Our u20s lost harshly 4-1 away to Celtic in Monday afternoon’s 1st v 2nd Development League clash at Broadwood in Cumbernauld. Both sides had relatively strong starting line-ups with Michael Devlin aiming for his first 90 minutes since last April, Danny Redmond, Darren Lyon and Alex D’Acol in our side, while Celtic had Gary Mackay-Steven and Scott Allan as well as a host of youth internationalists. A very good crowd of over 600, including several managers, scouts and players, turned up to watch.
We lost striker Ryan Tierney as early as the 3rd minute when he landed awkwardly and had to be stretchered off, but he was able to walk to his seat midway through the first half, so not as bad as first thought. Man of the match Aidan Nesbitt netted the opener from close range for the home side in the 26th minute before right back Ben Reilly scored a cracker of an equaliser in the 33rd minute when he surged down the right before firing an unstoppable angled shot beyond Bailly. Nesbitt netted his second, again from mighty close range, tapping in on the line two minutes before the break. In the second half Mackay-Steven in the 49th minute and Sam Wardrop in the 58th added to Celtic’s scoreline. We forced much of the second half play and D’Acol came mighty close while Redmond and Cunningham were full of drive. Late on 16 year old sub Conor Scullion came on and put in a great shift in the final 14 minutes.
Accies – Martin, Reilly, Hughes, Devlin (c), Want, Lyon, Cunningham, Redmond, D’Acol (C Scullion 76), Boyd, Tierney (Kelly 5). Unused subs S Granger, O’Halloran, Quitongo, S Connelly, Marshall. Ref Steven Reid. Att: 650
Next up for the u20s is next Tuesday, 12th January, home to Falkirk at 6pm