Premier Sports Scottish League Cup, Group Stage
Tuesday 12 July 2022, kick off 7.45pm
at New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Hamilton Academical 5 – 2 Stranraer
By Rachel-Lou Gibson
We hosted Stranraer for the second game of our Premier Sports Cup group stage games, and did not disappoint with an impressive 5-2 victory.
The match saw Fergus Owens make his first starting appearance following his debut at dens on Saturday, as well as u18 player Cian Newbury, 17, make his competitive debut.
Andy Ryan wore the armband for Accies as captain Brian Easton missed out with a one match ban.
We started the game, and saw the first opportunity in the 8th minute with a strong cross from Matthew Shiels however this was stopped by the Stranraer ‘keeper.
The game picked up for Accies in the 16th minute as headers from Shiels and Ryan sent Lewis Smith on goal. However, the effort was saved by Scullion. Shiels and new signing Jonny Ngandu both had strong follow up attempts. However, these were blocked by the Stranraer defence.
An attempt from Ryan looked promising in the 22nd minute as he got the ball from Andy Winter but his effort just narrowly missed the target.
A header from Ryan found its way to Winter in the 36th minute however the on-target effort was saved by the Stranraer ‘keeper.
Accies struck for goal in the 41st minute as Smith created a shooting opportunity. However, this was well held by Scullion.
Hamilton Accies 0 – 0 Stranraer
The visitors got the second half underway, and Accies quickly created the first opportunity of the half. A foul by the visitors saw the first booking of the match and an Accies free kick, however a last minute header from the opposition cleared the ball for a corner.
It was an attack which proved fruitful as just moments later Accies broke the deadlock as Reegan Mimnaugh slipped through Andy Winter who guided the ball past the diving Stranraer ‘keeper.
Accies quickly doubled their lead in the 51st minute, as they took confidence from this goal. Andy Ryan was able to get on the end of a rebound from Winter’s shot and doubled our advantage.
Again, Accies added to their advantage on 53 minutes as Shiels races towards goal following a 1v1 with the Stranraer defence and slotted it past the goalie.
This goal was one which gave the full-back confidence as just moments later he doubled his tally for the game. A ball across from Andy Winter was diverted goalward by the advancing Shiels to make it four.
Stranraer made good effort to reduce the lead on the hour mark after a period of possession, however the attempt on goal was saved well by Ryan Fulton.
The 66th minute saw the first Accies substitution, as u18 player Ryan One came on for Andy Ryan, and Dan O’Reilly took the armband.
The visitors won a penalty in the 67th minute and this was converted by Woods to give them their first goal of the match.
Accies kept the pace up in the 78th minute as One played the ball to Lawson who found Smith and he got the ball into the bottom corner of the net, increasing the Accies lead.
Accies made a further substitution in the 79th minute as Ellis Brown came on for Lewis Smith.
One had a shot at a goal in the 80th as he skipped past the defenders, however the effort was saved by the ‘keeper.
This was followed by another solid Accies effort as Winter raced through a 1v1 with the Stranraer defence however a touch from the ‘keeper prevented the goal.
A double substitution in the 86th minute for Accies saw Fergus Owens and Matthew Shiels leave the pitch for Cian Newbury and Chissy McGinn.
A second penalty is awarded to the opposition after a late tackle in the 87th minute, and this is converted making it the last goal of the game.
This victory put Accies third in the group H table, with two matches left to play, the next being Forfar on Saturday 16th July at Station Park. Kick-off 3.00 PM.
Accies: Fulton, Doyle, Shiels (86’ McGinn), O’Reilly, Ryan (66’ One), L.Smith (79’ Brown), Mimnaugh, Winter, Ngandu, Lawson, Owens (86’ Newbury)
Unused subs: Spence, Martin, J.Smith
Stranraer: Scullion, Robertson, Ellis, Girvan, Brady (64’ Walker), Hilton, Gallagher, Woods, McLean, Dunn (54’ Forrest), Watt
Unused subs: O’Connor, Hawkshaw, Duffy
Referee: Graham Grainger AR1: David Dunne AR2: Stuart Broadfoot