Auchinleck Talbot v Hamilton Academicals



The Talbot Young Team out in force before the big kick off.


The teams and the officials run out onto the pitch in front of a packed Beechwood Park.


A couple of very happy Hamilton chaps before the kick off.


The Young Team look on, as Hamilton fire in the cross.


Hamilton try to go on the attack but Aiden Wilson makes sure the ball doesn’t get threaded through.


Hamilton wonder what could have been, as they squander a great chance.


McPherson makes sure the danger gets cleared.


HAD TO BE, SURELY!!! Kieran Healy finds himself in acres of space right in front of goal but fails to properly connect with the ball and to find the back of the net.


Boylan does his best to break free with the ball.


All eyes on the ball for Jamie Glasgow, as he fires the ball up the park.


WHAT-A-CHANCE!!! ‘Shankers’ cross finds Glasgow at the back post but his sliding shot gets batted away by the Hamilton ‘keeper.


Bryan Boylan does his best to keep hold of the ball and find a way through.


OFFSIDE! Boylan is deemed to have been offside, as he races through on goal.


Wilson watches, as Mark tries to muscle out his opponent for possession.


‘Tucker’ and Allan look on from the sidelines, while Boylan tries to keep the ball in play.


A chance for Hamilton but ‘Gee’ makes sure the route through gets blocked.


OUCH!!! Glasgow takes a sore one while racing away with the ball.


The Black ‘n’ Gold conga line keep their eyes firmly on the ball, as Hamilton go on the attack.


Robbie McCracken sticks closely to his man, as the Talbot faithful pack the terraces.


It may be two against one but Mark Shankland still takes them both on but…


…gets bundled over, as he tries to skip past them.


A couple of young Talbot fans take a break from watching the action at half-time.


Two Talbot fans made the trip from Perth to watch the big game and were happy with the half-time scoreline.


Boylan shouts for the foul, as Hamilton feel frustrated after giving away a free-kick.


Big Neily, again, makes sure the danger gets cleared.


Samson gets set to come on, as ‘Tucker’ discusses tactics with his bench.


Gareth Armstrong wins the header inside the box, where something special was about to happen…


GOOOAAALLL!!! UNBELIEVABLE JEFF!!! Armstrong’s header lets the ball fall to the feet of Graham Wilson, where he fires off a powerful low strike that…


…smashes into the back of the net putting Talbot into the lead. 1-0.


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Samson sticks to his man and makes sure his opponent is facing away from goal.


Craig McCracken tries to race away but gets stopped in his tracks by a great tackle.


Samson makes it look easy, as he skips past one opponent and then…


…nutmegs another one.


The goalscorer, Graham Wilson, uses his pace to break away and go on the attack.


Neil and Kieran look on, as Gareth wins the ball and starts another attacking move.


May be a slight height difference but I know where my money is going.


Hamilton try their luck from distance but it fails to trouble Andy Leishman.


Another chance for Hamilton but Neil and Craig make sure the ball doesn’t get through.


Jack McDowell stands his ground and races down the park.


Final chance for Hamilton, as they find space in front of goal and send a great header towards goal where…


…although Leishman makes sure, the ball sails harmlessly over the crossbar.


Jamie does his best to encourage his team-mates from the sidelines during the closing minutes of the game.


The anxious Talbot bench look on, as ‘Gee’ keeps hold of the ball in order to run down the clock.


And it’s not just the Talbot bench that are looking anxious while Graham keeps hold of the ball.


WHAT-A-RESULT!!! The final whistle gets blown and Talbot can finally begin to par-ty!


Bryan and Jamie can’t stop smiling after helping Talbot to achieve another big scalp in the Scottish Cup.


Jack and Bryan continue to celebrate the victory under the glorious Beechwood floodlights.


The Talbot Young Team ‘gie it laldy’ after the final whistle.


Big Neily shows off his dance moves in front of the adoring Black ‘n’ Gold faithful.



Talbot once again made a mockery of the bookies odds with another giant-killing win at Beechwood park as they deservedly beat Hamilton Accies to book their place in the 4th round draw of the Scottish cup.

The Bot made a slightly nervy start and Accies forced a couple of corners in the opening minutes but both deliveries were poor and sailed straight behind for goal kicks.

Glasgow had his name taken in the 4th minute for a late challenge in midfield.

Hamilton had a half chance in the 6th minute. A bout of heady tennis ended with the ball breaking to Ryan on the right of the area but his half volley under pressure sailed over the crossbar.

Talbot showed they weren’t just there to make up the numbers in the 8th minute when they carved out a great opportunity to take the lead. Robbie McCracken clipped a ball up the right to release Glasgow and his cross to the far post found Healy in space 8 yards out but he didn’t connect cleanly and his left foot shot trundled straight at the keeper.

In the 11th minute Talbot caught Hamilton cold on the counter-attack. An Accies corner from the right was headed clear by Armstrong and Talbot swiftly broke up the pitch. Shankland swept a great cross in from the left which Glasgow met beyond the back post and Hilton did well to turn his volley round the left hand post.

Talbot had settled well after the early wobble and it was the Bot who threatened again in the 26th minute. Robbie McCracken’s pass sent Boylan clear on the right and he crossed it to the far post where Shankland headed it back down into the path of Graham Wilson whose shot was deflected behind off Stirling.

Hamilton hadn’t offered much but the visitors did have a clear sight of goal in the 29th minute. There appeared to be a foul on Glasgow in the build-up but the ref waved play on and Hamilton worked it to Ryan inside the area but his low drive was smothered by Leishman.

