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Killie striker Kris Boyd stole the show after scoring five goals in an amazing game at Rugby Park.

The young Killie striker got his first after seven minutes with a 25-yard strike, then bagged his second ten minutes later with a close-range shot.

Alan Archibald pulled one back but Boyd drove in a third and grabbed a fourth with a 37th minute penalty.

Billy Dodds scored a late consolation before Boyd buried a close-range fifth to cap a stunning afternoon.

Killie took the lead with only seven minutes gone, Boyd pouncing on a mis-kick by United keeper Hirschfeld and gleefully slamming the ball into an open goal from 25 yards out.

Ten minutes later, Boyd bagged his second, knocking home with his left-foot from close range following good work on the right wing by Johnston and Dargo.

The visitor's hauled themselves back into the match in the 29th minute after defender Alan Archibald scored his second goal of the season with a six-yard header from a Barry Robson corner.

Boyd earned his hat-trick in the 32nd minute, lashing a low left-footed shot past Hirschfeld from a Peter Leven pass.

Christmas came early for the Killie youngster as he was called upon to score his fourth from the penalty spot in the 37th minute after fellow striker Danny Invincibile was tripped in the box by Archibald.

Unbelievably, Boyd found the net for a fifth time in the 40th minute from a Johnston corner - but referee Toner chalked off the strike after an earlier infringement.

After the break, substitute Billy Dodds kept United in it with a 78th minute shot after latching onto a Stewart Duff pass at the edge of the box.

But Boyd capped a sensational solo performance when he grabbed his fifth with six minutes left following good work from Invincibile down the right flank.

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In September 2004 he almost set an SPL record when he scored five of Kilmarnock's goals against Dundee United.

25/09/04 Kilmarnock 5-2 United

Boyd 7 Archibald 29

Boyd 16 Dodds 73

Boyd 33

Boyd (pen) 37

Boyd 84

Kilmarnock gained revenge for their 4-1 hammering last season by crushing United with an impressive first half showing. Kris Boyd scored all 5 goals for the home side as the United defence parted like the Red sea.

It only took 7 minutes for Kilmarnock and Boyd to open their account when Lars Hirschfield hit Archibald's back pass straight to Boyd who converted his first of the afternoon. United had a chance to equalise almost immediately but McIntyre fired the ball over the bar. Kilmarnock were denied by Hirschfield before taking a two goal lead on 16 minutes when Boyd netted a Johnston cross. There were chances at either end with United's defence opening up more and more, but Alan Archibald gave the Terrors a glimmer of hope when he hit Barry Robson's corner into the net in the 29th minute. The two goal advantage was restored only 4 minutes later though when United gifted the ball to Boyd who raced in on goal to score his 3rd of the afternoon. Soon after Archibald was adjudged by Kevin Toner to have fouled Danny Invincible in the box and Boyd stepped up from the spot to score yet again.

Despite the wind in their favour and having the bulk of the possession in the second half United failed to make it count. Scotland and Kerr came on for McLaren and Brebner respectively and chances were spurned before Dodds made his entrance for the injured Wilson and brought back some hope of a comeback when he made it 4-2 in the 73rd minute. Stuart Duff had his shot blocked but the rebound fell to Dodds who tucked it away from Alan Combe. United were coming back into the game and Mark Kerr's shot went close after it was struck from the edge of the box. As United continued to press, Kilmarnock caught them on the counter attack when Invincible raced away to cut the ball across to Boyd who made no mistake in scoring his 5th on 84 minutes.

United now have to face the Old Firm and both Edinburgh sides over the coming weeks as they try to get back on track at this early stage of the season.


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