In an incredibly tight finish to the top of the u20 Development League, our win at Dingwall on Monday night (1st May) stopped County from winning it on the night, and the combination of results means we now need to beat Celtic at home on Thursday night to win the league, but any other result hands it to Ross County.
Before a big crowd on a sunny Dingwall night with free entry, we took the lead in the 5th minute when Ryan Tierney cleverly created space for himself before turning and shooting home beyond Foden. Skipper Shaun Want headed over from a corner soon after, before Cunningham and Steven Boyd continued to torment the home defence. Schalk and Keillor-Dunn were dangerous for County, with Watson, Want and Gogic all clearing, and Quitongo defending well. Lewis Ferguson had a shot deflected before Shaun Want crashed a vicious shot off the bar in the 17th minute.
County equalised in the 26th minute when our free kick was blocked and lead to a quick breakaway with Alex Schalk lobbing Jamieson from over 30 yards. Cunningham, Ferguson, Watson and Boyd continued to cause problems. Jamieson saved from Tumilty, while Hughes tried to create for us.
We took the lead in the 59th minute when Ross Cunningham broke clear down the left, before cutting into the box beating the keeper and firing high into the net, to put us 2-1 up. Cunningham, Tierney and Marc Kelly combined to almost net a third. County crashed one off the post in the 70th minute before Jamieson saved a free kick shortly after. County threw everything at it, as the Celtic latest score began filtering through and a draw would have seen County clinch the title. Hughes and Ferguson for us, Schalk for County all had chances but we held on for a good win.
Accies – Jamieson, Watson, Quitongo, Gogic, Want (c), Hughes, Cunningham, Ferguson (J Boyd 87), Tierney, S Boyd, Kelly (Breslin 83). Unused subs O’Halloran, Douglas, Sheridan, S Connelly, R Connelly
Referee: Ben Dempster
Ross County are now on 66 points with a goal difference of +23, but completed their games.
We are on 63 points with a goal difference of +33, and face Celtic at home on Thursday.
Celtic are on 62 points.
It’s Accies v Celtic here on Thursday night, 7pm kick off at The SuperSeal. ALL entry via the gate at Turnstiles 4/5/6, where you are welcome to make a donation to the youth fund.