Scottish League Cup: Kris Boyd hat-trick evokes Kilmarnock fightback
Kris Boyd scored a hat-trick in a 30-minute look as an alternative as Kilmarnock got here from behind to beat Dumbarton within the Scottish League Cup.
Craig Barr had headed the League One facet forward 4 minutes from the break.
On-loan Bournemouth ahead Mikael Ndjoli drove house his first purpose for Killie just for Bobby Barr to revive the lead after a Rory Loy dummy.
However 34-year-old former Scotland striker Boyd’s introduction impressed a Killie fightback to safe a 4-2 Group H win.
Group leaders Dumbarton had taken the lead towards the run of play in what was nearly their first assault.
Nonetheless, the second half was extra even and it appeared like Stevie Aitken’s facet may safe a shock win till Boyd pounced on a defensive error to fireside Steve Clarke’s facet stage three minutes after Barr had given the Sons the lead for the second time.
Boyd powered house a header from a Chris Burke nook then sprinted from the midway line to finish a composed end from the sting of the penalty field.
The win lifts Kilmarnock stage with St Mirren within the desk, with the 2 top-flight sides having a sport in hand over the Sons.
One fear for Clarke was a conflict of heads that led to defenders Stuart Findlay and Greg Taylor being changed halfway by way of the primary half.
Within the different Group H sport, Queen’s Park additionally got here from behind to beat Lowland League champions Spartans 2-1.
Jamie Dishington slotted previous goalkeeper Jordan Hart from a Blair Atkinson move seven minutes after the break.
Nonetheless, the lead solely lasted three minutes as Scott Gibson headed in on the again put up from a Jamie McKernon cross.
Kurtis Roberts’ very good long-range drive after 70 minutes secured the three factors to raise the League Two facet above Spartans within the desk.
In Group E, Ayr United drew stage with Partick Thistle on the prime of the desk after a 2-Zero win away to Albion Rovers.
Alan Forrest gave the Championship facet a 15th-minute lead with a left foot drive and Steven Bell secured the win with a header from shut vary from a Craig McGuffie cross with 10 minutes remaining.
Stenhousemuir missed an opportunity to go stage with the leaders because the League One facet misplaced 2-Zero away to Greenock Morton.
Midfielder Michael Tidser was once more the important thing man for the Championship facet and has now been concerned in all 4 of their objectives this season.
From his nice by way of ball, Ross MacLean rounded goalkeeper Graeme Smith to open the scoring after 33 minutes after which his misplaced shot was completed by Bob McHugh eight minutes later.
Albion Rovers 0-2 Ayr United
Greenock Morton 2-Zero Stenhousemuir
Dumbarton 2-Four Kilmarnock
Queen’s Park 2-1 Spartans