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Hamilton Accies weather the storm to down Hutchison Vale

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Accies Women weathered the blustery conditions at Saughton Enclosure against Hutchison Vale to take home a 2-0 victory. Cheryl McCulloch’s early opener and Carolina Richardson’s in the second saw Accies leave with all three points.

Manager Kevin Murphy was pleased with the two goals and clean-sheet, but believed the weather played a great deal in the game. He said: “Happy to get the three points and keep a clean-sheet, I think that’s also a massive bonus, but I don’t think it was a great game to be honest with you, I think the weather really dictated that.

“I felt sorry for the spectators, because it wasn’t really for the faint hearted, it wasn’t really easy on the eye, but still glad to be taking the three points and clean-sheet.”

Accies attacked straight off the bat, finding the net after only six minutes, Cheryl McCulloch’s chip from the edge of the box landing over the line.

On the 29th minute, the host’s Natasha McMahon nearly drew it level as she broke away on the counter to storm towards Megan Cunningham’s goal, but her final shot flew over the crossbar.

The first half hour saw both teams trying to attack, Accies appearing to have the edge over the Edinburgh side.

Hutchie found another chance to pull one back, but Ross couldn’t connect to a free kick swung in the box from McMahon.

McCulloch tried again before the break, collecting a pass inside the box, whipping her shot round but failing to meet the target.

Richardson doubled the advantage on the 54th, after great play up the right-wing from full back Kirstin McGuire to play in Richardson who placed her shot.

Trailing by two now, Hutchie tried to attack on the break, as McMahon tried to trouble Accies again but was well dealt with by Cunningham.

Three minutes from time, Amy Bulloch lined up for a free kick at the edge of the box won after Gill Sloey was brought down by the keeper, the shot met by Richardson, who sent it straight to the keeper.

Despite the tough conditions, Accies found their winning ways again, adapting well and putting in a good team performance, as Hutchie Vale ended their own great winning streak.

Written by Colette Carr

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