With the planned friendly versus Rhu Amateurs cancelled at the beginning of the week, Accies arranged a friendly against Greenock Juniors – who play in the West of Scotland Football League Tier 7 Conference B section.
Despite the finishing scoreline, Accies contested well throughout the match and will be pleased with their efforts against their more senior-level opposition.
The match started at high a pace, with early efforts from distance from Greenock handled confidently by Accies keeper Andrew Campbell.
His counterpart in the Greenock goal did well to come into a crowd of players to a catch dangerous Jack Buchanan cross.
David Allan and Josh Degg exchanged nicely on the edge of the Greenock box, leaving Allan with the opportunity to shoot. The effort was bravely blocked.
A Conor McGlinchey corner found Leo Daremas at the box post, however, the defenders’ header went over the bar.
Accies almost took the lead on the half-hour, Shane Jacksons shot looked goalbound but narrowly went wide.
Greenock’s opportunities were coming from crosses into the Accies box, which the defence did well to resist – Jack MacCalman, in particular, was strong in his challenges.
The final action of the half saw Josh Degg’s header go straight at the goalkeeper.
Half time 0:0
Greenock stepped up the pace of the game even further at the start of the second half.
Their efforts were rewarded when they gained the breakthrough from a penalty. A cross into Accies box seemed to be going no-where when the referee judged that Jack MacCalman had blocked a forwards run. The penalty was emphatically despatched beyond Accies substitute keeper Robert Tiropoulous.
Accies responded positively and unluckily saw a Logan Park header miss the target and a header from Scott Cowan hit the outside of the goalpost.
Greenock went 2:0 ahead midway through the second half. A short pass-back towards Tiropoulous saw the keeper beaten to the ball, leaving an empty goal for the ball to be tapped into.
Again Accies responded positively, and saw an Andrew MacDonald shot parried wide.
The final piece of action saw Greenock score the best goal of the game. A swift passing move saw a forward released wide on the edge of the box. The finish was very good.
Full time 3:0
Accies Manager, Michael Dickie, was pleased with his teams efforts. “We competed well against good opposition who play at a higher level than us. This was a very worthwhile exercise for my players, which will stand them in good stead as we head towards the start of our league campaign.”
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Andrew Campbell, Sam Degg, Joshua Degg, Leo Daremas, Jack MacCalman, Jack Buchanan (capt), Callum Shipcott, Conor McGlinchey, Shane Jackson, David Allan, Alan Sweeney
Subs: David Goodwin, Colin MacPhee, Logan Park, Andrew MacDonald, Scott Cowan, Robert Tiropoulous, David Porter