Kilmarnock 2
Ayr United 0
League (Championship)


Kilmarnock 

2 - 0

Ayr United


League (Championship)
Monday, August 2nd, 2021
Attendance: 3,692


Goalscorers
None. None.

Team Managers
Unknown. David Hopkin

Starting Eleven
Hemming
Naismith
Murray
StokesBooked at 45mins
Haunstrup
Burke
McGinn
Alston
Murray
Polworth
Cameron
Jordan Houston .2
Patrick Reading .3
Andy Murdoch .6
Aaron Muirhead .4
Sean McGinty .5
Tomi Adeloye .9
Cameron Salkeld .11
Jack Baird .15
Michael Hewitt .20
Charlie Albinson .21
Mark McKenzie .22

Bench
Robinson
Armstrong
Walker
Sanders
Lyons
Burrell
McGowan
Aiden McAdams .1
Michael Moffat .7
Daire OConnor .10
James Maxwell .14
Markus Fjortoft .23
Jonathan Afolabi .24

Substitutions
None. Daire OConnor for Michael Hewitt (67)
Jonathan Afolabi for Mark McKenzie (67)
James Maxwell for Aaron Muirhead (82)

Cautions
None. Tomi Adeloye
Jordan Houston
Cameron Salkeld
Jack Baird

Red Cards
None. None.

Match Officials

Don Roberston (Referee)






Match Report


Kilmarnock opened their Scottish Championship campaign with a deserved victory over local rivals Ayr United.

In the first league meeting of the sides in 28 years, Killie dominated with Innes Cameron and the outstanding Chris Burke threatening.

Liam Polworth fired Tommy Wright's side ahead in the second half following a forceful run by Blair Alston.

And Cameron netted from the spot after Jack Baird was harshly penalised for handball.

Replays suggested the ball had hit the defender's chest following a shot by Alston.

David Hopkin's visitors struggled to gain territory in attacking areas, though the manager felt his team should have had a penalty in the first half for a challenge on Tomi Adeloye.

Kilmarnock manager Tommy Wright: "I thought we were relentless from the first whistle. It was a really good performance and a thoroughly deserved win. All we've done is get three points and get a good start.

"I know what Chris Burke can give me. He's a tremendous professional and I was so pleased when he re-signed."

Ayr United manager David Hopkin: "Players gave me everything. I thought the referee got two of the biggest decisions wrong.

"It was a stonewall penalty for us in the first half. [At Kilmarnock's penalty] it hits Jack's chest. You can hear with the thud it hits his chest."

Match report written by BBC



Squad Statistics (as at August 2nd, 2021)


2021-22 All Time
Age
Charlie Albinson (GK)24 3 - 3 -
Jack Baird25 4 - 38 -
Jordan Houston21 4 - 52 -
Sean McGinty27 4 - 4 -
Patrick Reading22 4 - 281
Mark McKenzie20 4 - 412
Andy Murdoch - 41814
Michael Hewitt20 3 - 11 -
Aaron Muirhead - 4 - 715
Cameron Salkeld22 4141
Tomi Adeloye25 4242
James Maxwell (sub)19 1 - 1 -
Daire OConnor (sub)24 1 - 1 -
Jonathan Afolabi (sub)21 1 - 1 -






League Table (as at August 2nd, 2021)


Pld W D L Pts
1. Kilmarnock 1 1 0 0 3
2. Partick Thistle 1 1 0 0 3
3. ICT 1 1 0 0 3
4. Hamilton Academical 1 0 1 0 1
5. Raith Rovers 1 0 1 0 1
6. Dunfermline Athletic 1 0 1 0 1
7. Morton 1 0 1 0 1
8. Queen of the South 1 0 0 1 0
9. Arbroath 1 0 0 1 0
10. Ayr United 1 0 0 1 0