Rampant Pars teach Accies a lesson
Published 1 Oct 2012 09:45 0 Comments
The jubilant Pars players celebrate scoring at New Douglas Park. Picture: Craig Brown.
Hamilton 0 Dunfermline 3
A BRACE from Ryan Wallace and a late Ryan Thomson header helped the Pars to a fifth consecutive league success at Hamilton.
A late leveller by Partick Thistle at Stark's Park prevented the Pars from reaching the top of the table, but after another strong showing away from home Jim Jefferies will be confident of his team soon making that spot their own.
Accies had allowed seven goals in their previous two league outings so it was no surprise to see Billy Reid send his side out in a compact fashion for the match against the in-form visitors.
Ali Crawford had the first chance of the match for the home side after just four minutes. Stephen Jordan was caught in possession in his own half and a Fisher pass found Crawford in space but his shot was deflected over the bar.
The first half was an altogether drab affair but the Pars did have a couple of opportunities to score after 20 minutes when Cardle cut inside two players and fired a shot wide and Stephen Husband tested Cuthbert with a fierce strike from 30 yards.
Jefferies' side have made a habit of scoring at the right time away from home this season and they hit Hamilton with a suckerpunch just 19 seconds into the second half.
Cardle released the overlapping Jordan down the left hand side and his cutback found the feet of Ryan Wallace who smartly finished from eight yards.
The goal energised the Pars and they took control of the second half, nearly netting again when Falkingham volleyed a shot through a ruck of bodies in the Accies box.
Ali Crawford nearly brought Accies level with a speculative effort from distance but Gallacher was able to get a make a fine fingertip save although the referee angered the home fans by awarding a goal kick.
But it was the Pars who continued to make most of the running and when Wallace notched his second of the afternoon after 69 minutes it looked to be all over for Hamilton.
Cardle cut inside and shaped to shoot but then laid it off to Wallace whose angled effort was deflected past Cuthbert.
Wallace had a couple of opportunities to seal his hat-trick but Cuthbert beat away his shot after he turned his marker in the box and the striker then slid an effort just wide after a through ball from Husband.
Hamilton threatened to cut the deficit six minutes from time but Stevie May's header from a Gary Fraser corner was beaten away by Gallacher.
Dunfermline underlined their second half dominance with a third two minutes from time. McMillan released Husband down the right and his lofted cross was nodded in by an unmarked Ryan Thomson, the substitute having only entered the fray three minutes earlier.
Another three points and plenty to cheer about for the travelling support, while the Accies fans booed their team off the park as they sunk further into the relegation mire.
Hamilton: Cuthbert, Gillespie, Hendrie, Canning, Page, Routledge, May, Fisher (Longridge 71), Keatings (Ryan 64), Neil, Crawford (Fraser 80). Subs not used: Christie, Devlin.
PARS: Gallacher 7, McMillan 8, Jordan 7, Dowie 7, Morris 8, Geggan 6, Cardle 7, Husband 7, Barrowman 6 (Kirk 82), Wallace 9, Falkingham 7 (Thomson 86). Subs not used: Hrivnak, Dargo, Potter.
Goals: Wallace 46, 69, Thomson 89.
Referee: Craig Charleston.
This article appeared in Dunfermline Press 01 Oct 12