Feb 22 2013 by David Wren, Kilmarnock Standard
Kilmarnock stormed to a 4-2 victory over their local rivals Loudoun on Saturday as they continue their push for promotion.
The game had barely started when Kilmarnock had the ball in the net with Ross Ballantyne tapping home, only for the referee to give offside.
A couple of minutes later the home side took the lead when a long free kick was headed into the net over the advancing Blair Cousar.
Kilmarnock levelled on 25 minutes when Kiefer Sinclair’s brilliant cross was met first by Grant Lyon and then blasted into the roof of the net by Ballantyne.
The away side were in control for the rest of the half and took the lead when Ballantyne again raced away from his defender, rounding the keeper this time and slotting into the corner of the net.
The second half started positively and Killie scored an excellent third when Reece Carmichael blasted home with his left foot into the top corner.
Ryan Hunter did well to hold off challenges before stabbing home a fourth goal and soon after saw a long-distance effort come crashing back off the bar.
Loudoun ended the game with nine men and Kilmarnock should have done better with several more chances.
The best of those fell to Stuart McTurk and John McCormack, who had efforts saved and blocked on the line.
In the end the hard-working Loudoun side scored from a free kick, making the final score 4-2.
Kilmarnock play Stewarton Annick this Saturday in a tough away game.