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Tierney double seals Accies win over strong Aberdeen

Hamilton Academical FC 3

McMann 15' Tierney 46' 51'

Aberdeen FC 2

Nuttall 18' Goodwillie 52'
  • Tuesday, 27 October 2015
  • New Douglas Park, Hamilton.
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Hamilton moved third with a 3-2 win over Aberdeen, the difference between the sides being two quick fire solo efforts from Ryan Tierney. Hamilton opened the scoring through Scott McMann but his effort was cancelled out minutes later by Joe Nuttall. With the start of the second half, Tierney scored two great goals to put Accies into a 3-1 lead. David Goodwillie managed to get one back but it wasn’t enough to stop Accies from taking the three points.
The match started at a frantic pace. It was a bit scrappy with no real chances until the twelfth minute. It came from an Aberdeen corner kick that Frank Ross sent to the back post, but headed clear. The clearance only found Dylan Thomas though, who passed inside for Joe Nuttall to strike over the cross bar.
Within minutes, Accies had the ball in the back of the Aberdeen net with their first attempt. The ball was sent deep toward the back post for Ross Cunningham to knock down for Scott McMann. The Accies defender brought the ball under control, beat his man and struck past the keeper.
No sooner had Accies fans sat back down, and Aberdeen had struck back. The ball was played up toward Ross, who then struck the ball low and hard across the eighteen yard line for Nuttall. The ex-Manchester City striker picked his spot and placed the ball beyond the reach of Alan Martin.
Accies won themselves a free kick twenty yards from the Aberdeen goal. Steven Boyd stepped up and sent the ball toward the underside of the cross bar, but Don’s keeper Robbie Mutch managed to touch over for an Accies corner kick.
The match remained all square, but Aberdeen were looking dangerous in and around the Accies penalty area. Goodwillie cut a quality ball back from the bye line for Nuttall, but his ten yard strike was parried away by Martin.
Thomas then had a speculative twenty five yard sail high over the bar and Bruce Anderson struck one straight at Martin from eight yards. Then on the cusp of half time, Scott Wright struck a volley from the edge of Hamilton’s penalty area, his spectacular effort was matched by the equally spectacular save by Martin.
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 1-1
  • Aberdeen FC
No sooner had the match restarted and Accies had retaken the lead. A mistake in the Aberdeen defence meant that Tierney was able to intercept, and confidently send into the corner of the net from fifteen yards.
Then almost from the kick off, Accies went up the park to nearly extend their lead. Marc Kelly struck from the edge of the penalty area and Robbie Mutch had to produce an excellent save to deny Accies from extending their lead.
The lead was eventually extended when Darian Mackinnon split the Don’s defence with a slide foot pass from inside the Hamilton half to Tierney. He then ran into the Aberdeen penalty area, cut inside and past his marker to strike home for Accies.
Within the minute, Aberdeen clawed one back when the ball was played into the Hamilton penalty area. Jamie Harvey played inside to Goodwillie who found a bit of space and hammered in from seven yards.
A great move by Aberdeen almost produced the equaliser. The ball was moved quickly up field, Wright combined well with Aaron Norris who then teed up Nuttall for a strike from six yards. He kept the ball low and Alan Martin was forced to make a last gasp save to deny the big striker.
Hamilton were caught napping when Goodwillie began a blistering break with a ball to Wright who touched onto Nuttall. The ball found its way back to Goodwillie who made his way into the box, but his close range strike was again saved by Martin.
On ninety minutes, Tierney had a chance for a hat trick with a shot from fifteen yards. Mutch saved but the ball spun toward the goal line and looked destined to go in. Thomas raced back though and cleared before the ball crossed the line.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 3-2
  • Aberdeen FC


Hamilton Academical FC
Aberdeen FC
1. Alan Martin
2. Ben Reilly
3. Scott McMann
4. Shaun Want
5. Colin Granger
6. Ronan Hughes
7. Darian Mackinnon
8. Ross Cunningham
9. Marc Kelly
10. Steven Boyd
11. Ryan Tierney
12. Jack Simpson
14. Scott Granger
15. Conor Scullion
16. Rico Quitongo
17. Steffen Connelly
18. Lewis Smith
19. Alex Marshall
1. Robbie Mutch
2. Sam Robertson
3. Jamie Henry
4. Dylan Thomas
5. Lucas Culjak
6. Michael Rose
7. Scott Wright
8. Frank Ross
9. Joe Nuttall
10. David Goodwillie
11. Bruce Anderson
12. Aaron Norris
14. Darren Hynes
15. Joe MacPherson
20. Archie Mair
Star Player
Hamilton Academical FC
Aberdeen FC
Ryan Tierney - Great performance in and around the last third, two fantastic goals early in second half that secured the victory.
Joe Nuttall - Caused the Accies defence problems for full ninety minutes and scorer of first Aberdeen goal.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical FC
Aberdeen FC
Ryan Tierney's goals were fantastic solo efforts.
Joe Nuttall's first half equaliser was very well taken.
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