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Still retaining some hope of qualification from the League Cup Section 1, Jerry Kerr made two changes to the side who were heavily beaten at Easter Road. Kenny Cameron returned to the side in place of Ian Reid, while Walter Smith came in for Billy Gray.Kilmarnock started the better of the two sides, with George Maxwell and Jim Cook linking up well for the former to shoot towards Hamish McAlpine, albeit tamely. The opening goal came shortly after from John Gilmour, the striker heading into the net from a Jim Whyte following an incisive breakaway. United levelled two minutes later though, via a long range Kenny Cameron strike. The lead was again Kilmarnock's five minutes later though as Gilmour met a Jim McSherry cross with a strong header for his second. A hat-trick for the Killie man was narrowly avoided moments later when he headed wide. McAlpine had to be alert as the first half came to a close, saving from both Maxwell and Gilmour in the latter stages.John Gilmour must have been wondering what he had to do to score his hat-trick upon the restart. His shot rattled the underside of the crossbar three minutes into the second half, as United were all at sea. Kilmarnock's third goal came on the hour mark when Jim McSherry poked the ball home after McAlpine had made a great save. McSherry earned a loud applause three minutes with an equally clever goal to put the home side 4-1 ahead as Kilmarnock coasted towards victory. Despite a late reply from Alan Gordon, United had lost the match and were out of the League Cup, with only three points from five games.