A hat-trick by Paul Heffernan helped Kilmarnock romp into the last eight of the Scottish Communities League Cup against 10-man Queen of the South.

Gary Harkins scored in 90 seconds with a deflected shot over Lee Robinson.

Queens' Kevin Smith was sent off for using an elbow on Leon Panikvar and thereafter Heffernan ran riot.

The Irishman headed a second just before half-time, volleyed his second and lobbed Robinson for his third before Ben Hutchinson added the fifth.

The Scottish Premier League side took the lead before Queens could settle.

Midfielder Gary Harkins fired a left-foot shot from 16 yards that took a deflection off a Queens defender and looped over the head of Robinson and into the top corner of the net.

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It was Harkins' first goal for the Rugby Park side since joining from Dundee in the summer.

Robinson saved from Harkins five minutes later but when the ball fell to Heffernan he smacked his half volley high over the bar.

As if a goal of a deficit was not enough, Queens' task was made more difficult when referee Stevie O'Reilly sent off former Notts County striker Smith in 33 minutes for directing an elbow at Panikvar.

And Killie made the extra man count when, four minutes before half-time, Dean Shiels whipped in an in-swinging left-footed cross and Heffernan dived to head his sixth goal of the season.

For most of the second half Gus McPherson's men were forced to merely contain the attacking instincts of the home side.

But Queens went further behind with just over half an hour remaining when Heffernan volleyed the ball into the net from just outside the six-yard box.

The Irish striker did not have long to wait for his hat-trick, with Shiels the provider once more.

Heffernan controlled the pass, drew the keeper and dinked the ball over him and into the net to continue the rout.

With 16 minutes to go, substitute Ben Hutchinson rounded off the scoring, firing high into the net from inside the box seven minutes after replacing Liam Kelly.

Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels: "It's important to the people of Kilmarnock that we get a cup run.

"The ambition of this club has to be to get a good run in cup competitions as well as consolidating in the league. It is part of my remit as manager to make sure we achieve that.

"We had concerns that this was going to be a tricky game and we worked very hard in our preparations to make sure we didn't treat them with any disrespect."

Queen of the South manager Gus MacPherson (on Kevin Smith's red card): "No question, there was contact. But when you go down in that manner then you start to ask questions.

"It's something you just don't see from Scottish boys, but you see it week-in week-out from the foreign boys."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Bell
  • 04 Fowler
  • 13 Kroca
  • 28 Fisher (Jorge Galan - 60' )
  • 88 Sissoko
  • 08 Kelly (Hutchinson - 67' )
  • 11 Harkins
  • 18 Panikvar (Hay - 46' )
  • 20 Shiels
  • 29 Pascali
  • 14 Heffernan

Substitutes

  • 53 Jaakkola
  • 03 Hay
  • 10 Dayton
  • 16 Jorge Galan
  • 19 Hutchinson

Queen of the South

  • 01 Robinson
  • 02 Reid
  • 03 Reid
  • 05 Campbell
  • 06 Higgins
  • 07 Johnston (Carmichael - 61' )
  • 04 Simmons
  • 08 McKenna
  • 10 Clark Booked
  • 11 McLaughlin Booked (Brighton - 68' )
  • 09 Smith Dismissed

Substitutes

  • 12 McKenzie
  • 16 McGuffie
  • 14 Brighton
  • 15 Carmichael
  • 17 Holt
Ref: O'Reilly
Att: 3,091

Match Stats

Shots

21 2

On target

5 0

Corners

10 0

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +0:40 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +0:01

Gary Harkins decides to take the corner short.

89:19

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Dean Shiels, Garry Hay takes a shot. Save by Lee Robinson.

89:12

Garry Hay crosses the ball, clearance by Daniel Carmichael.

88:02

Ben Hutchinson takes a shot.

86:10

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the right by-line, clearance made by Daniel Carmichael.

84:15

Dean Shiels produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

82:47

Jorge Galan delivers a pass corner to short.

78:29

Jorge Galan fouled by Stephen Simmons, the ref awards a free kick. Shot on goal comes in from Jorge Galan from the free kick.

73:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Ben Hutchinson - Kilmarnock 5 - 0 Queen of S Goal scored by Ben Hutchinson from just inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 5-0 Queen of South.

72:20

Shot from just outside the area by Dean Shiels misses to the left of the target.

69:09

Assist by Dean Shiels.

69:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Heffernan - Kilmarnock 4 - 0 Queen of S Paul Heffernan fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 4-0 Queen of South.

68:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Carmichael by Manuel Pascali. Direct free kick taken by Chris Higgins.

67:09 Substitution

Substitution (Queen of South) makes a substitution, with Tom Brighton coming on for Scott McLaughlin.

