Heffernan inspires Kilmarnock win

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Paul Heffernan marked his first start for Kilmarnock with a double to help Kenny Shiels record his maiden win as manager at the 11th attempt with a convincing 4-1 victory over Hibernian.

Former Doncaster striker Heffernan started and finished a thoroughly convincing Clydesdale Bank Premier League victory with two composed finishes.

James Dayton's brilliantly-executed free-kick was the pick of the goals after his cross had been turned home by Hibernian defender Paul Hanlon to restore Killie's lead following a Garry O'Connor strike.

Heffernan, whose first start was delayed by injury following his arrival from Sheffield Wednesday, displayed a cool head when he opened the scoring inside three minutes.

Rory McKeown played a high ball in between the visiting centre-backs and Heffernan stroked the ball underneath Graham Stack from 12 yards.

The home side were moving the ball around with confidence but they then shot themselves in the foot. Ryan O'Leary tried to play a difficult pass out of defence but put it at the feet of Lewis Stevenson, who quickly found O'Connor in the left channel. The striker beat one man and brilliantly lifted the ball over Cammy Bell into the far corner.

Kilmarnock continued to make the running and were rewarded in the 41st minute. Dayton turned Callum Booth one way then the other before firing a low ball across the six-yard box, which was turned into his own net by the stretching Hanlon as he slid in with Heffernan.

The visitors looked a beaten team following a moment of brilliance from Dayton in the 65th minute. The midfielder lined up a free-kick 25 yards out after David Wotherspoon had bundled over Danny Buijs, and curled a left-footed effort over the wall and into the top corner.

Booth got some respite from his tormenting at the hands of Dayton when he shot straight at Bell before Wotherspoon escaped with a lecture from referee Steven McLean following a trip on Shiels.

The scoring was complete when Dayton found overlapping right-back Buijs, whose near-post cross was stroked into the top corner by Heffernan's volley.

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