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By May 22, 2016No Comments

Kilmarnock preserved their Premiership status after a thumping 4-0 win over Championship side Falkirk at Rugby Park.

Trailing 1-0 from the first leg, Greg Kiltie opened the scoring to level the tie after just two minutes when he hit a low drive after good work by Josh Magennis down the right wing.

Bulky defender Miles Addison made it two inside nine minutes bundling home from close range before Kiltie grabbed his second and Kilmarnock’s third.

Kris Boyd wrapped up the emphatic win to ensure Killie will extend their 23-year stay in the top flight.

Falkirk have suffered at the hands of Kilmarnock previously with the Bairns being relegated by the Ayrshire outfit six years ago, whilst they also lost the Scottish Cup final to them in 1997.

It was to be another disappointing day from a Falkirk perspective – a overwhelming sense of relief from a Killie persuasion – who can start building for next season.

The hosts made a blistering start and struck twice in the opening eight minutes to completely turn the tie on its head and leave the Bairns stunned.

Magennis returned to the starting XI and made an immediate impact as he drove to the byline and Kiltie converted his cutback.

It was just the start the Ayrshire outfit craved and it was soon to get better for the hosts.

Hodson’s deep delivery to the back post was knocked down by Obadeyi and Addison bundled in from close range.

Lee Clark’s men looked capable of scoring every time they swarmed forward in the initial stages as Falkirk struggled to deal with relentless waves of Killie pressure.

But as the half wore on the Bairns began to impose themselves on the match.

Efforts from Vaulks and McHugh failed trouble MacDonald, then Sibbald forced the goalkeeper into his first save of note but it was comfortable for the Killie shot-stopper.

Killie almost made it three when Ashcroft connected with Slater’s inswinging delivery but it somehow stayed out.

However, Killie weren’t to be denied as Kiltie grabbed his second and Kilmarnock’s third with a composed finish after Obadeyi’s cutback.

Falkirk were simply unable to deal with the pace and power of Magennis and Obadeyi and it was soon four as Magennis raced away on the counter before teeing up Boyd for a simple tap in.

The Bairns weren’t even afforded a consolation as Hippolyte’s late strike was ruled out for an infringement on the goalkeeper.

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