Sunday, November 4, 2007

McDonald Strikes Twice In Hoops Win!

Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock

(Wright 55)

(McDonald 34, 36)

KILMARNOCK (4-4-2) Combe; O’Leary, Hay, Wright, Ford (Jarvis 88); Fowler, Invincibile, Hamill (Locke 46), Gibson (Bryson 46); Wales, Nish

Subs not used: Harpur, Dodds, Clancy, Taouil

CELTIC (4-4-2) Boruc; Caldwell, Kennedy, McManus, Naylor; Jarosik, S.Brown, Hartley, McGeady; McDonald, Vennegoor of Hesselink

Subs not used: M.Brown, O’Dea, O’Brien, Sno, Killen, Riordan, Donati

Scott McDonald grabbed a clinical double as Celtic warmed up for Tuesday’s vital UEFA Champions League match against Benfica by beating Kilmarnock 2-1.

The SPL leaders maintained their position at the top of the table as the on-form Australian continued his prolific scoring run with two first-half goals.

McDonald has now scored 10 goals in 10 league games – an impressive record in his first few months as a Celt.

And what a goals they were. Paul Hartley dinked a pass on to the head of Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, who played in McDonald. Faced with Simon Ford, the Aussie twisted into space and curled a sublime finish into the bottom corner.

It was a stunning strike, but McDonald wouldn’t have to wait long for his second. Barely two minutes later, McGeady burst free on the right and delivered an inch-perfect cross to the front post.

McDonald, showing superb sharpness, eluded his markers and glanced a header home from four yards to leave the Hoops 2-0 up at half-time.

Yet, Killie were looking far more dangerous and they pulled a goal back just 10 minutes after the restart. Locke floated a free-kick into the penalty box and Frazer Wright climbed above the Hoops defence to nod home. Thankfully that was the end of the scoring.



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