Kilmarnock got their first win of the Premiership season as a Nicke Kabamba double helped them to a 4-0 success over Dundee United.

Kabamba netted the first goal, while a clinical finish from Eamonn Brophy put Killie will in command at half-time.

Kabamba added the third late on after a costly Mark Connolly error while Rory McKenzie soon dispatched a tremendous chipped finish into the top corner.

It was a disappointing afternoon for the visitors at Rugby Park, as they failed to make some good territory and possession count.

Here’s three things we learned from the clash.

Killie’s front two can be lethal

Perhaps the most pleasing part of the afternoon for Alex Dyer would have been the finishing of his forwards.


Killie probably created fewer opportunities than their opponents, but they were far more clinical.

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Nicke Kabamba of Kilmarnock during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Kilmarnock at Tynecastle park on 05 February, 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Kabamba headed in the opener after a brilliant Calum Waters cross, while Brophy scuffed in during first-half stoppage time.

Kabamba’s third was also impressive after he dispossessed the hapless Connolly before rifling past Benjamin Siegrist with his left foot.

There were still positives for United

Micky Mellon was clear in his instructions to his players throughout the match.

Even as they trailed by three and four goals, he kept reminding them to stay calm and not get frustrated.

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DUNDEE, SCOTLAND – AUGUST 22: Micky Mellon, Manager of Dundee United looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Dundee United and Celtic at Tannadice Park on August 22, 2020 in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Pool via Getty Images)

It would have been easy for them to be riled after playing pretty well and still falling to such a heavy defeat. But the Terrors still played some neat stuff with Ian Harkes and Logan Chalmers impressing.

United could have scored a couple of goals on another day.

Goal of the season?

It may only be August, but Rory McKenzie may have netted the goal of the Premiership season on a sunny afternoon in Ayrshire.

Remember Lionel Messi’s chip against Villareal last season? Well this fourth goal clincher from Killie sub McKenzie may have been even better.

With Messi soon to depart the Catalan giants after two decades, maybe they’ll take note of the Kilmarnock man’s brilliant strike.

Siegrist had no chance.

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