in Match Reports May 13, 2018
Lee Erwin's goal ensured Kilmarnock ended the season on a high with a 1-0 victory over Hearts.
The result ensured Killie set a new club record points total for the Premier Division/S.P.L /SPFL Premiership era with 59 points beating our previous record of 57 points set during 2002/03.
Facing an inexperienced Hearts side packed with teenagers, Killie set the tone early on by peppering the Hearts goal with shots.
Jack Hamilton had a memorable afternoon producing a series of excellent saves to keep the score down on a gloriously sunny day in Ayrshire.
The shot stopper could do nothing about Erwin's strike after nine minutes as the forward drove down the left before dispatching a shot into the corner of the net.
Killie were in the mood with Youssouf Mulumbu dictating the play in the middle of the park beside Aaron Tshibola and Iain Wilson.
Kris Boyd finished the season as the Scottish Premiership's top goalscorer and he could have added to his league total of 18 but his curling free-kick from inside the D flashed just past the top corner.
Jamie MacDonald became a father for the third time earlier this week but despite a hectic period he looked alert to halt Hearts' best chance of the match after 20 minutes. Kyle Lafferty was played in by Milinkovic but MacDonald saved well with his feet to retain his clean sheet.
Stuart Findlay and Greg Taylor got the crowd off their feet with moments of great skill before the break while Mulumbu produced a wonderful strike, which sailed just over the bar.
A crowd of 6,273 were enjoying the sunshine at Rugby Park with substitute Chris Burke entertaining the fans with some strong wing play as Craig Levein took the chance to hand Hearts debuts to a few more players.
Hamilton produced two fine saves as Erwin looked to add to his total but it was a day to savour for the Killie faithful as they rounded off the season in winning fashion.
The players enjoyed a lap of honour at the end with loud applause ringing around the stadium. The manager always says "Together We Are Stronger" and this was a day where that mantra very much showed.
Kilmarnock: MacDonald; O'Donnell, S.Boyd, Findlay, Taylor; Mulumbu, I.Wilson (Burke), Tshibola; Kiltie (Brophy), K.Boyd, Erwin (Cameron)