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Celtic   3 - 0   Kilmarnock

By David McDaid

Celtic striker Georgios Samaras
Samaras finished emphatically against Killie

Celtic answered criticism of their home form with a comprehensive win over Kilmarnock in the league.

After a good start, the hosts went ahead on 13 minutes through Aiden McGeady's goal from a tight angle.

Georgios Samaras bulleted a header past Cameron Bell shortly after the half-hour mark from Andreas Hinkel's cross.

Kilmarnock's Kevin Kyle was off target from three headers before substitute Niall McGinn scored his first goal for Celtic with 12 minutes remaining.

The win takes Tony Mowbray's men three points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League, although Rangers have the chance to narrow the gap to one point with victory over Dundee United at Tannadice on Sunday.

Celtic looked eager to put on a good show and made a whirlwind start, with Pat McCourt, Samaras and Scott McDonald all looking lively.

The Australian striker tested Bell in the Kilmarnock goal within the first 60 seconds with an opportune flick off Andreas Hinkel's cross.

And Celtic's sustained pressure paid off on 13 minutes as they got their first goal in four games at home.

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McCourt drove inside from the left, his shot was deflected across the box to McGeady, who jinked past Craig Bryson to lash a fierce shot in off the far post from a tight angle.

McCourt made Bell save low soon afterwards then ran past three players before sending another shot two yards wide.

Bell, making just his third appearance of the season, was alert to produce a fine reflex save when McDonald diverted Samaras' pacy cross goal-ward from close range.

But it wasn't long before the keeper was beaten again with a wonderful move on 32 minutes that culminated in Hinkel picking out Samaras in the box and the Greek striker powered a header high into the net from nine yards.

Just before half-time, Kilmarnock's Kyle had a wonderful chance to get his team back in the game.

However, the big striker was badly off target with his header despite being just three yards from goal.

Killie looked more confident at the resumption of play after they had made two changes and reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2 formation.

Kyle was presented with two more free headers but could not keep either effort down.

The home side were unable dominate as they did in the first half, although McGeady made Bell stop well with a low shot from the edge of the box before the Republic of Ireland winger was booked for simulation.

Jamie Hamill tried his luck from outside the box for Killie. But, after nutmegging Landry N'Guemo beautifully, his shot was wayward.

But Celtic got the crucial third goal with a fine strike by McGinn that sped past Bell from just inside the box and Zheng Zhi and Samaras both had efforts cleared off the line in the closing stages.


Celtic manager Tony Mowbray:
"I though the level of performance was very similar to Wednesday night. I think we controlled the game again - but today a few goals went in.

"Goals cloud people's judgement of matches, and I can understand that.

"I'm delighted for Aiden and that he got his goal. He's a class act and can do things other players can't.

"There have not been many days when I've been disappointed with Aiden - and Shaun - and then we've got Pat and Niall who can come in as well."

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies:
"We said to the players before the game that they were going to come at us.

"Celtic were excellent today. We just couldn't get near them.

"I thought we were better in possession in the second half when we had a go, and Kevin Kyle admitted he should have scored a hat-trick with headers.

"But when Celtic play like that they're difficult to contain, so I must praise our boys for sticking to their task."

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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 3-0 Kilmarnock FT
(HT 2-0)
  • McGeady 13
  • Samaras 32
  • McGinn 78

    Celtic

    • 24 Zaluska
    • 02 Hinkel
    • 05 Caldwell
    • 11 Fox
    • 22 Loovens
    • 06 N'Guemo
    • 17 Crosas
    • 20 McCourt (McGinn 66)
    • 46 McGeady yellow card (Zhi 82)
    • 07 McDonald (Fortune 66)
    • 09 Samaras

    Substitutes

    • 47 Cervi,
    • 38 Thompson,
    • 52 Caddis,
    • 14 McGinn,
    • 19 Robson,
    • 27 Zhi,
    • 10 Fortune

    Kilmarnock

    • 13 Bell
    • 04 Fowler
    • 05 Wright yellow card
    • 15 O'Leary
    • 07 Bryson
    • 10 Taouil yellow card
    • 11 Invincibile (Fernandez 46)
    • 12 Skelton (Flannigan 66)
    • 23 Hamill
    • 16 Kyle
    • 18 Sammon (Hay 45)

    Substitutes

    • 21 Robinson,
    • 03 Hay,
    • 08 Pascali,
    • 17 Owens,
    • 19 Flannigan,
    • 22 Kelly,
    • 20 Fernandez
    Ref: CollumAtt: 46,000
    CELTIC
    KILMARNOCK

