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Monday 5th April 2021

Kilmarnock Scottish Premiership

Weekend in Numbers

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3 – Kilmarnock moved into Round 4 of the Scottish Cup thanks to a 4-0 victory over Stenhousemuir at Ochilview. Kyle Lafferty netted a hat-trick before George Oakley rounded things off with his first goal for the club. It was Lafferty’s first hat-trick since May 2011 – that came against Killie in a 5-1 Rangers victory at Rugby Park. Lafferty is the first Kilmarnock player to score a hat-trick in the Scottish Cup since John Henry against Greenock Morton in the 1996/97 quarter-final – Killie went on to win the cup that year.

5 – St Johnstone defeated Dundee 1-0 at Dens Park to move into Round 4 of the Scottish Cup. Guy Melamed scored the only goal of the game, his sixth in the last ten matches, before Zander Clark saved Charlie Adam’s penalty to seal the win. Saints have reached the last 16 of the cup in nine of the last ten seasons – the only time they did not do so was in 2015/16. St Johnstone have now recorded five consecutive victories over Dundee in all competitions, without conceding a single goal – this is their best ever winning run against the Dees.

15 – Clyde moved into Round 4 of the Scottish Cup thanks to a 1-0 victory over Ayr United at Somserset Park. Barry Cuddihy scored the only goal of the game to ensure the Bully Wee reached this stage of the cup for the third time in the last five years. It was Clyde’s first Scottish Cup victory over a side in the top two tiers in over 15 years, since they defeated Celtic 2-1 in January 2006. Saturday’s success was Clyde’s first win at Somerset Park since May 2003 – they had drawn three and lost two in five visits since then.

7 – Arbroath defeated Alloa Athletic 2-1 at Gayfield to pick up a crucial three points in the Championship relegation battle. David Gold’s late winner handed Dick Campbell’s side a victory which moves them seven points clear of the Wasps with four matches remaining, as well as bringing them level on points with Greenock Morton in the play-off spot. The Red Lichties had won just one of their previous ten home matches against Alloa, but this was a perfect time to improve that record and boost their chances of staying up.

2 – Albion Rovers moved further away from the foot of League 2 thanks to a 1-0 victory over Cowdenbeath at Central Park. Ryan Stevenson scored the only goal of the game from the penalty spot to move Brian Reid’s side above the Blue Brazil into eighth, but more importantly extend their lead over bottom club Brechin City to six points. It was just Rovers’ second away league win since August 2019 – they had only picked up seven points from their last 18 away matches.

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