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Ryan 18' 30'

Heart of Midlothian FC 0

  • Tuesday, 24 November 2015
  • New Douglas Park, Hamilton.
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Hamilton took full advantage of Celtic’s recent absence from the SPFL Development League, to take a four point lead at the top of the table. Two first half goals from Andy Ryan, playing his first game for Hamilton after a loan spell with Arbroath, proving to be the difference between the sides.

The opening quarter of an hour was poor, with both sides tentative and showing no real desire to pose a threat on goal. When the first attempt came, it was a poorly taken free kick from one of the league’s most creative players. Steven Boyd dinked the ball over the visitors wall from twenty-two yards, and softly into the arms of Jack Hamilton in the Hearts goal.
Then everything happened at once. The ball was played from the back to Tierney in midfield and he quickly played a quick one-two with Andy Ryan. He ran on goal and sent a warning shot across Hearts bow. Accies then went one up after Boyd played the ball to Ryan inside the Hearts penalty area. He then calmly hammered in from ten yards to give the home side the lead.
Ryan got his second of the evening on the half hour mark after Boyd sent the ball into the Hearts penalty area from a corner. No one cleared and Ryan fired in from six yards to double the lead.
This seemed to wake Hearts from their slumber, but it was a pity that it had taken two goals to do so. Hearts broke forward in numbers and Lewis Moore played wide to Callum Robinson who shot over the cross bar from wide. Moore wasn’t happy with his decision as he'd been expecting the ball back.
Hearts Canadian striker, Dario Zanatta made a strong run before unleashing wide of the post from twenty-two yards out. Hearts then won a free kick out wide and the ball was swung in for Zanatta to out jump the Accies defence, but he headed just inches past the post.
Hamilton immediately had the ball back up the other end of pitch. Scott McMann threaded the ball perfectly through two defenders and straight to the feet of Ryan. The Hamilton striker turned and shot from ten yards, but Jack Hamilton was able to make a good last gasp save.
As half time approached, the ball was played up field to Moore who cut the ball back from the bye line to Zanatta. He struck a thunderous shot from ten yards but was denied by a magnificent Alan Martin save that sent the ball over the cross bar. From the corner, Robbie Buchanan headed his chance over the cross bar from six yards.
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 2-0
  • Heart of Midlothian FC
Accies almost made it three after the break when the ball was played forward to Boyd. He shot from twelve yards and the keeper saved but couldn’t hold. Boyd raced forward to slot in the rebound, but lost out to Leon Jones who got there first and cleared up field.
The Hearts keeper then saved the day once more as the ball was swung in for Tierney to head on goal, but Hamilton managed to knock over the bar.
Hamilton kept pushing and Ronan Hughes split the Hearts defence with a ball through for Ryan to run on to. The striker ran in and let loose just as Jack Hamilton bravely threw himself in front of the ball, fifteen yards from his goal.
At the other end, Lewis Moore then ran up field and unleashed on the Hamilton goal from twenty yards, forcing Alan Martin into making another great save.
Hearts were still searching for that elusive goal into injury time when they were awarded a free kick. Ian Smith flighted the ball to the back post and Daniel Baur rose above the Accies defence, but headed wide at the back post.
The result means that Hamilton extend their lead at the top of the table, while Hearts remain in 14th spot in the 17 team league. Next week Hearts host bottom of the table Dundee, while Hamilton have a trip to Paisley to face 6th placed St Mirren.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical FC
  • 2-0
  • Heart of Midlothian FC


Hamilton Academical FC
Heart of Midlothian FC
26. Alan Martin
2. Ben Reilly
3. Scott McMann
4. Shaun Want
5. Martin Canning
6. Ronan Hughes
7. Andy Ryan
8. Chris Turner
9. Ryan Tierney
10. Steven Boyd
11. Louis Longridge
12. Marc Kelly
14. Ross Cunningham
15. Jack Simpson
16. Conor Scullion
17. Colin Granger
18. Steffen Connelly
19. Alex Marshall
1. Jack Hamilton
2. Liam Smith
3. Liam Henderson
4. Daniel Baur
5. Leon Jones
6. Angus Beith
7. Callum Morrison
8. Robbie Buchanan
9. Ian Smith
10. Dario Zanatta
11. Lewis Moore
12. Sean McKirdy
14. Russell McLean
15. Nathan Flanagan
16. Dale Baxter
17. Kyle Smith
13. Greg Fisher
Star Player
Hamilton Academical FC
Heart of Midlothian FC
Andy Ryan - Great performance on his return to New Douglas Park. In position to score both goals and caused no end of trouble for the Hearts defence.
Jack Hamilton - Great performance in the Hearts goal mouth and made many a great save.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical FC
Heart of Midlothian FC
Alan Martin's fantastic reaction save from a David Zanatta ten yard strike.
Anyone of Jack Hamilton's many saves throughout the ninety minutes.
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