    Possession

    • Celtic 67%
    • Kilmarnock 33%

    Attempts on target

    • Celtic 16
    • Kilmarnock 1

    Attempts off target

    • Celtic 3
    • Kilmarnock 6

    Corners

    • Celtic 11
    • Kilmarnock 3

    Fouls

    • Celtic 4
    • Kilmarnock 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+2:54 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 89:51 Centre by Garry Hay, Mehdi Taouil takes a shot. Save made by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 89:11 A cross is delivered by Mehdi Taouil.
    • 88:43 James Fowler produces a cross, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • 87:00 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Fox.
    • 86:28 Corner taken by Daniel Fox.
    • 86:15 Niall McGinn takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
    • 84:02 The referee blows for offside. Glenn Loovens takes the indirect free kick.
    • 83:51 Niall McGinn is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 83:15 Landry N'Guemo takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.
    • 82:26 Corner taken by Marc Crosas, save by Cameron Bell.
    • 82:08 Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Fox.
    • 81:43 Substitution Zheng Zhi joins the action as a substitute, replacing Aiden McGeady.
    • 81:25 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
    • 80:50 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Iain Flannigan from the left by-line to the near post, Lukasz Zaluska makes a save.
    • 79:11 Marc-Antoine Fortune takes a shot. Cameron Bell makes a save.
    • 77:09 Assist on the goal came from Andreas Hinkel.
    • 77:09 GOAL - Niall McGinnCeltic 3 - 0 Kilmarnock Niall McGinn finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 3-0 Kilmarnock.
    • 76:39 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Kyle. Indirect free kick taken by Glenn Loovens.
    • 75:28 Niall McGinn produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
    • 74:47 Foul by Kevin Kyle on Marc-Antoine Fortune, free kick awarded. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
    • 74:10 Jamie Hamill produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
    • 73:00 Landry N'Guemo takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
    • 72:32 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jamie Hamill.
    • 72:21 Niall McGinn takes a shot. Blocked by Ryan O'Leary.
    • 71:25 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
    • 67:01 Booking Aiden McGeady is booked.
    • 65:30 Substitution Iain Flannigan comes on in place of Gavin Skelton.
    • 65:14 Lukasz Zaluska takes the direct free kick.
    • 65:14 Substitution Niall McGinn replaces Patrick McCourt.
    • 65:14 Substitution Scott McDonald goes off and Marc-Antoine Fortune comes on.
    • 65:14 Landry N'Guemo fouled by Kevin Kyle, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 64:57 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
    • 64:06 Aiden McGeady takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
    • 63:17 Effort from deep inside the area by Andreas Hinkel clears the bar.
    • 61:58 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ryan O'Leary on Georgios Samaras. Direct free kick taken by Landry N'Guemo.
    • 61:32 Effort on goal by Jamie Hamill from just inside the area clears the bar.
    • 58:41 Foul by Ryan O'Leary on Georgios Samaras, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marc Crosas.
    • 58:12 Foul by Kevin Kyle on Landry N'Guemo, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 55:58 Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
    • 54:47 Corner taken right-footed by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line, Kevin Kyle manages to make a clearance.
    • 54:42 Patrick McCourt sends in a cross, clearance by Frazer Wright.
    • 54:26 Andreas Hinkel sends in a cross, clearance made by James Fowler.
    • 53:43 Jamie Hamill delivers the ball, Kevin Kyle has a headed effort from close in and clears the bar.
    • 49:19 The ball is crossed by Craig Bryson, Kevin Kyle has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
    • 48:37 The assistant referee flags for offside against Daniel Fox. Free kick taken by James Fowler.
    • 47:42 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jamie Hamill from the left by-line, clearance made by Glenn Loovens.
    • 46:44 Shot from deep inside the area by David Fernandez goes over the bar.
    • 46:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Skelton by Andreas Hinkel. Garry Hay restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:32 Direct free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 45:32 Booking Frazer Wright goes into the book.
    • 45:11 Frazer Wright challenges Marc Crosas unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half has started.
    • 45:01 Substitution David Fernandez on for Daniele Invincibile.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:18 The match has reached half-time.
    • 45:00 Substitution Conor Sammon leaves the field to be replaced by Garry Hay.
