Cinch League 1
Saturday 21st October 2023
3pm at New Douglas Park
Hamilton 1 Edinburgh 1
This weekend we took on Edinburgh City who were searching for their first win of the season. We were looking to maintain our unbeaten record once again, with this being one of our best unbeaten runs for years.
Rankin made six changes to the team following our win over East Kilbride in the cup last weekend, with Barjonas, Henderson, O’Hara, McGowan, Tait, and Tumilty all returning to the starting XI.
We had a high tempo start to the first half with numerous chances for us to take an early lead but we were unable to convert them.
With only 90 seconds on the clock, a scramble in the Edinburgh box allowed MacDonald to play in O’ Hara, however he just couldn’t get his shot away on time before the ball was cleared.
The next best chance for us came 12 minutes later, when a Longridge cross found Reghan Tumilty unmarked in box, but his right-footed shot went inches past the post- an unlucky miss.
Barjonas had a great opportunity not long after when Kilday found him unmarked in the Edinburgh box, but his shot rebounded off the keeper and was cleared away to safety.
The 27th minute provided us with an excellent opportunity to take the lead when a corner, swung in courtesy of Dylan Tait, found Barjonas unmarked in the box but his shot was cleared off the line by Edinburgh.
After probing the Edinburgh goal for the majority of the first half, our persistence paid off in the 35th minute. Henderson played the ball to the feet of MacDonald who looked to have taken the ball too wide in the box, but still managed to fire his shot in the bottom right corner of the Edinburgh goal. 1-0.
Going into the break we looked to be comfortable after many chances and a good goal, but the second half would deal us a devastating blow.
Only 7 minutes into the first half, Edinburgh scored with what was their only real shot on target. After a bit of a scramble in our box, we weren’t quick enough to clear away the danger and Edinburgh striker Shanley was on hand to fire the ball into the centre of the goal. 1-1.
Special mention to Captain Scotty Martin who had an amazing tackle in our box in the 71st minute that denied Handling what looked to be a certain goalward shot.
After the Edinburgh goal we appeared to be at a stalemate with neither team having many chances after that. We had a few shots that went a bit wayward but nothing that troubled McAdams in the Edinburgh goal.
Post-match boss Rankin stated: “I think the chances that we had, especially over the first ten minutes of the game, the game should have been done and dusted.”
“I thought we created some really good chances, caused lots of problems and played some good football, but when you don’t take them [chances], there becomes an edge to the game.”
Rankin also commented: “There will be changes to the team; we were loyal to the ones that have been playing and got us on a good run and now it’s a chance for others to come in and stake an opportunity.”
After the game Captain Scott Martin said: “The boys are disappointed with the result and the way we played the second half, but we’ve got to take the small positive that we are still unbeaten and it’s a blip, but we’ve got to set it right next week.”
With this draw today we now sit second in the league trailing rivals Falkirk by two points. However, we must look to next weekend when we play Montrose to ready ourselves for another tough game and get behind the players to support them to seal three points.
Accies: Fulton (GK), Longridge, Kilday, Barjonas (McGlynn 73), Henderson (Zanatta 85 ), Martin, O’Hara (Mumbongo 59), MacDonald, McGowan, Tait (Murray 59), Tumilty (Smith 73).
Unused Subs: Smith (GK), O’Brien, Hewitt, Hendrie.
Edinburgh: McAdams (GK), Hamilton, Mercer, Stirling (Spence 45), Mahon, Leitch, Shanley (McLean77), Offord (Handling 70), Ewen, Murray (Jacobs 61), Crane.
Unused Subs: Quate (GK), McDonald, Fontaine, Peter, Gormley.
Referee- Chris Graham/ AR1-Colin McAlpine / AR2-Chris Newman
1,264 (50 away support)