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Accies kids beat the Falkirk bairns

By Martin McConnell

Falkirk 1-2 Hamilton Academical

Premier Sports TV Scottish League Cup Group Stage

Saturday 17th July 2021, kick off 3pm

Westfield Falkirk Stadium, Falkirk


We made it two wins from two on Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory away at a sunny Falkirk Stadium. The three points lifts us top of the table, two points clear of second placed Ayr United.

After a pedestrian start in the very warm summerconditions, Accies almost opened the scoring after five minutes when Lewis Smith put a good ball over the top for David Moyo to chase. The striker was first on it and shot low towards the back post but the ‘keeper got a touch and put wide for a corner kick.

Accies continued to threaten deep inside the Bairns half.Callum Smith had a decent go from 15 yards out but Robbie Mutch did well to block it.

Hamilton looked comfortable in defence as well as up front, with chances and half chances a plenty. Possibly the best coming from a couple of Kieran MacDonald free kicks. One from the left that David Moyo touched wide at the near post and a second from Jamie Hamilton that was saved at close range.

Falkirk began to look a little bit livelier towards the end of the first half but still never quite managed to threatenthe Hamilton goal in any meaningful way.

Accies had by far the best of the first half, creating plenty of half chances without really having the quality to finish them off. Set pieces looked good and the defence were more than competent but hadn’t really been tested by Falkirk.

Half Time: Falkirk 0 Hamilton Academical 0

Inside a minute of the restart, Shaun Want played a square ball inside that wasn’t read or expected. In stepped former Celtic youngster Aidan Nesbitt to steal and open the scoring for the Bairns. This gave Falkirk a surge in confidence that they so desperately needed.They then struck wide in short order and a second effort was blocked for their first corner of the match.

With just a little over sixty minutes gone, Hamilton looked more than a bit flat and short of ideas that might turn the scoreline around. The Bairns went close again when ex Accies Academy player Leon McCann struck over the crossbar from a nice Nesbitt cross. However, Accies freshened up enough to threaten from a few set pieces 20 minutes from time, without actually workingthe ‘keeper.

A lifeline then came their way in the 79th minute when Andy Ryan, just on as substitute, was brought down by Gary Miller inside the penalty area. The referee took a few seconds, awarded the spot kick and showed Miller a red for denying a clear or obvious goalscoring opportunity. Ronan Hughes struck low into the corner and levelled the  score at one apiece.

Lewis Smith then showed some of his silky skills with a mazy run into the Falkirk box. A shot looked on but he seemed to lose his balance slightly and sent the ball over the top. No matter, the winner came moments later when Want headed on from a Hughes corner, where Jamie Hamilton stood to nod over the ‘keepers head for 1-2 with four minutes of time left.

Full Time: Falkirk 1 Hamilton Academical 2

Man of the Match:

Accies: Hilton, Stirling, Hamilton, MacDonald, L Smith, Want ©, Spence, Hughes, Mimnaugh (Redfern 75), Moyo (Ryan 75), C Smith (Munro 57). Subs Unused: J Smith, Meikle, Easton, McGowan, Gaffney, McGinn.

Goals: Hughes 79 pen, Hamilton 86.

Cautions: Spence.

Referee: Steven McLean Assistants: Graeme Leslie and Billy Baxter

Attendance: 723.

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