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Accies and Celtic take a share of the points

Hamilton Academical FC 1

D'Acol 13'

Celtic FC 1

Miller 65'
  • Monday, 21 September 2015
  • New Douglas Park, Hamilton.
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Hamilton and Celtic contested a 1-1 draw at New Douglas Park in front of a pretty decent crowd that seemed satisfied with what they saw. Accies took the lead on thirteen minutes when Brazilian Alex D’Acol headed home from a Steven Boyd free kick. As hard as Celtic tried, they had to wait until the sixty fifth minute before Calum Miller’s headed effort equalised for the visitors.
Accies opened proceedings in the second minute when Ryan Tierney managed to steal the ball from Celtic defender Fiacre Kelleher just inside the penalty area. He then set up a goal scoring opportunity for Ross Cunningham who shot just wide from seven yards.
Celtic then went onto have a decent ten minute spell that saw them put the Hamilton goal under pressure, it began when Sam Wardrop made a strong run and shot wide from eighteen yards. Joe Thomson was then unlucky not to put the Celts in front. He played a ball through the Accies defence for Calvin Miller and the striker found himself forced wide. Miller though managed to turn and play a dangerous ball into the Hamilton penalty area for Thomson, who ran in and headed inches over the cross bar from close range. Jack Breslin then had a twenty yard attempt saved comfortably by Accies keeper Alan Martin.
Accies then fought their way back into the reckoning but could only manage to win a couple corners for their efforts.
With thirteen minutes on the clock, Alex D’Acol put Accies in front after they were awarded a free kick close to the corner flag. Steven Boyd touched to Louis Longridge who struck the ball towards the back post for the ex-Greek Superleague striker to head home.
Celtic regrouped and then went onto have the lion’s share of the possession. Their three attempts on goal though were all easily saved by Martin and the Hamilton defence, led by Accies boss Martin Canning, didn’t seem to fazed.
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 1-0
  • Celtic FC
The second half started at a casual half hearted sort of pace before Accies passed their way inside Celtic’s half. Tierney cut the defence with a pass through to Boyd, but his shot went right across the face of goal and inches wide of the far post.
Tierney then went on to play another slick ball though for D’Acol. His shot went close but he was ruled offside by the near side assistant. 
Celtic went close when the ball was played to Aidan McIlduff on the edge of the Accies six yard box. He brought the ball under control with his back to goal and nicely timed his pass back out to the incoming Calum Waters. His effort from fifteen yards out flew towards the top corner of the goal but Martin managed to get their first and save for a Celtic corner.
Then on sixty five minutes Celtic drew level after a thirty five yard free kick was played in towards the back post by Thomson. Jamie McCart then headed down to Miller who hammered into the goal to make it all square.
Accies almost regained the lead but for the goalmouth heroics of 'keeper McCabe. Longridge made a run before cutting inside and passing to Cunningham. His strike from fifteen yards was heading in but the Celtic keeper was able to react and stick out a foot and save.
Hamilton broke quickly once again when Boyd played wide to Tierney. He timed his cross perfectly for the incoming Cunningham but McCabe came off his line and cleared with his fist.
Celtic went onto dominate for the last ten minutes of the match and had plenty of chances to take the lead with attempts from Miller, Waters and McCart. The best came when Mark Hill made a strong run down the wing, holding off the attentions of Jack Simpson the whole time. He then crossed in for Innes Murray who sent his effort over the crossbar.
The point has moved Accies into fourth place on eight points. They're one behind Rangers in third but have a game in hand over the Ibrox side. Celtic have increased their lead in first place and are on sixteen points. They're six ahead of St. Johnstone in second, however the Perth side could pull level if they can manage to win both of the matches that they have in hand.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 1-1
  • Celtic FC


Hamilton Academical FC
Celtic FC
1. Alan Martin
2. Ben Reilly
3. Ronan Hughes
4. J. Sendles-White
5. Martin Canning
6. Jack Simpson
7. Ross Cunningham
8. Louis Longridge
9. Alex D'Acol
10. Steven Boyd
11. Ryan Tierney
12. Shaun Want
14. Rico Quitongo
15. Conor Scullion
16. Victor Gutsul
17. Scott Granger
18. Marc Kelly
19. Alex Marshall
1. Colin McCabe
2. Sam Wardrop
3. Calum Waters
4. Jamie McCart
5. Fiacre Kelleher
6. Jack Breslin
7. Regan Hendry
8. Mark Hill
9. Calvin Miller
10. Joe Thomson
11. Aidan McIlduff
12. Danny Higgins
13. Ross Doohan
14. Innes Murray
15. Brandon Payne
16. Michael Johnston
17. Theo Archibald
18. Blair Kidd
Star Player
Hamilton Academical FC
Celtic FC
Ryan Tierney and Steven Boyd - Unfair to choose one over the other, both gave their usual 100% and created much of Accies forward momentum.
Calvin Miller - Found himself in the right position to equalise for Celtic after much hard work and good play.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical FC
Celtic FC
Ryan Tierney and Steven Boyd. Accies passed their way up the park then Tierney made a great pass through to Boyd who just shot past the post.
Colin McCabe. The Celtic keeper had a good game but his reaction save to a Ross Cunningham shot denied Accies taking a 2-1 lead.
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