No. of Shots
Shots on Target
|Goals||S Boyd 58, Ndjoli 85||
MacDonald, O'Donnell, Broadfoot, S Boyd, Taylor, Burke , (Wilson 78),Dicker, Power, Jones, Erwin (Ndjoli 74), K Boyd, (Brophy 85).
Subs Not Used: MacKay, Kiltie, Waters, Thomas.
Kilmarnock began their Scottish Premiership campaign with a deserved victory over St Johnstone.
The home side dominated possession and territory, but mustered only two shots on target in a turgid first half.
Inspired by Jordan Jones, Killie were more aggressive and incisive after the break, hemming Saints in their own box.
Scott Boyd pounced on an error by Zander Clark to stab home the opener, before Mikael Ndjoli sealed the win with a rasped long-range drive.
As curtain-raisers go, the first 45 minutes produced largely drab and bitty fare, Alan Power's whizzing 20-yard strike, tipped clear by Clark, the only chance of note.
Former manager Bobby Williamson was on-hand for the half-time activities, and recieved a warm welcome!
With Jones' speed and vigour up the left, Killie began the second half with aplomb.
Their breakthrough came when Clark fumbled a tame Lee Erwin shot into the path of Scott Boyd, (right) who gleefully prodded the ball into the empty net.
Jones rattled the crossbar from distance, and although Saints' David McMillan should have done better with a header from a corner, Steve Clarke's men always looked in command.
Killie's victory was confirmed five minutes from time when Ndjoli hammered in a vicious right-foot shot from outside the area.
Steve Clarke: "Jordan started well in the second half with one good dribble and he’s a confidence player. His confidence came back very quickly and he was one of a number of good performances. Mikael is a goalscorer and he’s shown that albeit at a different level. We’re happy to have him here and he gives us something a little bit different. Somebody asked me a few weeks ago if we had enough options to score goals and I think we have. I think you saw our forward power. I didn’t even get Greg Kiltie on the pitch today so we’ve got good forward options."
"For the club these records (winning first opening day fixture in 9 years) are meant to be open. We’re not here to set records, we’re here to win football matches. We wanted to have a good start today and we’ve done that. Feet back on the ground, back in training tomorrow and get ready for another difficult game away at Livingston next weekend."
On Stuart Findlay, "Stuart is still getting one or two little headaches so we’re not taking a risk on him. Kirk and Scott Boyd did so well today which is pleasing and means we don’t need to rush Stuart back."
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