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Accies move third with win over Dundee

Hamilton Academical FC 4

Canning 6' Want 19' Boyd 77' Cunningham 80'

Dundee FC 1

Waddell 48'
  • Tuesday, 13 October 2015
  • New Douglas Park, Hamilton
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Hamilton Academical's saw off Dundee in a relatively comfortable manner with a 4-1 victory in the SPFL Development League. The home side found themselves two goals to the good at half-time, and while Dundee closed the gap to one goal early on in the second period of play, goals from Boyd and Cunningham with fifteen minutes from play sealed the victory. 
It was the away side that started the match sprightly though and went close within the first minute. However, the deadlock was broken after only six minutes when Accies were awarded a corner kick. Boyd sent the ball into the penalty area for Hamilton boss Martin Canning to head home from six yards.
Accies were on the attack once more shortly after with Ryan Tierney making a good run out wide before moving inside and cutting the ball back for Louis Longridge. His effort from ten yards out was kept low, but Dundee keeper Kyle Gourlay managed to get down and make a good save.
Then on fifteen minutes, Boyd struck another corner into the Dundee penalty area. The ball was headed goal ward by Shaun Want but fortunately for Dundee, Sam Dryden was on hand to head clear from the goal line.
The pressure on the Dundee goal was relentless. Canning played the ball forward to Want on the edge of the penalty area, before it was sent wide to Louis Longridge who immediately struck back in toward the six yard box for Want to touch in for 2-0.
Dundee’s best chance of the half came when they broke forward and the ball went wide toward Calvin Colquhoun. He then passed inside for John Black, whose strike narrowly missed the target from twenty five yards.
Tierney showed his class once more when he turned his marker and placed a perfect pass through for Marc Kelly inside the penalty area. He then rounded a defender before striking wide of the back post.
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 2-0
  • Dundee FC
Dundee started the second half with a bit more energy than they had finished the last and they had the ball in the back of the Hamilton goal within four minutes of the restart. A shot from wide was saved by Alan Martin and the ball rebounded to Ryan Gemmell, who found that his strike was blocked on the line. A pinball match ensued and was eventually won by Black when he put the ball past Martin to half the defecit.
Dundee were on a roll and won themselves a free kick on the corner of the Hamilton penalty area. Black sent a thundering cross come shot fizzing closely past the back post. They then almost pulled level again shortly after. Gemmell won the ball in a challenge outside the Accies penalty area and it was sent wide to Black. He then struck towards goal and it would have been 2-2 but for Canning’s headed goal line clearance.
Accies made Dundee pay for their lack of clinical finishing and extended their lead. Scullion played a nice ball forward to Boyd just in front of the penalty area. He then somehow made his way through four or five players with the ball at his feet, changing direction from time to time before slotting in from close range.
Within a few minutes, Accies had stretched their lead to three goals when Cunningham scored a scorcher from an almost impossible angle. The spectacular effort was hit from ten yards out, almost on the bye line, and struck the underside of the cross bar before crossing the line.
The win moves Hamilton into third position with 14 points, just behind St. Johnstone in second and Celtic on top. Dundee remain in 15th place on five points. The next round of ties has Hamilton travelling north to face Ross County at the Global Energy Stadium and Dundee have to wait a fortnight before playing County at Links Park.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 4-1
  • Dundee FC


Hamilton Academical FC
Dundee FC
26. Alan Martin
2. Ben Reilly
3. Scott McMann
4. Shaun Want
5. Martin Canning
6. Ronan Hughes
7. Louis Longridge
8. Chris Turner
9. Marc Kelly
10. Steven Boyd
11. Ryan Tierney
19. Alex Marshall
12. Ross Cunningham
14. Rico Quitongo
15. Victor Gutsul
16. Conor Scullion
17. Connelly
18. Colin Granger
1. Kyle Gourlay
2. Sam Dryden
14. Liam Gibb
4. Ben Priest
5. Kerr Waddell
6. Jesse Curran
7. Ryan Gemmell
8. Calvin Colquhoun
9. Clark
10. Josh Skelly
11. John Black
12. Beattie
15. Berry
16. Andy Black
17. Sean Gallagher
18. Greg Warwick
19. Ryan Shaw
Star Player
Hamilton Academical FC
Dundee FC
Steven Boyd - Played his usual complete game and scored a fantastic goal, beating four or five players crowded around him, using both feet.
John Black - Had a decent game for Dundee, led the attack when opportunities arose.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical FC
Dundee FC
Ross Cunningham's goal late in the second half. Was struck from an almost impossible angle, great goal.
Kerr Waddell's early second half goal gave his side a lift when they needed it most.
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