By Austin Benson
Accies vs Dunfermline
Saturday 12th March 2022
New Douglas Park
Hamilton’s return to New Douglas Park following their trip to Kilmarnock saw the visit of Dunfermline Athletic.
Stuart Taylor made two changes to the Accies team from their 2-0 loss to Kilmarnock, as Reegan Mimnaugh and Andy Ryan made way for Jamie Hamilton and Ellis Brown.
Dunfermline kicked off proceedings and would see themselves go ahead in the 6th minute following a curling effort by Coll Donaldson from outside the Accies box.
While this was not the start Accies would have hoped for, it was the moment which sparked the match into life as Stuart Taylor’s side searched for an equaliser.
The first Accies chance of the match fell to Josh Mullin, as his free kick from the edge of the box was deflected wide for a Hamilton corner in the 14th minute.
However, it was Kai Kennedy who stole the show in the build up to the Accies equaliser. His lung bursting drive and neat footwork saw him over come the challenges of two Dunfermline defenders. His looping cross was met by David Moyo who nodded past Dunfermline ‘keeper Stolarczyk to equalise in the 26th minute.
Despite protests from the visitors referee Greg Aitken allowed the goal to stand and Accies were right back in the match.
It was a goal which saw the action of the match dry up as both sides look to work an advantage in this tight contest. The visitors thought they had a claim for a penalty when the attacker fell inside the box as he battled with Ellis Brown. However, these protests were waved away by the referee.
The second half would start much in a similar vein to the first, with Accies facing pressure from Dunfermline’s wingers which would soon pay off.
Josh Edwards would be fouled in the box and a penalty was awarded to John Hughes’ side. Ryan Fulton faced off against Steven Lawless, and he dived correctly, however Lawless’ shot nestled into Fulton’s bottom right corner to make it 2-1 to Dunfermline in the 52nd minute.
Ryan Fulton’s second half had a busy start, and Dunfermline continued to apply pressure, forcing Fulton into an acrobatic save to deny Efe Ambrose’s headed effort in the 60th minute.
As Stuart Taylor worked to find his way back into the match he turned to the bench with Lewis Smith, Andy Winter and Andy Ryan entering the fray.
These tactical switches from Taylor injected fresh energy into an Accies side as Lewis Smith would remain glued to the right wing throughout his appearance, with his pace encouraging hopes for another equaliser.
Hamilton began applying pressure to Dunfermline Athletic, as Andy Ryan attempted a low cross which would be cleared for an Accies corner. This sustained aerial pressure from Hamilton would eventually lead to an equaliser.
A corner saw Kieran MacDonald send in an astute delivery towards Dunfermline’s box, where David Moyo finished from close range following a goalmouth scramble in the 76th minute.
With the scoreline now stood at 2-2, Accies fans were right to be excited at the prospect of a late winner. Stuart Taylor encouraged his men to stay forward, as Jamie Hamilton shored up the right defensive flank, ensuring his side would not be caught out on the break.
Andy Ryan arguably had a massive chance in the 84th minute to win it for Accies, however his header rattled off Dunfermline’s crossbar.
Accies would eventually see the game out, finishing in a 2-2 draw, despite missing late chances, including an optimistic effort by Steve Lawson from outside the box in the 92nd minute.
Hamilton defended valiantly towards the end also, seeing off multiple Dunfermline attacks, and securing a vital point as they travel to Partick Thistle next week.
Accies; Fulton, Popescu, Hamilton, MacDonald, Spence, Mullin (Ryan 70′), Kennedy (Winter 65′) , Moyo, Lawson, Brown (L. Smith 65′), O’Reilly
Subs unused; J. Smith, Easton, Hughes, Mimnaugh and Shiels
Ref: Greg Aitken