Our reporter Mark Gillespie with his notes from Saturday’s victory, our biggest post WW2 victory in the Scottish Cup, and our best since winning 7-1 v Moorpark in 1937. Our record Scottish Cup victory was 9-0 v Gala in 1922
William Hill Scottish Cup Round 4
Foys Stadium, Hamilton
Saturday 18th January 2020, 3pm
Hamilton Academical 5 Edinburgh City 0
Accies biggest Scottish Cup win since 1937 in the end eased us through to round five. Among the five different scorers there were two debut names were on the scoresheet. Andy Dales got the new decade off to a flyer on his debut with 17 year old Andy Winter sliding home number four late on to mark an afternoon he’ll never forget.
The two Scotts, McMann and Martin added goals two and three to have us cruising at the break. But we were just as relentless in the second half despite injuries to Aaron McGowan and McMann who were both replaced by half time. Winter and Mickel Miller’s late header made for a very satisfying day’s work for head coach Brian Rice:
“I thought today was a continuation from the Motherwell performance. We were on the front foot in the first half, we pressed them really well and put the game to bed” he said post-match.
“Today’s what I want from my sides. I want us to get forward and try and score goals. I don’t want us to be sitting making 20 passes in our own half. With Andy, Mickel Miller and young Lewis Smith, that’s three wide players who can get on the ball and get us up the pitch.”
“I’ve tracked Andy Dales since he was at Dundee. He’s not as fit as he should be yet, but I think we saw in 45 minutes that he could be a big asset for us. I’m delighted for him.”
“Andy Winter is another young lad who’s deserved his chance. He’s been training with the first team for about six weeks. It’s not a gamble putting him in. He’s got all the attributes and it’s a day he’ll never forget.”
“That’s three wins out of the last four for us now. We can go to Easter Road now with a bit of confidence. It’s always difficult there. We’ll need to wait and see how Aaron and Scott are for Wednesday, but every club gets injuries and suspensions. We’ll just get on with it.”
There were four changes in all from the big win at the end of the year. Goal hero David Moyo missed out through injury. Dales made his debut, while Blair Alston made his first start since October. Owain Fon Williams and Markus Fjortoft returned to the side as we hoped to carry on the momentum from the Lanarkshire derby.
It was only our second ever competitive fixture against the visitors from the capital. They made two changes to the side which lost to Queen’s Park last week. Calum Crane and Chris Kane replaced Laird and Court in James McDonaugh’s line up.
Accies really hit the ground running, and the opening goal felt like it had been coming. Accies surged forward with pace, Miller and Dales stretching the visiting defence down either flank. Early chances fell for Fjortoft and Miller, with a busy afternoon on the cards for ex Accies ‘keeper Alan Martin.
Miller was providing great supply from either side of the box, setting up Dales who headed against the inside of the bar on 14 minutes. He almost picked out Oakley a few minutes later, the Accies striker heading wide.
Accies were knocking on the door for long enough, and the debut man grabbed the deserved opener on 21 minutes. Some nice one two play with Oakley and Miller on the right flank allowed McGowan space to measure up a cross for Dale six yards out to head home the opener.
We grew in confidence, Miller forcing Martin to tip around his post a few minutes later. Before City could catch their breath, Accies were two goals ahead. McMann cut inside onto his favoured left foot to drive low past Martin from the edge of the D.
Accies had to reshape with McGowan withdrawn through injury shortly after. But we were dominating possession, with another Dales effort held by Martin on 41 minutes. It was all but game over just before half time, as Scott Martin’s long range effort deflecting off a City defender for number three.
With McMann also injured, Accies reshaped to a 3-5-2 after the break. But City never looked like grabbing a lifeline as the pattern of Accies dominance continued. Efforts from Miller were off target as we put together some flowing passing moves on the edge of the box.
Our place in the next round was all but guaranteed, but sub Andy Winter made sure eleven minutes from time, the u18 striker’s angled low left footer finding Martin’s far corner from 12 yards. With the visitors just seeking the final whistle, Miller completed a fine day’s work, heading home Johnny Hunt’s corner seven minutes from time.
Accies: Fon Williams, McGowan (Collar, 32), McMann (Hunt, 45), Fjortoft, Oakley, Alston, Miller, Gogic, Easton (c), Martin, Dales (Winter, 60); Subs Unused: Gourlay, Davies, L Smith, Ogkmpoe
Goals: Dales, 21 McMann 26, Martin, 43, Winter, 79, Miller, 83
Booking: Fjortoft, 53
Edinburgh City: Martin, Thomson, Balatoni, Brown, Handling, Wilson, Crane, Kane, Shepherd (Court, 77), Henderson, Harris; Subs Unused: Beveridge, Quate, Sinclair, Stewart, Newman, Shaw
Booking: Shepherd, 23
Referee: Euan Anderson; Assistants:Frankie Connor and George King