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Hamilton Academical 3 v 1 Clyde

Match Type: League Cup
Venue: New Douglas Park
Date: Tuesday, 26th August 2008
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Attendance: 1,146
Referee: D Somers
Hamilton Academical


Hamilton Academical   Clyde
(17) Grady Clarke (19)
(81) Thomas  
pen. (90) Stevenson  

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Hamilton Academical   Clyde
Cerny Cherrie Yellow Card
Stevenson Gibson
Elebert Ohnesorge Yellow Card Yellow Card
Swailes Higgins
(74) Easton Brown
Akins Kettlewell
McCarthy Wilson (63)
Yellow Card Mensing Ruari MacLennan (67)
McArthur Clarke
(61) Grady Gemmill (75)
(87) Sorsa Waddell
(74) Corcoran McKay (67)
Murdoch McLaughlin
(61) Thomas Trouten (63)
Taylor McGowan (75)
(87) Lyle Murch

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by David Worton

Despite another encouraging away display, a couple of individual errors cost Clyde the chance of progressing to the next round of the Co-Operative Insurance Cup against Hamilton.

Clyde chose to make one change to the team which had lost 2-1 to Livingston with Peter Cherrie given a chance to stake a claim for the goalkeeping jersey in goals. Jordan Murch, David McGowan and Alan Trouten all took places on the substitutes' bench. Hamilton were forced to make their first changes of the season, with David Graham suspended and Mark McLaughlin, Richard Offiong and Alex Neil all injured; Sebastian Sorsa, James Grady, Lucas Akins and David Elebert all being given run-outs.

As in so many ties between sides in different divisions, the lower placed side started the match by sitting in and making certain they didn’t concede an early goal. As such, Accies had plenty of early possession but only a couple of weak headers by Simon Mensing and David Elebert went in the vicinity of the Clyde goal. However, as the Bully Wee started to become more expansive in their play, the home team produced the opening goal with some simplicity. A neat set of passes released Sorsa down the right wing and from his cross the diminutive Grady knocked home a header from 6 yards.

Unlike last season though, this Clyde team does not fold in such circumstances and they managed to shock their SPL opponents with an excellent goal just 3 minutes later. Ricky Waddell took a throw in and after receiving a neat pass from Stuart Kettlewell drove forward before slipping the ball to Ruari MacLennan, who in turn, slipped past a defender before moving the ball onto Pat Clarke. The young striker took a couple of touches before hitting a curling effort that nicked the post on its way into the net for his fourth goal in four games.

This inspired Clyde to produce their best football of the game and after Accies failed to properly clear a set piece, Billy Gibson tested Tomas Cerny with a low drive. The loose ball wasn’t properly cleared by Chris Swailes and Kettlewell looked set to pounce, only for Tony Stevenson to deny him with a superb tackle. Michael Ohnesorge was then booked for a crude tackle on James McCarthy. Then, Scott Gemmill, who caused problems throughout the first half with his pace and directness burst clean through on goal, only to see his weak shot well stopped again by Cerny, with Clarke waiting for a cut back that would have left him with an open goal.

Overall, it was an entertaining opening half for the crowd but the second half saw Accies regain a hold on possession, whilst Clyde sat back and comfortably defended against anything the home side threw at them. Trouten was introduced for Wilson midway through the half but any plans to go for the win were thrown into disarray as Ohnesorge saw a second yellow card for fouling Brian Easton. In fairness to the German, it looked like a soft decision but choosing to dive in with a yellow card already to his name was a poor choice.

Hamilton predictably threw more men forward and Clyde brought on Dave McKay and McGowan for Gemmill and MacLennan, in an attempt to liven things up. Accies themselves made changes with ex-Kaiserlautern striker Joel Thomas replacing Grady and Mark Corcoran coming on for the injured Easton. After an aggressive burst forward, Thomas almost netted but his fierce volley thumped the cross bar. His next effort was a more speculative one but on this occasion, it proved to be decisive. Picking the ball up 30 yards from goal, he turned past a weak Clarke challenge before firing in a dipping shot that squirmed under Cherrie’s body and into the net.

Once more, Clyde showed admiral courage in their attempts to get back into the game and McKay tested Cerny with a low shot that the goalkeeper parried back into the danger area, only for the ball to agonisingly spin away from the waiting Clarke. Then, McKay was fouled on the edge of the box and from the resulting free kick Waddell saw his drive skid just past the post with the help of a deflection. From the corner, Mark Brown headed weakly straight at Cerny and Accies breathed a sigh of relief. With most of the team pushed forward, Hamilton were able to hit on the break and Thomas played in Akins who took a poor first touch before falling over under a challenge from Cherrie. The majority of the away crowd accused the striker of exaggerating any contact that took place but the referee chose to award a penalty. Stevenson made no mistake and the referee blew the final whistle almost immediately. The Clyde team sunk to the pitch in disappointment after a brave display, whilst the home side moved into the next round after a tough game.

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