Accies 3 Queen of the South 0
Accies finished off their preparations for the Ramsdens Cup Final with this excellent win over Queens at a sunny New Douglas Park. It took until the 70th minute for Accies to take the lead, with substitute Greig Spence heading home from close range after a Danny Redmond corner kick had been won by Mark McLaughlin. It was his first touch of the ball and it had been an inspired substitution by Billy Reid.
Things got better from there on, with both Danny Redmond and Andy Ryan scoring with brilliant long range shots to close the game out.
Post match interviews are now available on the side panel. Thanks to Andy McGilvray for his interview with Greig Spence.
Billy Reid's Interview
Ian McFadyen's Match Pictures
Hamilton Accies 3 Queen of the South 0
Irn Bru Scottish Football League Division 1
New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Saturday, 24th March 2012
Billy Reid was in the happy situation of being able to say "same again" prior to this game for the first time in ages. His players repaid that faith with another good win against decent opposition. Accies remain in 4th place in the league but have cut the gap on 3rd placed Falkirk ahead of next Sunday's Ramsdens Cup Final.
Accies started quite brightly in the glorious sunshine but in fact it was Queens that created the first chance, with a dangerous cross from the left being intercepted by Danny Redmond before it could reach Sam Parkin in the middle. Accies began to take command of the game and were unfortunate not to take the lead in the 23rd minute when an inswinging corner by Danny Redmond was missed by Lee Robinson but cleared off the line. Danny then had a couple of decent attempts on goal within a minute or so, with Robinson doing well to save the first and the second going narrowly past the post.
Robinson struggled with another Redmond corner kick in the 34th minute but the goal survived again. Queens did manage their first attempt on goal in the 37th minute but it went well over the top. As half time approached, Jon McShane tried his luck with a direct free kick just before half time but it was a foot or two too high. So at the interval it was all square, but Accies were generally on top.
There were no changes at half time but Accies came close to breaking the deadlock just 2 minutes after the break when Mark Stewart dived to get his head to a fine cross from the left by Danny Redmond, but he didn't get enough contact and it went well wide. Danny Redmond then fired a direct free kick not far over the top and after that Queens had a decent chance after a mistake by Alex Neil, but again they failed to capitalise and the cross found no takers.
It was time for Accies to make their first change and the introduction of Jordan Kirkpatrick meant that Alex neil moved back into defence with Lee Kilday being sacrificed (not literally). Jordan has had to bide his time for chances in the team but he got into his stride very quickly and there's no doubt that this change kick started Accies and helped them win the game. Jon McShane was looking for his third consecutive scoring game and he was sent clean through in the 68th minute, but Robinson rushed out to clear.
However, the game is all about scoring goals so it will be Greig Spence who will grab the headlines for opening the scoring with his first touch after replacing Mark Stewart. A Danny Redmond corner kick (one of the 11 he took during the game) was headed towards the back post by Mark McLaughlin and it was Greig who nodded it over the line from close range. After all the hard work by his team mates, it was ironic that greig had scored with his first touch of the ball!
Accies really deserved to be ahead and now they went in search of more. They drove forward whenever they could and generated several good efforts in goal that found Lee Robinson in good form, especially when he saved a good shot by Greig Spence. Accies finished the game as a contest in the 86th minute with a fabulous goal by Danny Redmond. The game's outstanding player received a pass about 25 yards out before looking up and lashing a shot into the postage stamp corner. Robinson made a valiant effort to keep it out, but it was too powerful an accurate for him to stop.
On any other day, that would clearly have been the highlight of the game but substitute Andy Ryan then lashed another fantastic shot into the top corner from long range to complete the scoreline. That was to be the last kick of the game and it's hard to imagine a better ending to a match.
There were no failures for Accies in what was an excellent team performance. The goals were great and the good news is that they closed the gap on the teams above them without incurring any fresh injuries or disciplinary points. Billy Reid has put together a really good team and it would have been interesting to see how this team would have performed this season if they had been around at the start! It all augurs well for the cup final on Sunday 1st April and Accies will head into that game in confident mood.
Hamilton : Hutton, Mensing, Canning, McLaughlin, Kilday (Kirkpatrick 56), Neil, Routledge, Redmond, McAlister, McShane (Ryan 88), Stewart (Spence 71).
Subs Not Used: Currie, Gillespie.
Goals : Spence (73), Redmond (86), Ryan (90).
Queen of the South : Robinson, Reid, Higgins, McKenna, McGuffie, Potter, Johnston, McLaughlin (Simmons 83), Parkin, Clark (Carmichael 71), Reid (Reilly 76)
Subs Not Used: Atkinson, Brighton
Cautioned; Parkin, Higgins
Att : 1,631
Ref : Euan Norris
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