLean dribbled past two static Pars defenders and coolly slotted past keeper Cammy Gill. But Killie never looked like scoring throughout the duration of the game and left the park empty-handed after the agonising Pars clincher.
The final home game of the Development League campaign had that end of season feel, with both sides hardly pushing out of second gear - the effects of a gruelling eight month-long season were clear to see. Killie’s imposing centre forward Innes Cameron saw a few chances squandered in the opening stages, one where he had just the keeper to beat but instead, he blasted his strike into the Moffat Stand. Will Graham also failed to convert in front of goal but his strike inside the box was well parried by the keeper. Dunfermline came close when Callum Smith got himself into a central position in front of goal and smashed wide but other than that, they were toothless in the final third. It really was a dull watch but when McLean put away his superb individual goal, the Ayrshire team spruced up a bit and seemed fairly comfortable as they saw out the half.
However, despite a relatively ineffective first half showing, the Pars turned on the gas and took Killie out of their comfort zone in the second half. They controlled possession but couldn’t quite work out how to break the sturdy Killie defence. Substitute Brandon Luke epitomised this when he impatiently blazed over from 20 yards out. But then they were provided with a lifeline and a chance to score with a penalty that simply never was a penalty. Paton duly fired home nevertheless and Dunfermline were in the ascendency. However, as with the previous 75 minutes, they were bereft of ideas and invention. They continued to ride their luck and with just a minute to spare, Paton took advantage of some sloppy marking in the penalty area and headed in his second, sealing victory for his side.
It was a sore one for the young Killie lads to take but in the end, a poor performance let them down. On the face of it, they deserved a point but it wasn't to be. Killie’s penultimate match of the season is against Dundee at Dens Park, which will be played on Thursday 27 April at 6pm. The final game of the season is a trip to title challengers Celtic on Monday 1 May at 6pm.
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