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Accies advantage at the top as Brophy fires hattrick

Hamilton Academical 7

Brophy 18, 54, 79, Longridge 73, 91, Docherty, 31, Smith 81

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1

Sutherland 78
  • Monday, 22 December 2014
  • New Douglas Park
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Eamonn Brophy’s third hat trick in four games helped maintain Hamilton Accies' three point lead at the top of the SPFL Development League with a 7-1 win over Inverness at New Douglas Park on Tuesday afternoon.
 
Brophy’s treble was accompanied with a double from first team regular Louis Longridge, while strikes from Greg Docherty and Darren Smith sealed the rout as Accies cemented top spot.
 
Hamilton lined up in a 4-1-3-2 formation, with the experienced Jonny Routeledge occupying the holding midfield role for Frankie McAvoy's team. Duncan Shearer’s young Inverness side set out in a 4-4-1-1 with former Crystal Palace striker Ibra Sekajja leading the line for Inverness.
 
From the outset it was evident why Accies are sitting top of the league and, with the lions share of possession in the opening exchanges, could’ve went ahead after just three minutes when Greg Docherty shot narrowly wide from distance.
 
Hamiton deservedly took the lead on eighteen minutes through the in form Brophy. A bursting run and whipped cross down the left from Danny Armstrong was only parried by Inverness goalkeeper Cammy Mackay, and Brophy was on hand to tap in from 6 yards.
 
Accies extended their advantage shortly after the half hour mark thanks to Docherty. Longridge’s cross from wide on the right was met by Docherty, who rose well to thump the ball past Mackay for his seventh league goal of the season. 
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical
  • 2-0
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Nine minutes after the restart, fantastic link up play between Armstrong and Docherty created the space for Brophy to grab his second of the game. His shot flew into the near left hand corner, giving Mackay no chance.
 
Accies then extended their advantage on seventy three minutes through Louis Longridge. Visibly high on confidence, Brophy rattled a shot against the upright, and Longridge was in the right place at the right time to grab his first of the game.
 
Two goals in the space of twenty five seconds added to the drama -  the second of which silenced any hope of an unlikely Inverness comeback. 
 
First, a great one-two between Ali Sutherland and Ibra Sekkjka saw the former fire a low shot past Accies goalkeeper Darren Hill to give hope to the visitors. However. that hope was short lived as, straight from kick off, Brophy rifled in a shot from twenty five yards to seal his hattrick and his sixteenth league goal from just twelve starts. 
 
Longridge was once again involved as Accies added a sixth. His floated cross to the back post was met by substitute Darren Smith, with the 17 year old doing well to prod the ball past Mackay for a sixth time. 
 
It was Longridge who completed the rout in injury time after a great piece of build up play. A quick interchange of passes resulted in Longridge audaciously chipping Mackay to cap a memorable start to the season for the U20’s, who lead Aberdeen at the top of the table by three points.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical
  • 7-1
  • Inverness Caledonian Thistle

Lineups

Hamilton Academical
Inverness Caledonian Thistle

1. Darren Hill 2. Louis Longridge 3. Scott McMann 4. Aldin El Zubaidi 5. Craig Watson 6. Jon Routedge 7. Steven Boyd 8. Greg Docherty 9. Eamonn Brophy 10. Danny Redmond 11. Danny Armstrong 12. Jaison McGrath 14. Colin Granger 15. Darren Smith 16. Jack Harrison 17. Ryan Tierney 19. Blair Currie

1. Cammy Mackay 2. Ali Stark 3. Calum Howarth 4. Ryan Baptie 5. Jason Brown 6. Ali Sutherland 7. Calum Ferguson 8. Chris Blackett 9. Ibra Sekajja 10. Jamie Wilson 11. Kane Hull 12. Andy MacRae 14. Lewis Grant 15. Ali Kelzian 19. Danny Hoban

Star Player
Hamilton Academical
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Eamonn Brophy's hat-trick - his third in four games - fully merits the man of the match award. Not only an instinctive finisher, he works hard for the team and was undoubtedly the star man. Greg Docherty was also fantastic in midfield, both will feature in the first team before too long.
Ali Sutherland was the stand out for a very young Inverness side who, at times, showed real glimpses of their potential.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Brophy's 25 yard rocket was the strikers' best as he hits the 20 goal mark for the season.
Inverness's goal was well worked and on another day, could've sparked a comeback for the young side.
Club Views
Hamilton Academical
Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Eamonn Brophy, striker for Hamilton, said: "It's obviously great both individually and personally. I'm delighted to have got another three goals, but the main thing is that we got another win. It keeps us at the top of the table and, with the way we've been playing, that's where we should be aiming to be. I've been trying to break into the first team since the start of the season, but especially with the first team doing so well at the minute, I just need to work hard and bide my time."
Duncan Shearer, Inverness Caledonian Thistle U20 coach, said: "It's obviously disappointing to lose any game especially by the scoreline, but when you play the league leaders you expect a tough game. They have a very strong youth contingent even at first team level, so we knew it was going to be difficult. It was a poor performance overall, but guys like Ali Sutherland are on the cusp of the first team, so there are positives to take away from it."
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