Mar 18 2012
Dieter Van Tornhout became an instant Kilmarnock legend when his late goal handed Killie a 1-0 win over Celtic at Hampden and handed them the Scottish Communities League Cup for the first time in the club's history.
The Belgian striker had replaced Gary Harkins in the 73rd minute and 10 minutes later he dramatically headed in a cross from fellow substitute Lee Johnson, who had come on for Danny Buijs early in the first half, to give the Ayrshire side a famous victory.
It was Killie's sixth attempt at winning the final and there were wild scenes of jubilation when the final whistle ended a dramatic afternoon at the national stadium.Kilmarnock's win, helped by a great display by goalkeeper Cameron Bell, also scuppered Celtic's hopes of a treble - but it was a day for Ayrshire rather than Glasgow.
It was an absorbing rather than an exciting contest but in the 39th minute Bell was called into action when he tipped a powerful drive from the impressive Scott Brown over the bar but the corner came to nothing.
It was becoming a tale of two keepers as Forster blocked an attempt by Killie striker Paul Heffernan just before the break, after a mistake by Celtic defender Kelvin Wilson had put the Parkhead side under pressure. There was another early chance at the start of the second half, this time for Killie when Dean Shiels burst into the box after getting the break of the ball.
The Northern Irishman had only Fraser Forster to beat but dreadfully mishit his shot from only six yards and ball spun wide of the target, turned back in by Rugby Park midfielder Jamie Fowler but to no avail.
Just after the hour mark Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley fired wide of the target before Anthony Stokes, after making himself a yard of space inside the Killie, box shot straight at Bell.
The Kilmarnock keeper then tipped a Victor Wanyama header over the bar following a Sung-Yeung Ki corner as the Ayrshire side's defending became increasingly desperate. As extra-time began to loom, and legs became tired, Killie midfielder Liam Kelly fired just over the bar from the edge of the box.
Georgios Samaras replaced Gary Hooper in the 79th minute but four minutes later Killie were dramatically ahead when Van Tornhout ran in at the back post to head Johnson's cross from the left past Forster.
The final minutes were fraught and here was time for Bell to make a double save, first from Samaras and then Kris Commons, who had come on for Ledley and for Stokes to get booked for simulation after Hoops appeals for a penalty came to nothing.