Hamilton end Hibs unbeaten run with 3-1 victory

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Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

Hibernian 1-3 Hamilton Academical

Stokes 90+4    Bingham 52 pen,88  Longridge 69

Hamilton caused a shock at Easter Road today as they ended Hibernian’s unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 win. Rakish Bingham opened the scoring for the visitors with a penalty before substitute Louis Longridge doubled their lead 15 minutes later. Bingham then got the winner in the 88th minute with a brilliant team goal, shortly before Anthony Stokes got a consolation for Neil Lennon’s side.

It was a scrappy start to the game, and this theme continued for much of the half. Lewis Stevenson had the first chance of the game for the home side 11 minutes in, getting the ball in space but his effort went over.

Ten minutes later Hibernian came close through Simon Murray, but his free header at the far post went wide of the mark.

The best chance of the half came in the 26th minute. Hibs midfielder Danny Swanson had a good effort at goal from around 25 yards out only for Hamilton keeper Gary Woods to make a good diving save to his left.

Hamilton grew into the game, and had a few chances before the break. Greg Docherty found himself in acres of space and his long range effort at goal brought about a brilliant diving save to the right from Ofir Marciano in the 31st minute.

In-form Hibernian striker Simon Murray found himself one-on-one with the Hamilton keeper three minutes later but couldn’t find the net shortly before Steven Whittaker and Anthony Stokes both had shots blocked.

Before the break Hamilton came close through Ali Crawford. The 26-year-old made a great run on the left-hand side and his shot was met by a great diving save to the right from Marciano.

Hamilton started the second half really well, with Dougie Imrie coming close just two minutes into the half. The winger’s effort was blocked on the end of a corner and went out for another corner.

Five minutes later, Martin Canning’s side were awarded a penalty after Darren McGregor brought a player down just inside the box. Rakish Bingham stepped up to take the penalty and buried it in the bottom-right corner past Marciano to take the lead.

McGregor looked to redeem himself in the 55th minute, but his header on the end of a corner went over the bar. Fellow defender Paul Hanlon tried his luck three minutes later but it didn’t trouble the keeper as he stopped the ball to the left.

Hamilton substitute Louis Longridge almost made an instant impact when coming on, but his shot was blocked in the 64th minute shortly before Darian MacKinnon’s shot saw the same fate.

Just five minutes later, Longridge did make an impact as he doubled his side’s lead. Paul Hanlon gifted the ball to the forward who was able to bury it past the Hibs keeper to the left very coolly.

Chances were few and far between in the next half an hour, and it wasn’t until the 88th minute that there was anything more to note. Hamilton extended their lead shortly before the death with a great team move involving a backheel and then a great ball to Bingham at the far post who put the ball past Marciano.

Greg Docherty almost made it four for the visitors in the third minute of added time only for his shot to be blocked by the keeper, and then Hibernian managed to get a consolation in the last minute of added time through Anthony Stokes. The former Celtic man found himself with the ball on the left-hand side and buried it in the bottom-right corner.

The result means that Hamilton have overtaken Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership table with Martin Canning’s side in 4th and Neil Lennon’s in 5th level on points.

Hibernian: Marciano, McGregor (c) (Slivka 63), Ambrose, Hanlon, Whittaker, McGeouch (Matulevicius 76), McGinn, Stevenson, Swanson (Barker 56), S Murray, Stokes.

Subs not used: Gray, Fontaine, Laidlaw, F Murray.

Hamilton Academical: Woods, Skondras, Tomas, Sarris, McMann, MacKinnon, Imrie, Docherty, Crawford (Redmond 80), Boyd (Longridge 62), Bingham (Gillespie 89).

Booked: Imrie and Redmond

Subs not used: Gogic, Templeton, Jamieson, Lyon.

Attendance: 16,633 (200 away)


Carlisle Snatch Victory From Sorry Morecambe

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Morecambe 1-2 Carlisle United

Ellison 27            Wyke 83 pen Asamoah 84

Carlisle came from behind to record an important victory against Morecambe today, boosting their League 2 Play-Off hopes.

