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Accies reach Quarter Final

We have reached the 6th round (quarter final) of the William Hill Scottish Cup, for only the 14th time in the club’s history.

On Tuesday evening (14th February) we drew 1-1 with Dunfermline Athletic at NDP, Rakish Bingham equalising for us with a penalty four minutes from the end of normal time, and it remained 1-1 after extra time.

It went to penalties:

1 – Massimo Donati scored 1-0; Matthews saves from McCabe still 1-0

2- Danny Redmond misses 1-0; Matthews saves from Paton still 1-0

3- Eamonn Brophy scored 2-0; Matthews saves from Reilly still 2-0

4 – skipper Michael Devlin scored to win 3-0

The match was also notable as Ross Cunningham become the first Accies player to be used as a ‘4th sub’ the new Scottish Cup rules allowing teams to utilise a 4th sub during extra time.

We are now away to Rangers in Round 6, date and time to be confirmed. Unfortunately cautions picked up in the replay for MacKinnon and Redmond mean they miss this game.

Web reporter Martin McConnell reports ….

Scottish Cup 5th Round Replay

at The SuperSeal Stadium, Hamilton

Tuesday 14th February 2017 at 7.45pm.

Hamilton Academical 1 Dunfermline Athletic 1 after extra time

Accies Won 3-0 on penalties.

Well, we made hard work of it for the second time in just three days, but we progress to the next round with a touch of style in the end and booked  a quarter final tie at Ibrox. The victory came thanks in most part to Remi Matthews goal mouth heroics, when the keeper saved all three Pars spot kicks after the match was settled from a penalty shootout.

Hamilton started the first half well but as the match wore on, the Championship side began to look the more composed of the two sides and started to seize control. But it was still a shock for the home support when Callum Morris gave the visitors a 1-0 lead, after he poked the ball over the line after a couple of Ashcroft attempts had been cleared.

Accies looked livelier in the second half yet for all their attacking intent, they didn’t have much in the way of good clear cut chances to show for their efforts. Then with the outlook desperate, the Pars goal scorer bundled over Scott McMann as he made a dash into the penalty area, the spot kick was awarded and Bingham converted with only four minutes left.

A delighted Martin Canning said afterwards, “I think again that it was a very difficult cup tie, Dunfermline are a good side and we saw that on Saturday. We were disappointed to lose the goal from a set piece, which was something that we spoke about. It’s a big threat that they’ve got and we didn’t pick up in the box and lost the goal.

“I think over the course we were the team in control of the match and broke well a couple of times in the second half as well. I just felt that the momentum began to shift our way and thought that the goal was going to come and thankfully we got the penalty. I thought we might have had two or three penalties tonight and the one we got was probably the softest of them.

On Remi Matthews performance, “He’s outstanding. He’s unlucky to be out of the team, he was doing so well until he picked up the shoulder injury. Remi has done fantastic tonight with three saves, it took the pressure off the penalty takers and allowed them to concentrate on sticking the ball in the back of the net. It’s great to have two keepers of that calibre in the side.”

Hamilton made four changes to Saturday’s side that faced the Pars, with Ioannis Skondras, Blair Adams, Eamonn Brophy and Massimo Donati making way for Dougie Imrie, Craig Watson, Scott McMann and Gramoz Kurtaj. Dunfermline made just the one change to Saturday’s starting XI with Jason Talbot replacing Captain Andrew Geggan.

Murdoch saved from a 25 yard Danny Redmond free kick with barely a minute of the match played. Accies continued to look the stronger of the sides in the opening stages, Murdoch saving again from a Darian MacKinnon header then Redmond going close with another shot this time wide of the Dunfermline goal.

McMullan went close for Dunfermline when his 25 yard strike flew inches wide the goal.Then on 24 minutes they opened the scoring from a Higginbotham corner to the back post. Ashcroft headed back toward goal, it was cleared and he tried once again but this time the ball fell for Callum Morris to bundle over the goal line.

Accies seemed to get themselves in a bit of a rut, nothing worked and the visitors weren’t settling for 1-0. Clark broke forward at pace from inside his own half before rolling wide for McMullan to shoot wide of the post from 12 yards. Accies had a couple of chances before the break when Murdoch spilled from Redmond’s shot, then Imrie struck wide of the back post.

The second half sparked into life on 52 minutes when the ball found its way forward to Rakish Bingham. He cut inside and drove the ball on goal from close to 30 yards, stinging the hands of Murdoch who had to look lively to keep the ball out of his net. Accies now looked like a side determined to find an equaliser for the first time since going 1-0 down.

Redmond went close from a dipping 20 yard free kick, then Bingham got a touch on a MacKinnon cross before it was cleared to safety.Then with just four minutes left, Rakish Bingham dispatched an equaliser from the penalty spot after Accies were awarded a spot kick when Morris bundled over Scott McMann has he made a run into the penalty area.

Both sides had a couple of half chances in extra time, but it always looked destined for spot kicks and that’s how it panned out. Veteran defender Massimo Donati picked up the ball, determined to take the first attempt on goal and marched up to the penalty spot to await Murdoch. The Pars keeper did his best to distract the Italian, but to no avail, 1-0 Accies.

McCabe then dummied before striking low and right, Matthews saved. Redmond sent the second sailing over the cross bar. Paton struck low and right of centre, Matthews saved. Brophy took one step, 2-0. Reilly struck low and right of centre, Matthews saved. Captain Mikey Devlin stepped up and hammered home low and hard for a quarter final place, 3-0!

Accies:Matthews, Seaborne (Donati 28 ), Devlin (c), Gillespie (Skondras 67), Imrie, Redmond, Kurtaj (Brophy 53), Bingham (Cunningham 113), Watson, MacKinnon, McMann. Subs Unused: Woods, Hughes, Adam.

Goal: Bingham 86 penalty.

Cautions: Seaborne, MacKinnon, Redmond, McMann.

Dunfermline:Murdoch, Martin, Morris, Ashcroft, Talbot, Herron, Wedderburn, McMullan (Paton 96), Higginbotham (Cardle 96), Clark (Reilly 69), Moffat (McCabe 83). Subs Unused: Hutton, Morrison, Hopkirk.

Goal: Morris 24.

Cautions: McMullan.

Referee:Craig Thomson. Assistants: Alan Mulvanny & Grame Leslie. 4th Assistant: Nick Walsh

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