Albion Rovers nearly provided the shock result of the day, as they let their first-half 2 goal lead slip at Hamilton. Accies had started the better of the two teams up until the first water break, with Myles Redfern having plenty of joy down the left-hand side. His chance for Accies was the closest they would get before Rovers scored twice in 3 minutes before half-time. A shot that was blocked from a short corner fell too David Wilson, just off the penalty spot in the 35th minute, and it was his bicycle kick that would put Rovers ahead. 3 minutes later it would be Charlie Reilly who would double the away sides advantage with a 25-yard free kick that nestled nicely in the top corner 5 minutes before the break.
In the second-half Accies regained their momentum, and had thought they had got a goal back after 5 minutes when Brian Easton connected with a free-kick but was flagged offside. Although it wouldn’t be long until Accies did get their goal, Myles Redfern broke into the Rovers box again and was tripped by Sean Fagan, leading to Ronan Hughes burying his penalty for his second of the campaign. Callum Smith then equalised for the home side via a tap-in, minutes after missing a gulit edge chance.
Accies managed to pick up the bonus point, in what has to be a said a pretty pointless shootout, as it still wasn’t enough for the home side to progress
Accies could’ve had the game wrapped up a lot earlier had they had a bit more quality up top. Numerous great balls into the box not attacked, leaving a lot to be desired for from Brian Rice’s men. Begs the question as to why David Moyo started on the bench for so long with so many high crosses and long balls from the home side. After the game Brian Rice said, “We are looking to strengthen upfront first, we need to get at least two strikers in. We have been saying this for the last month and we have tried to get two or three in, who have decided to go elsewhere, but we are working really really hard.”
Two stunning goals were the difference for Rovers. A bicycle kick and a 25-yard free kick aren’t too shabby. Taking their chances very well it’s a shame that the visitors couldn’t hold on for the full 90. Showing the difference between a part-time and full-time team as Rovers looked to fade away in the second-half.
Todays starting 11 contained nine academy graduates, three of which made the debuts today as Brian Rice deals with more injuries, sickness, and the Olympics thinning out his squad. “We don’t know many other teams with nine graduates in their first 11, we are looking to have 5 or 6 bodies back for next week along with two or three bodies in. Sean Want was supposed to start today but phoned in sick and we had 2 or 3 that didn’t play much last year but we hoped to have them back about now.” This along with the news that star players Hakeem Odoffin has opted fir a move away to Rotherham united, has really left Rice on his last legs a week before the season starts
Accies now have the start of the league to look forward too as they face Raith Rovers next week, whilst Albion Rovers face Clyde