Hamilton Women 7-1 Kilwinning Ladies: Kevin Murphy still looking for improvement

Written by Colette Carr.

Despite a comprehensive 7-1 victory over visitors Kilwinning, Accies manager Kevin Murphy still sees room for improvement in his Accies side.

A first half hat-trick from Cheryl McCulloch and goals from Carolina Richardson, Gillian Sloey and Cara McBrearty sealed the three points, but Murphy was not 100% happy.

He said: “I’m happy to win 7-1 of course, but disappointed to lose a goal.

“It was a cheap goal to lose, and I thought that was it, game on.  We became a little bit lethargic and sluggish in our play which is disappointing.

“I think there are areas that we need to work on, I think fitness is a must and their speed of play has to get better and clinical more in goal.  I felt we could have kept the clean-sheet, so I’m happy with the three points but our performance could have been better.

“We scored some very good goals, a variety of goals and obviously Cheryl with her hat-trick is great for her personally, and some of the ends of the pitch that we scored from were good, but as I said I think we can get more clinical in our finishing.”

Accies started on the front foot in the first ten, as Kimberly Black started a blazing run through the middle to release Richardson out wide, who quickly played it back in to Black, who was dispossessed at the byline.

On the 11th Accies thought they had grabbed the lead, as Sloey knocked the ball from close range, but a quick reaction from keeper Lauren McGregor denied her on the goal-line.

Two minutes later though, Accies broke the deadlock, as McCulloch tapped in Richardson’s well placed cross.

Lynsey Hogg then guided her long distance free-kick perfectly towards goal, however McGregor was well placed.

A free-kick from deep inside the Accies half from McBrearty saw Sloey breakaway to chase a one on one with the keeper, but despite a spill from McGregor, she recovered before Sloey could bury a shot.

Accies had cause for concern by 20 minutes though, as loan star Lauren McMurchie had to leave the pitch for treatment, but was replaced by midfielder Amy Bulloch.

Kilwinning then had their first chance of the match, as Jennifer Scollay broke through to test Megan Cunningham, but she couldn’t beat the Accies keeper.

Sloey then almost doubled Accies advantage with another close range effort, but McGregor stood strong to deny.

By the 29th minute McCulloch bagged her second with a composed touch, turn and strike outside the box to send the ball into goal.

McBrearty watched in agony as her great hit from outside the box deflected over the crossbar at the half hour mark, but ten minutes later a great pass from Bulloch to Richardson out wide allowed Richardson to play in Sloey, and after her initial shot was blocked, McCulloch completed her hat-trick pouncing to make easy work of her third.

Ten minutes after the restart, Richardson kicked off the second half goals slamming a volley across McGregor’s body.

Sloey and McBreaty were again attacking the Kilwinning goal, both seeing their chances cleared away.

Just after the hour mark, Kilwinning finally found a way through Accies to pull one back, Scollay breaking through to nestle the ball into the left of goal, much to Cunningham’s anger.

On the 65th, Sloey finally found the net, her hit from distance firing Accies further ahead of the Ayrshire rivals.

Seven minutes later the gulf between the two was even further stretched, as left-back Cara McBrearty hooked her low corner right into goal, surprising the shocked Kilwinning defence.

Within the last ten minutes, Accies still looked likely to score, as Bulloch fired over, winger Ashley McDonald’s shot met the keeper, Sloey’s header missed the target and Corri Cairns’ hit was taken by McGregor.

With minutes to go Kilwinning pushed for that late consolation goal, but in the last moment of play McBrearty took her brace as she picked up a pass down to the left to move into the box and roll a shot past the diving keeper.

While Accies continue their winning run ahead of their next game, Murphy hopes to iron out mistakes before the next game against Falkirk, while Kilwinning are still in hot water in the SWPL danger zone.
Elsewhere.....Glasgow City secured an incredible 7th title in a row after defeating Hibernian 4-0 at Albyn Park, Broxburn.

City needed only one point from their remaining four games to clinch the Championship and won it in style against second placed Hibs thanks to a hat-trick from Leanne Ross and a strike from Jo Love.

City striker Christie Murray made her competitive return to the side after a year out and despite only managing 45 minutes, caused the home side problems, winning two first half penalties as she was brought down on route to goal. Ross converted in opposite corners on each occasion before getting her third of the match just after the break when she curled a free kick from the edge of the box into the top corner.

Midfielder Jo Love ensured the emphatic victory midway through the second half as she converted from close range after being set up by Jess Fishlock.

Commenting on the historic win, City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said: “A massive congratulations to all players and staff involved with the club. It is a great achievement to win the title for 7th time in a row.
"In a way I am glad we didn’t tie it up last week as today we showed how champions should play as we had to come to our nearest rivals to win the title. As much as Hibs made a game of it, I thought we were really dominant and in total control of the game.
"Like anything else when you are successful you don’t have a chance to celebrate as we now move on to the Scottish Cup semi-final next Sunday against Celtic.”

Glasgow City will be presented with the SWPL Championship at their next home match at Petershill Park on 13th October, 2pm v Celtic.

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0 # C 2013-09-29 21:02
Goal was hit on volley from a free kick which found the bottom left hand corner by Paige Henry.
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