Dundee emerged as 3-1 winners against Hamilton Academical in their SPFL Development League fixture at Forfar Athletic’s Station Park. Hamilton had originally taken an early lead through Danny Armstrong in the 11th minute before Calvin Colquhoun equalised four minutes before half time. Lee Cameron then scored a second half double to hand the win to Dundee.
Hamilton began the game the stronger side attempting to dominate possession of the ball. In the 10th minute of the match their possession play brought about the first clear chance. Eamonn Brophy was put through into a one on one against Dundee ‘keeper, Kyle Gourlay. The Hamilton striker took his shot low to Gourlay’s right side but the young ‘keeper’s reflexes were up to the task. He successfully thrust out his right leg to divert the ball away from danger.
A minute later Hamilton took the lead. A cross from the right hand side was delivered into the feet of Brophy in the penalty area. The forward managed to lay the ball back to Louis Longbridge on the edge of the box who, in turn, played the ball into the feet of Danny Armstrong, who was lurking just yards from goal. The number 11 tried to flick the ball in with his heel but the ball bounced off of his standing leg. Rather than give up he pounced on the loose ball and fired at the target on the swivel with the ball finding its way into the back of the net despite Gourlay’s best efforts.
In the 15th minute Armstrong very nearly grabbed a second for himself after heading towards goal from a corner kick. His effort, however, went straight into the arms of Gourlay.
Hamilton’s promising attacking play continued when, three minutes later, Armstrong looked to play a square ball in the box for Brophy. Dundee’s right back, Andrew Black, was on hand to intercept and play it behind for a corner, which came to nothing.
In the 22nd minute it was Dundee’s turn to have an effort on goal. Craig Wighton made a fine run down the right and then drove towards goal. His resulting shot was directed at the near post but Darren Hill, in goal for the Accies, successfully parried it behind.
The next chance arose in the 35th minute of the match when Dundee’s Kerr Waddell conceded a free kick on the edge of the box. Hamilton’s Jesus Garcia Tena stepped up to take the kick and came just a few inches away from doubling the Accies lead. His effort thundered against the post and came back out for the players in the box to scramble for. The ball was met by Armstrong who headed down towards Brophy. The number 9 took a shot from a tight angle and Gourlay parried it out, back to the feet of Armstrong. The Accies goal scorer then took a first time shot but, on its way to goal, it hit Matthew Allan and took all the power out of the effort. Kyle Gourlay was then left to claim the ball.
Six minutes later the game was level when Dundee grabbed an equaliser through Calvin Colquhoun. Andrew Black delivered a wide free kick straight into the box and Colquhoun was there to bundle the ball into the back of the net to make the score 1-1.
On the 42nd Danny Redmond nearly restored Hamilton’s lead with the last chance of the first half. He managed to head towards the Dundee goal a few yards but Gourlay was on hand again to tip the ball over the bar.