17-12-2005 Falkirk (A) SPL

Farkirk 1 Kilmarnock 2

SPL Match 19, Farkirk Stadium, Dec 17th, 2005,

Killie picked up their 3rd away win on the trot, in the SPL, which was a first for them, during season 2005-06. The game marked Kris Boyd's final match in his first spell with the club. In typical "Boomer" fashion Boydie netted a 93rd min winner, with his last touch of the ball as a Killie player!

It was the visitors who had the first real effort on goal in the third minute, Boyd side-stepping Milne to drive a shot from 16 yards past the far post.

The corner count mounted for the home side and defender Craig Ireland did have the ball in the net from a Russell Latapy cross from the left.

But referee Kenny Clark ruled Killie keeper Alan Combe had been fouled in the build-up.

In the 14th minute, a fine turn at the edge of the Killie penalty area by Pedro Moutinho gave the Portuguese midfielder the chance to fire in a low drive but Combe saved with ease.

Ireland had the ball in the net for the second time from an Alan Gow corner but, this time, the effort was ruled out because the ball had gone behind.

Killie striker Steven Naismith came close with a terrific angled volley, which Glennon did well to tip over the bar for a corner, which proved fruitless.

Within a minute of the restart, following some careless defending by Ireland, Fowler set up Naismith 16 yards from goal but the teenager's strike went wide of the target.

In the 50th minute, James Fowler (right) gave the visitors the lead with a spectacular goal.

After taking a pass from Gordon Greer, the Falkirk defence opened up in front of the Killie midfielder, who fired a 25-yard shot with his left foot high past the despairing Glennon.

Confidence shot through the Ayrshire side who threatened to add to their lead in the ensuing minutes, although Boyd's optimistic swipe from 20 yards soon after went high and wide.

The home side gingerly began their fightback but their disabling lack of penetration in attack was evident for all to see.

In the 66th minute, Killie midfielder Danny Invincibile made his first real contribution to the game when he robbed the hesitant Moutinho 30 yards from goal, burst into the Falkirk box and then slashed his right-footed shot just wide of the upright.

At the other end, Ireland headed a Russell Latapy free-kick just wide from eight yards out when he may well have scored.

But, in the 74th minute, the home side were back level after Naismith clumsily fouled Craig McPherson wide on the left.

From McPherson's free-kick, Combe did well to save an Andy Lawrie header from close range although the ball seemed to have crept over the line.

However, the visitors failed to clear properly and were punished when Bairns defender Kenny Milne managed to squeeze the ball in from a tight angle.

The rejuvenated home side pressed forward, but to avail.

Just as the selection of Falkirk goalkeeper Matt Glennon was being announced, as the man of this match, the contest moved into injury time, but the jury forgot that Kris Boyd had time to the change the verdict. In one sweeping move, started by substitute Gary Wales and carried on by Allan Johnston, the unfortunate Glennon could only parry the attacker’s shot and  Kris Boyd (right) pounced to sweep into the net for his 17th goal of the season. It left Falkirk still searching for that elusive first win in the Premier League at their own new stadium.

It won’t make the dejected home support feel any better but Boyd, who notched a goal in his seventh successive game, gave a unique assessment of his form yesterday. “To put it politely it was sh*te,” he said. “But it’s good to pick up three points on the road again. My job is to put the ball into the net and I’ve done that again.”

Killie: Alan Combe, Jamie Fowler, Garry Hay, Fraser Wright, Gordon Greer, Simon Ford, Gary McDonald, Kris Boyd, Danny Invincibile, Allan Johnston, Steven Naismith,   (Gary Wales 78 mins)  
Subs not used: Graeme Smith, David Lilley, Rhian Dodds, Sean Dillon, Stevie Murray, Robert Campbell.  
Attendance: 4,804 

COMMENTS:

Jim Jefferies:  "You've always got a chance when Kris Boyd is in your team. He had a fantastic effort just after they equalised and their keeper had a great save. Kris can be quiet but he is always a threat, he doesn't always have to be in game or play well but he's the top scorer in Scotland."


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