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It’s the second leg of the Premiership play-off final and we are 2-0 down from the first leg at our own ground. Now, at a packed Easter road, everyone had written Accies off as no hopers, but not us, we knew we could win.
Confidence was brimming in the side and we truly believed we were heading for the Premiership despite the deficit.
We thought if we scored early on we would win the game. Jason Scotland used all his experience to score after thirteen minutes to put us 1-0 up and from that moment we knew we were going to win.
We played like we were the home team. We passed it well, we had fluency to our play and so much belief and desire. It was one of those games that is a joy to play in.
The clock was ticking but we still believed, we still passed the ball and with 75 seconds remaining, Jason Scotland set up Tony Andreu to score the equaliser.
And so to penalties. Our goalkeeper Kevin Cuthbert was magnificent, he saved Kevin Thomson’s spot kick. We scored through Grant Gillespie, Tony Andreu, Mikel Antoine Curier and Jason Scotland and when Jason Cummings missed his kick for Hibs, our joy was complete.
Our gaffer Alex Neil summed the play-off games perfectly, “Over the course of the two legs, we were desperate to win and Hibs were terrified to lose.”
It was a day I will never forget and one I am glad my family shared with me.
Usually, my family are banned from coming to games because I think they are bad omens but on this occasion my Mum was there without telling me.
She had actually bought a ticket. She had never been to a game before but on the evidence of this game, she now has a free pass!Back to The Football Family
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