Hamilton Accies v Kilmarnock 13/08/2016

Hamilton Accies v Kilmarnock 13/08/2016

in Match Reports August 15, 2016

Hamilton Academical 1 Kilmarnock 2

Alan Cochrane @ Superseal Stadium

Two goals in three minutes, midway through the second half, turned this game around and gave Kilmarnock their first three points of the league season. The first came from Kris Boyd doing what Kris Boyd does, grabbing a yard of space and heading in from close range, which not only drew Killie level, but gave Kris his one hundredth goal for the club. The second was a piece of magic from Souleymane Coulibaly, with a tight turn between two defenders and sending a shot from about 18 metres up and over the keeper, and inside his left hand post.

New loanee George Green started for Kilmarnock, for almost an hour worked hard up and down the right hand side, and showed enough to encourage the noisy travelling support that he could be a real acquisition to the squad. On the other flank, Jordan Jones’s pace was dangerous throughout, but after only seven minutes he and Stevie Smith combined to give Kris Boyd his first shooting chance, but the striker fired his SHOT over the bar.

For the home side, Imrie blazed a shot over, and MacDonald had a good save from D’Acol, while at the other end some Jones speed and trickery were thwarted at the expense of a corner. After 26 minutes, and perhaps slightly against the run of play, it was the home side that took the lead. In a game of pinball around the Killie goal, Hamilton had a couple of shots blocked in quick succession, but the visitors couldn't clear it completely, and Louis Longridge made the third attempt count by lashing the ball under the diving MacDonald to give Accies the lead. They more than held on to that, so at the break it was Hamilton 1 Kilmarnock 0.

In fact, Accies looked the more dangerous side for the 20 minutes before, and the 20 minutes after the interval, as Killie seemed to struggle to get back into the game. A free Hamilton header inside the box, a terrific MacDonald save from Crawford, a short Martin Smith pass back, and Docherty shooting straight at the Killie keeper after Imrie put him clean through, all showed how difficult the visitors were finding things.

Then came that three minute spell. Despite having missed what was for him that fairly easy chance early in the game, Boyd was coolness personified as he headed Killie equal from a Jordan Jones cross, and Coulibaly was as explosive as Boyd was cool, when he outwitted the home defence, and beat the Hamilton keeper to put Killie into the lead. Any striker in the world would have been proud of it, and he was too as his trademark somersault showed.

Hamilton had a couple of chances to draw level; the first when substitute Richard Roy was through one on one with MacDonald, only for the keeper to make a great save with his right foot and deflect the ball past the post. The second was a free kick from outside the box, and Grant Gillespie was unlucky when his shot came back off MacDonald’s right hand post.

Lee Clark, because of a touch line ban was in the stand today, but when asked about it, he said with a chuckle, “If it guarantees results, I'll sit in the stand for every game. Seriously though, it wasn't a classic. From our point of view we gave away a poor goal, and then lost a bit of cohesion. A change in personnel and formation helped us, and we scored two good goals. Good play from Jordan Jones, who had been positive throughout, created the opportunity for Kris Boyd to draw us level, and then we got a terrific goal from Souley. We are starting to be better without the ball, although no way do we think we're the finished article, but we are delighted with the three points.”

On losing Josh Magennis?

“Obviously I'm in the market. We've lost a good player so I am looking to replace - either directly, or to improve the squad. As for Souley’s celebrations; they go down well with the fans. After a few pints tonight, some of them may be trying it for themselves. Possibly not with the same outcome!”

Hamilton: Matthews, Devlin, Gillespie, Imrie (Roy), Docherty, D’Acol (Brophy), Crawford, Longridge, Donati, Lyon, Sarris

Kilmarnock: MacDonald, S Smith, Addison,Boyle, M Smith (McFadzean), McKenzie, Dicker, Boyd, Jones, (Waddington), Taylor, Green (Coulibaly)

Referee: Steven McLean