Accies Take Queen’s Park To School
An incredible attacking display saw Hamilton Academical continue their 100% start to the league as they demolished Queen’s Park 10-1. Accies took an early 2-0 lead through Lori Gardner with the first from a corner and then Gillian Inglis’ calm finish got the second. Queen’s Park pulled a goal back through Ashley McKeown, but an own goal from Lauren Kelly restored Accies’ two-goal advantage. And just before the half-time whistle, fortune favoured Accies with MT McGuiness’ goal.
Within the opening minute of the second half, it was 5-1 to Hamilton when Inglis set up Lauren Kerr with an empty net to score into. Soon after, Gardner had her second when she pounced upon a rebound from the Queen’s keeper and then Amie McGill made it 7-1 with a wonder strike.
The game settled down until the 77th minute when Hamilton got their eight when Kerr tapped in a corner. Gardner then completed her hat-trick to make it 9-1 when she was played through the middle. And then, Lauren Gallon made it 10 when her curled effort perfectly found the top corner.
Hamilton remains top, whilst Queen’s Park drop down to eighth.
Hamilton started the match on the front foot and patient build up set up Amy Anderson on the edge of the box, but her shot failed to hit the target. And then MT McGuiness was given far too much room in the box, but her shot was parried by Queen’s keeper Lauren Bullock towards Lauren Kerr who had her shot deflected behind.
It was from this corner that Hamilton took the lead when the home defence failed to clear the ball, allowing Lori Gardner to side-foot the ball over the line.
Minutes later, Hamilton doubled their lead through captain’s Gillian Inglis’ calm finish.
Hamilton kept up the intensity, looking for a third and came close when Lauren Gallon’s blocked shot fell to Lauren Kerr, but her effort went just wide.
On the edge of the Queen’s box, Kerr set up Amy Anderson but she directed her shot straight at the keeper. The ball was recycled out to the right wing where Gardner had two successive shots saved by Bullock at the near post.
Then a long ball picked out MT McGuiness in acres of space in the box, and she was given time to control the ball but the volleyed straight at the keeper.
And then, with their first shot on target, Queen’s Park pulled a goal back. Ashley McKeown was sent behind the Hamilton defence and she chipped the ball over the diving keeper Elaine Fleming.
The away side could have restored their two-goal advantage minutes after, from a similar chance. Gardner sent MT McGuiness behind the defence, and she tried to replicate the finish, but hers went just wide of the far post.
But then Hamilton did restore their two-goal cushion. From the left-wing, Megan Quinn whipped in an early cross and at the far post, the unfortunate Lauren Kelly mishit her clearance and turned the ball into her own net.
And with the last kick of the half, Hamilton made it 4-1, more by accident than design. Inglis fired in a cross from the left, it hit MT McGuiness and rolled into the bottom corner.
Within the opening minute of the second half, Hamilton scored their fifth. Inglis’ pass took the keeper out of the game and gave the unmarked Kerr lots of time to convert the simple chance.
Accies had a great chance soon after from a 25-yard free kick, but Amie McGill’s effort curled just wide of the far post.
And then they did get their sixth. Bullock was off her line quickly to smother MT McGuiness’ shot but the ball fell to Gardner who tapped the ball into the empty net.
In the 57th minute, McGill picked up the ball on the edge of the box, and she launched a shot that spun beyond Bullock’s despairing dive to make it 7-1.
The game started to calm down, probably disrupted by the number of substitutions made by Hamilton with Inglis’ missed shot the closest either side came during this period.
But in the 77th minute, the game came back to life when Hamilton scored another. Samantha Macpherson’s corner evaded Bullock at the near post, providing Kerr with an empty net to side-foot into.
Suzanne Smith’s cutback provided Kerr a chance to score her hat-trick, but she fired her shot over.
And then Lori Gardner completed her hat-trick. Mhari Lyle’s pass split the Queen’s Park centre-backs, and Gardner rolled the ball past the diving keeper.
With the last action of the match, Hamilton made it double figures. They passed the ball around the Queen’s Park’s box with ease, and Lauren Gallon hit the ball with the outside of her right foot, and the ball curled perfectly into the top-right corner.