Last night, I watched Accies U21’s impressively beat Lowland League side BSC Glasgow, where George Cairns boys ran out 4-0 winners.
A first-half strike by Jack Breen was added to by a brace from Andrew Winter and a remarkable solo effort from Sean Slaven to put the highly rated youths into the second round of the Tunnocks Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup, where they face Airdrie.
When you get these sort of cup ties it is men against boys and I believe the colts are always the underdogs regardless how good they are. However if you do what Accies done last night, you will most likely beat a team like BSC Glasgow. They played good football on the deck and carved BSC Glasgow open the majority of the time, as they simply didn’t have the pace to keep up with the youngsters.
The home side started well with Jack Breen being in the middle of the major action in the early period. He had two goal-bound efforts in the opening 15 minutes. The first opportunity came after five minutes when a dangerous low cross by Leon McCann beat everyone apart from Breen and his effort was deflected for a corner. The second chance was when he was played through on goal by Regan Mimnaugh, but once again a BSC defender was there to block his effort.
The visitors first opportunity didn’t come until the 27th minute, when a corner was only cleared as far as Ross Smith, who’s powerful drive from outside the box was well held by debutant, Luke Southwood.
The opening goal came on the 37th minute and it was Hamilton U21’s who took the lead. A fantastic cross-field pass by Mimnaugh found Daryl Meikle, who drove down the line before cutting inside and sliding it into Breen. The 20-year-old took a touch and fired it low into the left-hand corner past Ryan Marshall.
Stephen Swift’s men had a glorious opportunity to get themselves level within a minute of going 1-0 down, when Robbie Duncan skied an effort over the bar from 6 yards out following some good work from Thomas Orr.
The final opportunity of the first-half fell for Smith when a flick on from a corner was smashed into the side-netting from the BSC centre-back.
Half Time- Hamilton U21 1-0 BSC Glasgow
Accies came out the traps quickly in the second-half and had two quickfire efforts through Korede Adedoyin. His first effort was when he controlled a cross before firing into the side-netting then secondly when some slick footwork from the on-loan Everton winger, allowed him to have a strike at goal, which was saved by the legs of Marshall.
The Lowland League outfit managed to gain a bit of momentum and had their spell in the match. Jamie Mills came on at half-time and looked the most threatening BSC player. On the 54th minute a dangerous cross from the substitute ended up falling at the feet of Thomas Collins, who’s effort was tipped over by Southwood from point-blank range.
However, Accies caught the visitors napping and doubled their lead against the run of play on the 67th minute. Some smart thinking by Meikle saw him take a quick free-kick and finding Reilly on the far side, before the midfielder ran into the box and was brought down as he bared down on goal. Andrew Winter stepped up and sent Marshall the wrong way to double Hamilton’s lead. You could begin to see few heads going down from the visitors following the second goal.
It was 3-0 on the 77th minute when a free-kick by Mimnaugh was aimed towards the front-post, where it was met by Winter and the 17-year-old doubled his tally for the evening as he glancing header went into the far corner.
The away side were only denied a consolation by a fantastic save by Southwood, who had hardly touched the ball in the second-half. A teasing cross by Mills was dummied by Collins and ended up at the feet of Duncan, who’s snap-shot was tipped around the post by the Englishman.
The fourth goal was the best of the lot. Substitute Sean Slaven, picked up the ball inside his own half, before running all the way down the line and into the box and curling his effort into the top-corner. A remarkable solo effort.
The last chance in what was a comfortable win for Accies was when a mistake at the back for the visiors allowed Reilly to pick up the ball 25 yards from goal. He saw Marshall off his line and his lobbing effort hit the inside of the post with the BSC keeper well beaten.
Full Time– Hamilton U21 4-0 BSC Glasgow
George Cairns told Accies TV “It was a great performance from the kids and they scored some cracking goals. I thought they were magic tonight”
Last night i watched Accies colts destroy BSC, who are a decent Lowland League side. They were brilliant throughout from defence to attack and scored some fantastic goals. The way the passed the ball around the midfield and some of the quick thinking is something I wish the first team would learn to do. Some of the boys are not far away from deservedly getting a competitive start in the first team, Especially Jack Breen, who would easily walk into our midfield at the moment.
However Adedoyin was a huge disappointment considering how big a reputation he came with. He didn’t look interested in playing at all.
They play Airdrie in the next round but I’m confident they will give them a stern challenge albeit it being a different level to BSC.
Unfortunately I won’t be there as I’ll be taking in Salford v Leeds United in the Carabao Cup, but I’ll be keeping an eye on the score from Manchester.
Southwood, Meikle, McCann, Stanger, Hamilton, Mimnaugh, Collar, Reilly, Winter, Breen, Adedoyin
Subs- Smith, Blair, Forest, Redfern, Harris, Garrad, Slaven
Marshall, McCormack, Irvine, Lindsay, Smith, McMillan, Anderson, White, Orr, Collins, Duncan
Subs- Grehan, Hamilton, Brown, Mills, McNab, Barr