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Match Statistics

Berwick Killie

No. of Shots

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Shots on Target

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Possession

50% 50%

Fouls Conceded

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Corners Won

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Discipline

None None
Goals None

McKenzie (87)

 

Killie Team

21: Jamie MacDonald (Craig Samson 45),
02: Ross Barbour (12: Darryl Westlake 45),
05: Stuart Findlay (18: Lee Ashcroft 45),
06: Mark Connolly (25: Adam Hodge 45),
08: Scott Robinson (17: Aaron Splaine 45),
09: Kris Boyd (28: Josh Magennis 45),
11: Kallum Higginbotham (16: Tope Obadeyi 45),
14: Mark OHara (03: Steven Smith 45),
19: Craig Slater (04: Jamie Hamill 45),
20: Dale Carrick (07: Rory McKenzie 45),
23: Greg Kiltie (Trialist 45).

 

Match Report

Chris Kyle @ Palmerston

It has felt like a long seven weeks since Gary Locke’s men have donned the famous blue and white stripes, and it was the first pre-season match where the travelling support had the chance to cast an eye over all seven summer signings.

Six of these signings were involved from the start, and Killie started the match playing some attractive ‘on-the-deck’ football, which impressed the travelling Killie support.

Berwick started the game brightly with a few advances into the Killie half, but were expertly dealt with by the Killie back four. It was Kiltie that had the first chance for Killie on the 16th minute, when after a good move on the left unleashed a shot which whistled past the right hand post and a relieved keeper Walker.

Only two minutes later and Killie were on the attack again, with a superb solo run from Carrick, but his deflected strike was grasped by the Berwick keeper. A few minutes later and Carrick was once more unlucky not to open the scoring, after a blocked effort which resulted from a great run by Barbour up the left wing.

With just under 30 minutes played Killie had their best chance to open the scoring, and it was Slater’s ambitious effort which skimmed the post. On the 33rd minute Killie had the ball in the net after an attacking move, but the assistant referee ruled it offside.

Gary Locke fielded a completely different eleven for the second half, and it was just over the hour mark when a sublime ball from Splaine to Obadeyi, who had to force keeper Walker into a speculative save to deny Killie from taking the lead. With 20 minutes remaining Killie were looking hungry to get a victory and they almost had the ball in the back of the net, but was scrambled off the line by the Berwick defence.

With three minutes remaining of the match, Killie got a well deserved lead. A superb touch and skill from McKenzie on the right, who stabbed the ball into the bottom left hand corner past a fully stretched Walker.

The match provided a great test for the squad, who looked impressive throughout, with some free-flowing attacking football, and can take many positives to the next pre-season match away to Queen Of The South on Tuesday night.

 

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