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Accies web reporter Louise Davidson was at NDP on Saturday…..

Hamilton Academical v Edinburgh City
cinch League 1
Saturday 9th March 2024
3pm at New Douglas Park 

Hamilton Accies 1 Edinburgh City 0

This weekend we took on Edinburgh aiming to pick up three points at home. Boss John Rankin made no changes to the starting XI from last weekend’s triumph away to Kelty Hearts.

We had the best opportunities in the first half but were unable to take advantage of them. After these good few chances, the game became end to end with neither team really being able to get their foot on the ball.

Ben Williamson thought he had opened the scoring with an absolute thunderbolt in the 27th minute but he had to watch as his shot from 20 yards out rebounded agonizingly off the post. Tumilty was there to attempt to fire in the follow up but City goalie, Adams, was alert and cleared it off the line.

Just two minutes later Longridge’s cross from a free kick, taken just beyond the half- way line, was carried by the wind and floated towards goal which troubled Adams as he had to promptly tip the ball over to prevent it from dipping in.

We went into the break leading courtesy of Rose who netted his 6th of the season. A great cross from Tumility found Rose in the six yard box who cheekily flicked the ball in to put us ahead. 1-0.

The second half was relatively quiet with neither team being able to find their groove. Edinburgh had a few opportunities at the end to level the scoring, but Lyness was on hand to deny them the chance.

Arguably the best chance of the half came for the visitors, but Lyness made a superb save to deny Faye the equaliser. Loose play at the back from us resulted in Faye latching onto the ball, but he was unable to convert his opportunity thanks to Dean Lyness in goal.

A hard-fought victory against the bottom of the league side sees us gain another three points. Next weekend we take on Stirling Albion at home as we search for a 17th league victory.

Post-match Rankin gave his honest take on the hard-fought victory: “Disgusting, that’s my take on the game, I didn’t like the performance one bit, I didn’t enjoy the afternoon, usually I enjoy watching us play, but what I will say is we’ve played a million time better this season and lost.

“We looked as if we had the weight of the world on our shoulders, we couldn’t string a pass together, we played long balls, we played into danger, it’s a lot to be worked on in the training ground. The players are disappointed.”

Rankin also spoke of Ahkeem’s form and how important he is for the team: “You see how important he is to us, he’s a focal point, he’s not the biggest, but he uses his body really well, he holds it in, he wins flick-ons and he causes mayhem.

“Once we get the relationship with the players round about him, with knowing how to run and when to run, he’ll obviously make a huge difference and make an impact in front of goal, but his all-round play when the relationships grow will make him a real find for us.”

Accies: Lyness (GK), Longridge, O’Hara, Rose (Henderson 59), Redfern (Winter 59), C Murray (Barjonas 65), McGowan, Davidson, Tumilty, Owens, Williamson (Hewitt 75)

Unused Subs: Fulton (GK), Kilday, L Smith, Hastie, Kirk 

Edinburgh: Adam (GK), Mitchell, Flatman, Ewen, Parker, Zaid (Devine 89), Marshall (MacNamara 86), McDonald (Mair 86), Sambou, Wilson (Pitt 89), Faye. 

Unused Subs: Quate.

Referee- Dan McFarlane/ AR1- Colin McAlpine / AR2- Alastair Taylor.

Attendance 619 (41 away)

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