in Match Reports August 14, 2018
Kilmarnock Reserves went out of the Irn Bru Cup in the first round following a 2-1 defeat to St Mirren.
Dominic Thomas scored for Andy Millen's men but they couldn't find an equaliser at Rugby Park.
Calum Waters captained Killie with Thomas and Dan Higgins featuring for the home side with summer arrival Luke Barlow also starting the match.
Will Graham had the first chance of the match, forcing Saints goalkeeper Luke Muir into palming the ball out well.
Saints took the lead after 10 minutes when Sam Jamieson found space in the centre of the box to head the ball home following a tempting cross from the right.
St Mirren's number nine was looking lively in the opening stages and he was denied a second goal as Curtis Lyle recovered from a slip to save well low at his near post.
Killie looked to try and find an equaliser but Dan Higgins' free-kick squirmed through Muir's fingers and found the roof of the net.
Dom Thomas and Innes Cameron were testing the Saints defence with a mixture of pace and power with both players unlucky to see their efforts narrowly miss the target.
Thomas was Killie's main creative spark over the 90 minutes and he equalised with a ball in from the right, which may have been more of a cross than a shot.
No sooner were Killie level than they fell back behind once more as Cammy MacPherson made his way into the left of the box before curling a looping shot over the reach of Curtis Lyle.
Tomas Brindley and Andy Monk were introduced along with Ally Taylor and despite some encouraging moments they couldn't get another leveller at the end as Saints progressed to the next stage.
Kilmarnock: Lyle; Barr, Barlow, Higgins, McLevy (Monk); Waters, McDonald (Taylor), Thomas, Graham, Paterson (Brindley), Cameron