u20s win away to Partick Thistle
Tuesday, 04 March 2014 13:32
Our u20s continued their recent fine form with a 3-1 win away to Partick Thistle at Firhill on Monday evening. It was a comprehensive victory which now sees us with five wins, a draw and a defeat (to Celtic) in our last seven games, and has included away wins at Dundee Utd, Hearts and now Partick Thistle.
The opening half hour was pretty frenetic, tousy at times, and well fought between both teams, but we moved up a gear after the half hour. Routledge, Ryan and Antoine Curier had been testing the home defence, while Reilly and Granger, our young full backs, were defending well. We had to make a sub on 29th when Paul George, who had taken an early knock, was replaced by Jaison McGrath and he was quickly involved. Ryan had tested the keeper with a couple of shots, one led to another corner for us and from McGrath's corner skipper Mikey Devlin headed in for 1-0 in 33rd minute.
Granger did well to deny Duggan, while Reilly denied Leyden. At the other end Reilly and McGrath combined well and we had a penalty appeal which wasn't given. We went 2-0 up five minutes before the break. Great play by Mickael in and around the right side of the box saw him draw the 'keeper and he squared for Greg Docherty (left) to slot the ball into the empty net. Greg's trademark celebration followed!
Into the second half, Mickael hit the post from a free kick, and in fact we tested Watters with a couple of free kicks and long range drives before Thistle were reduced to ten men in the 69th minute when Keenan was dismissed for his second yellow card. We deservedly went 3-0 up in the 73rd minute when some nice passing play on the edge of the box led to Darren Lyon scoring a peach from distance. The home side pulled a goal back in the 79th minute when Routledge handled and David Wilson scored past Currie from the spot. With six minutes remaining we brought on 13 year old Josh Rae for his u20s debut in goal. Another example of the Accies Academy producing players who are worthy of competing at higher levels.
Accies: Currie (Rae 84), Reilly, Granger, Watson, Devlin, Routledge, George (McGrath 29), Docherty, Antoine Curier (Brophy 70), Lyon, Ryan. Unused sub: Smith. Referee: Colin Steven.
Next week the u20s are away to Kilmarnock, we await venue and game details. The week after we are at home to Aberdeen, the match will be at NDP on Tuesday 18th March with a 2pm kick off.