Accies web reporter Mark Gillespie with Wednesday’s details from Ochilview
Betfred Cup, Group Stage
Ochilview Park, Stenhousemuir
Wednesday 17thJuly 2019, 7.45pm
Clyde 1 HamiltonAcademical 3
On a night of special goals, Scott McMann, Blair Alston and Lewis Smith each opened their Accies account to get us off and running in Group F. After Saturday’s disappointing performance Brian Rice gave credit to a very youthful looking side, with Smith the standout performer.
“Tonight we were in control of the game 2-0 up but then gave a sloppy goal away. It was a difficult surface and Clyde are a decent team. But I thought we could have scored a few more in the second half. Overall, I’m delighted to get the first win.”
“Lewis got the goal he thoroughly deserved on his performance. I know what talent he’s got. He’s been pushing at the door and there was an opportunity tonight to get him playing. If he keeps working hard in training he’s got every chance.”
“Everyone here is doing a good job behind the scenes, from the youth coaches all the way up. We’ve got Lewis and Scott playing tonight. Reegan Mimnaugh, Jack Breen and Ross Cunningham are also on the bench. It was a very young team out there tonight and we did well.”
There were four new faces in the side from the weekend. Brian Easton skippered the side as Darian MacKinnon was on the bench. Smith made his first start for us, with Ogkmpoe, Miller and McGowan also featuring in a reshaped line up.
It took a while for either side to get the ball down and play at Clyde’s base for the night while Broadwood’s new pitch is complted. It was the hosts who carved out the best opening on 7 minutes, Fon Williams at full stretch to brilliantly tip a Christopher Johnston shot onto the post.
Everything good about Accies was coming down the right through Smith. His powerful 20 yarder, after cutting inside was turned away by Mitchell on 25 minutes, with another effort drifting just wide four minutes later.
He began to commit Clyde defenders and this helped open the scoring on 31 minutes, McMann nipping onto a loose ball as the hosts failed to mop up, firing low past Mitchell. His first goal in 106 Accies appearances.
We seemed to take a lift from the goal. McMann had another effort blocked wide five minutes from the break. McGowan and McKenna then both tested Mitchell with headers saved.
But it was Clyde coming close to turning the tide a minute from the break, Fon Williams tipping a Darren Smith header over as a through ball evaded the defence.
Accies re-emerged determined to put the game away, with McKenna heading wide from a corner two minutes in. Smith then forced a close range stop from Mitchell a minute later, as we penned Clyde back into their own half.
Alston grabbed the second on 49 minutes, a sweet half volley from the edge of the box, after a Ronan Hughes cross was partially cleared. But there was still work to do with Clyde not accepting defeat in their first competitive outing this season.
They reduced the deficit on 56 minutes, Sylvertsen sweeping home Johnston’s cut back from the right, with the Accies defence caught out position. He almost doubled his tally on 73 minutes with, Fon Williams having to tip a powerful effort behind.
It was game on as things looked to be opening up. But fittingly it was Smith who exploited space to wrap things upon 75 minutes. Substitute Darian MacKinnon nodded a header through the middle, and from the edge of the box Smith placed a composed finish low into Mitchell’s bottom left corner.
McGowan tested the Mitchell one final time with four minutes left with a powerful effort parried away. We now hope to carry the confidence through to the visit of undefeated group leaders Partick Thistle on Saturday.
Accies: Fon Williams, McGowan, McMann, McKenna, Alston, Miller (Fjortoft, 80), Gogic, Hughes (MacKinnon, 65), Easton (c), L Smith, Ogkmpoe (Oakley, 63); Subs Unused: Gourlay, Cunningham, Breen, Mimnaugh
Accies Goals: McMann, 31, Alston, 49 Smith, 75
Clyde: Mitchell, Cuddihy (Goodwillie, 81), McNiff, Howie, Rumsby, Grant, Duffie, Wallace, (McStay, 74), Sylvertsen, Johnston, Smith (Lamont, 68 ); Subs Unused: McGee,Fitzpatrick, Lyon
Clyde Goals: Sylvertsen, 56
Referee: Euan Anderson Assistants: Michael Banks and Colin McAlpine