Martin McConnell reports on Saturday’s first home league win of the season, a 3-0 win v Dundee.
We have now had successive home league games v the Dens Park club, winning 4-0 and 3-0, and three wins in a row home and away v them now.
SuperSeal Stadium, Hamilton
Saturday 12th August 2017 at 3pm.
Hamilton Academical 3 Dundee 0
We notched up our first league win of the season with an impressive 3-0 display, with goals from MacKinnon, Steven Boyd and Imrie. It could so easily have been different if the Dens Park men had taken some gilt edged chances right in front of goal, but that’s football and no one knows that better than us.
Hamilton should have been 2-0 down inside the first five minutes, but Gary Woods saved from a close-range Scott Allan effort then Faissal El Bakhtaoui failed to convert with three great chances one after the other from inside the six yard box. Instead, Accies took a 2-0 lead into the break after goals from Darian MacKinnon and Steven Boyd.
The second 45 wasn’t much of a spectacle, although both sides had a few chances. The tale of the tape coming down to each side being awarded a penalty kick, the normally accurate Scott Allan skying his over the cross bar, and Hamilton Captain Dougie Imrie converting his comfortably.
Accies manager Martin Canning made just the two changes to Wednesdays nights starting XI that faced the Dons, with Ioannis Skondras and Massimo Donati replacing Grant Gillespie and the suspended Xavier Tomas. Dundee made a couple of changes themselves, with Darren O’Dea and Randy Wolters in for Roarie Deacon and Kerr Waddell.
Accies were the first to get their eye in, after Ioannis Skondras made a run up the right, hooked the ball just inside the penalty area where Ali Crawford nodded on for Steven Boyd to try his luck from 16 yards, sending the shot curling away from goal. No sooner than Hamilton threatened, and the Blues should have been two up inside the next few minutes.
Allan made an unchallenged run into the box and squared, when it cried out for a shot with the goal staring him in the face. He was fortunate as the ball came back and his shot from eight yards out, was blocked by Gary Woods. Within the minute, El Bakhtaoui had three attempts from close range, the first being saved, the second struck the post and his final attempt struck well wide of goal.
The game began to drift a little, with neither side showing much intent until Dougie Imrie won a corner kick. Ali Crawford swung a deep ball in, Georgios Sarris headed wide for Greg Docherty to send the ball back into the mix, where Darian MacKinnon curled the ball low into the corner of the net from the 18-yard line.
Skondras had been showing some nice touches and runs, then fed Docherty, his ball into box for Rakish Bingham producing an overhead kick that flew wide of the back post. It got even better when Darian MacKinnon’s perfectly struck long ball for Steven Boyd on the edge of the 18-yard line, was lobbed over the keeper’s head for the young striker’s third of the season.
It was almost twenty minutes into the second half before Hamilton had another attempt on goal, when Scott McMann’s struck from a Crawford corner, his shot from 16 yards being blocked on its way to goal. More followed for Louis Longridge, his shot from wide going past the back post and then Ali Crawford’s lob from outside the box sailing high over the cross bar.
The action exploded inside the Hamilton penalty area when Dundee were awarded a spot kick for a Skondras trip on Danny Williams, up stepped Scott Allan to blast high well over the cross bar. Almost immediately afterwards, El Bakhtaoui broke through on goal and was challenged on the six yard line by Woods, with the keeper winning.
No sooner had one crisis at the back been averted, when another soon arrived after Jack Hendry broke through on goal, he should have struck but dawdled and the chance was lost in a six yard box scramble, blocked then saved by Woods. Hamilton then made it three when Templeton was brought down inside the box, and Dougie Imrie put away the spot kick.
Accies: Woods, Skondras, McMann, Imrie (c), Docherty, Bingham (Longridge 56), A Crawford (Redmond 85), MacKinnon, Donati, S Boyd (Templeton 64), Sarris. Subs Unused: Fulton, Gillespie, Gogic, Lyon.
Goals: MacKinnon 25, Boyd 36, Imrie 84 penalty
Dundee: Bain, Kerr, Holt, O’Dea (Waddell 54), Kamara, Allan, McGowan (O’Hara 79), El Bakhtaoui, Hendry, Wolters (Williams 33), Haber. Subs Unused: Parish, Vincent, Hateley, Spence.
Cautions: O’Dea, Waddell, Kerr.
Referee:Bobby Madden. Assistants:Douglas Ross MP & Alastair Mather. 4th Official: Steven Reid.