Friday, 29 April 2016

Weekend Preview

This weekend sees just two of our teams feature in competitive fixtures.

The seniors welcome Hibs Development to Rugby Park. These two sides met last weekend in the League Cup with the Hibees being the victors in a 4-1 win.

A game of 2 halves - the typical football 'cliche' as Hibs made their dominance count in a clinical first half.

It's been a roller coaster season so far with plenty of ups and downs but we hope to turn in a performance to be proud of this coming Sunday.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to our visitors ahead of the game, in what we expect to be an entertaining affair at Rugby Park.

Our u17s are also in action as they host Glasgow Girls on Sunday, at the Grange. They will be looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat at the hands of Glasgow City with a victory this weekend.

It's been a fairly stop-start season so far for the youngsters with games being few and far between, but they will now be hoping to build some momentum - starting this weekend. However, Glasgow Girls provide tough opposition and we are expecting a cracker.

Good luck to both teams in their respective fixtures.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Be The Boss - Ali Calder

Ali Calder - heart and soul of the Irvine Valley Supporters' Club along with his good pal wee Paddy. If you hear a song starting at Rugby Park...or anyone doing a solo because the sweetie paper rustlers won't join in, look no further than Ali, Gawstin's finest.

GK: Conor Brennan
This wouldn’t be my first choice however with what has happened up in Inverness last week we have no choice (unless the appeal to overturn the red card is successful, in which case Jamie is clearly our first choice).

LB:Lee Hodson
CB: Miles Addison
CB: Mark O’Hara
RB: Tope Obadeyi

The full backs have been doing well in recent games with providing well needed support to the attacks and allowing the midfielders to drive further up the park. I don’t think last week at ICT was the best display from O’Hara but hopefully he can turn it around this week and shore up the middle of the defence with advice and guidance from Addison. Miles has been looking solid at the back, very commanding and looks to be a good find. (Probably the hardest area of the team to pick) I have put Tope in at right back as he has a good attacking mentality and can work up and down the wing all day and hopefully provide some good cover with his pace.

DM: Julien Faubert
CM: Gary Dicker
RM: Rory McKenzie
LM: Greg Kiltie

Faubert has shown some good glimpses of confidence and great ability, probably his best game coming against Celtic where he looked like he can make things happen and pick a pass. Would then stick Dicker in front of him who has again done a decent job in breaking up the play in the middle of the park, just a little more composure in spraying the passes I think we could have a real gem of a player. 

Then out left young Greg Kiltie who for me (as the same with MacDonald) has been one of the players of the season, he looks confident going forward, always willing to get the ball to feet and isn’t scared to take on anyone at pace and can find the space to move the ball either into or get himself into. Then Rory on the right I don’t think this has been his best season for us but you know that the boy has the ability to turn it on and can produce for us hopefully we see this on Sat.

CF: Kallum Higginbotham
CF: Kris Boyd

Playing Higgy in the hole behind Boyd again. Higgy has been one of those players that can make things happen when he is on his game. He has bags of ability and I would say he was one of the few to get pass marks last week at ICT. If he can do what he did up there this week then we could really punish Hamilton. 

Finally Boyd playing as the lone striker - his hold up play is really good and if we can utilise that with the support from Higgy, Kiltie and Rory and also the fact that he is a born goal scorer then again going forward playing a high tempo could see us pick up the much needed 3 points.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Senior Ladies Match Report

Hibs Development 4 v 1 Kilmarnock

The young Hibs side came out all guns blazing in this League Cup tie - giving Kilmarnock a torrid first 15 minutes in which they scored twice.

The first from a free kick conceded 20 yards out. Hibs took full advantage as their midfielder stepped up to strike the ball high into the net.

The home side doubled their lead minutes later. The impressive number 10 cutting in from the left flank before slotting the ball home.

The third goal came with 30 minutes played. From a corner kick, Kilmarnock failed to clear their lines and the ball dropped at the feet of the Hibs striker, who finished well.

But Killie rallied and started to regroup to force Hibs back. They got their just reward with Docherty getting on the scoresheet after a neat passing move and a clinical finish.

Killie's hopes of a comeback were dashed minutes before halftime when Hibs cashed in with their fourth of the game, again from a set piece.

HT: Hibs 4 - 1 Killie

Kilmarnock changed their formation for the second period, going to a 3-5-2 and produced a better performance in an unfamiliar shape.

Full credit to the girls for a battling through a difficult game against their opponents, who were a very well drilled outfit and will have a say in the South First Division title.

