Boyd scores as Killie win again against Hamilton

Kris Boyd celebrates after scoring for Kilmarnock against Hamilton

Kilmarnock beat Hamilton Academical in the final Scottish Premiership match before the league’s split to move to within four points of fourth place.

Darian MacKinnon fired against the Killie crossbar and Accies’ Rakish Bingham and Lewis Ferguson were denied by keeper Leo Fasan in the first half.

Kirk Broadfoot headed home from close range to put Kilmarnock ahead but David Templeton’s free-kick levelled matters.

Kris Boyd tapped in Aaron Simpson’s delivery and this time Killie held on.

Steve Clarke’s side, who win for a sixth successive game and extend their unbeaten league run to 11, move closer to Hibernian going into the final five rounds of fixtures against their fellow top-six sides.

Hamilton, in ninth, remain four points clear of the league’s bottom two and ahead of Dundee on goal difference.

  • Thistle & Accies lead John Lambie tributes[1]
  • Kilmarnock echo Hearts’ fixtures gripe[2]
  • Three in a row for Killie boss Clarke[3]

This had the feel of a battle in the early stages, with both sides determined to exercise their right to dominate the play.

Boyd fired an early effort well wide and very little happened until the end of the half, when Hamilton sprung into life.

Leo Fasan makes a save to deny Rakish Bingham<!–

On a counter attack Ali Crawford played the ball to MacKinnon, who fired a piledriver of a shot from 20 yards toward goal which clipped the top of the crossbar.

Moments later Bingham fired in another shot which Fasan, who had replaced the injured Jamie MacDonald in the starting line-up, did well to tip over.

And Accies would finish the half with all the momentum as Fasan again had to save well, this time Ferguson with an effort denied.

It was a somewhat surprising end to a half that Kilmarnock had dominated in terms of possession. The problem for Clarke’s side was they had created nothing significant in terms of chances.

They would start the second half with renewed purpose. Jordan Jones ghosted into the box but his shot flew high over the bar.

Kirk Broadfoot scores<!–

And then the breakthrough. A free-kick from Dicker into the box and there was Broadfoot, who guided a header into the corner of the net. The massed ranks of Kilmarnock fans behind the goal erupted in delight.

But Hamilton would hit back soon after. Crawford was felled on the edge of the box by Dicker. Up stepped Templeton, who had just come off the bench, and the former Rangers forward curled into the net.

However, Kilmarnock were far from finished. A flowing move saw Simpson cut the ball back for top scorer Boyd, who finished in customary fashion.

In the end the win could have been even more emphatic as Gary Woods saved well from Eamonn Brophy.

  • Line-ups[4]
  • Match Stats[5]
  • Live Text[6]

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 89SarrisBooked at 32minsSubstituted forRojanoat 71′minutes
  • 5TomasBooked at 30mins
  • 3McMann
  • 27Want
  • 25Ferguson
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 11CrawfordSubstituted forTempletonat 71′minutes
  • 15van der WegBooked at 90mins
  • 7Imrie
  • 9BinghamSubstituted forOgboeat 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Jenkins
  • 8Miller
  • 10Redmond
  • 12Fulton
  • 16Templeton
  • 20Rojano
  • 99Ogboe

Kilmarnock

  • 32Fasan
  • 26Simpson
  • 5Broadfoot
  • 17Findlay
  • 12Taylor
  • 8DickerBooked at 72mins
  • 24Mulumbu
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forPowerat 16′minutes
  • 10KiltieSubstituted forBrophyat 76′minutes
  • 11Jones
  • 9BoydSubstituted forCameronat 90+2′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 6Power
  • 16Boyd
  • 20Wilson
  • 25Brophy
  • 29Burke
  • 31Cameron
Referee:
Barry Cook
Attendance:
4,348

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Kilmarnock 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Kilmarnock 2.

Attempt missed. Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Gary Dicker.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Innes Cameron replaces Kris Boyd.

Booking

Kenny van der Weg (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenny van der Weg (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Gary Woods.

Attempt saved. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Marios Ogboe replaces Rakish Bingham.

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Kilmarnock 2. Kris Boyd (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Aaron Simpson.

Attempt blocked. Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Eamonn Brophy replaces Greg Kiltie.

Foul by Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock).

Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Kilmarnock 1. David Templeton (Hamilton Academical) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Antonio Rojano replaces Georgios Sarris.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. David Templeton replaces Ali Crawford.

Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Georgios Sarris.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Shaun Want.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, Kilmarnock 1. Kirk Broadfoot (Kilmarnock) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Gary Dicker following a set piece situation.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Shaun Want (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

Lewis Ferguson (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock).

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

goal

References

  1. ^ Thistle & Accies lead John Lambie tributes (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ Kilmarnock echo Hearts’ fixtures gripe (www.bbc.co.uk)
  3. ^ Three in a row for Killie boss Clarke (www.bbc.co.uk)
  4. ^ Line-ups (www.bbc.co.uk)
  5. ^ Match Stats (www.bbc.co.uk)
  6. ^ Live Text (www.bbc.co.uk)

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