Pascali pops up to~punish Accies

Manuel Pascali's first Kilmarnock goal ended Hamilton's perfect start to give Killie a 1-0 win that put them level on points with the Old Firm.

Last Updated: 23/08/08 at 18:00 Post Comment

Bet £10 Get £30

Daily Offers And Promotions. Join Now & Bet £10 and Get a £30 Free Bet

The Italian midfielder rose well at the far post in first-half injury-time to head the only goal of a competitive encounter at Rugby Park.

Killie, who are yet to concede a goal this season, maintained their edge and finished strongly after Hamilton winger David Graham was sent off.

Both sides were unchanged and competed hard in the middle of the park as the game started at a high tempo.

Kilmarnock began to push the visitors back but they were finding it hard to create chances, although referee Crawford Allan inadvertently set up their first opportunity in the 20th minute.

Tony Stevenson's clearance cannoned off Allan and went behind, leaving the referee no option but to award a corner.

Mehdi Taouil found Frazer Wright six yards out but the defender's header under pressure was just too high.

Chris Swailes headed over following a Stevenson free-kick and both sides came close to carving out openings with some slick moves as the game opened up.

Graham continued a fine run after a reverse pass from Simon Mensing but his ball across the goalmouth evaded his team-mates.

A one-two between Conor Sammon and David Fernandez almost put the Irishman through but Swailes intercepted.

The chances continued to improve and Killie winger Danny Invincibile volleyed over after James Fowler's cross found him 12 yards out.

Graham shot wide from 20 yards as Hamilton attacked in numbers and Alan Combe had to backtrack to push over Stevenson's deep free-kick.

Tomas Cerny made a point-blank save to deny Simon Ford after Sammon headed on Taouil's corner but the Czech keeper was beaten seconds later.

Taouil delivered to the back post this time and Pascali rose to head down and into the net.

Hamilton manager Billy Reid brought on striker Joel Thomas for his debut, switching to a 4-4-2 system as holding midfielder Alex Neil went off.

Taouil almost set up Killie's second when his cross found Craig Bryson eight yards out, but Mark McLaughlin threw himself in the way to divert the midfielder's header over.

Killie captain Garry Hay took a yellow card for a trip on James McCarthy but the alternative could have been more damaging as the breaking midfielder had Thomas unmarked to his left.

McLaughlin had to limp off in the 50th minute with an injury picked up in his goal-saving challenge, with David Elebert coming on.

Killie protected their lead by keeping Hamilton on the back foot and Bryson again came close midway through the half.

He picked up the ball 10 yards inside the Accies half following impressive hold-up play from Sammon and bore down on goal, but he flicked the ball just past the far post as Cerny came out to narrow the angle.

Accies enjoyed a fine spell of unbroken possession involving most of their team, which ended with Stevenson crossing for Richard Offiong, but Wright diverted his header behind.

Their comeback hopes were shattered in the 78th minute when Graham was handed a straight red card for fouling Pascali from behind after losing possession.

Killie handed on-loan Coventry striker Donovan Simmonds his debut as they sought a second goal.

Taouil flashed a shot wide after good skill on the edge of the box and Cerny blocked Invincibile's low strike as Killie made their extra man count.

The Australian then headed wide at the far post and Taouil again shot wide after some eye-catching skill on the right.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Saturday, 30 August 2014
15:00
Hamilton 4-0 Ross Co Report
Inverness 2-0 Kilmarnock Report
Motherwell 0-1 St J'stone Report
St Mirren 0-3 Dundee Utd Report
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Dundee Utd 2-1 Ross Co  
Kilmarnock 2-0 Motherwell  
Partick 1-2 Hamilton  
St J'stone 1-0 Aberdeen  
St Mirren 0-1 Dundee  
12:30
Inverness 1-0 Celtic Report

Scottish Premiership

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Inverness 5 7 13
2 Hamilton 5 6 12
3 Dundee Utd 5 3 12
4 St J'stone 5 -1 9
5 Kilmarnock 5 -1 7
6 Celtic 3 7 6
7 Dundee 4 1 6
8 Aberdeen 4 0 6
9 Partick 4 1 4
10 Motherwell 5 -5 3
11 St Mirren 4 -7 0
12 Ross Co 5 -11 0

Updated Sat, 30 Aug 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin in plea after thwarted move

Morgan Schneiderlin has appealed to Southampton fans after a thwarted attempt to leave St Mary's.

Premier League: Chelsea hit Everton for six in nine-goal Goodison Park thriller

Chelsea hit Everton for six in a goal-filled Premier League extravaganza at Goodison Park which finally ended 6-3.

Transfer news: Leicester sign QPR full-back Danny Simpson

Leicester City have signed full-back Danny Simpson from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee.

Mail Box

Surely A Spurs Fan Should Remember...

...what happened to the fourth Champions League place the last time an English team won the thing. Plus, who would want to pay £60 to watch the current England team?

Ginger Pirlo? Don't Make Me Laugh...

A Sunderland fan in the mailbox is surprised by Jack Colback's call up to the England squad. Plus, thoughts on Welbeck and Liverpool's Champions League draw...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property