Killie 24h on

Last updated : 26 January 2003 By Firparkcorner

Some Saturday Heroes!
The first problem that we overcame was the loss of Dirk Lehmann to a hamstring injury. Young David Clarkson made a scoring debut in our last league game and Dirk’s injury gave him another chance to impress. He seized the chance with some excellent link up play and he made several good runs throughout the game. The turn that outfoxed Shields in the build up to the penalty was brilliant and if he can continue to progress, we could have another star in the making. He received an early booking but thankfully he managed to keep the head after that. Another striker sitting in the stand is not what we need!

The defence was the key to the game though and David Partridge deserves a special mention at the back. William Kinniburgh attracts more attention because of his youth but it should not be forgotten that Partridge does not have an abundance of experience either. He defended very well and threw himself in front of a couple of solid shots when we were under pressure. The Kaiser was his usual reliable self and is now showing confidence and composure even when he is playing at right back.

The midfield was boosted by the return of Keith Lasley and while he tired near the end, that was to be expected. Keith coming back at this stage of the season could be crucial for us in the run in and he showed form that he didn’t quite have before his injury.

The fans were excellent yesterday, both in their numbers and their vocal support of the team. It is a shame that we cannot take that kind of following to every away game but there are various reasons for this. That means that cup away days are there to be savoured and the fans certainly did that on this occasion. What’s even better is that the team gave everyone a smile with the result.

The next round has given us yet another away tie but at least we have lower league opposition. Clyde are doing well in the First Division though and will fancy their chances of causing an upset. A professional approach from us should be enough to see us into the quarter finals for the first time in a while (and it’s possible that we could meet Morton!)– could this be the year?