The Story of '97
by Craig Benson
by Craig Benson
Part two of our occasional series looking back on our Scottish Cup winning season saw us travel to Tynecastle to take on Hearts. With only two wins in ten there, Killie fans may have gone along to Gorgie more in hope than the expectation of recent years when three points against Hearts seemed a given.
Following our midweek defeat in the League Cup, which we'll quickly gloss over since even the sun shines on a dog's arse every once in a while, Alex Totten dropped Henry & McKee & brought in Lauchlan & Findlay. It was a bright start for Killlie, as we forced several corners in quick succession, but couldn't convert them.
We were to be punished for this as Hearts came roaring back into the game & took the lead after 12 minutes. Ritchie scored with a looping header. Two minutes later and Hearts doubled their lead. Killie just seemed to switch off at a corner and with the defence at sea, Neil McCann nicked in to give Hearts a two goal cushion.
We managed to deploy the bilge pumps & right the sinking ship just before half time. A corner made its way to Ally Mitchell, who was lurking at the edge of the box. He rattled in a fierce drive which Rousset could only plamph straight back out in front of him. As always, Paul Wright was sniffing round, just in case, the case was indeed just (no, I don't know what he's on about either - Ed.) and birthday boy Bunion couldn't miss as he nodded home to give Alex Totten's team hope for the second half.
It was a hope which was all but dashed just after the hour mark, when, a rubbish free kick by Hearts led to miskicks aplenty. The Killie defence fell apart, and Paul Ritchie got his second of the game (the second of just three he scored that season).
With time ebbing away, an off-camera clash between Gary Tallon & Darren Beckford ended up with both players receiving cards. Tallon saw yellow but Beckford had to take the long walk, having been carded earlier.
From then on it was kitchen sink time from Killie and one of them hit the target with just two minutes to go. A ball into the box from Super Gus MacPherson and it was the turn of the Hearts defence to go walkabout. When the ball broke to the middle of the goal, there was Jim Lauchlan, alone in the world, to tap the ball home from half an inch out.
Sadly, that was the end of the scoring, and all the points stayed at the Weetabix & Hot Milk Dome.
Team: Lekovic, MacPherson, Tallon, Lauchlan, Whitworth, Anderson, Mitchell, Reilly, Wright, McIntyre, Findlay.
Subs: Brown & Roberts for Findlay & Tallon.
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