Kilmarnock 2 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, May 13th, 2017, 3:00 PM at Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Attendance: 3,137
Referee: John Beaton
Kilmarnock Inverness CT

Goalscorers
Sean Longstaff (17)
Jordan Jones (57)
Alex Fisher (71)

Team Managers
Lee Clark & Lee McCulloch Richie Foran

Starting Eleven
Jamie MacDonald
Luke Hendrie
Gary Dicker
Kristoffer Ajer
Steven Smith
Iain Wilson
Sean Longstaff
Adam Frizzell
Greg Kiltie
Jordan Jones
Conor Sammon
Ryan Esson
Gary Warren
David Raven
Brad Mckay
Louis Laing
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Jake Mulraney
Billy Mckay
Alex Fisher
Henri Anier

Bench
Curtis Lyle
Karleigh Osborne
Rory McKenzie
Callum Roberts
Dean Hawkshaw
William Graham
Innes Cameron
Daniel Hoban
Kevin McNaughton
Jamie McCart
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Larnell Cole
Dean Ebbe

Substitutions
Rory McKenzie -> Greg Kiltie (77) Iain Vigurs for Jake Mulraney (46)
Liam Polworth for Henri Anier (58)
Larnell Cole for Ross Draper (70)

Bookings
Iain Wilson (15)
Steven Smith (16)
Brad Mckay (15)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Ryan Esson (GK) 185 apps -
Louis Laing 12 apps -
David Raven 164 apps4 goals
Gary Warren 189 apps15 goals
Brad Mckay 26 apps1 goal
Ross Draper 200 apps16 goals
Greg Tansey 189 apps31 goals
Jake Mulraney 31 apps -
Alex Fisher 26 apps5 goals
Henri Anier 14 apps -
Billy Mckay 155 apps65 goals
Iain Vigurs (sub) 98 apps16 goals
Liam Polworth (sub) 112 apps10 goals
Larnell Cole (sub) 23 apps2 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jake Mulraney (21 years 43 days)
Oldest Player:Henri Anier (2018 years 289 days)
Average Player Age:29 years 81 days
Domestic Players:6 (54.55 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Daniel Hoban (19 years 43 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 289 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 306 days
Domestic Players:13 (72.22 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones
Ross Draper made his 200th competitive appearance for the Club.

Almost there:

Inverness took a massive step towards the Championship with another defeat. This time it was Kilmarnock who inflicted the pain as we struggled to get back on level terms having gone two goals down through Longstaff and Jones. Alex Fisher grabbed a goal but despite a frantic finish to the game we failed to get a point and relegation looks to be imminent.

Immortal Howden Ender witnessed this one and his report is here..............

Well I travelled with forlorn hope and a fair degree of trepidation. But that still did not stop me and my 146 compatriots from sitting in the away stand, cheer on the boys and hope for some salvation. My only negative thought at the start was the inclusion of Anier but otherwise I was quite happy with the first team choice. Fisher has deserved his chance and may have been a more polished player if he had been given a run early. He had a clear cut chance in the 2nd minute, through on goal, 1-1 with McDonald and he totally fecked it up. If he had kept his composure, as he did 69 minutes later then it may have been a different story.

So we have a plastic pitch. We are playing in to the wind and the driving rain. Killie know the surface and they play tippy tappy at the back, use the width, take people on and are patient. Us we hoof at every opportunity. Billy Mckay must wonder what the feck is going on. Anier offers sod all and Mulraney has an off-day but rarely gets a ball at his feet or a pass to run on to. The clear tactic was to feckin hoof it. And for the second time away from home Esson makes the second big error (OK there were 2 errors) of his belated season and gifts the first goal to Longstaff. Just what we did not need. You could see some heads go down at that time. Have to say that I was really impressed by Frizell, Jones and Wilson. If we had that three playing for us we would have hammered them. But we have Foran and the hoof.

So half time comes along and you think lets have a go. But God lets us down again. The wind dies down, the rain stops and some feckin sunshine comes out. And as if that wasn’t bad enuff we hook Mulraney for Vigurs. We put Draper up front and we switch Fisher to wide right midfield. Yes wide right midfield !! Foran complained about our defending for the second but I thought it was tidy lead up play and a very tidy finish by Jones who had tormented Brad all day long. And guess who had the two long range shots on target – of course – David Raven !!

Anier goes off, 58 minutes too late, and gets replaced by Polworth who never got into the game. Not sure exactly where he was playing though. And then we hook Draper and take on Cole. BUT we put Cole on the left BUT keep Fisher on the wide right and put Mckay up front on his own. We pack feckin midfield with the lackadaisical Vigurs and Tansey with Polworth running around like a headless chicken.

But as the chants against Foran begin to grow we put ourselves back in the game. Great pass from Vigurs and Fisher tucks it away very neatly, 69 minutes too late. Lee McCulloch summed it up nicely – “The last 10 minutes were a bit nervy but we got there in the end.” We began to show the desire and fight that we should have been showing for weeks, nay months. No player can be faulted for endeavour in the last 15 minutes. Killie looked shell shocked and took their feet off the pedal. And wee Billy could have got us that desperately needed point with a glorious lob which would have been a goal of the season contender if it went in. We actually started playing football as well. Alas too late.

And Foran summed up the day – “I'm delighted with the players' performance, believe it or not. I told them they should be proud of themselves, how they handled the occasion.” Well he must have just been watching the last fifteen minutes and had forgotten the deplorable first 45. And then "Individual mistakes have cost us again. The only disappointing part is the second goal. Jones has so much space to run at us. It's a set-piece for us, they break and score - that's schoolboy defending but overall we were the far better team and had far better chances.” – DOH – wrong goal – and we deserved a point and that would have been a bit of a robbery. “We didn't get what we deserved and that was the three points, in my mind. We need to cut out the individual mistakes, it's been the story of the season.” – Yes agree about the individual mistakes and add it has been the story of MY season. Some players do NOT play for you. And then he concludes as a modern day Lazarus – “We need help from other clubs now, simple as that. We need to do our business on Wednesday and Saturday. There is still a chance. It is probably a small chance, but there is a chance." – WTF !!

No Smileymometer but here are my conclusions. Esson did OK but that one mistake early doors killed us. Brad was taken apart by Jones, Raven was solid and full of endeavour. Warren was my MOM for clearly giving his all. Laing was quietly effective. Mulraney never got going and Anier never has got going. Draper looked OK in midfield but was lost up front against a very tall Killie central defence. Tansey looks pretty but he is keeping himself for Aberdire. Fisher gave his all but was a fish out of water wide right. Wee Billy never got used and was a waste in the hole role. He is best on the toes of the last defender. Vigurs actually started trying to play football but he is such a lazy *******. Polworth and Cole made no impact. Ah Well it looks like Dumfries will be my ”home” game next season.

Match report written by Immortal Howden Ender



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 36 32 4 0 99 25 74 100
2. Aberdeen 36 22 4 10 66 34 32 70
3. Rangers 36 18 10 8 53 41 12 64
4. St. Johnstone 36 16 7 13 48 44 4 55
5. Hearts 36 12 10 14 55 49 6 46
6. Partick Thistle 36 10 12 14 38 43 -5 42
7. Kilmarnock 36 9 14 13 34 51 -17 41
8. Ross County 36 9 13 14 43 55 -12 40
9. Dundee 36 10 7 19 38 56 -18 37
10. Motherwell 36 9 8 19 41 65 -24 35
11. Hamilton Academical 36 6 14 16 31 53 -22 32
12. Inverness CT 36 5 13 18 39 69 -30 28