Killie 1-0 Morton
Championship Match 5, Sept 11th 2021, Rugby Park
Killie 1-0 Morton
Championship Match 5, Sept 11th 2021, Rugby Park
Championship Match 5, Sept 11th 2021, Rugby Park
Championship Match 5, Sept 11th 2021, Rugby Park
No. of Shots
Shots on Target
Killie: Hemming, Naismith, Sanders, E Murray, Haunstrup, Alston, McGinn, (Lyons 62), McKenzie, (McGowan 87), Polworth, (Robinson 62), F Murray, Shaw
Subs Not Used: Walker, Waters, Armstrong, Cameron.
Killie got back to winning ways in the Scottish Championship with a tight 1-0 victory over Morton.
It wasn’t pretty and certainly won’t live long in the memory of Ayrshire fans, but a vital three points to keep Tommy Wright’s side second was all that mattered.
Rory McKenzie grabbed the only goal of the game in the 75th minute.
Just six minutes in Morton should have taken the lead when the ball was parried by Zach Hemming to Gavin Reilly just five yards out, but stand-in captain Euan Murray threw himself at the ball and blocked the effort on the line.
Killie had the ball in the net after 12 minutes as they knocked it in from a corner, but it was chopped off for a foul in the build-up.
Just before the half hour mark former Killie star Robbie Muirhead almost came back to haunt his old team as he fired a low shot goalwards, but it fizzed just wide leaving Hemming thankful.
Oli Shaw almost bagged a goal in the 32nd minute as he fired a shot across goal from the edge of the area, but it went narrowly wide and was just too far away from the incoming McKenzie at the back post.
Fraser Murray tried his luck a minute later as he fired a shot towards goal from 25 yards, but it was well saved by Jack Hamilton.
Reilly was the danger man for the visitors again in the 41st minute as he burst down the wing, but a double save from Hemming denied the on loan Livingston man twice.
Very little was happening in terms of chance creation and it led to Tommy Wright changing shape just after the hour mark.
Brad Lyons replaced Stephen McGinn and Scott Robinson came on in place of Liam Polworth to give Killie two up front.
Shaw had a half chance in the 73rd minute when he jumped highest to meet a floating cross, but he couldn’t keep his effort down and it dipped over the crossbar.
But two minutes later finally got that breakthrough when Rory McKenzie appeared at the back post to slide home after a deep cross, from Fraser Murray.
Oli Shaw had a great chance three minutes from time as he bombed towards goal, but his effort went straight into Hamilton’s hands after he got down well to block the shot.
Tommy Wright: “Yeah I am delighted, that’s what we set out to do - get a win. It wasn’t the prettiest of games, we could probably have played a lot better on the ball. I think there was periods we were flat, but we produced a real moment of quality and scored a good goal. We defended well all game and the goalkeeper made a good couple of saves. I am pleased with the result, but in terms of level of performance it wasn’t near how we’ve been this season."
When asked if it's a A good sign that they won without playing at their best: “That would be the first game I could say that to be fair to the lads. Inverness I don’t think we played too bad but we didn’t get the result. We have went to different places like Queen of the South and Hamilton and played well, but against Morton maybe I expect too much at home in terms of tempo. It was a little bit off, it’s not a major concern, it’s just something to look at."
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