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#SBSSWPL 2: Hamilton Academical v St Johnstone

Hamilton moved ahead of Hearts on goal difference at the top of the Scottish Building Society SWPL 2 table, albeit having played a game more, after a convincing win over St Johnstone at The Fountain of Youth Stadium.

Nichola Sturrock set the pace with an early double with Teigan McCann, Chloe Muir and Amy Anderson also getting on the scoresheet in a 5-0 win.

Accies took an early lead when Rebecca Foote failed to clear the ball and it fell kindly for Sturrock who made no mistake in firing the ball past the keeper.

St Johnstone had a chance to level when Rebecca McGowan played the ball through to Nicole Carter, but the attacker’s effort was rushed and flew high and wide and that came back to bite the Perth side.

Sturrock grabbed her second after just eight minutes as Accies took control, Kirstie McIntosh cutting the ball back to the midfielder who was able to nip past her marker and send it into the corner.

After the fast paced start, St Johnstone did manage to grab more of a foothold in the game and Rachel Todd dragged a shot just wide, but unfortunately for them, Accies extended their lead immediately. A long ball caught out Sophie Milligan, allowing McCann to lift it over Rebecca Cameron.

Ellie-May Cowie did get the Saints’ first shot on target soon after, but it was easily held by Lauren Grant in the Hamilton goal. The home keeper was called into action again a few minutes later when Hannah Clark’s speculative effort went goalwards, but it couldn’t find a way past Grant.

It was four in first half stoppage time when McCann played a one-two with Megan Quigley before finding Muir on the right and she cut inside to bend a beautiful shot into the far corner of the net.

At the other end, Todd worked space for a shot, but it deflected into the arms of Grant as the referee brought the first half to a close.

The second half began at a much slower tempo than the first with two McIntosh efforts from distance, the first which skimmed the bar, the closest either side came up to the hour mark.

Accies were handed the chance to make it five when substitute Dionne Brown was pulled back in the box by Rhee Tweedie and captain Anderson made no mistake as she sent Cameron the wrong way from the spot.

It was almost six after MT Gardiner was sent free down the right before crossing to Quigley, but her effort was well kept out by Cameron.

St Johnstone came close to grabbing a late consolation when McGowan’s low free-kick was pushed around the post as Accies held on for a clean sheet.

The final day sees Accies travel to take on Kilmarnock as they chase the title while St Johnstone take on Hutchison Vale at McDiarmid Park.

Hamilton: Grant; Ross (Fitzimmons, 41), Fraser Connolly, Quinn; McIntosh, Quigley, Anderson (Bulloch, 79), Sturrock (Gardiner, 66), Muir (Kane, 57); McCann (Brown, 66)

St Johnstone: Cameron; Foote, Milligan, Tweedie, Clark (Craig, 75); McGowan, MacLean, Todd; Carter (MacDiarmid, 85), Cowie (Flynn-Scott, 75), Newbigging

Hamilton Academical WFC Head Coach, Gary Doctor:

 

Hamilton Academical WFC Forward, Teigan McCann:

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Campbell Finlayson
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