The season ahead is going to be difficult one for Kilmarnock, with a step up in class against the big guns of women football's development sides. They are all full of young quality international players this can only be good for the women's game here in Scotland.

Joint Statement: Killie Trust & Kilmarnock Football Club

The Kilmarnock Supporters’ Society (Killie Trust) and Kilmarnock Football Club are delighted to announce that Heads of Terms have been agreed to enable the Supporters' Society to commence the process of investing in the Club with a view to obtaining full board membership status for a duly appointed representative of the Supporters' Society.

The Heads of Terms will be signed at the Club's AGM on Tuesday 26th April 2016, after which the Supporters' Society will work with the Club to take this exciting initiative towards a formal launch.

The planned initial investment of £100,000 will raise the Supporters' Society shareholding in the Club to a level whereby board membership is achievable and it is hoped that all Kilmarnock FC supporters will recognise that this innovative approach will inject valuable working capital into the Club while at the same time securing a voice in the governance of the Club.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Season Diary - Week 39

The football returns, and so does the heartache as Killie blow our chance to close the gap on Hamilton and a play-off slot looks a certainty, even if we beat the Accies next week…and stay ahead of Dundee United of course.

It was nice of the SPFL to send us to the other end of the country at stupid o’clock on a Sunday morning, and they wonder why crowds are down?

Higgy scored a peach at the end of a pretty even first half to the delight of the away fans, but the normally dependable Balatoni had a total 'mare of a second half and cost us our player of the year with a suicidal back pass and was quite rightly subbed after being involved in further goals lost.

Never mind there was the long trip home to look forward to!

The pantomime that is our AGM will be/was on Tuesday and the reports say we have doubled our losses yet again. We are being run in an unsustainable fashion and change is required if we are to survive…and I don’t just mean in the top division.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Killie U13s Scottish Cup Adventure

Killie Blues (u13) 3-5 Forfar (u13)

Wow... Have we all managed to draw breath after that? A terrific advert for youth football with two teams who gave everything.

The second half in particular was a joy to watch - ability, effort and passion in abundance from both teams!

Ultimately, it was Forfar who came out on top and will progress to the next round of the Scottish Cup and we wish them every success in the future.

A massive well done to both teams who created a terrific game of football!

Blues... We are proud of each and every one of you. Your commitment, desire and performance level was excellent!

Keep working hard girls!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Ladies Weekend Preview

It’s cup action for us here at Kilmarnock Ladies this weekend. The 13 Blues are in Scottish Cup action whilst the 15s and seniors have tough League Cup games.
The u13 Whites and the 17s are without a game.
The Blues welcome Forfar tomorrow (Saturday) in the Scottish Cup first round. The youngsters have started the season in frightening form and will hope to turn in another good performance tomorrow. However, Forfar are very much of an unknown quantity and we have no doubt this will be an entertaining affair.
Our 15s have also been in excellent form at the start of the season and will tomorrow (Saturday) travel to Cumbernauld with the hope of progressing to the League Cup Quarter Finals. They go into the game following a win over Clark Drive and will be looking to transfer their league form into the cup.
Finally, the seniors will make the journey to Edinburgh to face Hibs Development in the quarter finals of the 1st Division League Cup. The two sides are in the same league and will face each other next week as part of a double header, Mark Ritchie will be hoping his side can produce a performance worthy of a place in the semi-final, on Sunday. The game will be played at Hibs Training Centre (Ormiston) with a 2.15pm K.o.
Good luck to all three teams in action this weekend.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Be The Boss - Robert Morton

You know the score by now. Every week we ask Killie fans from all across the world to pick their XI for that weekend's fixture. This weekend we're away to Inverness at some ungodly hour in the first post-split fixture. We asked Robert Morton, the man who brought Marie Osmond to Rugby Park, to Be The Boss.

GK: Jamie MacDonald
Not just Killie Player of The Year but must be in the shortlist for Scottish Player of The Year. His saves up at Perth in the Scottish Cup and at home to St Johnstone last week were world class.

RB: Mark O’Hara
Has really started to mature and, while I think he may well end up as a central midfielder, he’s played well at right back recently.

CB: Conrad Balatoni
In my top 3 for Player of The Year. Solid defender and has had a good season despite having numerous central defensive partners.

CB: Miles Addison
What a unit! He looks and acts like a leader and talks others through the game . We’ve not conceded since his debut against Partick. At 6’3” he must be intimidating to opponents and is a threat up front from set pieces.

