in Match Reports July 18, 2018
Daniel Higgins scored a fantastic late free-kick to give Killie a 1-0 friendly win over East Kilbride.
The central defender stepped up to curl the ball past Matthew McGinley after Adam Frizzell had been hacked down just outside the box.
Killie trio Greg Taylor, Iain Wilson and Stephen O'Donnell all played 45 minutes following their summer Scotland exertions while Kris Boyd made his first appearance as he steps up his return.
Boyd tested McGinley with a rasping free kick early on before Killie struck the bar with a header from a corner,
Devlin Mackay completed 90 minutes in goal and Steve Clarke saw the shot stopper produce a wonderful fingertip save to tip a fine strike onto the post in a tight first half.
Andy Millen and his team made five changes at the break, introducing some our U18 and reserve players as well as one trialist.
Kenny Barr, Euan McLevy, Ally Taylor, Jack Paterson and a Trialist were introduced with Taylor, O'Donnell and Wilson all departing alongside Kris Boyd and Chris Burke.
In front of a healthy Killie crowd, Mikael Ndjoli came close to his first Killie goal only to shoot narrowly wide after a fine passing move.
The on-loan Bournemouth man departed on the hour mark with Greg Kiltie with Andy Monk and Tomas Brindley gaining vital minutes.
EK keeper McGinley showed agility and excellent handling to halt two long-range strikes from Dominic Thomas as the game seemed destined to end goalless. However Higgins stepped up to make a telling contribution as we prepare to take on Dumbarton this Saturday.
Kilmarnock (First Half): Mackay; O'Donnell, I.Wilson, Higgins, G.Taylor; Ndjoli, Frizzell, Thomas, Burke; Kiltie, Boyd
Kilmarnock (Second Half): Mackay; Barr, Trialist, Higgins, McLevy; Paterson, Frizzell, A.Taylor, Thomas; Kiltie (Brindley), Ndjoli (Monk)