Hamilton welcomed Kilmarnock to Carluke for their penultimate home match of the season. The game turned out to be a lot trickier than was expected as Hamilton were made to work hard for their victory
Hamilton started this game slowly and struggled in the 20 minutes to get any real impetuous going forward. In fact it was the visitors who opened the scoring after 10 minutes when a speculative cross spun off a Hamilton defender and looped over keeper Elaine Fleming.
The home team finally started to get to grips with the game and after a number of half chances had come and gone the equalising goal arrived. A terrific driving run by into the box by Susan Fairlie was halted by a mistimed tackle Fairlie picked herself up and fired the ball home from the spot.
Hamilton now began to put pressure on the Kilmarnock defence and only good goalkeeping kept them at bay until just before half time when Ashley McDonald broke into the box her cross was tipped away by the keeper but Fairlie following up hammered the ball high into the net to give a 2-1 lead at half time.
Hamilton increased the tempo at the start of the second half and within ten minutes had stretched their lead. Some nice interplay between Fairlie and Nicky Grant on the edge of the box allowed Fairlie to get in behind the defence where she rounded the keeper and stroked the ball home to complete her hat trick.
The fourth goal arrived on the hour mark and was the pick of the bunch a strong challenge by Toni Mason in the midfield won her the ball. Mason then drove forward past several defenders to the edge of the box where she curled an exquisite shot over the keeper and into the net.
The goals started to arrive on a regular basis after this, another penalty was awarded when Megan Walker on as a sub powered into the box and was only stopped by a defender handling the ball. Walker took the penalty herself and converted to make it 5-1.
On 75 minutes the sixth goal arrived when Mason played the ball in behind the defence to another sub Jennifer Rodgers who coolly slid the ball under the keeper.
The final goal was an unfortunate own after good play between Grant and Walker who saw her hard low cross diverted into the net by a Kilmarnock defender.
Hamilton’s next match is away to Rangers on Sunday 16th October.
Hamilton Team: Fleming, Inglis, Murray, King, Houston, Templeton, Mason, Grant, Bulloch, McDonald and
Subs: Hughes, Reilly, Walker and Rodgers.
Written by James Crilly