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Young Accies prove too strong for Bankies

Hamilton Academical U20s 3

D Mackinnon 22' Tierney 39' S Want 86'

Clydebank FC 1

Little 59'
  • Thursday, 30 July 2015
  • New Douglas Park, Hamilton.
  • Under 20´s
  • Pre Season Friendly

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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The match between these two sides took place on the great looking new surface at New Douglas Park and in great weather conditions for both players and fans. Hamilton Accies dominated from the first whistle until the last and proved to be well worthy winners. 

The first attack of the match came when the Accies Steven Boyd made a decent run from midfield, playing a nice one-two with the trialist before sending a dangerous cross low in front of the goal mouth, defender Robbie Halliday got a foot onto the ball and tried to guide over the bar. Instead it headed straight for goal but fortunately keeper Robert Hamilton managed to touch over the cross bar for a Hamilton corner.

With 21 minutes on the clock, Hamilton managed to win a questionable penalty when the keeper brought down Ryan Tierney after it looked like he had lost any goalscoring opportunity from a blocked Armstrong shot on goal. Tierney stepped up and struck the penalty kick well enough but Clydebank keeper Robert Hamilton pulled off a decent diving save.

With the next attack on the Clydebank goal, Accies took a well deserved lead when Boyd sent a corner kick beyond the far post and the unmarked Darian Mackinnon, a former Bankie, brought the ball nicely under control with his chest before hammering into the back of the net from a pretty tight angle, leaving the keeper with no chance to react in time, 1-0.

Thirty-seven minutes had passed when Hamilton added to their goal tally, Armstrong made a beautiful 30-yard pass from halfway, Tierney read the flight of the ball and timed his run perfectly and lobbed over the goalkeeper from 20 yards with his first touch, 2-0. 

  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical U20s
  • 2-0
  • Clydebank FC

The second half started badly for Hamilton as Development squad captain Scott McMann was taken off with an injury to his leg after a challenge inside the Clydebank penalty area.

They started the second half strongly though but it was the Bankies that came close with 56 minutes gone. From a break, Robbie Halliday’s shot from seven yards struck the post and gave the travelling Clydebank support something to cheer about.

Within a couple of minutes of that near miss, Little had cut the Hamilton lead to a single goal, Burbridge swung a dangerous corner in towards the Accies goal and goalkeeper Alan Martin came out and cleared the ball with his fists. The ball came back out to Burbidge who immediately sent towards the far post and Little headed into the goal from four yards, 2-1.

Clydebank continued their most productive spell of the game with a ball out of defence to substitute Joel Kasubandi in the centre circle, he skillfully brought the ball down with his chest and turned a player before passing out to Burbidge on the wing, Burbidge came inside and passed to goalscorer Halliday who then shot into the side netting.

The best move from Hamilton came when a ball was played out of the Hamilton defence and up to substitute Victor Gutsul in four passes and in as many seconds it seemed, splitting the Bankies defence, Gutsul played the ball forward before placing a foot wide of the post from 15 yards. With five minutes left of play, Steven Boyd sent his corner kick into the near post and Shaun Want ran in to meet the ball with his head and into the goal for 3-1.

The match was not played with the intensity that both sides will inevitably face in the season ahead in their respective competitions but never the less, there was something for both sides to take from the match.

For the home side, this was a good run out, allowing them to give expression to the style of play that saw them do so well last season, ahead of the opening Development League match next week at New Douglas Park, where they will face Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical U20s
  • 3-1
  • Clydebank FC


Hamilton Academical U20s
Clydebank FC
1. A Martin
2. B Reilly
3. S McMann
4. M Canning
5. S Want
6. J Simpson
7. Trialist
8. S Boyd
9. R Tierney
10. D Mackinnon
11. D Armstrong
12, J Harrison
14. V Gutsul
15. M Kelly
16. R Cunningham
17. C Granger
18. R Hughes
19. A Marshall GK
1. R Hamilton GK
2. R Halliday
3. A Paterson
4. A Vezza
5. H Cole
6. D Mackinnon
7. M Burbidge
8. P Barclay
9. N Little
10. G Cree
11. J Shelley
12. S Jackson
14. J Kasubandi
15. K Cumming
16. Z Birnie
17. R Harvie
21. J Lumsden GK
Star Player
Hamilton Academical U20s
Clydebank FC
Jack Simpson - It was a great display in midfield, everything seemed to flow through him.
Mark Burbidge - Anytime that Clydebank put Hamilton under pressure, Burbidge was involved and set up a goal for Nicholas Little.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical U20s
Clydebank FC
Both first-half goals were pretty special but the second half breakaway that led to Victor Gutsul's chance was even more so.
Nicholas Little headed in Clydebank's only goal of the game to ensure Hamilton would not keep their clean sheet.
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