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Hamilton Academical win 3-0 on penalties

Hamilton 1-1 Dunfermline (3-0 on pen)

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Highlights: Hamilton beat Dunfermline on penalties

Hamilton Accies secured a Scottish Cup quarter-final away to Rangers as Championship visitors Dunfermline Athletic failed to net on penalties.

The Pars took the lead in the replay when Callum Morris poked home from close range after defensive partner Lee Ashcroft had two headers blocked.

Dunfermline paid for missed chances when Hamilton equalised after Rakish Bingham scored from the penalty spot.

Extra-time followed without a goal and Accies went through after a shoot-out.

It not only denied the visitors a big pay day at Ibrox but also a third straight win at New Douglas Park against their Premiership hosts.

Pars build on solid foundations

The visitors had no cause to arrive at the SuperSeal Stadium in trepidation. They were on a run of only one loss in 13 games and might have won this tie in the first game at the weekend if they had been more accurate in front of goal.

There was a clear threat in the attacking pace and cleverness of the wide men, Kallum Higginbothm and Paul McMullan, while Nicky Clark and Michael Moffat dovetailed well up front.

The early authority, though, was built on the powerful midfield pairing of Nat Wedderburn and John Herron.

From that base, McMullan threatened with a low shot that flew wide then, from a corner kick, Hamilton failed to defend their lines.

First, Wedderburn's header returned the ball into the danger area, then Ashcroft twice won headers, the second one sending the ball to his central defensive partner, Morris, who scored with his head.

There might have been a second goal, too, just after half-time, when Moffat sent Clark through, but his first touch was heavy and that allowed the Hamilton goalkeeper Remi Matthews to block.

Hamilton fall flat

Dunfermline's players watch the penalty shoot-out in horror
Dunfermline's players watched the penalty shoot-out in horror

The home side set out to be in command of the game, playing three at the back to mark and cover Dunfermline's front two and three up front to provide attacking cut and thrust.

The reality, though, was that the team's display lacked intensity or purpose. The first-half was a trial for them, although Dougie Imrie will feel he should have converted with a half-volley on the cusp of half-time.

Hamilton enjoyed more possession after the break, with Massimo Donati having moved into midfield, but Rakish Bingham had his long-rage effort pushed away by Dunfermline goalkeeper Sean Murdoch.

Once Eamonn Brophy was on the field as a substitute, there was more substance to their attacking play.

Morris; from hero to villain

The scoreline might have changed on two second-half moments. The first came when Herron chipped over an empty goal after a Moffat effort was blocked by Matthews.

As urgency then gripped Hamilton's play, the home side felt they were due a penalty kick when Brophy's surging run into the penalty area ended with him tumbling to the ground.

Martin Canning's team was galvanised by the sense of injustice and, when Scott McCann ran into the penalty area, he was clearly tripped by Morris, who did not even complain about the awarded of a penalty kick, and Bingham converted to take the tie into extra-time.

Dunfermline goalkeeper Sean Murdoch saved from Murdoch and Bingham, but there was to be no decisive effort in extra-time.

Instead, the game was decided on penalties, with Dunfermline continuing their poor form from this spot this season.

Match reaction

Hamilton Academical manager Martin Canning: "In the second half, you could feel the momentum switching as we came back into it and the penalty looked a penalty even before the penalty that we did get.

"We managed to find a way to get our goal and then we should have won the game in extra-time. Over the piece, we deserved to win the game. The most important thing in a cup tie is to get the job done.

"It was difficult, because they're an organised side and it was never going to be easy to score, but you could sense it was coming.

"It's great to have nine first-team lads out who would make a difference on a night like this and we've still got the squad to get through to the quarter-final.

"The quality of the penalties was good. Remi saves three out of three, which is big for him.

"We know it's going to be very difficult [against Rangers at Ibrox], but we acquitted ourselves well there at the start of the season."

Dunfermline Athletic manager Allan Johnston: "The boys showed a lot of quality in the two games and tonight we were comfortable for long spells. It looked as though Hamilton were struggling to break us down.

"Probably the same as the first leg, you've got to take your chances, but we defended really well and we were disappointed to lose the goal with a couple of minutes to go.

"I had a quick look at the video and [the penalty award] he's skipped by a couple of challenges and over-run the ball a wee bit. It just looks like a dive into the box and. to be fair to the referee. he was strong throughout the game, but that key decision he got wrong.

"It was a fairly even game, we probably just edged it on chances, so it's disappointing to go out.

"In training, everybody whips [penalties] into the top corner and nobody misses. Sometimes it's just pressure and I'm sure it's something the boys will learn from, but penalties are a lottery.

"I'm sure [the penalty misses earlier in the season were in players' minds], but there were a lot of different penalty takers and everybody who took a penalty was confident of stepping up and taking it."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Matthews
  • 4Devlin
  • 2SeaborneBooked at 18minsSubstituted forDonatiat 29'minutes
  • 23McMannBooked at 98mins
  • 16Watson
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 33mins
  • 6GillespieSubstituted forSkondrasat 68'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 10RedmondBooked at 83mins
  • 15BinghamSubstituted forCunninghamat 114'minutes
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forBrophyat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Skondras
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Donati
  • 28Cunningham
  • 33Hughes
  • 34Woods
  • 39Adams

Dunfermline

  • 1Murdoch
  • 4Martin
  • 22Morris
  • 12Ashcroft
  • 3Talbot
  • 20HigginbothamSubstituted forCardleat 96'minutes
  • 21Herron
  • 8Wedderburn
  • 18McMullanBooked at 70minsSubstituted forPatonat 96'minutes
  • 37ClarkSubstituted forReillyat 69'minutes
  • 9MoffatSubstituted forMcCabeat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Paton
  • 10Hopkirk
  • 11Cardle
  • 16McCabe
  • 17Reilly
  • 31Morrison
  • 43Hutton
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
1,222

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamDunfermline
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home20
Away10
Shots on Target
Home11
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home21
Away24

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1(3), Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Hamilton Academical 1(3), Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1(3), Dunfermline Athletic 1. Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty saved! Gavin Reilly (Dunfermline Athletic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1(2), Dunfermline Athletic 1. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty saved! Michael Paton (Dunfermline Athletic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot is too high. Daniel Redmond should be disappointed.

Penalty saved! Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1(1), Dunfermline Athletic 1. Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Hamilton Academical 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Lewis Martin.

Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical).

Nathaniel Wedderburn (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Martin (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ross Cunningham replaces Rakish Bingham because of an injury.

Hand ball by Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic).

Attempt blocked. Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Rakish Bingham (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Talbot (Dunfermline Athletic).

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Remi Matthews.

Corner, Dunfermline Athletic. Conceded by Craig Watson.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Lee Ashcroft (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Massimo Donati (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by John Herron (Dunfermline Athletic).

Second Half Extra Time begins Hamilton Academical 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Dunfermline Athletic 1.

Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Joe Cardle (Dunfermline Athletic) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Giannis Skondras (Hamilton Academical).

Rhys McCabe (Dunfermline Athletic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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