Oct 12 2012 by Lizzie Smith, Kilmarnock Standard
Kilmarnock Amateurs were knocked out by a goal in either half of their Scottish Cup first round tie against Northern Thistle on Saturday.
Missing a few of their first team regulars, Kilmarnock failed to mount a serious threat against the Glasgow opponents.
Special mention goes to Kilmarnock’s super stopper Blair Cousar who saved penalties in each half.
The away side took the lead when a cross ball caught everyone off guard and sneaked in off the back post.
The first half ended with no more chances being created.
A change of tactic saw Kilmarnock come into the game in the second half. They should have been levelled when a great cross was met by the head of Stuart McDonald only for the away keeper to pull off a point blank save.
Thistle doubled their lead when a long ball was played over the defence to an offside striker, much to Kilmarnock’s frustration.
Stuart McTurk almost pulled one back when he chipped the keeper but a defender cleared off the line.
Kilmarnock will need to play better and bounce back in the coming weeks.