Devlin McKay, Taylor Queen, Sam Lidington, Aiden Wilson, Lewis Clark, Thomas Dempsie (Oliver McDonald 58), Jack Whittaker, Darren Curtis (Kenny Barr 58), William Graham, Jack Paterson (Ewan McLevy 51), Scott McLean.
Subs Not Used: Curtis Lyle.
Darren Jamieson, Craig Watson, Rilo Quitongo, Jordan McGregor, Shaun Want, Ronan Hughes, Ross Cunningham, Lewis Ferguson, Ryan Tierney, Steven Boyd (Lewis Smith 62), David Templeton (Marc Kelly 57).
Subs: Ross Connelly, Daniel O'Halloran, Jamie Boyd, Jack Breslin, Steffen Connelly.
Gary Kirkpatrick @ Rugby Park
Killie were torn to shreds as league leaders Hamilton Accies ran riot to secure victory on a miserable evening at Rugby Park. Chances were scarce for both sides but Accies boasted a clinical edge and rarely maneuvered out of second gear, sweeping away a youthful Killie team with considerable ease. Killie registered just one shot on target against the visitors, the closest effort on goal coming after 78 minutes from Oliver McDonald’s strike which cannoned off the crossbar. Hamilton struck thrice to kill the game before the interval and disastrous defending from Killie gifted Accies a fourth on 55 minutes.
With a significant fixture on the horizon for the first team against Sevco, some of the more regular youth players were exempt from Paul McDonald’s squad selection. It gave him no choice but to call on a number of 16 and 17 year olds for this match, a game which probably needed a full strength starting eleven considering the quality opposition. Accies didn’t waste any time in firing in the first of the evening. The talented Ryan Tierney took advantage of some slack marking and slotted past Devlin Mackay.
A familiar name on the team sheet for Hamilton was David Templeton, who recently signed a short term contract with the Lanarkshire club - he scored their second with a curling shot from long range. Hamilton were strolling as Killie were dominated in all areas of the pitch. It really was a complete mismatch. And it was three just before half time when Steven Boyd found space in the box to stroke past Mackay into the bottom corner.
Boss McDonald made wholesale changes in the space of seven minutes in the second half, knowing the contest was over and allowing some of the younger boys a run around. But his subs proved detrimental incidentally as Lewis Ferguson snuck in at the back post to nod home from a set piece to increase the Accies goal tally to four. Very little of note occurred following Ferguson’s header as Hamilton eased the foot off the gas and knocked the ball around the astroturf as if it was a training match.
As mentioned, Olly McDonald, who replaced Thomas Dempsie, crashed a strike from 25 yards off the underside of the bar but Accies keeper Darren Jamieson was able to gather. The game gradually fizzled out as Killie trudged off in the pouring rain wondering what could’ve been against the league leaders - not a pleasant night at all. The U20 side have two weeks to recover as they face St Johnstone away on Tuesday 18 April at 7pm.
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