He’s not a name you’re likely to see on the scoresheet every weekend, but Kilmarnock defender Dario Del Fabro is making a habit of big goals at important times.
The Italian scored a last-gasp equaliser for his adopted side at the weekend as the Juventus loanee helped secure a 2-2 draw away to Hibs.
Del Fabro and his Killie teammates didn’t lay a glove on Jack Ross’ side in the first half and had gone into the break 1-0 down and with some thinking to do. A second Hibees goal early in the second 45 looked to have put the game out of reach.
Angelo Alessio’s men fought back though and salvaged the game. Alex Bruce got things going on the comeback trail before Del Fabro had his moment of magic.
He turned and ran towards the away end after his late equaliser, where he revelled in the late scenes amongst the Killie faithful.
Del Fabro was feeling that passion from the stands after the game: “It was emotional as it was my first goal in the Scottish Premiership so I’m happy about this and our great comeback.
“The first half we were slack, but the second half we switched on. We deserved this draw. I am a defender so my main task is to keep a clean sheet but today I was really lucky to score.
“At half-time the manager was very angry with us because we hadn’t played well. That was strange because we have a humble team and we fight in every game. But in the first half I think we were a bit scared by the aggression of Hibs.
“Our fans are brilliant. They come every game away and support us. That goal is for them. We are never dead, we keep fighting for every ball and if we keep doing this, we’ll finish the season in a good way.
“The last time I scored was in Serie B last season. It was an important goal because we (Cremonese) were going down, we were in the relegation zone. I scored against Venezia for a 1-1 draw and we saved our season, our position in the league.”
“When I was young I scored for the national team in the European Championship. I don’t usual score goals but when I do they’re important!”