LB: Lee Hodson
Been a good signing. He has his weaknesses and has to stop the winger getting to the bye line but puts in a shift.

CM: Gary Dicker
Gives 100% and links up well. He is prone to the odd mistake but has a decent engine for Central Midfield.

CM: Julien Faubert 
His fitness is improving with every game and with his experience he could play a very important role in keeping us up. I have been disappointed with his results from a dead ball so I’m hoping with an improvement from that Boyd & Magennis can benefit.

LM: Greg Kiltie 
Been a shining light in a struggling team and I was delighted he re-signed. Never gives up a ball as lost and is willing to track back. Always keen to get forward and supply the ammunition.

RM: Alex Henshall 
My only change from the 3-0 win v St Johnstone. I don’t know much about him but I have to trust that Lee Clark wouldn’t have signed him if he didn’t think he could do a job for us in the run in. I know Higgy got a goal and Rory won a penalty last week, and neither lack the effort, but I feel neither get past their marker often enough to supply the crosses. This is your chance Alex. Don’t let me down!!

ST: Josh Magennis 
In my top 3 for Player of The Year. He gives everything for the team and I hope our poor form doesn’t stop him from going to the Euros with Northern Ireland. He is happy to play wide right or through the middle beside Boyd. He is also more than handy at defending set pieces.

ST: Kris Boyd
2 goals last week so hopefully his confidence is up and it may well be his goals that let us avoid relegation.

After a 3-0 win it is difficult to change a winning team so my only change is wide right where i feel Alex Henshall is worth a chance. With Boyd and Magennis up front and Kiltie and Henshall supplying the crosses I feel we can take the game to Inverness and cause them some problems. 

Our defence has tightened up considerably since the arrival of Lee Clark and the signing of Miles Addison and when it has leaked, Jamie McDonald has saved us. Without him we may well be where Dundee Utd find themselves at the moment. It’s not only goal scorers that win you games. Even at 2-0 last week, a goal for St Johnstone would have given them the encouragement to bomb forward and go in search of an equaliser. 

Just look at Hibs v Falkirk...

U15s Match Report

Clark Drive 2 - 7 FC Kilmarnock Ladies U15's

Killie returned with the three points after quite a physical encounter with their neighbours from along the A71.
     Straight from kick off they pressed high and had their opponents on the back foot for most of the half. Danielle Mullen opened the scoring, followed by a wonderful strike from outside the box from Abigail Eadie and a cool finish from Holly Hart making it 3-0.
     Clark Drive did take control in midfield for a short spell, and it was during this period they snatched a goal back. A lovely strike from Devon Cunningham. Spotting the goalkeeper off her line, she hit the top corner with a cracking effort. Laura Thomson then made amends as she saved magnificently low down to her left following another snapshot from the Clark Drive midfielder.
     The Killie midfield then regained the initiative, and it was no surprise when the girls added a fourth. Another top effort from outside the box, this time Kari Stewart supplying the power. Abigail Eadie then added her second to send Killie into the break 5-1 to the good
     The second period continued with the same pattern, Killie in total control, and the game was finished as a contest when Kari Stewart bagged her second, and Killie's sixth.
     Clark Drive did add a second when a high ball was missed by the away team's defence and was deposited in the corner by Megan Armstrong, before Danielle Mullen rounded off the scoring for Killie with a smart finish from a Holly Kerrigan cut back.
     A good performance from the full squad left the coaching staff happy with the progress this season so far.
     Well done girls, good job!!


Monday, 18 April 2016

Season Diary - Week 38

Another blank week in the SPFL fixtures list but we don’t do boring at the Theatre of Pies…or should that be the ex-Theatre of Pies? I better not mention the ‘K’ word for fear of reproach!

You honestly could not make some of this stuff up, I am not going to regurgitate all the details but suffice to say that our ‘leadership’, and I use the term loosely, has made us a laughing stock once again while ensuring that we get no further investment from another long-time sponsor.

Take the money for nothing on the proviso that we can still sell K*llie Pies at Rugby Park, it’s the only place we sell them anyway, end of story. If only.

They follow that up with advertising an early licence the Sports Bar (which according to the AGM notes no longer contributes to the club) has got to show some tin pot match in Glasgow, cue even more hilarity and disgust at our expense.

