Hamilton take on Hutchison Vale and Hibs together

Written by Colette Carr.

Hamilton Accies 2-1 Hutchison Vale; Hamilton Accies 1-3 Hibs

After being given a by in the League Cup, Accies Premier side travelled to Broxburn to play both Hutchison Vale and Hibs over two hours.

With Carolina Richardson and Gill Inglis scoring in their 2-1 victory over Hutchison Vale, and Richardson scoring Accies only goal in their 3-1 defeat to Hibs, it left Assistant Manager Gary Doctor praising his side’s performance and with a lot to think about the team’s young guns.

He said:  “It’s been good to come up against two teams we will be playing in the league, more game time for the players, a lot of positives in terms of our performances in both the games so loads to take from it certainly.

“I think what we’ve found is that one or two of the younger players who have just joined the squad are certainly not out of place, if not, really pushing on, with performances of the likes of Susan Lang, played the whole game at central defence, Courtney McAvoy as well did very well in attacking mid and Deborah McLeod did really well also, so that’s really good positives for us also.”

Just two minutes into their first game of the day, Richardson took the lead for Accies, after taking the ball round the stranded Hutchison keeper and firing into the open goal.  Hamilton continued to press forward, efforts from Gill Inglis, Deborah McLeod, Toni Mason, testing the keeper and glancing wide and high.

Ten minutes after the opener however, Hutchison brought the game back to level terms with the striker firing the ball through the packed penalty area and to the left of stretching Megan Cunningham.

The hunt for a winner was then on for Hamilton, McLeod and Karen McInally firing high trying to find goal.

After the break, Hutchison Vale were immediately on the attack, forcing great saves and decisions from Cunningham, before Accies found an opportunity, Courtney McAvoy and Inglis bringing the ball up the park, to play in Richardson who missed her final shot.

On the 40th minute, Inglis’ wonderful freekick from the edge of the box regained Hamilton’s lead.

Ashley McDonald, Inglis, McAvoy and Mason all continued to attack goal, before the first match ended 2-1 to the Hamilton side.

The second game also took only two minutes for the ball to hit the back of the net, however, the Hibs strike crossed the line after the flag had already been raised.  The attacking Hibs side were already out to cause problems for Accies, however the visitors dealt with it well, defending well and Cunningham with a great punch to clear away a Hibs corner.  Youngster McAvoy continued to impress, linking up well with experienced McInally and heading wide.

Six minutes before the break, Hibs broke the deadlock, the ball tucking into the corner of the net. 

The 34th minute saw Richardson grab her second of the day, sending the ball across the Hibs keepers body to cross the line.

 Hamilton felt they should have went ahead, after Richardson beat the keeper, however, the flag was up, and the score remained a goal apiece.

Hibs were ahead after forty minutes, after a tap in from a scrap in the box firing them ahead.  McGuire’s strike from distance soon after seemed to be the equaliser for Accies, however, the keeper reacted well to keep it out her goal. 

Two minutes before time, Hibs found goal again, after a run down the right saw a low ball being sent into the box, to be tapped in from close range. 

With preseason well underway, Sunday’s trip to Broxburn proved to be beneficial for the club’s younger and more experienced players.

 

Hamilton Accies v Hutchison Vale: Cunningham, Inglis, Lang, Mason, Quinn (McBrearty), McLeod, Gemmell (McGuire), Templeton (Campbell), McInally (Russell), McDonald, Richardson (McAvoy)

 

Hamilton Accies v Hibs: Cunningham, Inglis, McBrearty, Lang, McGuire (McLeod), Mason, Gemmell (Quinn), Richardson (Templeton), McAvoy (Brannan), McDonald, McInally
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