Kilmarnock 2 - 3 Dundee Utd

League - SPL
Saturday, January 19th, 2013, 3:00 PM at Rugby Park
Attendance: 4,112
Referee: Craig Thomson
Kilmarnock Dundee Utd

Manuel Pascali (18)
Manuel Pascali (90)
Johnny Russell (43)
Johnny Russell (63)
Johnny Russell (88)

Team Managers
Kenny Shiels Peter Houston

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
James Fowler
Ryan O'Leary
Rory McKeown
Ross Barbour
Mahamadou Sissoko
Danny Racchi
James Dayton
Manuel Pascali
Cillian Sheridan
Paul Heffernan
Radoslaw Cierzniak
Barry Douglas
Seán Dillon
Gavin Gunning
Keith Watson
Willo Flood
John Rankin
Gary Mackay-Steven
Mark Millar
Johnny Russell
Jon Daly

Kyle Letheren
Jeroen Tesselaar
Garry Hay
Mark O'Hara
Jude Winchester
Francisco Borja Pérez
Rory McKenzie
Steve Banks
Paddy Barrett
John Souttar
Rudi Skácel
Darren Petrie
Michael Gardyne
Ryan Dow

Francisco Borja Pérez for Danny Racchi (69)
Rory McKenzie for Cillian Sheridan (70)
Jude Winchester for Ross Barbour (77)
Rudi Skácel for Gary Mackay-Steven (87)
Michael Gardyne for Johnny Russell (90)

Ross Barbour (77) None.

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Radoslaw Cierzniak (GK) 27 apps -
Keith Watson 93 apps6 goals
Seán Dillon 217 apps3 goals
Barry Douglas 60 apps4 goals
Gavin Gunning 62 apps6 goals
Willo Flood 134 apps4 goals
Gary Mackay-Steven 47 apps8 goals
Mark Millar 10 apps -
John Rankin 72 apps6 goals
Johnny Russell 110 apps39 goals
Jon Daly 185 apps69 goals
Rudi Skácel (sub) 15 apps1 goal
Michael Gardyne (sub) 21 apps1 goal

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Gavin Gunning (21 years 361 days)
Oldest Player:Jon Daly (30 years 19 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 345 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:John Souttar (16 years 120 days)
Oldest Player:Steve Banks (40 years 355 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 241 days
Domestic Players:10 (55.56 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Johnny Russell was the hat-trick hero as United returned to winning ways to boost top six aspirations. The single goal victory in no way adequately reflected United's superiority and only the two conceded goals, and in particular the manner of them, both from corners, took the gloss of a great team display.

With 15 minutes gone, GMS showed how delighted he was to be back in action and provided a champagne moment with a sublime piece of skill with both his head and foot to leave two defenders in his wake before being fouled! So it was all the more frustrating that United went behind three minutes later and not for the first time the source was a set piece. From their first corner taken by Dayton, the United defence failed to clear their lines. And after a Danny Racchi effort was blocked, Manuel Pascali rammed home the rebound from inside the six-yard box. Two minutes from the interval, United deservedly levelled. Watson's deep cross on the run was cleared by Ryan O'Leary under pressure from Daly, but only to Johnny Russell who rammed the ball first time low into the net from 12 yards.

On the hour mark, Rado was tested for the first time when Rory McKeown worked his way into the box and the United keeper did well to beat away his sweetly struck shot. Three minutes later, we did get a goal and it was United who got it. Again it came from a Watson cross from the right and again it was Johnny Russell who scored directing a downward header past an exposed Cammy Bell.
With four minutes left, GMS was replaced by Rudi Skacel and within a minute, it was game set and match when Johnny Russell ran on to a long ball from Douglas out of defence to confidently steer the ball into the far corner to complete his hat-trick. Spoiling an otherwise near perfect afternoon, United conceded a last gasp goal from another corner with Pascali bundling the ball over the line at the front post.

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