Football:Scottish hit 17 past hapless Accies

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Combination Division I by hammering struggling Sporting Academics.

Seven-up at the interval, the Scots went on to win 17-1 with Lee Harvey leading the goals avalanche with eight.

Ged McConnell (three), Paul Duxbury (two), Paul Aitken (two) and Dave Brodie also chipped in, with the Scots’ other goal coming courtesy of an Accies defender.

Toni Cardoso replied.Scottish’s win lifted them four points clear of Trinity, who have a game in hand, while the Accies still await their first league point after nine attempts.Scottish manager Rob Kearsey said: ‘Last night was not a good advert for Division I football, but I’ve got to admire Accies they stuck at it despite getting hammered.’We played well within ourselves but that’s not Division I football – there was nothing competitive about it all.

However it was a good run out for us as with postponements it was only our second game in 45 days.’Kearsey added: ‘Something is wrong with the system when you get big scores like this; maybe it’s time we looked at a one-up and one-down promotion and relegation system.’Personally I would like to see players sign for a club for a three or five-year period with transfer windows allowing them to move at times.’The Accies won Division II last year and they lost players to other Division I clubs.

I really don’t understand why that happens and when it does happen the club comes up with a weaker squad so are on a hiding to nothing before they start.’Having a three or five-year signing would help managers build teams; at present it is very difficult to do in just one season.’Accies skipper Toni Cardoso said: ‘Scottish were very good but we made them look 20 times better than they are.

We had loads missing but that’s no excuse we were very simply very poor on the night.’Accies midfielder Keith Carthy was sent off midway through the first half for the alleged use of foul and abusive language to a team-mate.Scottish: Jamie Brewster; Chris McNabb, Scott Devlin, Craig Ferey, Paul Duxbury, James Scott, Lee Harvey, Dave Brodie, Ged McConnell, Paul Aitken, Yazalde Santos (Martin Cassidy, 20).Sporting Academics: Paulo Martins; Danny De Abreu, Paul Morin, Paul O’Dubhthaigh (Paul Lennon, 45), Jamie Maher, James McBride, Keith Carthy, Noel Kernan, John Doran, Toni Cardoso, John Gouveia.Sent off: Carthy.

Cautioned: Carthy.Officials: Barry Breuilly, Dave Roworth, Nick Parker.

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