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In Pictures: Kilwinning Ladies 0-6 Hamilton Accies

In our latest ‘In Pictures’ feature, Eddie Linton travelled to Kilwinning to take in the SWPL clash between Ayrshire side Kilwinning Ladies and Hamilton Accies WFC. Hamilton Accies ran out 6-0 winners on the day, thanks to goals from Caroline Richardson (2), Ashley McDonald, Ainsley Douglas, Gillian Sloey and Kirsten McGuire.

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For more photos of the Kilwinning and Hamilton Accies game check out our Official Flickr site.

Kevin Murphy: Hamilton Accies WFC are down but not out

Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine.com

Pic: Phil McCloy | Scotzine.com

With the SWPL season in its mid season break, players and coaches alike take a breather from the rigours of the season thus far. Hamilton Accies head coach Kevin Murphy gives us his opinions on the season so far.

The season for some has thrown up a few surprises with Rangers’ form being exceptional and Forfar losing out in a top six finish despite finishing second last season.

Rangers strengthened really well at the start of the season with some experienced international players and with that mix of young talented players they have then I am not too surprised over their sudden rise through the league placings.

Angie Hind is a hugely respected coach and one I admire as she has brought about a real freshness to the squad and it is paying dividends so far.

Forfar will obviously be bitterly disappointed in their season at the mid-way point after their terrific run of form last season. Mark and the players performed so well last season and deservedly finished the best of the rest behind the current champions Glasgow City.

I know they have had a few injuries to contend with and maybe lady luck hasn’t been on their side of late, but it goes to show the trials and tribulations which football as a sport can throw up. It is a real life rollercoaster and for managers and players alike it can be testing at times. I have no doubt Forfar will bounce back for the second half of the season and I look forward to coming up against them in the league on two more occasions.

However, I wish that our forthcoming encounters with Forfar were in the top half of the table but sadly that isn’t the case. Our season so far has been a mirror image of our season last year. We have had some terrific team performances this season sandwiched between below average ones as well.

The lack of consistency unfortunately has ultimately cost us our place in the top six with all coaching staff and players gutted that we didn’t achieve our target of making it into the elite six clubs to compete in the season run in.

Similarly to last year setbacks and disappointments, it can also bring the best out of people. Last season the squad of players reacted brilliantly to the adversity we suffered and went through the whole of the second half of the season unbeaten, only drawing once.

It was this type of reaction from the players that you then start to see improvements this squad has made. The squad now face a similar set of circumstances and as manager I am expecting the same reactions and attitude from them which we saw last year.

We will sit down together as a squad and discuss the season so far and what we all can do to help us improve as a unit. In a way I enjoy these challenges and you start to see people’s characters come to the fore and who can handle the responsibility.

The league is continually improving each year and that is highlighted by Aberdeen’s form since being promoted back into the SWPL making the top six for two years running. Games against the so-called minnows are getting tougher which we saw for ourselves suffering a 5-4 defeat to the hands of newly promoted Buchan.

The truth of the matter is that the standard is getting better and teams do not give up. It means that we need to be at our best every week in order to take points from games which aren’t always an easy thing to do. Teams who have been promoted in the last few seasons have competed and that is credit to them as a club.

So as the first game approaches after the mid-summer break it will be interesting to see how all clubs come back and perform although the only team I am concerned about is my own club.

I relish challenges as do the squad of players I have, so we are all looking forward to the second half of the season and what it will throw up. However it is no secret that hard work and dedication will be key in order for any team to be successful come November.

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.”

Women’s Football: Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton Accies

Manager Kevin Murphy said after the match: “To lose the first game of the season is disappointing and we never really got going in the first half. In the second half we looked a bit more like ourselves and took the game to Aberdeen. Credit to the home team though who fought for everything and stayed resilient throughout. We must focus on next week when we entertain Kilmarnock.”

Hamilton started this game with some of their new signings playing their competitive debuts for the club as a number of experienced players were out through injury.

Within the first minute Aberdeen could have taken the lead when a hopeful ball was hit long and bounced between the two Accies centre halves, only for poor finishing to get in the way of Aberdeen taking an early lead.

Hamilton’s first decent move of the match came on six minutes when a good run down the right by Toni Mason was followed by a great cross to the back post which was met on the half volley by young Cara McBrearty. The Aberdeen keeper then gave Hamilton a glimpse of what was to come with a good save on the line.

The home side huffed and puffed for most of the first half and on 30 minutes found themselves a goal down. Rebecca Dempster muscled her way into the box and her low cross found Nicky Wright who fired home the opener for Aberdeen.

Hamilton struggled to get a foothold in the game after this setback and the first half petered out with no significant chances being made at either end.