Never mind all that they said in a statement this week, concentrate on the games ahead…not deflecting or patronising in the least of course.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Statement On The Resignation Of Jim Mann

Kilmarnock Football Club Supporters' Association ("KFCSA") and The Killie Trust were surprised, saddened and disappointed to learn of the intended resignation of Jim Mann as both Chairman and Director of our football club.

During his year as Chairman, Jim willingly dedicated time and effort to re-establish relationships and communications with both fans' organisations which had previously been eroded and we truly hope that his health issues speedily improve.

Both KFCSA and The Killie Trust hope the Club's Board and our next Chairman continue Jim's efforts and the relationships with both groups continues to prosper for the benefit of both the club and its supporters.

Our genuine good wishes go to Jim and we wish him health and happiness in his retirement - especially in his passion in following Kilmarnock Football Club.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Season Diary - Week 37

We asked for more fire power up front and we get three goals delivered, can we get a lottery win next week to buy the club for the fans?

Boomer did what Boomer does and love him or loathe him you can’t argue that given a wee run he has put the ball in the back of the net.

Josh did well wide right as well, in fact it was a better team performance all round and we thoroughly deserved the result, I hope we can maintain this form and catch Accies post split.

It was an ideal time for the board to let slip that the AGM will be on Tuesday 26th April at 2pm (yes, when everyone is at work) and chairman Jim Mann is exiting the board; unsurprisingly he is citing ill-health as the reason, stress is not easy to live with.

Good luck to him and thanks for trying but more radical change is required for survival while continuing to get behind and back the team 100% on the pitch.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Ladies Match Report

Westerlands 0 v 3 Kilmarnock

A terrific away win for Kilmarnock   Ladies who dominated the match for long periods.

Killie pressed from the outset creating plenty of good chances but with only one on target in the first half. Good link up play down the left flank between Murphy, Patterson and Law ended with the latter sending over a deep cross. The ball dropping at the feet of Sloan who dispatched past the Westies keeper.

HT Westerlands 0 v 1 Kilmarnock

The second half was more of the same except Kilmarnock, seemed much more relaxed and were finding more spaces in good areas of the park.

And it wasn't long before they extended their lead through Patterson. She capitalised on a defensive mistake cutting inside and slotting the ball past the on rushing Westerlands keeper.

With the tails up, Killie made it 3-0 with the goal of the game. A cracking finish on the volley from Docherty following a whipped cross from Munro -who herself had been in good form all afternoon, giving the fullback a torrid time.

A mention also has to go to Alanna Black on her performance today. The midfielder had lots of nice touches and displayed some sublime passing in the final third. She was creating openings for Killie at almost every opportunity.

However this is not taking anything away from the rest of the team. This was a good all round team performance and it was good to see some smiling coaches on the sidelines too.

Sundays ladies matches

Today's matches, well it's an early start for the U13s whites to play in their very first Scottish Cup game away to Aberdeen in the preliminary round.
A big occasion for the youngsters and hopefully after the long road trip are able to compete so a huge good luck to the girls and coaches.

The U17s take on Glasgow city at Rugby Park with 4pm K.O. this was a close game in last season's fixture with City just edging it, hopefully the girls are up for it today and a reversal in the scoreline,being the end result.

The senior ladies are away to Westerlands. Both teams were promoted this season into Division 1 and Westies like ourselves started the season well with a couple of good wins, so a good competitive match should be on the cards today k.o. 2.15pm at Garscube sports complex.
Good luck today safe journeys everyone to travelling to the matches

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Be The Boss - Garry Hay

This week's Be The Boss is a wee bit special. We asked a man who is not only Killie through and through but gave the best years of his life to our left touchline and has pockets so deep that many SPL wingers have never been seen again. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the Boss for this week, the one and only Garry Hay.

It's a dream come true to get this job. When got in touch and offered me the one game contract it was an offer I simply couldn't refuse.

It's the final game before the split, and I feel It's crucial for us to come away with the 3 points.

I've had some tough decisions to make, but that's what being the boss is all about. I'm trying to balance the team to be clinical in attack and miserly in defence. Defensively the team has been good in the last two games but we need to have more creativity and belief in our attacking play.

Formation 4-1-3-2

Goalkeeper: Jamie McDonald. 
Having an excellent season in between the sticks. Calming influence for the boys in front of him.

Defence: Mark O'Hara, Miles Addison, Conrad Balatoni, Lee Hodson
This is the same back four from the Thistle game . Two full backs worked very hard to limit the crosses from the wide areas against Thistle. Hodson in particular had a bit more on his plate with the threat of the Thistle wide man David Amoo. I thought he got a hard time of it a couple times in the first half, but stuck to his task and got the better of Amoo as the game went on. The rest of the guys were solid and indeed Addison looks like he brings an attacking threat at set pieces for us. Let's see the full backs bombing forward when they get a chance.

