Friendly - July 25th 2015 - Rugby Park
No. of Shots
Shots on Target
|Goals||Boyd (3, 70)
21: Jamie MacDonald, 03: Steven Smith (12: Darryl Westlake),
05: Stuart Findlay (18: Lee Ashcroft), 06: Mark Connolly,
08: Scott Robinson (02: Ross Barbour), 09: Kris Boyd,
11: Kallum Higginbotham (20: Dale Carrick), 14: Mark OHara,
15: Lee McCulloch (04: Jamie Hamill), 23: Greg Kiltie (10: Chris Johnston),
28: Josh Magennis (07: Rory McKenzie)
Matt Watson @ Rugby Park
It was back to Rugby Park on Saturday afternoon when the Cod Army (aka Fleetwood Town FC) were the opponents. Looking around the ground on a lovely sunny afternoon the Chadwick and East Stands looked terrific – re-painted, cleaned and with new fencing and panels on the gangways. Well done to Billy Bowie and his “team” including volunteers for a really excellent job!
It did look like Fleetwood were not as organised as Barnsley particularly when Killie took an early lead after Robinson played through an excellent ball for Magennis (who was playing wide on the right) to cross for the Killie goal machine that is Kris Boyd to do what he does best – stick the ball in the net! Fleetwood gradually got in to the game and their persistence finally paid dividends with 25 minutes on the clock when summer signing Bell grabbed his first goal for the Club. The quick full back made a clever overlapping run to collect Proctor’s through ball on the left and calmly fired past Jamie MacDonald to the delight of the travelling support.
Killie had looked well organised with new signing Lee McCulloch actually playing ahead of Scott Robinson in the middle of the park – his advanced position surprising many Killie fans. It was another summer signing, goalie MacDonald, who was to keep Killie in the game though – denying the Fleetwood efforts with a number of excellent saves, especially from point blank range and one on ones.
Last season was re-visited breifly when the ever-willing and powerful Magennis broke the offside trap to go one on one with Fleetwood keeper Chris Maxwell – Josh tried to score goal of the season and possibly damaged a seat in the re-furbished Chadwick Stand!
Into the second half and Fleetwood continued to create chances even having a strong penalty claim turned down. They were to regret a number of missed chances from in front of goal. Gary Locke brought on subs and the introduction of McKenzie and especially Chris Johnston (who replaced Magennis) was to turn the game in Killie’s favour. A surging run from young Johnston saw him fouled just outside the box. From the resultant free-kick the ball broke to Mark Connolly whose shot was parried by Maxwell – inevitably it was the predatory Boyd who was on hand to tuck the ball in on the rebound with a tidy finish from a tight angle.
A sour note was the antics of Fleetwood substitute Vamara Sanogo who appeared to leave in his foot tackling Killie captain Connolly giving new father Mark a rather painful ankle. They continued to tussle in the following minutes with Sanogo throwing himself to the ground in one of the poorer acting debuts a Killie crowd has witnessed in a while – he was then roundly boo’ed every time he touched the ball!
With five minutes remaining, Kilmarnock sealed their victory as Johnston added a third with an exquisite finish after some super link up play between him and Boyd. The scoreline probably flattered Killie but the difference between the teams was that one took their chances when they came along (eventually!) whilst the other team spurned theirs.
Gary Locke: "That’s why I tried to sign him [Boyd] for Hearts, one thing we never had here last year was a regular goalscorer. He had quite a quiet game but he scored two goals and had a hand in the other one so I’ll take that every day of the week. Players like him are worth their weight in gold and that’s why I brought him back here. Two chances, two goals: I know what his qualities are and if he can bring them to the team every week I’ll be delighted.”
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