The Bot fans were up in arms in the 33rd minute when Boylan was taken out late as he flicked the ball on. The ref played advantage but when the move broke down no card was produced for what had been a cynical foul and the referee didn’t make himself any more popular a minute later when Stirling bowled Glasgow over near the touchline and no foul was given.

Talbot won a set piece 35 yards out in the 35th minute following handball by Shields. Shankland swept the ball into the heart of the area where it was headed clear. The ball came straight to Armstrong at the edge of the area and he met it on the half-volley; firing on target but straight at Hilton.

A minute later Glasgow’s ball up the right forced Hilton to race out of his box to beat Shankland to the ball and fire it out for a shy.

As the half drew to a close it was Talbot who were pushing forward. Armstrong did well to win the ball then released a good early pass for Boylan. He raced forward down the left but Want got back to deny him with a perfectly timed slide tackle and the sides headed in goalless at the break with Talbot the happier of the two camps.

Hamilton were quickest out the blocks at the start of the 2nd half and it took Leishman at his best to prevent them moving ahead in the 46th minute. Munro cut in off the right and let fly from 20 yards and his shot was heading into the roof of the net but for Leishman stretching to touch it away. The ball came out to Ryan on the corner of the 6-yard area and he looked set to smash home the rebound but Leishman again rose to the challenge; blocking his low drive with his outstretched leg to complete a fantastic double save.

Accies tails were up and for the first time they pressed forward but the Bot defence gave nothing away.

Talbot made the first change in the 57th minute when Samson came on in place of Glasgow.

In the 59th minute Talbot nearly found a way through on the counter. Shankland won the ball in the tackle and sent a good early ball out to the right towards Samson who was haring into the box but Shields did well to cover his run and usher it back to the keeper.

Beechwood erupted on the hour mark when Talbot took the lead. The Bot won a shy out on the right which Samson launched into the area. Armstrong flicked it on at the near post and GRAHAM WILSON ran onto it and coolly sidefooted it past Hilton to make it 1-0.

Accies were rattled and there was a hint of desperation about Ryan’s effort at goal in the 62nd minute when he fired a left foot shot well off target from distance.

The visitors made a change in the 63rd minute with Redfern making way for Moyo and the sub had an early chance to make an impact. Hamilton won a free kick on halfway which was floated up to the edge of the penalty area. Talbot failed to clear it and the ball broke to Moyo 20 yards out in space but his angled drive went wide of the right hand post.

Hamilton were struggling to cope with Talbot at set plays and in the 66th minute another shy from the right caused them problems. This time the defence managed to partially clear it but only as far as Graham Wilson whose fierce drive from 20 yards looked to be heading on target but was blocked by Martin’s head.

Two minutes later Samson surged up the right touchline evading two lunging challenges before sliding the ball toward the near post and the waiting Boylan but it was cut out by an Accies defender.

Talbot now made a 2nd change with Boyd coming on to replace Shankland.

In the 73rd minute Hamilton made their 2nd change with Virtanen on for Martin and six minutes later the sub was in the ref’s notebook for a late challenge on Boylan.

With 10 mins remaining Samson did well wide on the right to burst free and his attempted ball across the face won Talbot a corner. When the corner came in Hamilton could only clear it out to the edge of the area where Boylan met it but he was falling back as he hit it and sent his shot over the bar.

Hamilton had a half chance in the 84th minute when Moyo’s back-heel flick found Ryan in space 20 yards out but his shot went well wide of the right hand post.

As the game neared its conclusion Hamilton appeared bereft of any ideas and Talbot fans began to believe that another SFL scalp was there for the taking.

With 3 minutes remaining Talbot made their final sub with McDowall coming on in place of Boylan.

The visitors had one final half chance to level in the final minute of regulation time. Moyo rose to meet a cross from the right but his header looped up and over the bar and his frustration boiled over in injury time when he was fortunate only to be shown a yellow card for a two armed shove off the ball.

The Bot fans were made to wait for it as the ref added on 5 minutes of injury time but finally the final whistle went and the celebrations started – at least in the home end – those Accies fans who hadn’t left early headed for their own dug out to tongue lash their management team.

A fantastic display by Talbot who worked their socks off from first to last and now have Monday night’s 4th round draw to look forward to for their efforts. Next week it’s back to Beechwood on league duty when Talbot host Benburb.

Auchinleck Talbot – Leishman, Robbie McCracken, Aiden Wilson, McPherson, Craig McCracken, Healy, Armstrong, Graham Wilson, Boylan, Shankland, Glasgow

Subs – Hyslop, Samson, Boyd, Mason, Lyle, McDowall, White, Stafford, Hewitt

Hamilton Academical – Hilton, Popesu, Stirling, Martin, Ryan, Want, Hughes, Mimnaugh, Munro, Redfern, Shields

Subs – May, Virtanen, Hamilton, Smith, Mullin, Winter, Moyo, Matheson



Date Time Competition Season
November 27, 2021 15:00 SCOTTISH CUP 2021/22


Team1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Auchinleck Talbot011
Hamilton Academicals000

Auchinleck Talbot

# Player Position Goals Assists YC RC
9Bryan Boylan 17Forward0000
6Kieran HealyMidfielder0000
7Gareth ArmstrongDefender0100
3Aiden WilsonDefender0000
8Graham WilsonForward1000
14Keir Samson 11Forward0000
10Mark Shankland 12Forward0000
1Andrew LeishmanGoalkeeper0000
12Willie Boyd 10Midfielder0000
4Neill McPhersonDefender0000
5Craig McCrackenDefender0000
 Total 1100

Hamilton Academicals

Position Goals Assists YC RC


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