By Ben Johnson

Hamilton are out of the Premier Sports Cup after coming from 2-0 down to salvage a draw with cinch League Two side Albion Rovers.

David Wilson’s overhead kick fired Rovers into a shock lead before Charlie Reilly doubled their advantage before half-time. Brian Reid’s side were unable to hold on for a win as Ronan Hughes and Callum Smith goals earned Brian Rice’s team a draw. The Championship hosts won the bonus point on penalties but both teams exit the cup.

Here are three things we learned.

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Rice’s side were held. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Attacking quality 

Accies would have had the game wrapped up with more quality in attack. Numerous balls into the box were not converted, leaving home fans frustrated. Rice has repeatedly said he is keen to bring in new forward options. 

 

Fitness levels 

Two stunning goals were the difference for Rovers. A bicycle kick and a 25-yard free kick showed real quality. Taking their chances very well, it’s a shame for the visitors that they couldn’t hold on for the full 90. The difference between a part-time and full-time team was apparent as Rovers faded away in the second-half.

Accies on their last legs

Rice’s starting 11 contained nine academy graduates, three of which were making their debuts, as Accies deal with injuries, sickness, and the Olympics thinning out the squad. Rice said: “We don’t know many other teams with nine graduates in their first 11. We are looking to have five or six bodies back for next week along with two or three bodies in.”

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