With the sides evened up, it was Paisley who were to be victorious, completing a hat-trick of wins.
From kick off, Paisley applied heavy pressure to the visitors, pressure which was rewarded after only five minutes when prop Neil Ritchie, in a trademark move, powered over from around 7 metres out. That set the tone, although Paisley were not to score again in the half. When the home side ran the ball, they created havoc among the Killie defensive line, but did not generate quite enough power to get over the visitors' line.
Half time: Paisley 5 - 0 Kilmarnock.
In the second half, the Paisley back row got the bit between their teeth, led by number 8 Paul Di Duca, setting off on several bullocking runs from the base of the scrum, but not quite managing to offload in the tackle. The pressure did pay off, though, in the 50th minute, when lock Gary Riddell
broke the try line again in similar fashion to Ritchie. This time, the conversion from Daniel du Preez was accurate. Around midway through the half, Paisley lost the services of the excellent young full back Mathew Johnston with a niggling knee injury. Johnston had had an excellent game up to that point, covering safely and bursting into the line at speed to do some damage. The pattern of the game continued, with Paisley pressurising and Killie desperately defending until, in the 77ht minute, Di Duca charged down a defensive kick 5 metres out and, miraculously, the ball lodged in his hands. Never one to downplay the drama of the occasion, he promptly executed a dive that would have made Tom Daley proud to round off the scoring. The game ended on a sombre note as centre du Preez was taken to hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder. This was later confirmed, although Danny was in good spirits and and was on the mend.
This game made three on the bounce for a resurgent Paisley side. Tea manager Jim Lewis
said afterwards, "With the season nearly over, it's great to see these lads still have an appetite for the game. It's a good combination of the leadership of veterans like Fraser Ross
and the youthful exuberance of the Under 18s who have been a revelation. Personally, I can't wait until next season. I'm really porud of every one of them."
Man of the Match went to Paul Di Duca and Dod to Gavin Newlands
Paisley Team: Neil Ritchie, Antonio McPound, Gary McNaught, Gary Riddell
, Sandy McKelvie, colin mckay
, Jamie Drummond
, Paul Di Duca, Calum Walker
, Fraser Ross
, david guthrie
, Danny du Preez
, Craig Thomson
, Andrew Baker, Mathew Johnston, Mick McCabe
, Paul Reid