After losing their last two games, Accies under 20's got back to winning ways at New Douglas Park on Tuesday night with a comfortable 2 - 0 win over Dunfermline Athletic. Before the kick off I was able to admire the progress that Peter Howson is making on his wall mural. Away fans and those in sections A to D of the main stand are going to have a cracking view and if they tire of the football they can at least admire the mural. Captaining the Accies team was Jesus Garcia Tena and although he didn't score this was a captains' performance earning my man of the match vote.
Accies started brightly and in 3 minutes a cross from Craig Johnston fell to Tena who hit the ball awkwardly passed the goal post. Three minutes later an identical cross from Johnson was cleared just before Tena could get a foot to it. In 17 minutes Mcgrath found Tena again but he was quickly ruled ruled offside. Dunfermline came into the game later in the first half with corners in the 30th and 33 minutes but made little use of them. Their best and possibly only chance of the game came in 39 minutes when the ball fell to Dunfermline's no 7 Ryan Ferguson near the goal line, but Currie for Accies managed to turn the ball past the post for a corner. Shortly afterwards Accies broke up the field and a cross from Tena on the left hand side of the park was expertly struck by Mcgrath from 10 yards out side the box giving the Dunfermline keeper no chance.
The second half was somewhat disjointed with both sides making multiple substitutions but Accies were rarely threatened and secured all three points in 80 minutes when the ball fell to Greg Docherty, who from about 20 yards struck the ball past an again helpless Dunfermline keeper. That was all the action and I wonder if Tena may make a first team appearance on Saturday or will Mcgrath be filling a strikers slot?
Accies - Currie, Finnie, Mcmann, El Zubaidi, Kilday , Watson, Longridge, Docherty, McGrath, Tena (c), Johnston Subs Smith, Armstrong, Harrison, Granger, Quinn.