Hearts Reserves 3-2 Killie Reserves: Killie edged out at Oriam
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Killie Reserves were made to pay for individual errors after Hearts came from behind to secure a 3-2 win at Oriam.
Wee Killie bagged a massive lead against Andy Kirk’s high-flying Jambos after just 16 minutes, striker Kyle Connell steering a ball in from the right under Hearts’ first-team ‘keeper Bobby Zlamal.
Against a youthful, but experienced Hearts side with a fair bit of Premiership game time under their belts, Killie matched them well as the battle raged from end-to-end.
Shields battered the ball to safety at one end, whilst Connell again went close on 30 minutes when Ally Taylor delivered a delightful free-kick into the box.
It looked as though Killie were going to take that lead into half-time, but the fleet feet of Hearts winger Lewis Moore did the damage.
Capitalising on two individual errors to cut Killie open and beat Curtis Lyle: one throw-in forcing Killie onto the back-foot ending in a goal, whilst Aidan Keena delivered the second after making the by-line and playing a cross across the face of goal which Moore again converted.
Into the second-half, and Killie knew they had it all to do.
Kenny Barr pulled one back on 58 minutes, popping up at the back post to squeeze the ball past Zlamal.
With a point in touching distance, Killie threw themselves forward in the search for a goal, but a stern Hearts defence of Chris Hamilton and Daniel Baur ensured Killie left the capital empty-handed.
Kilmarnock: Lyle, Barlow, Deveney, Shields, Lynch , Taylor, Barr, Wilson, Connell, Monk, Brindley
Subs: Walker, Warnock, Russell