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Young Accies foiled by Staggies

Ross County FC 1

Dingwall 8'

Hamilton Academical FC 1

Kelly 71'
  • Tuesday, 20 October 2015
  • Global Energy Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Sean Selkirk | YFS North Region Journalist
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Ross County made it two home games unbeaten in a row following a good performance at home to in-form Hamilton. Both teams will feel their performances warranted the three points but they will have to settle for a point a piece.
 
The first real attack in this tight affair saw the opening goal at the Global Energy Stadium. Ian McShane spotted the forward run of Tony Dingwall down the right, Dingwall cut in onto his favoured left foot and unleashed an unstoppable low drive into the bottom corner. A truly spectacular shot which put the hosts up inside the first ten minutes.
 
Just moments later Dingwall found room on the right again but this time his long range shot was expertly tipped over by the outstretched hand of Alan Martin. Ross County came close again just minutes later when new Dutch signing Alex Schalk found room on the edge of the area but his low shot drifted wide.
 
Hamilton were having their fair share of possession but were struggling to find that cutting edge in the final third. However quick reaction from Alex D'Acol saw him unleash a low drive but it stung the palms of new loan signing James Severn before bouncing away from danger.
 
Then excellent link up play from the young Accies saw Ryan Tierney tee up Stephen Boyd but his point blank shot was saved excellently by Severn in goals. Hamilton's quick slick passing was now causing the Ross County defence all sorts of problems. Next up to test the home defence was Ryan Tierney, a flowing move down the wing saw the young winger cut inside but his curling effort was easily held by Severn.
 
Just moments later, Ross County produced flowing move of their own playing the ball out from the back before finding McShane in room 20 yards from goal. However his low drive was easily held.
 
Dingwall then dazzled the Accies defence beating three players in the corner before cutting it back to the unmarked McShane but his shot was parried away, Holden then crossed it back in but the ever present Greg Morrisons header was easily gathered.
 
Darian Mackinnon really should have put Hamilton ahead moments before half time. A fast break from a County corner saw MacKinnon free in the box, however he shot straight at Severn as he pushed it away for a corner.
  • Half Time:
  • Ross County FC
  • 1-0
  • Hamilton Academical FC
The second half was played in the middle of the park for most of the time. However there ware some lovely passing moves by both sides which was good to see at such a young level.
 
The first opportunity of the second period saw a looping D'Acol header easily gathered following good work down the right from Scott McMann.
 
Accies were pushing further forward in order to beat the Ross County resistance and to grab a deserved equaliser. Martin's long throw released McMann down the left and his long mazy run lead to a dangerous ball being played into the box but Severn gathered with ease.
 
The introduction of Marc Kelly seemed to spark the young Accies into life as he instantly made an impact to the frontline. Within minutes of coming on Kelly got himself on the score sheet. A corner from Steven Boyd was headed down by Granger and Kelly just managed to squeeze the ball home past Severn; a much deserved equaliser from the visitors, finally breaking through the Ross County defence.
 
Miller broke forward for the hosts with  six minutes to go, trying to grab that all important winner, but his long range strike dipped just over the crossbar as it looked like it might just fly into the top corner.
 
Moments later it looked like Hamilton would grab all three points. Ross Cunningham unleashed a curling right-footed effort but Severn was equal to the shot and leaped to push it wide for a corner - Ryan Tierney headed just over from the resulting ball in.
 
In the end, a winner did not come and the referee brought an end to a close game, with some excellent football on display, in the Highlands.
  • Full Time:
  • Ross County FC
  • 1-1
  • Hamilton Academical FC

Lineups

Ross County FC
Hamilton Academical FC
1. James Severn
2. Stephen Miller
3. Christopher MacLaughlin
4. Sam Morrison
5. James Ross
6. Ian MacShane
7. Tony Dingwall
8. Tom MacLennan
9. Greg Morrison
10. Alex Schalk
11. Darren Holden
12. Russell Dingwall
14. James Beetson
15. Blair Malcolm
16. Darren Moffat
17. Ross MacIver
18. Mark Foden
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. Alex D'Acol
10. Stephen Boyd
11. Ryan Tierney
12. Jack Simpson
14. Victor Gutsul
15. Marc Kelly
16. Scott Granger
17. Danny O'Halloran
18. Alex Marshall (GK)
Star Player
Ross County FC
Hamilton Academical FC
Sam Morrison - Was excellent at the heart of the home defence. Stopped many Accie attacks before they gathered any steam. A wonderful display from the young centre half.
Ross Cunningham - Was brilliant at the heart of the Hamilton midfield and wanted to keep the ball on the deck and get the ball forward.
Magic Moment
Ross County FC
Hamilton Academical FC
Tony Dingwall's dazzling skills in the corner to beat 3 Hamilton defenders. Wonderful stuff.
Marc Kelly made a big impact when he came on for the visitors and got the important goal for Hamilton.
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