'Well Pay the Price for Poor Finishing

Last updated : 15 January 2005 By Firparkcorner

This first SPL game of the year at Rugby Park lacked some of the atmosphere of the previous week’s cup tie but at least the storms had gone and calmer conditions prevailed.

The best chance of the match goes wrong

Partridge and Quinn replaced Kinniburgh and Fitzpatrick as Terry shuffled the pack in an attempt to gain some revenge after the cup defeat.

We fell behind within a minute of the start – even though we had the kick off! Our left side failed to prevent MacDonald delivering a deep cross and Boyd was able to tap in the knock back from the head of Nish.

It took some time for us to settle after the early setback but settle we did. McDonald had a long range effort touched away by the Killie keeper after ten minutes and he was to be kept busy for the rest of the half. Corrigan almost sneaked the equaliser when he raced into the box to get a toe to the ball but it ran to the left of the post.

The best chance came when a ball over the top of the defence found Clarkson and McDonald in splendid isolation. The pair ran in on goal but when it looked like McDonald was about to pull the trigger he elected to square the ball to his striking partner. Ford had recovered position and the pass was intercepted.

By the time Craigan’s header was palmed away on the half hour it was hard to believe that Killie were still in the lead. In the last minute of the half the home side scored again. This time Naismith set Boyd up for his second. It was Killie’s second goal attempt of the half and much against the run of play Motherwell had to troop off the field two down (just like last week).

Early in the second half Fitzpatrick replaced Foran but we were still setting up good goal scoring opportunities.

McDonald had a run of about thirty five yards and had only the keeper to beat but he was off target. Then, on the hour, McDonald and Clarkson produced a sparkling run through the middle which culminated in Clarkson rounding the keeper only to find the side netting with his effort.

Killie came back with a few attempts and Marshall was called into action. With five minutes left Wright replaced the luckless Clarkson but the game was over.