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Accies lose out to Hibs in Scottish Cup

Hamilton Academical 0

Hibernian 7

Smith 1' 9' 44' 51' Mullen 61' MacNamara 66' C Ross 71.
  • Sunday, 16 August 2015
  • Hamilton Palace Sports Ground.
  • 17's Girls
  • SWF Youth Cup

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Hamilton Accies and Hibernian were thrust straight into Scottish Cup action following their summer break, and it was Hibs who progressed through to the next round at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground.

Both teams were fortunate in being able to play in fantastic summer conditions at the Palace Sports Ground. Hibernian’s Mhairi Smith set the tone by scoring within the first minute of the match, and then going on to put another three into the back of the Accies net. Having gone down so soon to an early goal, Hamilton were unable to respond to such a strong Hibs side, their defence was under constant pressure and any possession was broken down almost immediately. The Hibernian defence looked composed and goalkeeper and Scotland internationalist Kirsty Jefferies, fulfilled more of a sweeper style role at times with her accurate spraying of the ball back to the outfield, Hibs thoroughly deserved their seven-goal victory.

The game had only just started when Hibs won a corner kick, the ball was swung into the penalty area and knocked towards goal, Accies keeper Chloe Aitken made the save but Smith was their to blast into the net, 0-1.

After nine minutes, Hibs had their second, when Nicola Waddell bravely won a headed challenge and sent the ball on for Laura Hyde. A nicely weighted pass was sent forward for Smith who then ran goal wards and, one on one with the keeper, slid the balt into the goal for 0-2.

A controversial moment came when Hamilton keeper Aitken picked up a back pass and the referee awarded the visitors a free kick 10 yards from the goal line, the Accies defence edged forward as Waddell struck the crossbar and the kick was retaken, on the second attempt the shot was blocked then cleared to safety. Hibs went onto have several more chances, Megan Kerr heading close from a corner, then Mullen and Smith having shots on goal that the Accies keeper saved.

  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical
  • 0-2
  • Hibernian

Within four minutes of the restart, Smith played a nice ball inside for Ria McCafferty to shoot from 15 yards but her shot was well saved by Aitken. Smith was in the thick of the action once more and was rewarded with a hat trick for her efforts, Laura Hyde won the ball and played inside for Smith, she played the ball forward before sliding the ball past the keeper, 0-3.

From deep inside her own half, Megan Reilly played a beautifully weighted long pass up field towards MacNamara,, bringing the ball under control before sending closely over the crossbar. Hibs keeper Jefferies, playing in her sweeping role, struck the ball upfield towards Caitlin Ross, who then nicely timed her pass through the Accies back line for Smith who finished from twelve yards, 0-4.

On the hour mark, Morris ran forwards with the ball at her feet before passing out to Smith who ran in on goal. Her eight-yard strike was brilliantly saved by Aitken but unfortunately she failed to hold on and the ball rolled loose, Mullen sprinted forward and made no mistake when she blasted in from close range for 0-5. Then from a corner, Morris sent in a dangerously pacey ball into the penalty area that Waddell ran into meet, her powerful header inched over the cross bar.

It was six for Hibs when the ball was crossed into the Hamilton penalty area, Morris brought the ball under control with her chest and passed inside for MacNamara, taking a touch, she turned a shot from twelve yards, leaving the keeper without any chance of attempting a save, 0-6.

Within five minutes it was seven after Aitken saved an eight-yard shot by Smith and turned it away for a corner. The ball was swung in and a scramble ensued in front of goal, Ross got a touch and sent the ball into the back of the net, 0-7. Before the match ended, Hibs had three further decent chances, but nothing came from them as Accies keeper Aitken managed to make a few useful saves that put a block on any further Hibs goals.

Hibernian 17s now go into the draw for the Scottish Cup quarter-finals that will be played in early September and although disappointed, the Hamilton coaching staff are happy with the development that the team have shown in recent months.

  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical
  • 0-7
  • Hibernian

Lineups

Hamilton Academical
Hibernian
1. C. Aitken
4. C. Brannen
5. J. McDonald
6. C. McConnell
7. R. Howie
8. M. Quigley
10. A. Leggatt
11. T. McDonald
14. R. Hardie
16. E. Shearer
17. O. McMahon
3. N. Hamilton
9. H. Aitken
12. C. McLean
1. K. Jefferies
3. O. Murphy
4. M. Reilly
5. N. Waddell
7. C. Morris
8. N. Mullen
9. K. Jefferies
10. M. Smith
11. C. Sinclair
14. R. McCafferty
15. S. MacNamara
17. M. Kerr
101. L. Hyde
Star Player
Hamilton Academical
Hibernian
Chloe Aitken. Although losing 0-7, the goalkeeper was at fault for none of them, she made several very good save and one fantastic save that managed to keep the score down.
Mhairi Smith. The whole Hibs team played well with some great performances but the scorer of four well finished strikes, also contributed to the overall team game.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical
Hibernian
Chloe Aitken's 61st minute save from a Mhairi Smith shot.
Caitlin Morris assist that split Accies defence for Mhairi Black's fourth goal.
Club Views
Hamilton Academical
Hibernian
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