SWPL: Hamilton Accies 5-2 Hutcheson Vale


[media-credit name=”Pic: Hamilton Accies WFC” align=”alignleft” width=”300″][/media-credit]Accies kicked off and looked sharp in the first minute with Richardson and Crilly pouncing on some back passes but it was Hutchie Vale who took the lead with some clever interplay on the right hand side seeing the ball cutback and beautifully chipped over Elaine Fleming in the Accies goal. Hutchie got no more than they deserved as they had responded to Accies pressure in the first 10 minutes very well.

Any hopes that going a goal behind would galvanise Accies were short-lived as Hutchie continued to spread the ball about well and
looked comfortable in possession. Accies forced a couple of corners that weren’t converted and the onlooking crowd began to wonder if the home team were going to stay frustrated all afternoon.

However, Accies young international left back Cara McBrearty decided to take the game by the scruff of the neck, and after good work by Richardson and McCulloch, Cara stepped up and collected the ball 25 yards out. Never taking her eyes off the bouncing ball, she deftly went for accuracy and used the balls momentum to finish over Hannah Reid in the Hutchie goal.

Confidence rightly high, Cara’s dynamism injected some stimulus into the game and she quickly had another effort from distance before setting up the ever available Jacqui Seagrave for a shot, it went over, but Seagraves effort began to see Accies win and keep possession better.

A the half wore on, Hutchie had a couple of efforts from set pieces whilst Accies got into the final 3rd a few times without converting.

Just before half time some good interplay and great strength on the ball from McBrearty and Carolina Richardson allowed Richardson to roll the ball to Toni Mason and Accies number 15 looked up before dispatching a beautiful curled effort from 20 yards into the bottom corner.

The second half saw Accies raise the intensity from the outset, and Crilly and Jen King began to penetrate deep into the right hand side of Hutchie. Crilly looked extremely dangerous and from a counter attack by King saw Crilly given the option of overlapping and she bounded past the fullback before delivering a delicious cross which Cheryl McCulloch rose and powered home.

Crilly and King began to develop as Accies main out ball, allowing Carolina Richardson to power in from the left hand side. From McBrearty’s advanced position Accies had both fullbacks deep in the opposition half and forced a corner. Crilly joined young McBrearty and worked it round the fullback before delivering again for McCulloch who grabbed almost a mirror image goal to make it 4-1.

Again, the threats from Accies fullbacks and their overlapping was prominent and another corner forced which McBrearty delivered wickedly and Seagrave popped up after a fumble and stuck it over the line.

Accies were now up 5-1 and looking for more although Hutchie were dangerous on the break and earned another goal from a great delivery and powerful header. The game continued to go end to end as Hutchie never dropped their energy levels but Elaine Fleming
didn’t seem too troubled in goal.

After the match Accies manager Kevin Murphy said: “We had a sluggish first half but still went in with a lead after 2 great goals. The girls themselves were disappointed with the showing and I think the 30 minutes after halftime saw us play to a level I was happy with. We had key contributors across the pitch and despite conceding 2 our goalkeeper was untroubled for long periods as we kept the ball better as the game went on. Overall, I am of course delighted with the result and we can’t have a better start than 6 points from 6. Next up is an away trip to Stonehaven in the Scottish Cup next week.”


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