Queen’s Park: Ashley McKeown (29)
Hamilton Accies continued their 100% start to life in SWPL2 with a more than convincing victory away to Queen’s Park, leaving with a runaway 10-1 win.
Lori Gardner picked up her first Hamilton hat-trick as Lauren Kerr opened her Accies account with a double following her first start for the club, and goals from Gillian Inglis, MT McGuinness, Amie McGill, Laura Gallen and a Lauren Kelly own goal wrapped up the points for Accies despite Ashley McKeown pulling one back at 2-1.
Manager Gary Doctor was delighted to see Hamilton fulfil the potential they’ve shown they are capable of.
“We’ve spent the last couple of weeks improving our efficiency in the final third and getting shots on target was really the big thing, making sure we hit the target more often, because I think we’ve threatened to score this many goals or even more in previous games against Inverness and Jeanfield.
“Today bore fruit from some of the stuff we worked on, still missed a few but we were certainly more efficient today, and I think that grew some confidence in a couple of the goals later in the game.”
Accies got out the traps quickly as Gardner put away her first from the corner before Inglis’ coolly rolled her shot across Lauren Bullock and in from the edge of the box to grab a two goal advantage with only eight minutes on the clock.
The hosts responded though despite Accies’ continued pressure and pulled one back as McKeown caught onto the defence splitting pass before fighting off pressure from McGill and Amy Lindsay to knock it over onrushing Elaine Fleming.
Hamilton restored their two goal cushion through Queen’s defender Kelly whose clearance of Megan Quinn’s cross found net with five until the break.
And into injury time McGuinness kept her 100% scoring record for Accies intact, knocking in Gallen’s cross into the bottom corner.
Accies started the second half as they meant to go on, as Kerr opened her Accies account a minute into the second period, finishing into the open goal after Inglis drew Bullock out before picking out Kerr in front of goal.
The sixth came after great build up play from the visitors as a great long switch from McGill to Inglis saw McGuinness in, and keeper Bullock came to her feet only to deny McGuinness, as Gardner capitalised on the keeper’s mistake to grab her second.
On the 57th, defender McGill got in on the action with an outstanding strike from distance spinning over Bullock for Accies’ seventh.
Twenty minutes later the eighth came again through Kerr, who simply side footed it in from close range following a Sam McPherson corner.
Gardner completed her hat-trick calmly after latching onto Mhairi Lyle’s pass in the area to roll it past Bullock, and Gallen soon made it double figures winding her effort into the top far corner from the outside of her right foot.
HAMILTON ACCIES XI: Elaine Fleming, Amie McGill (Amy McCafferty), Amy Allan (Deborah McLeod), Amy Lindsay, Megan Quinn, Laura Gallen, Amy Anderson (Mhairi Lyle), Lauren Kerr, Lori Gardner, Marie Terese McGuinness (Sam MacPherson), Gillian Inglis (Suzie Smith)
Reported by Hamilton Academical
Picture: Ian Steele Photography