Accies started the new season with a win against Queen's Park at Hampden. After a poor first half, Billy Reid made a triple change and this gave his team the edge. The home side played well but second half goals by youngsters Ali Crawford (left) and David Hopkirk - both scoring their first senior goal - gave Accies the win.
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Queen's Park 0 Hamilton Accies 2
Ramsden's Cup Round 1
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Saturday 23rd July 2011
Accies moved into the second round of the Ramsdens Cup with an ultimately well deserved win against Queen's Park at Hampden. The home team competed well in the game, but Accies were the stronger team and advanced thanks to second half goals by Ali Crawford and David Hopkirk, both youngsters scoring their first senior goals.
Accies started the game quite well but in the 3rd minute were fortunate when Queens were unable to capitalise when Mark McLaughlin gave the ball away on the edge of his penalty area. Jordan Kirkpatrick came close in the 11th minute when he ran through the midfield, but his low shot was well saved by Neil Parry in the Spiders' goal.
Accies were stroking the ball around well but as the half progressed the home team gained in confidence and Accies had Grant Gillespie cautioned in the 14th minute for a trip that halted a Queens' attack. The home team then had a couple of good chances, with Craig Smith firing wide from a good position and then Ian Watt really ought to have scored in the 16th minute when Tomas Cerny fumbled a high ball but the Accies 'keeper got down well to save.
Accies could have grabbed the lead in the 32nd minute when Grant Anderson had a powerful run down the right wing. His cross was good but Derek Lyle's weak finish was easily saved by Parry. Queen's had a good chance of their own when two of their players went for a free header from a free kick but they got in each other's way and the ball went wide.
Both teams were well in the match as the interval approached and Dougie Imrie blazed wide from 25 yards after a neat build up. But there were no goals before the break and at that stage it would have been unfair had either team had the advantage.
The early stages of the second period weren't any more impressive for Accies, although Dougie Imrie was unfortunate in the 47th minute when his corner kick was tipped onto the crossbar. Billy Reid then made a triple substitution, with Stephen Hendrie, Willie McLaren and James Chambers being introduced. Things got better after this and Simon Mensing came close when he headed a Willie McLaren corner kick off the post. In the melee that followed, Accies won a free kick on the edge of the area but Ali Crawford's free kick hit the wall.
The game was more open now and Simon Mensing did well to mop things up in the 70th minute when the Accies goal came under threat. Accies finally got the goal they craved in the 72nd minute, with Ali Crawford netting from close range after a Simon Mensing header from a Willie McLaren corner had been saved. It was Ali's first senior goal.
Dougie Imrie almost doubled the lead in the 80th minute with a vicious left footed shot that was well saved by Parry but the second goal did arrive in the 80th minute, with David Hopkirk flicking a wayward Grant Anderson shot low into the corner.
Dougie Imrie tried another of his trademark left footed shots in the 86th minute but it went just wide of the post. The home team had been quiet but they came close to reducing the deficit when Smith was denied when Tomas Cerny made a fine close range save. Then Tomas had to look lively to save a header from Michael Daly as the Spiders threw everything forward.
So the game ended with a win for Accies and Billy Reid was clearly disappointed in the display. There were some good performances, with Grant Anderson impressive on the right and Dougie Imrie again being at the heart of most of the good things.
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Accies; Cerny (c), McAlister, Gillespie (Hendrie 59), Hopkirk, Mensing, McLaughlin, Anderson, Crawford, Lyle (McLaren 59), Imrie & Kirkpatrick (Chambers 59).
Subs; Hutton, Kilday, Chambers, McLaren & Hendrie.
Cautions; Gillespie (14)
Goals; Crawford (72), Hopkirk (80)
Queen's Park; Parry, McGinn, Meggatt, Little, Brough, Gallacher, Watt (Burns 73), Anderson, Daly, Urquhart & Smith
Subs; Bradley, Capuano, Quinn, Burns & Strain
Cautions; Watt (57)
Referee; Brian Colvin
Assistants; Andrew McWilliam & Alistair Kerr
Ramsdens Sponsors' Man of the match; Paul McGinn