The second half started in much the same way as Hamilton controlled the game but were struggling to make any real chances. With 30 minutes to go Hamilton tried to change things around with the introduction of Susan Fairlie and Ashley McDonald. It brought some success as most of the game was now being played out in the home team’s half, chances started to arrive but it was one of those days when the ball would not break kindly for the strikers.

As the match was nearing its finish Hamilton upped the pressure again hoping their superior fitness would pay dividends. Striker Jenny Rodgers was brought on to replace Terri Donnelly as Hamilton went to two at the back and such was the pressure that the home team were pinned back almost in their own penalty box.

Right on the final whistle a cross into the box by Mason found the head of Katie Reilly who could only watch agonisingly as her well-directed header bounced badly on the poor surface and bobbled just the wrong side of the post.

The last-minute miss basically summed up Hamilton’s day, a lot of missed tackles a lot of misplaced passes and a great deal of poor finishing when a bit of composure would have at least rescued a point if not all three.

Hamilton: Cunningham, Inglis, Donnelly, King, McGuire, Templeton, Reilly, Mason, McBrearty, McCulloch and Seagrave.
Subs: Rodgers, Crilly, Fairlie and McDonald

Match report provided by James Crilly

Hamilton Accies welcome four new signings

Murphy commented: “Over the break, we wanted to target specific areas and we were really pleased to get Megan Cunningham, Terri Donnelly, Kirstin McGuire and Jacqui Seagrave onboard. They have been able to help us raise standards across the board and all have excellent pedigrees as players, having been involved in the Premier League and International Setups for several years.

“Added to that, we appointed Lindsay Hamilton as our Goalkeeping Coach along with Jordan Shirley as team Psychologist and Niamh Breslin as Premier Physio. On the non-footballing side Head of Sport Science Mark McKenna now has three dedicated Strength & Conditioning coaches working with him in the evenings at the University of the West of Scotland and this enables Mark to spend more time on the Video Analysis side of things. I am really excited about all these off-field specialists working with our coaching staff to provide our Senior and Youth players with the best possible preparation and culture for development we can.”

Henson Projects Scottish Cup: Hamilton Accies 0-4 Forfar

Today’s game against Forfar in the third round of this season’s ‘Henson Projects Scottish Cup’ was always going to be a tough test Hamilton had a number of key players missing due to injury and unavailability as well as two of their recognised first eleven who were cup tied having played for Celtic in an earlier round.

From almost the first minute of the match Forfar were in control of the midfield and putting Hamilton under pressure and it only took them 10 minutes to open the scoring. A run and cross from the right was not properly cleared and a strike from just outside the box found the top corner to put the visitors one up.

Forfar kept up the pressure with a series of corners and from one of these they doubled their lead. The ball was played in from the right and fell at the feet of the unmarked Forfar captain Gemma Collier who easily slotted it home.

Hamilton roused themselves after this and created a few chances of their own the best of these fell to Ashley McDonald but it was not to be her day in front of goal. Hamilton even had the ball in the net just before half time but it was ruled offside much to the frustration of the players and coaching staff.

Hamilton started the second half trying to get a foothold in the game and spark an unlikely come back but after almost constant pressure on the visitor’s goal and with chances coming and going with no breakthrough it was almost inevitable that Forfar would score again.

With only 10 minutes left a loose pass in midfield and a quick through ball found the Hamilton defence posted missing and a Forfar striker running in on goal to put the game beyond the home side.

Another goal right on the final whistle put the icing on the cake for Forfar and they ran out comfortable winners and move into the Quarter Finals.

Sponsorship deal with B&B Autocare Blantyre

Hamilton Academicals Women and Girls Football Club have announced a partnership with local company B&B Autocare Blantyre.

B&B Autocare Blantyre signed an agreement to fund future projects at the club in a three-year sponsorship deal, the first of its kind for the club.

B&B Autocare Blantyre will be the club champion for the next three years. The deal will see the company be shirt sponsors for all club teams as well as enjoying other benefits the club can offer the company.

Club Chairperson Kevin Keenan is delighted with the deal stating: “It is a great deal for both the club and B&B Autocare. The sponsorship will secure football for many women and girls over the next three years as funding becomes harder to attain in the present financial climate. The club will be able to try new ventures to encourage even more women and girls in our area to play football. I would like to thank Brian Price and Brian Madden for their generosity and I look forward to working with both of them over the coming years”.

Company directors Brian Price and Brian Madden stated: “It’s a new venture for the Women’s Football Club and B&B Autocare Blantyre are also a new venture so we’re happy to be working together”.

Written by James Crilly

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