Curtis Lyle, Taylor Queen, Lewis Clark, Aiden Wilson, Sam Lidington, Jack Whittaker (Greg Kiltie 58), Lewis Morrison, Dean Hawkshaw (William Graham 63), Adam Frizzell, Scott McLean, Innes Cameron (Jack Paterson 68).
Subs Not Used: Darren Curtis, Thomas Dempsie, Olly McDonald, Ewan McLevey.
Iain Sherry @ Rugby Park
The development team were back in action on home territory after a last minute defeat at Murray Park last week, as they took on Inverness who had made the long journey south. All Killie fans would be heartened to see that Greg Kiltie was listed as a substitute as he continued his comeback from his long term injury. With possibly one eye on the semi-final this Sunday against Sevco, there were no overage players listed, as Paul McDonald was obviously looking for continuity before Sunday’s big game.
It was a scrappy start to the game with Inverness missing the first chance of the game when Wilson crossed to Robertson who put his effort passed the post. Killie started to become the more dominant team and in 19 minutes it was rewarded when Scott McLean played in Hawkshaw who headed home to make it 1-0.
Killie continued to press with chances falling to both Cameron and McLean but neither taking them. Inverness were always in the game and Wilson once again missed a good chance for them to equalize. The away side's McArthur became the first player in the refs book after a lunge on Lewis Morrison.
The first half finished with Mclean making good room for himself in the box before his left foot shot was well saved by Caley's keeper.
Neither manager made any change at half time as Killie continued to be the more dominant team. First Morrison had a shot past the left hand post before the Caley centre half miskicked the ball letting Cameron through on goal but his cutback split the on-rushing Killie players and the ball was cleared and the chance lost. Killie's keeper Lyle then saved well twice to keep Killie ahead.
The next Killie attack saw Caley's keeper save well from Cameron and from the resulting corner Killie made it 2-0. Innes Cameron met a fine Scott Mclean corner giving the Caley keeper no chance. Then a sight to please the few Killie fans in the stand was the introduction of Greg Kiltie for the last half hour.
Inverness nearly got back into game when #11 Robertson failed to finish a decent cross. Will Graham replaced Dean Hawkshaw and Innes Cameron was replaced by Jack Paterson. Killie continued being the dominant team with a great effort by Kiltie crashing off the bar in the 69th minute, showing he hadn’t lost any of his skill.
Killie continued to press for the remainder of the game although the referee missed a push on a Caley player in the penalty box in one of their rare attacks which should have been a penalty, a lucky escape for Killie. Frizzell then had a great solo run before firing his shot just past the left hand post.
The game ended with Killie well deserving of their two goal win and a morale boost before this week’s big game in the Scottish Youth cup where they have a great chance of reaching the final.