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Moyo Masterclass: Zimbabwean marks landmark appearance for Accies in style

By Aidan MacDonald

Accies returned to winning ways on Saturday with a victory over fellow cinch Championship side Dunfermline. The match was watched by over a thousand fans and here is how the action unfolded.

First Half

The game was cagey in the opening stages with neither side looking to give possession away. It was on the five minute mark where the first attempt of the match, a shot from distance,  was easily saved by Accies keeper Joe Hilton.

Soon after Dunfermline missed what was potentially their best chance of the match, when Kai Kennedy was played in behind, but he put his effort wide of the goal.

From this point on Stuart Taylor’s side grew in to the game and winger Marley Redfern was a big part of that. He was regularly looking to make runs and be brave in trying to progress the ball.

Accies had a good spell of possession in the first half, including a of couple dangerous corners, but this ultimately led to nothing concrete.

David Moyo’s pressing also helped the side get up the pitch on a number of occasions during the first 45 minutes of the game.

Near end of the half the visitors came close again with their captain Graham Dorrans hitting the bar with a shot from range. 

The sides went in level at the break.

Half time: Hamilton Academical 0-0 Dunfermline Athletic 

Second Half

There were no changes for either team at the interval. Accies started the second half the better of the two teams and were probing the Pars defence looking for an opening.

Good work from both Moyo and Lewis Smith led to us having multiple corners as the pressure was ramped up on the Dunfermline defence.

Mihai Popescu’s first header was cleared off the line and from the second corner his next attempt was cleared away from Graham Dorrans.

The referee deemed Dorrans to have used his arm to clear the ball and awarded a penalty for Accies. This decision also saw Dorrans sent off on the 61st minute.

The attempt from the spot was expertly dispatched by David Moyo, who marked his 75th appearance for the club with a crucial goal.

Stuart Taylor’s team continued to defend from the front for the rest of the match and had a couple of other attempts.

Marley Redfern and Josh Mullin linked up well to flash a ball across the face of the goal but there were no takers.

Moyo also had another chance late on from a cross but was unable to connect with the ball properly.

The massive three points sees us start December on a positive note ahead of a crucial run of games over the festive period.

Full time: Hamilton Academical 1- 0 Dunfermline Athletic 

Accies:  Hilton, Popescu, Easton (C), Hamilton (Virtanen 71), Macdonald, Martin, L. Smith, Mullin, Mimnaugh, Moyo, Redfern (Munro 84). 

Unused subs: J. Smith, Ryan and Winter

Dunfermline: Williams, Comrie, Gašpuitis, Conolly, Edwards, Macdonald (Pybus 72), Dorrans (C), Todd (Todorov 78), Kennedy (O’Hara 68), Dow, McCann.

Unused subs: Graham, Wighton, Allan and Mehmet.

Goal: Moyo 61′. 

Man of the Match: David Moyo.

Yellow Cards: Accies- Popescu 88′. Pars- Connolly 86,’ McCann 88′.

Red Cards: Dorrans 61′.

Att: 1175

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