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Scottish Cup – Kilmarnock 0 Accies 1

An injury time Rakish Bingham penalty gave us a deserved 1-0 victory away to Kilmarnock in the 4th round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday (21st January).

There wasn’t a lot between the teams, but Ali Crawford did bring a few saves out from Killie ‘keeper Woodman, while our Gary Woods was much quieter.

In the closing stages it was right back Grant Gillespie who found himself at inside left in the penalty area when he was clumsily challenged, Killie didn’t complain, and ref Crawford Allan had no hesitation in awarding the spot kick. Alex D’Acol was already subbed, it should have been Dougie Imrie, but Rakish felt confident enough to take it, 1-0, and we were into round 5.

The draw is on Sunday afternoon.

Web reporter Martin McConnell gives us his take on the game:-

William Hill Scottish Cup – Round 4
Rugby Park, Kilmarnock
Saturday 21st January 2017 at 3pm
Kilmarnock 0 Hamilton Academical 1

We went one better than last season by making our way through to the fifth round of the William Hill Scottish Cup, in a dramatic finish to an otherwise dour game. And it came thanks to a 92nd minute spot kick, after  Grant Gillespie was brought down just outside the six yard area. Substitute Rakish Bingham took the kick, confidently slotting past Woodman for an unexpected winner.

Accies boss Martin Canning said afterwards, “It’s nice to get a win again. Similar things have happened to us plenty of times this season, and we’ve conceded late goals to lose points. Obviously today we’ve managed to get a late goal to win a Cup tie and I’m really pleased. I said to the players that we’ve got to build on it now and try and take that into the league. Again performance wise, we were the better team over the 90 minutes and deserved to come out on top and thankfully we did.”

The first half was hard watching and chances were few and far between. And on the occasional foray toward goal, neither side looked like they had what it needed to take a lead. Although Killie probably had the best chance to take one when Jordan Jones failed to capitalize from defensive mistake, the goalless half time scoreline was fair.

The second half was much of the same. But as the half wore on, Accies got themselves onto the front foot and Ali Crawford peppered the Killie goal with strikes that worked Woodman hard at times on his debut. Then as disappointed fans left the ground thinking that a replay was on the cards, Accies popped up with a winning Bingham spot kick.

Accies started with three changes to the starting XI, with Dougie Imrie, Darian MacKinnon and Scott McMann replacing Lennard Sowah, Georgios Sarris and Dan Seaborne. Killie made a total of seven changes, five of those making their debut. With Dicker, Tyson, Taylor and Hendrie the only players surviving from the 0-0 draw with Partick Thistle.

The match broke into a semblance of life on eight minutes when an Alex D’Acol attempt on goal was blocked by Woodman. A second effort followed when Redmond headed down for Crawford to test the keeper from the centre of the box. Within five minutes, Crawford sent a perfect ball over the top for D’Acol but again the chance was blocked as soon as it left his foot.

Killie then had a great chance to take the lead on 20 minutes when Tyson intercepted a Massimo Donati pass. The ball went inside to Longstaff then wide to Jordan Jones whose shot to the back post was held by Woods. Killie were right back into the game, testing Accies at every opportunity, without producing anything constructive in and around the penalty area.

The game looked as if it was going nowhere as it approached halftime, but Accies managed to find a half chance from nowhere when Grant Gillespie played inside for Eamonn Brophy. The Accies striker took the ball wide before turning quickly and sending a shot skimming over the cross bar from wide, on the edge of the Kilmarnock penalty area.

With just a minute of the second half played, Rory McKenzie sent a 25 yard shot sailing wide of the Hamilton goal. Then Nathan Tyson connected with a Greg Taylor cross swung into the back post, but his header hung in the air for what seemed like forever, allowing Gary Woods to easily gather.

Hamilton now edged themselves onto the front foot, and never looked back. Dougie Imrie had a shot saved from the edge of the box, before Eamonn Brophy headed wide of goal. Alex D’Acol’s glancing header at the near post sailed narrowly over, then Danny Redmond had a thunderous 20 yard strike blocked from the edge of the penalty area.

Rakish Bingham replaced Brophy on 66 minutes, and soon found himself in amongst the action when his cross was headed over the cross bar by Ali Crawford. Ali went close again after Redmond played the ball to him as he stood with his back to the goal 22 yards out. He took a touch, spun and shot narrowly wide of goal.

Ali then had a couple of shots on target within the space of a minute, Woodman saving the first well, the second was more comfortable as Ali slipped as he pulled the trigger. It was turning into a one man show when Louis Longridge cut the ball back for Crawford to clip the ball toward goal with the outside of his foot, with Woodman spectacularly touching over.

Although Hamilton were on the up, no one was expecting anything other than a replay at the SuperSeal Stadium. But in a dramatic late twist, Karleigh Osborne lunged in on Grant Gillespie, eight yards from the Killie goal. The penalty kick was awarded and up stepped the confident Rakish Bingham to place the ball low into right corner as the keeper went left.

Killie: Woodman, Ajer, McKenzie (Smith 60), Dicker, Jones, Tyson (K Boyd 64), Osborne, Longstaff, Taylor, Roberts (Coulibaly 64), Hendrie. Subs Unused: MacDonald, S Boyd, Hawkshaw, Frizzell.

Accies: Woods, Devlin, Gillespie, Imrie, D’Acol (Longridge 80), Redmond, Crawford, MacKinnon, Brophy (Bingham 67), Donati, McMann. Subs Unused: Matthews, Seaborne, Bingham, Watson, Cunningham, Hughes.
Goals: Bingham 90+2 pen.
Cautions: Imrie, Devlin, Redmond, MacKinnon.

Referee: Crawford Allan. Assistants: David McGeachie & Graham McNeillie.
Attendance: 2944.

[Georgios Sarris is out for 4-6 weeks having had a knee op, while Gramoz Kurtaj is out with an ankle injury. Darren Lyon, Greg Docherty and Jesus Garcia Tena are still sidelined, whle Imrie and McMann returned to the side after missing Motherwell game and Craig Watson was in the first team squad for first time since August 2015.]



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