MATCH REPORT: Inverness CT 3 - 1 Killie

MATCH REPORT: Inverness CT 3 - 1 Killie

in Match Reports April 25, 2016

Chris Kyle @ Tulloch Caledonian Stadium

Killie travelled up the A9 to Inverness looking to re-create the teams impressive performance against St Johnstone a fortnight previous, and narrow the gap on Hamilton before both sides clash at New Douglas Park.

It was the home side who started brighter, and had an immediate chance to threaten with Tremarco crossing a dangerous looking ball into the box but it was expertly dealt with by Dicker. A few moments later it was Caley again on the attack, with Miles Story looking to get ‘one-on-one’ with keeper MacDonald but he was quickly halted in his tracks by Mark O’Hara. Seconds shy of the 10 minute mark Killie were advancing fast towards the Caley goal, as Higginbotham sent a long ball into the box but it was slightly too high for the leaping Killie attack. A few moments later it was Killie again on the attack and was the closest chance to an opening goal, with Kiltie turning his defender from 20 yards out and shot narrowly wide of the left hand post.

With 30 minutes on the clock the game was very even, with both sides’ defence making it a difficult afternoon but soon after Jamie MacDonald denied Caley a goal after producing a superb low diving save. Five minutes before half time Rory McKenzie sent a swerving ball into the box, which almost caught out Fon-Williams on its way into the top corner but the Caley stopper eventually cleared the ball to safety. Just as the referee was about to send both teams into the dressing rooms for half-time, Killie opened the scoring. Kallum Higginbotham ran into the 18 yard area from the far side, and curled the ball into the bottom right hand corner beyond a fully stretched Fon-Williams.

Killie started the second half brightly and looked determined to double their lead, and came close after Faubert sent a superb ball into the box for Boyd, but the forwards header went a fraction past the target. Ten minutes after the restart Caley were awarded a penalty, with Draper being brought down in the box by MacDonald, who was subsequently shown a red card. Tansey converted from the spot, narrowly beating Brennan who guessed the right way. Shortly after the hour mark Killie came close to regaining the lead, when Boyd rattled the right hand post with a swerving free kick. Fifteen minutes from time Caley punished Killie at the back post, with Draper heading the ball past Brennan to give the hosts the lead. Three minutes later Caley got a third, with Williams receiving the ball from a long pass and rolled the ball beyond Brennan. The last chance of the match fell to Killie, when Faubert's cross hit the bar and Boyd's rebound effort went high over the bar.

Lee Clark's men will travel to South Lanarkshire on Saturday afternoon in search for all three points, and be one step closer to avoiding the play-off place.

Killie: MacDonald, Balatoni (Ashcroft), Addison, Hodson, O’Hara, Dicker, Faubert, Kiltie (Obadeyi), Higginbotham (Brennan), Boyd, McKenzie

Subs: Brennan, Henshall, Findlay, Frizzell, Ashcroft, Obadeyi, Taylor

SENT OFF: MacDonald