Kevin Ellison opened the scoring for the Shrimps, and Morecambe looked as if they were heading for their first win since January 16th, but Carlisle scored two late goals within the space of two minutes through Charlie Wyke and Derek Asamoah to take the three points back to Cumbria.

Morecambe had a very bright start to the game, and should’ve taken the lead in the first five minutes when Paul Mullin’s attempted overhead kick hit the crossbar and then Ellison’s header from the rebound hit the post whilst the goal was wide open.

Ten minutes later Shaun Beeley made a great run forward, but his ball didn’t reach the Morecambe attack although it was looking promising.

Carlisle did have a spell in the first half where they could’ve taken the lead and Barry Roche was forced to make saves from Alex Gilliead and Michael Raynes in the 22nd and 25th minutes respectively.

Just minutes later however Morecambe managed to take the lead as Jamie Devitt’s pass found Kevin Ellison, who was one-on-one with the keeper, and he netted home six yards out.

In the 34th minute Ellison found himself in a promising position again on the left hand side but his shot went just wide of the goal.

Morecambe continued to push for a second goal shortly before the break, with Paul Mullin and Kevin Ellison both coming close for the hosts.

Three minutes into the second half, Ellison had yet another shot but it was saved by Dan Hanford.

Carlisle went on to have many spells of dominance in the second half and they were awarded two corners within the space of five minutes, both being well-worked corners. Alex McQueen found himself unmarked for the first of the two corners in the 57th minute, but his shot went sailing over the bar and out of the ground. The former Tottenham scholar got on the end of the second corner too with a more promising volley but it went just wide of the goal.

The chances soon dried up for Morecambe with their only chances of the half coming from Paul Mullin, who shot wide in the 58th minute, and Aaron Wildig coming close in the 65th minute.

Jim Bentley made two tactical substitutions in the 79th minute, and having only been on the pitch for three minutes Aaron McGowan brought down Charlie Wyke in the box and the referee had no hesitation but to point to the spot. Wyke converted the resultant penalty to draw level.

Just moments later Carlisle did very well on the counter attack and Charlie Wyke beat two Morecambe defenders before losing the ball, but then it fell to substitute Derek Asamoah whose shot into an open goal to put the Cumbrians in front.

In the remaining ten minutes of the game (including stoppage time) Keith Curle’s side made sure that Morecambe didn’t have any clear-cut chances, and they held on for the win.

The result puts Carlisle just three points off the play-off places, whilst Morecambe remain in 18th place ten points above the drop zone.

Morecambe: Roche, Edwards, Doyle, Goodall, Beeley (c), Kenyon, Wildig, Barkhuizen, Devitt (Molyneux 79), Ellison, Mullin (McGowan 79).

Subs not used: O’Hara, Bondswell, Bailey, Wilson

Booked: Edwards, Kenyon

Carlisle United: Hanford, McQueen (Asamoah 80), Raynes (c), Ellis, Gillesphey, Gilliead, Kennedy, Comley (Joyce 46), Hope (Hery 80), Wyke, Ibehre.

Subs not used: Brough, Rigg, Thompson, Bacon

Booked: Raynes

Attendance: 3070 (1454 away)






New Blog for 2016

In order to add to my portfolio, I am planning to start a blog based around sport for this year.

During the year I will be writing match reports on football and cricket games that I go to, and I may write some opinion pieces on matters that interest me within football and cricket.

I mainly go to Morecambe matches but during the 2015/16 season I have attended seven matches not involving Morecambe, and in the summer I follow Lancashire CCC at Old Trafford attending the T20s regularly on Friday nights, whilst also playing cricket for Westgate CC during the week and on Saturdays.

Unfortunately due to the poor weather, there weren’t many football games to go to in December but in January I should be going to quite a few fixtures because of rearranged games.

Tomorrow Morecambe aren’t in action so I am going to Goodison Park, one of the only grounds from the top four divisions that I haven’t been to, to see Everton versus Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup Third Round. I shall be writing a match report on that game, and it will be up on here on Saturday evening.