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Hamilton Academical v Annan Athletic

cinch League One  
Friday 29th September 2023 
7:45pm at New Douglas Park 

Hamilton Accies 5 Annan 0 

Louise Davidson reports on #FridaynightFootball…..

Last Friday we took on Annan Athletic who were looking for their first away league win of the season. We were once again aiming to maintain our unbeaten run in the league. Boss John Rankin made no changes to the team after our win at Queen of the South the previous weekend.

We were off to a flying start after just 70 seconds when a moment of magic from Jamie Barjonas found the top corner of the Annan goal. Barjonas looked to be in a bit of trouble when two Annan players surrounded him in the middle of the park, but his quick feet and fantastic turn allowed him to spin away and charge towards goal. He showed great strength to shrug off a challenge as he was bearing down on goal, and then curled the ball into the right top corner, scoring what can only be described as a cracker of a goal!

We dominated the rest of the half and had a few more chances that went begging. Annan had a couple of opportunities to score before the close of the half, but they all proved to be an easy save for Fulton.

We started the second half as we intended to go on and gave our fans plenty to chant about.

With only two minutes played in the second half, Tumilty joined the score sheet netting his third goal of the season. Our corner was cleared unconvincingly by an Annan head, but only as far as Tumilty, who was waiting at the right-side box to fire his righted footed shot into the left corner of the goal leaving Annan goalie Fleming with no chance of saving it.

Our third goal wasn’t far behind when only 10 minutes later Euan Henderson joined the scoring action. O’Hara found space down at the right side of the pitch and lifted a high cross into the back post which found Longridge, who was on hand to knock it down to Henderson in the middle of the box who smashed the ball into the roof of the net. 3-0!

The 68th minute provided us with our fourth goal courtesy of a Connor Murray strike. Murray found space at the edge of the 18-yard box and had time to place his shot into the bottom right corner of the goal, taking us to 4-0.

The final goal of the evening came from Super Sub, Joe McGlynn, who didn’t want to be left out of the scoring action. A mix up in the back line for Annan allowed McGlynn to pick up the loose ball and coolly slot it past on- rushing Fleming for his third goal of the season in the 76th minute.

Post-match John Rankin stated: “I’m delighted with the second half performance; the way we moved the ball and the way we were determined to score the next goal and I thought we were ruthless at the same time.”

Speaking ahead of next weekend against Falkirk, midfielder Jamie Barjonas commented “We are going into a massive game next week and we are all ready for it.

This substantial win sees us siting at the top of the league, just behind Falkirk on goal difference after Saturday’s results; our last 5-0 victory was in 2015 against Motherwell in the Premiership.

Next weekend we move on to play top of the league rivals Falkirk, a fixture that should prove to be an exciting game for both sets of fans.

Accies: Fulton (GK), Longridge, Kilday, Barjonas, Henderson (Mumbongo 67), Martin (Hewitt 64), O’Hara (McGlynn 67), MacDonald (Murray 64), McGowan, Tait, Tumility (Zanatta 77).

Unused Subs: J Smith (GK), O’Brien, L Smith, Hendrie.

Annan: Fleming (GK), Hooper, Kilsby, Luissint, Douglas, Garrity (Hunter 45), Docherty (Galloway 73), Smith (Nugent 84), Goss (Cross- Adair 84), Johnston (Graham 45), Gibson.

Unused Subs: Mitchell (GK), Campbell, Muir

Referee- Gavin Duncan,  AR1- Steven Traynor / AR2- Kieran O’Reilly 

Attendance: 1,453 (away support 83)

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