Spartans and Hamilton Academical played out a goalless draw in which both teams will be disappointed in not taking the win. It was Spartans who started the game the stronger with Elena Santoyo-Brown testing the Accies’ keeper Elaine Fleming, but soon the visitors came into the game and Mhairi Lyle had a shot cleared off the line.
The second half was dominated by Hamilton, with Spartans struggling to get any sort of foothold on the encounter. Accies’ best chance of the second half came from Lori Garnder, but she was denied by a good save from Rachel Harrison. Late on, Kaela McDonald had a chance to win the game for Spartans, but her lobbed effort just went over.
Spartans remain in fourth place, one point behind third-placed Stirling University, whilst the draw sees Hamilton Academical increase their lead over eighth-placed Aberdeen to two points.
Spartans Start Well
Neither side was able to create a clear-cut chance in the opening ten minutes, and when Spartans created the game’s first shot on target, it came through a defensive mistake. Hamilton’s captain Gillian Inglis misjudged a long-ball allowing Elena Santoyo-Brown to break into the box. The recent signing from Boroughmuir Thistle cut back past Inglis and then saw her shot saved by Elaine Fleming at the near post.
Soon after, Santoyo-Brown played in Spartans’ captain Alana Marshall on the overlap, but her powerful shot went over the crossbar.
The Spartans’ pressure continued with a Michaela Mcalonie winning possession before breaking, and playing in Ellie Simpson, but Inglis recovered to shepherd the ball out. A Hamilton corner was then cleared and Spartans countered, but once again, Simpson was unable to get a shot off as Jade Lindsay made the crucial intervention.
Lyle’s Shot Cleared Off The Line
But in the 24th minute, Hamilton nearly took the lead as a misjudged pass-back was intercepted by Mhairi Lyle who rounded keeper Rachel Harrison, but then saw her shot cleared off the line by Nicola Mawson.
Three minutes later, Harrison denied Hamilton through a flying save to tip away Emma Lyons’ long-range effort which looked destined for the top-left corner.
Accies Dominate Start Of Second Half
Having finished the first-half on top, Hamilton came out determined to score. Having had a penalty shout turned down after Simone McMahon tackled Lori Gardner, Amy Anderson had her shot blocked by Mcalonie.
It was the introduction of Jordan McLintock that would provide Hamilton with their best chance of the second half. The substitute played Gardner behind the Spartans’ defence and penalty area, but her shot was directed to close to Harrison who made the save.
Soon after, Spartans reminded Accies they were still a threat. A corner was headed back towards her own goal by Accies’ Anderson, leading to a game of head tennis where the ball was cleared off the line before Colette Cavanagh shot over from the edge of the box.
However, it was Accies who still looked the more likely team to score, and in the 78th minute, they came close. Inglis cut the ball back across the box to Lyle, but her shot was denied by a great save from Harrison.
Spartans Have Chances To Win
But late on, Spartans had two good chances to win the game. Laura Gavin’s shot was well saved by Fleming, but Ronaigh Douglas pounced on the rebound. However, Fleming recovered, and the Spartans’ substitute was unable to get her shot off.
And then, Kaela McDonald latched onto a long ball into the box, and she lobbed the keeper but the ball landed on the roof of the net.
Spartans: Rachel Harrison; Simone McMahon, Dion McMahon, Nicola Mawson, Alana Marshall (c); Ellie Simpson (Collette Cavanagh 61), Tegan Reynolds (Mariel Kaney 88), Michaela Mcalonie, Elena Santoyo-Brown (Ronaigh Douglas 68); Rachel Walkingshaw (Kaela McDonald 76), Laura Gavin.
Unused Subs: Eartha Cumings (GK), Jess Murphy
Booked: Dion McMahon 78, Collette Cavanagh 90+3.
Hamilton Academical: Elaine Fleming; Gillian Inglis (c), Jade Lindsay, Danielle Connolly, Megan Quinn; Amy Anderson, Deborah McLeod, Emma Lyons; Lori Gardner, Carolina Richardson (Jordan McLintock 59), Mhairi Lyle (Lauren Gallen 90).
Unused Subs: Amy Allan, Amy Lindsay, Lauren Grant (GK)