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Dundee come from a goal down to beat Hamilton Accies

Dundee FC 3

Colquhoun 41, Cameron 78, 85

Hamilton Academical 1

Armstrong 11
  • Tuesday, 03 March 2015
  • Station Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Alasdair Hooper | YFS Dundee Senior Reporter
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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.
  • Half Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 1-1
  • Hamilton Academical
Hamilton came out all guns blazing in the opening minutes of the second period. Just one minute into the half Brophy managed to dribble his way through the Dundee defence and fired a low shot at goal. Gourlay was on hand to save and hold the shot.
 
In the 48th minute Brophy had another opportunity. This time the striker cut in from the right hand side and took a low hard shot with his left foot aimed towards the near post. Once again Dundee’s goalie was on hand to pounce on the ball to keep the score at 1-1.
 
A minute later it was Louis Longbridge’s turn to go close when he fired a shot just over the crossbar.
 
On the 52nd minute Josh Skelly played a great ball for Lee Cameron to latch on to in the penalty area. Unfortunately for Cameron his control let him down and gave Hill the opportunity to duly pounce upon the loose ball.
 
Shortly afterwards Hamilton came close through another free kick. Brophy would have been starting to wonder what it would take for him to get himself on the score sheet as Kyle Gourlay thwarted him once again. Brophy’s strike from the free kick was strong and powerful but the Dundee keeper managed to parry the ball up and over the crossbar with a great save.   
 
In the 59th minute Armstrong came close with a great individual effort. He successfully managed to evade a couple of challenges and cut in from the right wing. He took his shot across goal but it flashed just wide of the post.
 
After Hamilton’s strong start to the second half the scales began to tip in favour of Dundee. On the hour mark Craig Wighton had a glorious opportunity to put Dundee in front. The number 10 was put through on goal thanks to a delightful pass that cut through the defence courtesy of Lee Cameron. With just Hill in goal to beat, Wighton looked to place his shot into the bottom right hand corner but put it just wide.
 
In the 70th minute Dundee were awarded a free kick about 20 yards from goal following a challenge from Darren Lyon. Cameron took the resulting kick but his shot flew wide of the post.
 
In the 78th minute Dundee’s newfound pressure told as they took the lead. Craig Wighton managed to pick up the ball on the edge of the box and drove into the box. He then played a pinpoint cross towards Lee Cameron who was completely unmarked at the back post. Cameron duly dispatched the ball into the net with a great header and wheeled away to celebrate putting his team 2-1 up. 
 
With Hamilton desperate to get back into the game Dundee scored their third goal five minutes from time. Josh Skelly did incredibly well to hold off a challenge from Ben Reilly out on the left wing and, once he gave him the slip, he fired a superb cross into the penalty area. Lee Cameron was there once more to pounce and diverted the ball towards goal with his left foot. Despite Darren Hill’s best efforts the ball nestled in the back of the net to give Dundee a two-goal cushion at exactly the right time.
 
As the game advanced into stoppage time Hamilton resorted to direct tactics in search of a goal. They came desperately close when Danny Redmond’s header in the box rebounded off of Gourlay straight onto the leg of full back Craig Watson. Despite the speed of the ball Watson still managed to divert the ball back on target but couldn’t generate enough power to get past Dundee’s goalkeeper.
 
Shortly afterwards the referee blew the final whistle to conclude the game. Hamilton were left to rue their missed opportunities that, ultimately, cost them the game. Dundee on the other hand can be proud to have resisted such pressure for so long and then turn on the style in the final stages of the match to claim the win. For both teams there were plenty of positives to take from this game, as well as areas to work on.  
  • Full Time:
  • Dundee FC
  • 3-1
  • Hamilton Academical

Lineups

Dundee FC
Hamilton Academical
1. Kyle Gourlay
2. Andrew Black
3. Cameron Black
4. Ben Priest
5. Kerr Waddell
6. Matthew Allan
7. Lee Cameron
8. Calvin Colquhoun
9. Josh Skelly
10. Craig Wighton
11. John Black
12. Calum Brodie
14. Liam Gibb
15. Ross Cunningham
16. Ryan Gemmel
17. Max Avolio
18. Calum McHardy
1. Darren Hill
2. Craig Watson
3. Scott McMann
4. Aldin El Zubaidi
5. Garcia Tena
6. Darren Lyon
7. Greg Docherty
8. Louis Longbridge
9. Eamonn Brophy
10. Danny Redmond
11. Danny Armstrong
12. Steven Boyd
14. Ben Reilly
15. Colin Granger
16. Ryan Tierney
17. Darren Smith
18. Nicolas Sumsky
19. Alex Marshall
Star Player
Dundee FC
Hamilton Academical
Lee Cameron – two goals for his team and could have had more. Caused a number of problems for Hamilton in the match. Worthy mention goes to Kyle Gourlay who made plenty of crucial saves in the game.
Eamonn Brophy – had an abundance of chances in the game and can consider himself unlucky to not have grabbed a goal. Worked very well linking up with Danny Armstrong. The two of them were at the heart of everything Hamilton did in attack.
Magic Moment
Dundee FC
Hamilton Academical
Dundee’s second goal – So nice to see a cross that arrives at its intended destination. Pretty good header too.
Jesus Garcia Tena’s free kick chance – thumped of the post. If it was a couple of inches to the left we’re talking about a superb goal. A skill not usually associated with a centre back.
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