Eamonn Brophy and Greg Stewart impress as Killie bridge six-year gap

Greg Stewart applauds the fans after Kilmarnock's victory at Aberdeen. Picture: SNS.
Greg Stewart applauds the fans after Kilmarnock's victory at Aberdeen. Picture: SNS.
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Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke believes Eamonn Brophy and Greg Stewart can form a potent partnership for his side.

The duo both scored in Killie’s 2-0 victory over Aberdeen, ending a winless run over the Dons which stretched back to December 2012.

Brophy, who started ahead of Kris Boyd, curled in a superb free-kick just before the break, against a home team that was down to ten men.

Michael Devlin had been sent off in the fifth minute for denying Brophy a clear goalscoring opportunity.

On-loan Birmingham attacker Stewart sealed the victory in the 69th minute with a fine solo goal on his Killie debut against the side where he had a loan spell last season.

Clarke said: “We had a lot of chances, especially young Brophy who looked a big threat. He has waited patiently for his chance.

“Normally I play Kris and another striker. Eamonn will sometimes partner up with Kris. But I felt that with Greg Stewart coming into the team, this game would suit Eamonn because he makes good runs.

“Greg is a good footballer and can find passes. The two of them linked quite well. It is early days, but it was pleasing to see. It was a good free-kick. Eamonn has being doing a bit of work on that on the training ground. It is always good when you see a player work on something and it comes off in a game.

“Greg’s run and finish was nice to see. It was great skill on the halfway line, he turned his man and showed enough pace to get himself in the box. Then he had the composure to finish the way he finished.

“It is a good start for Greg. I am sure he is pleased he got off to a winning start with Kilmarnock.”

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes the international break is coming at the right time for his side.

The Dons have a significant injury list, which was extended by the recent additions of James Wilson with a hamstring problem and Tommie Hoban, who needs shoulder surgery. Also out are Scott Wright, Mark Reynolds and Scott McKenna, the subject of a bid from Aston Villa on Friday that was rejected.

McInnes said: “We’ve not had our troubles to seek. The international break has maybe come at a good time to try to overcome one or two of these injuries.”

Wilson was earmarked to start against Kilmarnock, only to be ruled out. McInnes added: “We worked with him all week to try to get him that start. He has a little tightness in the hamstring. We have had him scanned. It’s nothing too significant.”