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Kilmarnock 4-2 Aberdeen

David Fernandez is congratulated on his goal for Kilmarnock
Kilmarnock were rampant in an amazing first half at Rugby Park

Kilmarnock progressed in the Co-op Cup at the expense of Aberdeen after a sensational first half at Rugby Park.

Killie striker Conor Sammon burst through to open the scoring after 90 seconds, with Gary McDonald shooting home the equaliser soon after.

David Fernandez then squeezed in a strike and Mehdi Taouil extended the home side's advantage with a penalty.

Lee Miller replied with a spot-kick but Sammon stabbed in his second goal after a breathless 33 minutes.

The home side could have been more convincing winners had they taken any of the several chances they created after the break.

Aberdeen were a shambles at the back throughout and it was some dithering defending that allowed Sammon to race through on to a David Lilley pass before forcing the ball past Dons' stand-in goalkeeper Bertrand Bossu.

A few minutes later the visitors were level when Sone Aluko's 20-yard shot was deflected in to the path of McDonald, who steered the ball into the corner of the net.

Killie regained the lead when Jamie Hamill forged his way down the left and swung in a cross that was blocked by a posse of Dons defenders only as far as Fernandez who, despite the acute angle, drove past Bossu and in at the far post.

Referee Dougie McDonald was then informed by his assistant that Fernandez had been man-handled by Scott Severin and Taouil sent Bossu the wrong way from the spot.

The jittery Bossu made a good save from a Craig Bryson before Aberdeen raced up the park and won a penalty after Frazer Wright brought down Darren Mackie.

Miller slammed in the spot-kick to reduce the gap but Killie flooded forward and James Fowler picked out Sammon, who barged his way through again to slot in the final goal of an amazing opening period.

Aberdeen came close to another reply when Richard Foster crashed a 30-yard shot off the crossbar and McDonald saw a fierce shot deflected wide early in the second half.

But the visitors fell out of the game and Bryson shot over the top after great work from the impressive Hamill, who later saw his strike well saved by Bossu.

Donovan Simmonds, a half time replacement for the injured Sammon, hit the post with the goal at his mercy and a long-range effort from Manuel Pascali with 10 minutes remaining was spilled by Bossu.


Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies:
"It finally clicked for Conor Sammon; he's been desperate for his first goal and he took his two goals brilliantly.

"He was a real handful. It's just a pity he took a knock - I think he could have had a few more.

"Sometimes we were queuing up to score and just didn't put them away. We had plenty of chances. David Fernandez was outstanding and gave their defenders a torrid time."

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood:
"The defence was all over the place in the first half; we couldn't handle them and you can't defend like that and hope to win at a difficult venue.

"Every one of their attacks was dangerous and that's very worrying - they didn't have to work too hard for their goals.

"Footballwise, I thought we did well; we kept coming back but then we kept shooting ourselves in the foot."


Kilmarnock: Combe, Fowler, Lilley, Wright, Ford, Hamill, Bryson, Sammon (Simmonds 45), Pascali, Taouil, Fernandez. Subs Not Used: Rascle, Johnston, Murray, Skelton.

Booked: Lilley, Hamill.

Goals: Sammon 2, Fernandez 12, Taouil 17 pen, Sammon 33.

Aberdeen: Bossu, Hodgkiss, Mulgrew (Young 64), Diamond, Foster, Severin, McDonald, Kerr (Mair 45), Aluko, Miller, Mackie. Subs Not Used: Langfield, Wright, Maguire.

Booked: Mulgrew, Diamond, Aluko, Miller.

Goals: McDonald 6, Miller 26 pen.

Att: 4,339

Ref: Douglas McDonald




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