Premier Sports Scottish League Cup, Group Stage
Saturday 23rd July 2022, kick off 3:00pm
at New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Hamilton Academical 1-1 Queen’s Park
(Accies win 5-3 on penalties)
By Andrew Morrison
It took a penalty shootout to seperate the two cinch Championship sides. However, despite securing the bonus point from the match John Rankin’s side missed out on progression to the next round of the Premier Sports Cup.
We made one change from the victory over Forfar, with Andy Winter coming into the side to replace new signing Jonny Ngandu.
Accies threatened right from the first whistle, with a Dan O’Reilly header causing a goal-line clearance from the Queens Park defence.
The hosts opened the scoring moments later after the ball broke for in-form striker Andy Winter, who’s right footed shot from close range found the back of the net.
The early pressure from Accies continued, after Dan O’Reilly diverted Steven Lawson’s corner towards Andy Ryan, but the striker was unable to keep the ball down and his header went over the crossbar.
Steve Lawson‘s free kick from range forced Callum Ferrie into a good save after Andy Ryan was scythed down by Queens Park captain Charlie Fox 25 yards from goal.
The away side began to look more dangerous as the half went on, however, the hosts remained composed and defended well.
Accies continued to look threatening on the break, and it looked as if Andy Winter was in on goal once more, however, a last-ditch tackle from Spiders’ skipper Fox denied the striker any chance to add to his tally on the day.
Shaun Want went into the book on the stroke of half time after his foul in the middle of the park was deemed to be dangerous, however, Queens Park were unable to capitalise from the resulting free kick, and the home side went into the break with a one goal lead.
HALF-TIME ACCIES 1 – 0 QUEENS PARK
It was Queens Park’s turn to threaten from the getgo after the referee whistled to signal the start of the second half here at New Douglas Park.
The early pressure from Queens Park very nearly paid off after Liam Brown’s cross was nodded home by Simon Murray, however, the linesman had his flag up and the goal was disallowed.
It looked as if Dom Thomas was going to grab the equaliser for the Spiders as he found himself one-on-one with the outrushing Fulton, however, Thomas’ attempted chip went over the crossbar and behind for a goal kick.
Accies were unable to get a proper foothold of the game in the second half – a polar opposite to their tremendous first half performance.
Chances were proving to be few and far between for the hosts, with Dan O’Reilly’s header forcing a goal line scramble being the only real threat in a forgettable 45 minute display from John Rankin’s men.
The hosts attempted to freshen things up with around 20 minutes to go, with Jonny Ngandu and Lewis Spence replacing Scott Martin and Andy Winter.
Queens Park continued to threaten as the half progressed, and eventually their pressure would pay off. Accies failed to clear and the ball eventually falls to Jake Davidson, whose right footed strike found the top right hand corner, across the reach of the goalkeeper Fulton.
Queens Park continued to pile the pressure on the hosts, with Accies defending resolutely, and creating the odd chance on the counterattack. However, the Spiders’ goalkeeper remained untested and both sides would take a share the spoils.
FULL-TIME ACCIES 1 – 1 QUEENS PARK
Accies: Fulton, Doyle, Shiels, O’Reilly, Easton, Martin (L. Spence 70′) , Ryan, L.Smith, Want, Winter (Ngandu 70′), Lawson
Subs unused: J. Smith, Mimnaugh, Brown, Owens, McGinn, One