Today, I attended our first league match of the season at the newly named HOPE CBD Stadium. To be quite honest I’m glad league football is back as Hamilton never seem to do well in Cup Competitions but on the plus side, throughout pre season I managed to tick Clyde, Stenhousemuir and Berwick off my list of stadiums of watching The Accies play.
Going into todays game it was hard for us fans to have any hope after the poor Betfred Cup campaign. We were up against a strong Hearts side who progressed through their Betfred Cup group even though they had 2 points deducted for fielding and illegible player against Cove Rangers.
The Jambo’s made numerous of summer signings. To name a few, they have signed Steven MacLean, formerly of St Johnstone, Uche Ikpeazu from League 2 side Cambridge United and managed to capture the services of Steven Naismith on-loan from Norwich City for another season after an impressing last season.
MATCH REPORT BELOW
It was Hamilton who fairly dominated the first 15 minutes of the match at The Hope CBD stadium, after the away side were clearly having a few issues in defence. The issues continued for the away side and the hosts broke the deadlock after 16 minutes when once again, there was another miscommunication in Hearts defence. A ball was played through by Darian Mackinnon, it got past Aaron Hughes and reached Mickel Miller who poked the ball past Zlamal to put Accies 1-0 up.
It was now the visitors turn to have their turn off possession. A couple of minutes after the home sides goal the visitors got a set piece on the left hand side. It was swung in by Olly Lee, it landed on the head of Hearts captain, Christophe Berra who forced Hamilton Keeper Woods into a wonderful tip over the bar. This was clearly a warning sign for Accies, as 2 minutes later a cross was delivered in by Naismith, this time it landed on the head of Peter Haring who rose highest and nodded it past the helpless Gary Woods. Hearts got their Tails up after equalising and had a chance to get themselves ahead. After 23 minutes a quick counter attack led to Callum Morrison being played 1v1 but the winger dragged his shot wide of the target. It was Hamilton who had the next chance of the match after 37 minutes, when a long ball landed at the feet of Miller, he played it into Lyon, who laid it off to Bingham, his goal ward bound shot was deflected round for a corner by John Souttar.
HALF TIME 1-1
The second half got underway and the away side were not for hanging around. Just 4 minutes after the re-start, Hearts were awarded a penalty. Brilliant strength by Uche Ikpeazu, allowed him to spin his man and square it to Naismith, who was taken down by Alex Penny as he went to shot. Absolutely no doubt about the decision. The Penalty was nicely tucked away by Naismith to put the Jambo’s Ahead. To be quite honest Hamilton just fell to pieces after this and watching it from the stands was very painful. 10 minutes later Hearts doubled their lead after a free kick was launched in by Ben Garuccio, it found the head of Christophe Berra who headed it to Peter Haring to slam home his second goal of the match. 5 minutes later is was 4-1. Once again Uche Ikpeazu rolled it past his man and sent through Steven Maclean who made no mistake of hammering the ball past Gary Woods into the top corner.
After the 15 minutes of chaotic defending by the hosts the game was over and it was really poor stuff for the final 30 minutes. Hearts did have a chance to make it 5-1 when substitute Jake Mulraney beat the offside trap and tried to take it around Woods but the keeper done well and clawed the ball from the feet of Mulraney.
FULL TIME, HAMILTON 1-4 HEARTS
By Ben McNicol