    • 44:33 Centre by Mehdi Taouil, save by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 43:44 The ball is delivered by Patrick McCourt, Daniele Invincibile manages to make a clearance.
    • 43:17 Short corner worked by Patrick McCourt.
    • 42:41 The ball is sent over by Gavin Skelton, Kevin Kyle has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 42:17 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Gavin Skelton from the right by-line, save by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 42:10 Mehdi Taouil produces a cross, Glenn Loovens makes a clearance.
    • 39:54 Booking Mehdi Taouil goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 38:24 Georgios Samaras fouled by Frazer Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 33:54 Gavin Skelton delivers the ball, clearance made by Gary Caldwell.
    • 33:23 Mehdi Taouil fouled by Aiden McGeady, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Gavin Skelton.
    • 32:37 Georgios Samaras fouled by Frazer Wright, the ref awards a free kick. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
    • 31:15 The assist for the goal came from Andreas Hinkel.
    • 31:15 GOAL - Georgios SamarasCeltic 2 - 0 Kilmarnock Georgios Samaras finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Celtic 2-0 Kilmarnock.
    • 29:24 Centre by Mehdi Taouil.
    • 28:51 Centre by Georgios Samaras, Jamie Hamill manages to make a clearance.
    • 27:39 Kevin Kyle is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
    • 27:15 Handball by Kevin Kyle. Marc Crosas takes the direct free kick.
    • 26:57 Patrick McCourt sends in a cross.
    • 25:27 Georgios Samaras delivers the ball, Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save made by Cameron Bell.
    • 25:11 Craig Bryson delivers the ball, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
    • 24:59 The assistant referee flags for offside against Georgios Samaras. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Hamill.
    • 24:15 Andreas Hinkel produces a cross.
    • 23:27 Jamie Hamill sends in a cross.
    • 22:34 The ball is crossed by Aiden McGeady, Craig Bryson manages to make a clearance.
    • 21:51 Effort from the edge of the area by Patrick McCourt goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 19:59 Conor Sammon sends in a cross, Daniel Fox manages to make a clearance.
    • 19:36 Andreas Hinkel sends in a cross, clearance made by James Fowler.
    • 15:50 Patrick McCourt takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
    • 15:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Caldwell by Kevin Kyle. Free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
    • 12:39 GOAL - Aiden McGeadyCeltic 1 - 0 Kilmarnock Aiden McGeady finds the back of the net with a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Kilmarnock.
    • 12:00 Daniel Fox takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Kevin Kyle.
    • 11:54 The ball is crossed by Andreas Hinkel, blocked by Conor Sammon.
    • 11:06 Kevin Kyle is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
    • 10:29 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary Caldwell on Kevin Kyle. Jamie Hamill takes the direct free kick.
    • 9:54 The referee blows for offside. Cameron Bell takes the indirect free kick.
    • 7:50 Centre by Andreas Hinkel, save by Cameron Bell.
    • 6:50 Scott McDonald is ruled offside. Cameron Bell restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:26 Ryan O'Leary is ruled offside. Lukasz Zaluska takes the free kick.
    • 5:10 Patrick McCourt challenges Frazer Wright unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Cameron Bell.
    • 4:47 Daniel Fox takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Frazer Wright manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:17 Patrick McCourt decides to take the corner short.
    • 4:10 The ball is swung over by Scott McDonald, blocked by Ryan O'Leary.
    • 2:02 Corner taken right-footed by Patrick McCourt from the left by-line, Kevin Kyle manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:54 Centre by Daniel Fox, Ryan O'Leary manages to make a clearance.
    • 1:21 A cross is delivered by Georgios Samaras, Frazer Wright gets a block in.
    • 0:53 Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Cameron Bell.
    • 0:08 Foul by Jamie Hamill on Scott McDonald, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Marc Crosas.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    31 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

    Home Team Score Away Team Time
    Celtic 3-0 Kilmarnock R
    Hibernian 2-0 Aberdeen R
    Motherwell 1-0 Hearts R
    St Johnstone 3-1 Falkirk R
    St Mirren 0-2 Hamilton R

    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 31 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 10 12 23
    2 Hibernian 10 8 20
    3 Rangers 9 9 19
    4 Motherwell 10 3 17
    5 Dundee Utd 9 5 16
    6 St Mirren 10 -2 12
    7 Aberdeen 10 -2 11
    8 Hearts 10 -4 9
    9 Kilmarnock 10 -4 9
    10 St Johnstone 10 -5 9
    11 Hamilton 10 -9 8
    12 Falkirk 10 -11 4

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