Sep 28 2012 by Alex Milligan, Kilmarnock Standard
Three goals, three points, and a second successive home win took Killie into fourth place on the table.
The scoreline flattered them a little, with visitors Saints not taking advantage of slack Killie defensive play in the opening half hour.
As early as the second minute Kenny McLean’s 30 yard drive rose over the Killie crossbar.
Killie also came close in the opening few minutes with defender Michael Nelson shooting just wide of Craig Samson’s right hand post.
Then twice within a couple of minutes Killie were fortunate not to concede a goal, down to mistakes from skipper Manuel Pascali and Danny Racchi.
Pascali lost possession to Paul McGowan, who in turn played in Lewis Guy, and it took a good save from Kyle Letheren to deny the English striker.
Racchi then had his pocket picked by Guy, and again Letheren made a decent stop.
Having weathered the early storm, Killie spectacularly opened the scoring on 25 minutes.
Racchi’s whipped cross from the right was cleverly head-flicked on by Cillian Sheridan, giving the Irishman a goal on his home debut.
The Paisley Buddies went in search of a quick equaliser and fortunately James Fowler was on the line to clear a net-bound shot from Paul Dummett.
Six minutes from the break Killie should have doubled their lead when a swift move down the left flank saw James Dayton’s cross nodded wide by Gary Harkins, with Sheridan better placed for the header just behind him.
After the break, Killie doubled their lead with a rare James Fowler goal at the end of a superb build-up.
Brilliant Harkins footwork played in Rory McKeown, who passed to James Dayton. He cut the ball back to Fowler on the edge of the box who fielded it right to Racchi. His shot rebounded off Sheridan to Fowler who steered the ball into the Saints net from 10 yards.
Four minutes later, a superb solo goal from Dayton had the Killie fans on their feet. He picked up the ball wide in the Saints half, tricked his way past two defenders, drove into the box, passed another defender and flashed the ball high into the net from a tight angle.
On 71 minutes, Guy rattled Letheren’s crossbar and substitute Sam Parkin couldn’t convert the rebound.
McGowan drilled the ball into the Killie net from 18 yards for a consolation goal on 83 minutes.