On Saturday, i traveled to Edinburgh to watch Hamilton get absolutely torn apart by Hibs in what was one of the worst performances I have ever seen from my side. It was a real sore one for all fans that traveled to the capital. Take no credit away from Hibs, who are a great side and scored 1/2 cracking goals but our defending was embarrassing and we could of conceded a few more. After disappointingly losing to Dundee last week many fans were hoping to maybe pick up a valuable point away from home. Hibs have started their season well as expected, losing only 1 game to date and currently sit in 3rd position in the table.
Neil Lennon made 2 changes from last weeks narrow victory in Paisley over St Mirren with Martin Boyle replacing the injured Thomas Agyepong and Vykintas Slivka replaced Daryl Horgan.
The away side also made 2 changes from their defeat at home to Dundee last weekend with Tom Taiwo and Sam Kelly being replaced by Rakish Bingham and Delphin Tshiembe.
Hibs started the game well, finding plenty space down their right hand side. Their first chance came after 7 minutes, when some nice play from Lewis Stevenson and Stevie Mallan, ended up with Slivka chipping the ball to the back-post, where Flo Kamberi just headed over the Hamilton goal. Kamberi had another chance to open the scoring on the 16th minute when a corner went straight back to the taker, Mallan, who’s cross deflected off of Dougie Imrie and right onto Kamberi’s head, but the striker couldn’t convert. After barely having a touch of the ball, Accies should have opened the scoring. Scott Martin played a long ball forward before both Efe Ambrose and Ryan Porteuous went for the same ball and missed, which allowed Rakish Bingham to sneak in behind and get 1v1 against Bogdan but the Bulgarian keeper was quickly out at the feet of Bingham to save well. Minutes after missing a huge chance, Accies were behind. David Gray’s low cross caused all sorts off problems for the Hamilton defence, before Martin Boyle managed to half volley it high into the net past Woods to make it 1-0. After going ahead the home side looked in no threat of losing their 10- month home unbeaten streak. Straight from kick off after the first goal, Hibs should of made it 2-0. Goal scorer, Boyle, was played in by Kamberi but dragged his effort wide of the post. On the 33rd minute it was 2-0. Stevie Mallan was given far to much room on the edge of the box and his curling effort went past Woods, in aid of a deflection which probably helped. Emerson Hyndman went close with a couple of efforts earlier in the game and the American was awarded a goal to make it 3-0, 5 minutes before the interval. Martin Boyle beat Aaron McGowan down the right before cutting it back to Hyndmam who side-footed the ball into the net to score his first Hibernian goal.
Half Time- Hibernian 3-0 Hamilton
To my and most other fans surprise, Hamilton boss Martin Canning didn’t make a half time substitution to address the problem down the left hand side, even though it was already too late. On the 49th minute, A Martin Boyle corner found left back, Lewis Stevenson free at the back- post, but the Scot dragged his volley wide of the target. Kamberi went close to adding a fourth on the 61st minute, when he easily spun past Kilgallon and into the box. However his low and powerful drive was well saved by Woods and eventually cleared to safety. On the 70th minute it was 4-0. Stevie Mallan picked up the ball around 25 yards for goal before having a shot at goal which went into the left hand corner of the goal, however, Gary Woods may think he should have done better. It should of been five on the 87th minute when substitute, Daryl Horgan raced through on goal, before taking it around Woods, but Kilgallon got back to head Horgan’s effort off the line. Hibs did get their fifth of the afternoon on the 90th minute and Kamberi eventually got his goal when he drilled home a through ball from Horgan. By this point, Hamilton just decided to give up and gift Hibs a 6th which made it even more miserable for me and the remaining Hamilton fans in the stand. Dougie Imrie took a poor touch before playing Kamberi through of goal after coming under pressure. Kamberi tried to cut it back for Jamie Gullan to tap home but it hit the foot of the unfortunate, Matthew Killagon and went into his own net, to sum up what was an absolute disaster of a day for Hamilton.
Full Time- Hibernian 6-0 Hamilton
Bogdan, Gray(82), Milligan, Slivka, Boyle(75), Mallan, Stevenson, Hyndman(66), Kamberi, Ambrose, Porteous
Marciano, Bartley, Gullan(75), McGregor, Nelom(82), Whittaker, Horgan(66)
Woods, McGowan, McMann(61), Tshiembe, Kilgallon, Imrie, Bingham(74), Want, Martin(74), Boyd, Brustad
Marsden, Penny, Gordon(61), Taiwo(74), Kelly, Keatings(74), Bloomfield
Referee- Don Robertson
Goals- Boyle(25), Mallan(33,71), Hyndman (39), Kamberi(90), Kilgallon OG (90)
Yellow Cards- 0
Red Cards- 0