in Match Reports September 26, 2016
Kilmarnock travelled to Celtic Park on Saturday 24th September. Despite a possible goal of the season from Coulibaly the team failed to pick up points from the match.
Straight from kick-off Kilmarnock went on the attack winning a free kick on the edge of the 18 yard box. Coulibaly took the free kick and the Celtic defence headed it out for a Kilmarnock corner. Hawkshaw played the corner down low towards Boyd but the ball was just too fast for the forward.
Celtic then began to take control of the match with Kilmarnock defenders throwing themselves in front of Celtic shots on goal. Strong defending and great stops from MacDonald kept the score at 0-0, with Dembele, Sinclair, Brown and Forrest all sending efforts over the bar.
With 28 minutes gone Kilmarnock were on the attack again, Coulibaly moved forward and sent a through ball to an on-rushing Taylor but the defenders cross was too high for K. Boyd. Two minutes later there was a chance for Kilmarnock as McKenzie chipped the ball to Hawkshaw in the 18 yard area but his strike went over the crossbar.
Just after the half-hour mark Coulibaly took a pass from Dicker over 35 yards from the Celtic goal. He turned inside Brown then thundered a shot that went high over De Vries before dipping under the bar. Another goal of the season contender from Coulibaly giving Kilmarnock the lead.
On the 34 minute mark before Dembele swept a shot past MacDonald from 10 yards out. Only minutes later Dembele found the back of the net again, putting Celtic ahead.
Half time Celtic 2 – 1 Kilmarnock
Celtic increased their lead at the 52 minute mark when Forrest combined with Rogic before slotting the ball past MacDonald from 12 yards taking the score to 3 -1. MacDonald in the Kilmarnock goal made a couple of great saves before Griffiths, who had replaced Dembele, scored with a close-range header from a corner. Celtic 4 - 1 Kilmarnock.
On 72 minutes Celtic were awarded a penalty when Taylor fouled Griffiths in the box. Sinclair sent MacDonald the wrong way with the penalty. Celtic 5 – 1 Kilmarnock.
Kilmarnock had one final opportunity to attack with 15 minutes left on the clock, Coulibaly played the ball to Adams, who unleashed a low strike but Gordon scooped the ball to safety.
Lewis Morrison made his first team debut replacing McKenzie at 78 minutes.
With 4 minutes remaining Celtic made it 6-1 when Rogic fired home from the edge of the box.
Lee Clark knew that Saturday's match would be tough, “We did well with our game plan in the first 35 minutes. We knew our good players at the top of the field would cause them some problems and the goal finish was out of this world. But we got blown away in the second half. It was men against boys in every aspect. We need to learn from it as a group and as individuals.”
Kilmarnock: MacDonald, McKenzie (Morrison), Dicker, K Boyd, Taylor, Burn, Hawkshaw (Adams), Hendrie, Coulibaly, Tyson (Jones), S Boyd
Celtic: de Vries (Gordon), Lustig, Sviatchenko, Simunovic, Tierney, Brown, Bitton, Sinclair (Roberts), Rogic, Forrest, Dembele (Griffiths)