Hearts Women

Hamilton Women 0-1 Hearts Women

22nd November 2021

Hearts Women earned a thoroughly deserved win after a dominant performance against Hamilton Accies on Sunday.

Substitute Lia Tweedie’s superb late strike won the match after a display that merited even more than the single goal the girls ended up with.

A change to tactics worked a treat in the match, with Claire Delworth and player of the match Beth McKay having a field day in the wing-back areas.

Lining up in a 4-4-2 diamond formation, Eva Olid’s side began brightly as Jenny Smith, playing through the middle as a striker, crossed for Holly Aitchison, but her shot flew just over the bar.

Aitchison was in the thick of things moments later when, after a corner, the ball broke to her on the edge of the area but her curling effort from 20 yards was tipped past the post.

Hearts were completely in control of the match, belying the positions of the respective sides in the table, and Maria McAneny was certainly enjoying her free role as the number 10, finding space outside the box but shooting past the post.

McAneny nearly provided the opener for Tegan Browning on the half-hour, whipping a cross into the area for the defender to head at goal, but a combination of keeping and sweeping saw the ball cleared off the line.

The impressive Browning set up another opportunity moments later, smashing her way through two Hamilton players to play in Aimee Anderson on the left flank. Anderson cut back for Addie Handley, but the midfielder missed the target.

After the interval, there was a slight reshuffle to the formation, going to an orthodox 4-3-3 formation, and the introduction of Monica Forsyth on the hour gave some added impetus as she replaced Aitchison, who had a terrific game up until that point.

Smith almost set up Forsyth immediately, playing a ball through for Forsyth who sped past two defenders and shot on the angle, but again, the effort went wide. Lia Tweedie was then introduced off the bench for Anderson, giving Hearts a focal point at center-forward.

The change paid off with 8 minutes remaining when Tweedie received McKay’s throw-in, held off her marker and rifled the ball home from just inside the area to give Hearts a thoroughly merited lead. More than that, despite the expected Hamilton onslaught, the Gorgie girls saw out over five minutes of added-on time to take the three points and move into the sixth position in the table.

The progress of the team should not be understated, as one-third into the current campaign, the team now have more wins, points, and goals than the entirety of last season, a testament to the hard work from the players and coaching staff.

Player of the match: Beth McKay

Hearts: Parker-Smith; Delworth, Hunter, Browning, McKay; Kaney (Birse 90), Handley, Aitchison (Forsyth 58), McAneny; Smith, Anderson (Tweedie 68). Subs not used: Rodgers, Cowan, Davies, Begg.