Midfield: Julien Faubert, Rory McKenzie, Gary Dicker, Greg Kiltie 

Firstly I must say it was tough to leave out Craig Slater, I'm a huge fan of his. If I had gone with a conventional three in the middle of the park then Craig would have started. As it is though I've put Julien Faubert at the bottom of midfield. I was impressed by him in the Celtic game. He looked to get on the ball and make things happen, albeit he wasn't great up at Thistle but he got another 90 mins in the tank, and hopefully when's he back on the hallowed (astro) turf at Rugby Park he can have a strong influence for us. 
In front of him I would have McKenzie, Dicker, and Kiltie (right to left). 
Dicker has done well since arriving, looks composed, has a presence and has the mobility to offer both defensive and attacking qualities to the team. 
Rory's season has been blighted by niggly injuries but for me he's got loads to offer. A proper team player who will work his socks off. Can cause St Johnstone lots of problems with his positive runs with and without the ball. We need to see him linking up with O'Hara to get crosses into the box for the other forward players. 
Greg has had a very good season, in my opinion he's been the outfield player of the year for us. Again, a real team player who has a great work ethic, allied to his technical ability and a understanding of the game that belies his age, this makes him a potential match winner for us.

Strikers: Josh Magennis & Kris Boyd 
I've built the formation around getting these two guys up front together, we need goals and these boys are the answer.
Josh has got a decent scoring ratio for us this season mainly playing as the lone striker. I think he may prefer it as it allows him to make his runs without having to worry about what a potential strike partner might be doing. As I said he's chipped in with a good return of goals but I'd argue we need someone else up there to take the burden off Josh.
So finally that leaves us with big Boomer Boyd. 
For as long as I've known Kris the one thing he always craved is scoring goals. Every day in training, whatever we done he wanted to be doing something that involved scoring goals. Sometimes the lads messed about in shooting drills, crossing and finishing drills etc, trying to lob the Goalie and stuff like that. Not Boydy, he was always looking to score properly, right foot, left foot, headers whatever it was and he would get really annoyed with himself if he missed. I used to wonder if he had a bonus in his contract that included training goals too! 
He's an older, less follically challenged Kris Boyd than the one I played with at Killie, but you don't lose that hunger for goals that he has and at 32 has got plenty life in him yet. Like all players you want a run of games to show the gaffer what you can offer, St Johnstone will be his third start on the trot. Alongside Josh I'm sure they can score the goals we need to move to safety if we can get the supply into the right areas for them.

There is also strong potential for the subs to have a positive effect on the outcome for us. Depending on how the game transpires then players like Slater, Kallum Higginbotham, Adam Frizzell, Tope Obadeyi, Alex Henshall and Aaron Splaine could play a key part in securing victory for the mighty Killie.

Finally, as always, let's get right behind the team on Saturday. #KTID

Monday, 4 April 2016

League Cup Quarter Final Draws

Season Diary - Week 36

What a fantastic support we had at Firhill on Saturday, filled our end and drowned out the home fans. Sadly the game was a bit of a non-event and the facilities were so bad it has prompted our SLO to write and complain.

New signing Addison is a bit of a tank and moved about that speed at times, but hopefully that will improve with his match fitness and he did look quite imposing as we secured another clean sheet.

Stopping the rot at the back has helped, but we need someone to start sticking them away at the other end now.

Kiltie covered every blade of grass, the back four were solid, but collectively we failed to shine. Higgy and the normally reliable McKenzie lacked sparkle and I would seriously consider starting big Josh wide right if we are going to continue with Boyd up front.

If we don’t win this Saturday, then the best we are getting is the play-off spot…and Dundee Utd are not out of the Mixu yet!

Friday, 1 April 2016

Ladies Weekend Preview

Both the Seniors and the U17s are out of action this weekend, so it is only the youngsters who are taking to the field.

On Saturday the U15s travel to face Morton. They will be hoping pick up where they left off after a two week break. Get behind the girls as they make their way down the coast hoping to collect three points.

Our U13 Blues make the short journey to Kilwinning; they have been turning in terrific performances since the start of the season and will be looking to do so again tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the U13 Whites travel to Ayr to face Glenburn. The young side have been making great strides in recent 
weeks with performances to be proud of.