Kilmarnock 3
Dundee Utd 0
League (SPL)


Kilmarnock 

3 - 0

Dundee Utd


League (SPL)
Saturday, March 12th, 2005
Rugby Park. Att. 4,535
3:00 PM Kick-off


Goalscorers
Kris Boyd (27)
Kris Boyd (pen.) (78)
Danny Invincibile (88)
None.

Team Managers
Jim Jefferies Ian McCall

Starting Eleven
Graeme Smith
James Fowler
Garry Hay
David Lilley
Freddy Dindeleux
Gary McDonald
Peter Leven
Allan Johnston
Steven Naismith
Kris Boyd
Colin Nish
Tony Bullock .1
Mark Wilson .2
Paul Ritchie .23
Garry Kenneth .39
Stuart Duff .12
Alan Archibald .5
Derek McInnes .4
Grant Brebner .8
Stevie Crawford .19
James Grady .16
Jim McIntyre .10

Bench
Cameron Bell
Stevie Murray
Liam Fontaine
Danny Invincibile
Craig Dargo
Gary Wales
Rhian Dodds
Euan McLean .41
Mark Kerr .7
Greg Cameron .36
Barry Robson .11
Billy Dodds .14
Jason Scotland .20
Collin Samuel .9

Substitutions
Danny Invicibile for Allan Johnston (45)
Craig Dargo for Kris Boyd (84)
Gary Wales for Colin Nish (84)
Barry Robson for Jim McIntyre (56)
Billy Dodds for Derek McInnes (71)
Jason Scotland for James Grady (71)

Cautions
None. Derek McInnes (24)

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

John Underhill (Referee)
Martin Cryans & Mark Doyle (Assistants)



Match Report


In a less than inspiring first half from both sides, the first goal threats came from the visitors. Crawford’s 13th minute cross was blocked by Hay and, from the resulting corner, Duff’s effort on goal was blocked by the Killie defence.

James Grady missed two chances in the space of five minutes, the first coming on 21 minutes when his flicked header from Wilson’s free kick was tipped round the post. Two minutes later, Grady missed an even better chance, heading tamely wide from six yards after a good cross from Wilson.

United were made to pay in the 27th minute, with Killie taking the lead through a familiar thorn in the United side. Leven put in a great cross on the right, and Kris Boyd rose well at the back post to head into the net for his sixth goal against United at Rugby Park this season.

After a spell of untidy play from both sides, United were handed a great opportunity to get back on level terms in the 42nd minute. Brebner was felled by Lilley in the box, and referee John Underhill showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot.

Mark Wilson stepped up to take the spot kick, but Smith dived full length to his left to parry the effort. Grady had followed up, but his effort on the rebound was cleared off the line at the back post.

The only threats on goal in the first twenty minutes of the second half were from a dangerous inswinging Robson corner and a long range shot from Duff which went over the bar.

Killie responded in the 65th minute, and laid siege to the United goal for a two or three minute spell. First, Nish unleashed a shot from the right corner of the area which Kenneth blocked. Shortly afterwards, Boyd beat the offside trap to go through on Bullock, but his effort was blocked by the goalkeeper. United were still pinned back, and Naismith’s stinging effort from the edge of the area was parried well by Bullock.

With twenty minutes remaining, Ian McCall played his remaining cards, bringing on Jason Scotland and Billy Dodds to replace Grady and McInnes.

Bullock saved United from falling further behind, saving Boyd’s shot after Invincible had sent the striker clear on 76 minutes, but the damage came only a minute later, when Robson tripped McDonald in the area. Boyd stepped up and scored with the resulting penalty.

Two minutes later, Boyd had another effort disallowed for offside. Having now scored seven and had two disallowed against United in two matches at Rugby Park, United were spared further damage when the forward was substituted with seven minutes remaining.

However, the damage wasn’t altogether complete, Invincible turning Archibald, running twenty yards, and unleashing a terrific effort from 20 yards into the far corner three minutes from time.



Squad Statistics (as at March 12th, 2005)


2004-05 All Time
Age
Tony Bullock (GK)33 21 - 27 -
Paul Ritchie29 21 - 21 -
Garry Kenneth17 3 - 3 -
Stuart Duff23 212882
Mark Wilson20 35610210
Alan Archibald27 364776
Derek McInnes33 27 - 642
Grant Brebner27 301301
James Grady33 285285
Stevie Crawford31 124124
Jim McIntyre32 321112537
Barry Robson (sub)26 345638
Jason Scotland (sub)26 293528
Billy Dodds (sub)36 25213241






League Table (as at March 12th, 2005)


Pld W D L +/- Pts
1. Rangers 29 22 6 1 47 72
2. Celtic 28 23 2 3 43 71
3. Aberdeen 29 14 6 9 7 48
4. Hibernian 29 14 5 10 5 47
5. Hearts 29 11 9 9 4 42
6. Motherwell 29 11 6 12 0 39
7. Kilmarnock 30 11 2 17 -12 35
8. Inverness CT 28 8 9 11 -3 33
9. Dunfermline 29 6 8 15 -21 26
10. Dundee 28 6 6 16 -26 24
11. Livingston 29 6 5 18 -25 23
12. Dundee Utd 29 4 10 15 -19 22

* - Table split into two divisions of six.