April 2016

No. of Shots

9 11

Shots on Target

7 2


52% 48%

Fouls Conceded

10 13

Corners Won

7 6


Goals Burke (9,16), 
Brophy (14)


Killie Team

Branescu, O’Donnell, Bruce, Del Fabro, Hamalainen, Dicker, Power, El Makrini  , McKenzie, (Millar 85) Brophy, (Sow 85), Burke, (Thomas 89).

Subs Not Used: Koprivec, Hendrie, Jackson, Johnson.

Attendance: 6,278

Man of the Match Vote

Match Recap

This was the Chris Burke show. The former Scotland international might be 36 next weekend but he had the spring in the step of a man half his age as he terrorised a man half his age in a first period that must go down as one of the best of his career. Young Aaron Hickey had a torrid time against the veteran Burke, and would get withdrawn at half-time. 

The opening goal came from a perfectly weighted, perfectly time pass from Mohamed El Makrini and from the edge of the six-yard box Burke finished with precision in the far corner to make it 1-0.

Soon after the former Rangers and Cardiff winger would turn provider, an inch-perfect cross for Eamonn Brophy who headed home from close range to make it 2-0.

The home crowd were in dreamland, but the best was yet to come. This time a marathon, solo run from Burke who jinked through a powderpuff Hearts defence before finishing with the confidence of a man already on the scoresheet. 

The alternative title to the Chris Burke Show could also have been the Hearts Horror Show. They simply never got going in the first half as this streetwise Kilmarnock side took the match by the scruff of the neck, inspired by Burke's wizardry. It was popcorn stuff for all those watching, although the Hearts fans no doubt were looking for a refund for a no show.


Angelo Alessio: “I heard the supporters singing my name and I was both embarrassed and happy – not for me, but for my players. The fans love this team and you could see that. Today’s a good day because we scored three goals in the opening 20 minutes. Every game’s tough but my players showed the right attitude and approach and we created a lot of chances.

We deserved the goals and the result. A few months ago our problem was not scoring often enough goals so we’re happy that tofday we scored three, rather than being disappointed not to have scored more. It was important to win this match because we want as many points as possible going into this busy period. We have games against the Old Firm coming up in the next few weeks.”

On Chris Burke: It was a great performance from him but I’m not surprised because I’ve seen him do that in our training sessions. He plays the game like he’s a young man, not someone who’s about to turn 36. He works hard every day and he’s a true professional. I am happy for him because he deserves this.”

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