66:43

Corner taken by Garry Hay.

66:20 Substitution

Substitution (Kilmarnock) makes a substitution, with Ben Hutchinson coming on for Liam Kelly.

65:41

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Garry Hay, Liam Kelly takes a shot.

64:14

James Fowler produces a cross, Craig Reid manages to make a clearance.

62:54

Unfair challenge on Stephen McKenna by Gary Harkins results in a free kick. Craig Reid restarts play with the free kick.

61:52

Shot on goal by Gary Harkins from just inside the area goes over the target.

60:06 Substitution

Substitution Daniel Carmichael comes on in place of Allan Johnston.

59:24 Substitution

Substitution Gary Fisher leaves the field to be replaced by Jorge Galan.

58:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Heffernan - Kilmarnock 3 - 0 Queen of S Paul Heffernan finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 3-0 Queen of South.

54:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mohamadou Sissoko on Nicky Clark. Free kick taken by Stephen Simmons.

53:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Zdenek Kroca on Nicky Clark. Direct free kick taken by Allan Johnston.

50:50

Effort from outside the penalty area by Dean Shiels goes wide left of the goal.

49:54

The ball is sent over by Dean Shiels, Gary Harkins takes a shot. Comfortable save by Lee Robinson.

48:17

Gary Harkins has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

45:18

Manuel Pascali challenges Nicky Clark unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nicky Clark fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Cameron Bell makes a save.

45:01

The second half has started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Garry Hay replaces Leon Panikvar.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00

Foul by Allan Johnston on Leon Panikvar, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

42:28

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Shiels on Stephen McKenna. Direct free kick taken by Mark Campbell.

41:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Harkins on Allan Johnston. Free kick taken by Craig Reid.

40:49

Assist by Dean Shiels.

40:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Heffernan - Kilmarnock 2 - 0 Queen of S Paul Heffernan scores from his cross. Kilmarnock 2-0 Queen of South.

39:54 Booking

Booking Nicky Clark is cautioned.

39:46

Foul by Nicky Clark on Mohamadou Sissoko, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Cameron Bell.

37:02

Shot from just outside the box by Paul Heffernan misses to the right of the goal.

36:12

Foul by Stephen Simmons on Manuel Pascali, free kick awarded. Manuel Pascali takes the direct free kick.

35:35 Dismissal

Dismissal Kevin Smith is sent off by the referee.

33:52

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Smith on Leon Panikvar. Dean Shiels has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Lee Robinson.

32:32

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Dean Shiels from the right by-line, clearance by Craig Reid.

31:21

Free kick crossed by James Fowler.

31:21 Booking

Booking Scott McLaughlin goes into the referee's book.

31:15

Scott McLaughlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Kelly.

29:11

Liam Kelly challenges Stephen McKenna unfairly and gives away a free kick. Shot comes in from Scott McLaughlin from the free kick.

28:55

The offside flag is raised against Nicky Clark. Zdenek Kroca restarts play with the free kick.

27:49

The ball is sent over by James Fowler, Paul Heffernan challenges Craig Reid unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Robinson takes the free kick.

26:17

Unfair challenge on Craig Reid by Gary Harkins results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Lee Robinson.

25:02

Corner from the right by-line taken by Dean Shiels, Stephen Simmons makes a clearance.

24:06

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Smith. Manuel Pascali takes the free kick.

22:40

Dean Shiels takes a shot. Lee Robinson gets a block in.

22:04

Scott McLaughlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Mohamadou Sissoko. Manuel Pascali restarts play with the free kick.

20:18

The ball is crossed by Gary Harkins, Stephen Simmons gets a block in.

18:27

Gary Harkins is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Mark Campbell.

16:53

Inswinging corner taken by Dean Shiels from the left by-line played to the near post, Zdenek Kroca concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Simmons. Lee Robinson takes the free kick.

15:45

Gary Harkins has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

15:26

Kevin Smith is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Manuel Pascali.

11:41

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Manuel Pascali from the right by-line, save by Lee Robinson.

9:02

Leon Panikvar fouled by Mark Campbell, the ref awards a free kick. Dean Shiels crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Chris Higgins manages to make a clearance.

7:12

Effort from deep inside the area by Liam Kelly clears the bar.

6:58

Gary Harkins takes a shot. Lee Robinson gets a block in.

6:02

Dean Shiels fouled by Stephen McKenna, the ref awards a free kick. Zdenek Kroca takes the free kick.

1:24

Paul Heffernan provided the assist for the goal.

1:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Gary Harkins - Kilmarnock 1 - 0 Queen of S Goal scored by Gary Harkins from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Kilmarnock 1-0 Queen of South.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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