Hamilton v Clydebank

Pre Season Friendly
New Douglas Park, Hamilton.
Wednesday 30th July.

Hamilton Academical U20’s 3 Clydebank FC 1

The match between these two sides took place on the great looking newly laid all weather surface at New Douglas Park, in weather conditions that we’ll be lucky to see again this summer but much appreciated by players and fans alike. Hamilton Accies completely dominated from the start, club player/manager Martin Canning comfortably marshalled his defence whilst playing in the first half, passing the ball about patiently at the back until the right ball was played forward, keeping possession with great short and medium range passing and quick breaks on the attack, proving to be well worthy winners. Clydebank struggled to get hold of possession for much of the match and chances were few and far between at times, but they still managed to make a contribution to this entertaining game and fought their way back into the contest and gave a good account of themselves in the second half.

The first attack of the match came when the Accies Steven Boyd made a strong run from midfield, playing a quick one two with the trialist before sending a dangerous cross low into the six yard box, defender Robbie Halliday managed to get a foot on the ball as he tried to guide to safety, however it headed straight for goal but fortunately keeper Robert Hamilton managed to palm over the cross bar for a Hamilton corner. The Hamilton trialist got himself involved and almost on the score sheet when a free kick was sent across the Bankies six yard box, Danny Armstrong then the trialist both almost got touches on the ball before it went out for a goal kick. With twenty one minutes on the clock, Hamilton were awarded a dodgy penalty decision when the keeper brought down Ryan Tierney after it looked like he’d lost any goal scoring opportunity from a blocked Armstrong shot, Tiernay stepped up and struck the penalty kick well enough but Clydebank keeper Robert Hamilton pulled off a spectacular diving save. With the next attack on the Clydebank goal, Accies took a well deserved lead when Boyd sent a corner kick beyond the far post and the unmarked Darian Mackinnon, the former Bankie brought the ball nicely under control with his chest and hammered home into the back of the net from a tight angle, leaving the keeper with no chance of reacting in time, 1-0.

Until the twenty fourth minute of the match, Clydebank hadn’t so much as a sniff in front of the Accies goal, any positive possession in the Accies half had been mainly down to the efforts of Mark Burbidge out on the right wing. Halliday cleared from defence out to Burbidge who then made a strong run down the flank whilst being hustled by an Accies defender, passed inside for Nicholas Little who then struck a low ball across the face of the Accies goal mouth, just a tad too early for the incoming Phil Barclay to connect with. Thirty seven minutes had passed when Hamilton added to their goal tally, Armstrong made a beautiful thirty yard pass from halfway, Tierney read the flight of the ball and timed his run perfectly before lobbing over the goalkeeper from twenty yards with his first touch, 2-0. Burbidge managed to squeeze another one of his now trademark runs down the right hand side, whilst holding off big defender Shaun Want the whole time, his twelve yard shot was well blocked by Want and ended up going out for a corner.

Half Time: Hamilton Academical U20s 2 Clydebank FC 0

The second half started badly for Hamilton as Development squad captain Scott McMann was taken off with an injury to his leg after a challenge inside the Clydebank penalty area. Accies started the second half strongly and again with the lion’s share of possession but it was the Bankies that came close with fifty six minutes gone when from a break, Robbie Halliday’s shot from seven yards struck the post and gave the travelling Clydebank support something to cheer about. Within a couple of minutes of the near miss, Little had cut the Hamilton lead to a single goal, Burbridge swung a dangerous corner in towards the Accies goal and goalkeeper Alan Martin came out and cleared the ball with his fists, the ball came back out to Burbidge who immediately sent towards the far post and Little headed into the goal from four yards, 2-1. Clydebank continued their productive spell with a ball out of defence to substitute Joel Kasubandi in the centre circle, he skillfully brought the ball down with his chest and turned a player before passing out to Burbidge on the wing, Burbidge came inside and passed to goal scorer Halliday who then shot into the side netting.

Hamilton managed to gather themselves and won a throw in deep inside the Clydebank half, Ben Reilly threw to Danny Armstrong who deftly touched on towards Marc Kelly who kept his shot low and narrowly wide from twelve yards. Best move from Hamilton came when a ball was played out of the Hamilton defence and up to substitute Victor Gutsul in four quick passes and in as many seconds it seemed, splitting the Bankies defence, Gutsul played the ball forward before placing a foot wide of the post from fifteen yards. With five minutes left of play, Steven Boyd sent his corner kick into the near post and Shaun Want ran in to meet the ball with his head and into the goal for 3-1.

The match wasn’t played with the intensity that both sides will inevitably face in the season ahead in their respective competitions but never the less, there was something for both sides to take from the match, Clydebank Juniors can at least take heart from the fact that they won’t face a side as comfortable on the ball as Hamilton Accies in the Super League First Division. On the up side, when they did manage to get on the ball and give Accies a problem, Mark Burbidge was central to all their productive play in the Hamilton half, Halliday and Little had good games and substitute Joel Kasubandi looks full of energy and could prove useful if he gets decent service. For the home side, this was a good run out, allowing them to give expression to the style of play that saw them do so well last season, ahead of the opening match next week at New Douglas Park, where they will face Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Hamilton Accies: Martin GK, Reilly, Trialist, Canning, Want, Simpson, Armstrong, Boyd, Tierney, Mackinnon, McMann. Subs: Harrison, Gutsul, Kelly, Cunningham, Granger, Hughes, Marshall.

Goals: D Mackinnon 22, R Tierney 39, S Want 86.

Clydebank: Hamilton GK, Halliday, Paterson, Vezza, Cole, Mackinnon, Burbridge, Barclay, Little, Cree, Shelley. Subs: Jackson, Kasubandi, Cumming, Birnie, Harvie, Lumsden.

Goals: N Little 59.

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