Kris Boyd 5 Dundee Utd 2
(SPL Match 7, Rugby Park, Sept 25th, 2004, KO 3PM)
DEADLY Kris Boyd destroyed United with a five-goal blitz to equal the Premier League record for the most goals in one match.
But the Killie hitman was robbed of his own place in history as ref Kevin Toner ruled out an amazing SIXTH strike. The Scotland Under-21 striker hit the net four times in 29 minutes before notching the fifth late on.
His stunning display matched the feats of Dundee United's Paul Sturrock and Rangers strikers Marco Negri and Kenny Miller but Boyd must have been thinking about the one that got away.
Bungling ref Toner chopped off a perfectly good goal in the first half and six strikes would have set him apart from any hitman in Premier League history. Killie boss Jim Jefferies wouldn't have been worried about that as he watched his side bounce back in style from two defeats.
Things could have been a whole lot different though had former Rugby Park favourite, Jim McIntyre, showed more composure seconds after Boyd’s opener when he lashed a better than decent chance high over the bar from 12 yards.
McIntyre’s chance aside it was all Kilmarnock, who were playing some fabulous football with wide men Invincible and Johnston providing the visiting defence with real problems and the front two of Boyd and Craig Dargo with steady supply of ammunition. At times Kilmarnock were playing with four upfront and as a result the panic, not to mention indecision, in the Tangerine backline was palpable.
Craig Dargo ought to have opened his account for the season instead of hurriedly blasting over, when teed up perfectly by Danny Invincible following a dashing run by the deceptively nimble footed big Aussie. Home fans needn’t have worried about missed chances coming back to haunt them.
Canadian goalie Lars Hirschfield started his first league game for the Arabs due to the collarbone injury Tony Bullock picked up last week against Motherwell.
But he had a game to forget and gifted the home side the lead after seven minutes.
Hirschfield should have dealt with a simple back pass from Alan Archibald but his woeful clearance fell straight to Boyd and lashed home from 20 yards. (right)
Jefferies men were in the mood and could have made it 2-0 moments after the opener.
Danny Invincibile beat the United offside trap but Allan Johnston blasted his cut back over.
The same duo combined again moments later but Johnston fired wastefully over under no pressure.
United were in disarray and it was only a matter of time before Killie increased their lead.
And Boyd crashed home the second in 16 minutes from Craig Dargo's excellent cross.
Ian McCall's men were stunned but had a strong case for a penalty after 23 minutes.
Shaun Dillon's tackle on Killie old boy Andy McLaren in the box was clumsy but ref Toner awarded only a corner.
However, the Tannadice men found a vital goal five minutes later when Archibald stabbed home Barry Robson's corner.
Boyd missed a glorious chance for his hat-trick from Johnston's teasing cross but blasted home the third after 32 minutes.
Former Rangers kid Peter Leven drove at the United defence and after a perfectly-weighted pass the Killie goal-machine rifled home.
Just when the striker thought things couldn't get any better he grabbed a FOURTH.
Archibald took the legs away from Invincibile for a clear penalty and Boyd buried it with ease. (right & left).
United's defence was all over the place and Boyd had the ball in the net again after 39 minutes only for ref Toner to harshly rule it out for an alleged push.
The big question on everyone's lips at half-time was if the Killie wonderkid could equal or beat the five-goal record.
The last Kilmarnock striker to hit four goals in one match was Gary McSwegan - in April 2003 when they crushed Hibs 6-2.
Raging McCall had to make changes at the break because United were a shambles. The ineffective duo of Grant Brebner and McLaren were replaced by Mark Kerr and Jason Scotland and the Arabs looked more solid.
Boyd was closely marked after being given the freedom of Rugby Park for the first 45 minutes.
Killie still looked the stronger outfit and Johnston should have made it 5-1 on the hour mark.
Gordon Greer sent over a great cross for a volley but the winger took a touch on his chest and failed to get his shot away.
McCall's men had to throw bodies forward in a bid to salvage some pride.
Veteran striker Billy Dodds was thrown on for Mark Wilson with 20 minutes left and grabbed one back after 73 minutes from Stuart Duff's knockdown.
The wee man looked offside but coolly converted from 12 yards.
United pressed forward fruitlessly, given the margin against them, and it led to Boyd’s final flourish. Invincibile once more picked up the ball just inside the opposing half before speeding clear into the box and, with a choice of arriving players, he seemed to wait for the big striker before clipping the ball in for Boyd to stroke home his final goal. Were you watching Mr Vogts?
Kilmarnock: Combe, Lilley, Dindeleux, Invincibile, McDonald, (Fowler 71 mins) Johnston, (Dodds 83 mins) Boyd, Dargo, (Wales 74 mins) Greer, Dillon, Leven,
Subs: Smith, Murray, Dodds, Canning, Naismith
Attendance: 4,711 None.
Jim Jefferies......""It was a fantastic feat by Kris but the best goal of the game was chopped off. I have seen John Hartson and Chris Sutton score hatfuls of goals like that at the back post and how that could ever be classed as a foul, I don't know. But the referee saw it as a foul and we can't complain. Kris got five, however, I think he was robbed of six. I knew Kris was capable of doing that. We've got players capable of creating chances and, if we do that, then Kris will stick them away. We were excellent in the first half and we were exacting a little bit of revenge for last season when they scored four goals before half-time against us at Tannadice."
Kris Boyd ... "I'm not going to get carried away. It's only one game and, although I'm pleased to score five goals, I've got to score on a consistent basis with Kilmarnock before I can start talking about anything else. It's got to be my best ever performance in terms of goals. I just took every chance that came my way, including the one that got chopped off. So it should probably have been six rather than five. I didn't think there was anything wrong with the goal, but the referee saw differently, so I'm not really bothered. I got five goals anyway. I knew people had scored five goals before, but I was just interested in a win for Kilmarnock. We've had a couple of bad results in the last two games, so it was pleasing to get back on goal-scoring form with a victory for Kilmarnock. I have to keep scoring consistently for Kilmarnock before thinking of anything else"
Danny Invincible....."He was absolutely phenomenal, That was probably the best striking performance I have ever seen and I take my hat off to him. Just about every time he touched the ball, it was a goal. Kris is one of those players who seems to have absolutely everything. In the one season I have been here, I have seen him come on in leaps and bounds and he is able to score from anywhere. I don't think anything is closed to him. He has got to stay grounded, but he is young and it is up to him. I think he is a bit smarter now. He has grown in his mentality and learned different things from different players. Boydie comes across a bit of a joker, but he has a great football brain and picks up things really easily. At half-time, I said I would go straight to goal and, although I would have to grit my teeth, I would lay it off to him. Funnily enough, that was exactly how it happened. He said thanks afterwards but it was really just one of those things. The keeper had come straight out to me and Kris was free after making a great run."
Ian McCall... "I didn't even know until after the game that Boyd had scored all five goals, that's how stunned I was. I don't want to take anything away from him, he's a good player, but he didn't have to work for any of the goals. They were ridiculous goals we conceded with individual errors that you don't often see at this level and it was embarrassing. We can't keep defending like that in this league. The game was finished at half-time and we were well beaten."