Reshuffled Accies Continue Pre Season With Home Win
Accies 3 (Gardner, 11, McLeod, 20, Inglis (pen, 79)
Forfar 2 (Smith, 71, Deans, 73)
A new look Accies side took to the field at the Superseal as Gary Doctor made 8 changes
from last week’s defeat at Hearts. And with the onus on giving everyone in the squad valuable
game time, the replacements made the most of their opportunities in a hard fought 3-2 victory
over Forfar, the side Accies will replace next season in the top division.
Gary Doctor was just pleased to see his side get back to winning ways, as the new season
fast approaches: “Overall it’s important to try and establish that winning mentality. It’s been
good for me to see players who didn’t feature last week coming in and playing well.”
Accies were two up at half time, courtesy of two well executed corners, but Forfar fought
back with a quick fire second half double, before Gill Inglis settled matters with a late penalty.
Forfar certainly provided the type of test Doctor and his players know they must rise to in the
“Surrendering the two goal lead was disappointing.”, he says. “I suppose but that may be
down to all the changes we were making during the game. But we came back strongly and
won in the end. It was nice to get some goals from the set pieces. We’ve been working hard
on a few things at training and it was good to see us execute from the four corners we had.”
“We just need to work on being more clinical. We were playing good football until about 30
yards out and we still need to work more on our execution.”
With such competition for places the Accies starters looked keen to make their mark, as
Accies began the livelier side from the outset. Mairi McGuinness and Mhairi Lyle provided the
early impetus, running the channels up front, but it was to be the corner kick deliveries of
Lauren Kerr which got Accies on top.
The opener arrived on 11 minutes as Accies won a corner down the left. Kerr’s right footed
in swinger broke to Lori Gardner who found the top corner of the net from inside the box. In
almost identical fashion nine minutes later Kerr then repeated the trick as she picked out
Deborah McLeod inside the box to glance home number 2.
Accies were looking confident and were almost 3 up on 28 minutes as Kerr’s shot from
outside the was gathered at the second attempt by Dryden with McGuiness ready to pounce
for the rebound.
The visitors started to settle more into the game, with Julia Scott providing the main attacking
outlet out wide. Her cross on 39 minutes provided the best opportunity, as she found Smith at
the far post but the striker couldn’t direct her shot on target.
Forfar carried their momentum into the second half, with McCarthy heading Scott’s cross just
wide on 47 minutes. The visitors were seeing more of the ball in the Accies half and on 57
minutes Smith linked up well with Deans in the box, with her powerful effort requiring a strong
hand wide by Elaine Fleming.
Accies rang a few changes midway through the half and Forfar seemed to take advantage of
the reorganisation as they fought back with a quick-fire double. The danger again came from
Scott out wide as she crossed for Smith to head outjump the defence to head past Fleming.
Then, after Fleming had rushed back to tip over a net bound Smith shot two minutes later, the
visors were level from the resulting corner, as Accies struggled to clear and Deans pounced
first to drill a low drive past Fleming.
Accies responded well though, and soon re-established their lead from the spot as Connolly
drove through the heart of the Forfar defence to be brought down by Collier for a stonewall
penalty. Inglis duly stepped up to send Dryden the wrong way.
Connolly could have extended the lead on 84 minutes as Dryden misjudged a shot and almost
parried into her own net, only to be rescued by the post.
It’s on to Jeanfield Swifts next week and midfielder Mairi Lyle knows it’s another valuable
preparation for the league kick off.
“They’re a strong side and we’ll need to play well. It was good for us to get a win today and
get some goals. I thought we played well to get two goals up then maybe dropped off a bit. It
was a much better performance than last week, and it shows we have a strong squad. We can
be a bit more clinical in front of goal and we’ll be looking to work on that for next weekend.”
24 Fleming, 19 Fraser, (2 McGill, 66) 13 Lindsay, 5 McGill, 16 Lindsay, 15 McLeod, 7 Kerr, 12
Jaycock, (14 Inglis 66) 17 Lyle, 11 McGuinness, 10 Gardner Subs: Hopkins, Allan, Gallen,
Connolly, Inglis, Lyons, Quinn
1 Dryden, 2 Collier, 4 Cattanach, 6 Parsley, 7 Noble, 9 Smith, 15 Deans, 18 McCarthy, 19
Scott, 23 Mitchell, 33 Debio Subs, 3 White, 11 Bruce, 36 Gach
Hamilton Academical Dev v Motherwell FC Dev
Johnston Kerr put his Development sides 2-1 derby win down to a “disciplined and organised”
performance as they picked up 3 points in the opening League game of the season.
A double from Sophie Gilchrist was enough to ease the side to a win in some truly horrendous
conditions that made it very difficult for both teams.
“I cant ask for more as a coach that what the players gave in today’s conditions. It was a
hard game all round.
“We really wanted to keep playing with the confidence we took from last weeks Cup win
against Seton and be disciplined and organised in regards to certain positions when defending.
Gilchrists first goal came after Quigley stole possession at the edge of the Motherwell box
before slipping the striker in to coolly slot into the corner on the 9th minute. Conditions made
football a difficult prospect with both sides with the howling wind and rain giving both
defences some problems but Accies struck again on the 36th minute and it was almost a
carven copy of the first.
Quigley turned well from 40 yards out before driving at the Motherwell centre backs and
found Gilchrist just inside the box who blasted past Rhind into the roof of the net.
Motherwell had shown some signs of danger with trialist striker Sam McManus threatening
the goal and she got her rewards in first half injury time with a speculative effort which
Hamilton couldn’t keep out in the driving rain.
Accies saw out the second period comfortably and should really have put the game to bed
early in the second half but Gilchrist fired over from 10 yards.
Kerr however was pleased with the team and looks forward to an away tie to Murieston next
week who were on the wrong end of a thrashing from Blackburn.
“We go into next week the same as always. Murieston will be looking to bounce back after
their defeat and we’ll be looking to stop them doing that ad continue our good start.
Accies travel to Murieston next week in SWFL 2 Central Division.
Hamilton (GK), Smith ©, Donald, Kelly, Colqhoun, McDonald, Russell, Quigley, Gilchrist,
Calvert, Jeffrey Subs: Donnelly, Campbell, Shearon
Rhind (GK), Hill, Brown, Bell, Lovat ©, Kelly, KM McManus, SB McManus, Docherty, SJ
McManus, Wright Subs: Calderwood, Campbell, Naules, Gallagher, Kane, Fleming, Brown
Reported by Mark Gillespie
Hamilton Academical WFC