in Match Reports August 20, 2018
Andy Millen's Killie Reserves enjoyed a great start to the SPFL Reserve League with a 4-1 victory over Hamilton.
Innes Cameron scored twice to add to goals from Dom Thomas and Ross Millen at Rugby Park as several first-team players got vital minutes under their belt.
Thomas was Killie's main attacking threat in the opening stages, cutting in from his wide right position to cause panic in the Accies defence.
The winger went close with three efforts in the opening stages and it was little surprise when he scored the opening goal of the game on 29 minutes. Thriving in a free role, he collected the ball from Calum Waters on the left of the box and curled a fine effort past Jacob Marsden.
Accies were struggling to contain Killie's attacking players with Marsden called upon to stop the hosts doubling their advantage. Thomas and Millen took a quick free-kick to find Jack Paterson in space on the right and he made his way into the area only to see Greg Kiltie sting the palms of Marsden with his shot from close range.
Martin Canning was keeping a close eye on proceedings and he almost saw his side get on level terms after a defensive mix up between Luke Barlow and Curtis Lyle. Barlow's header back to the goalkeeper didn't have enough on it and Kyle Munro was unlucky to see his lob over Lyle hit the post and drift back into the grateful goalie's arms.
It was to prove costly as Killie did make it 2-0 moments later when a fantastic cross from the right was volleyed home by Innes Cameron. The forward connected sweetly with his right foot to see the ball rise high into the net to give Killie a nice cushion.
The confidence was flowing through the side now as Cameron added a third goal following good interplay between Kiltie and Thomas on the edge of the box to release Millen down the right. His cut back was tapped home by Cameron in a goal any true goal poacher would be proud of.
Right-back Millen got the goal his performance deserved as he capitalised on slack defending to connect with Calum Waters' centre from the left to add some more gloss to the score.
And Accies' substitute Reegan Mimnaugh pulled one back with a well-struck free-kick from 22 yards out to bring this entertaining home opener to an end.
Next up for Killie is a trip to St Andrews On Monday, August 27 to face a Dundee United team, which fell 5-0 to St Mirren in the opening round of fixtures.
Kilmarnock: Lyle; Millen, Waters (C), Barr (McLevy), Barlow, Higgins; Paterson (McDonald), Graham, Kiltie, Thomas, Cameron