Hamilton Academcial U20 needed extra-time to overcome Queens Park U20 in a Scottish Youth Cup 2nd Round epic at the SuperSeal Stadium.
The support were treated to a six goal thriller that included a penalty and a late red card as Accies booked their place in the 3rd round of the tournament.
Hamilton were missing Lewis Ferguson who was preparing to play France on international duty for Scotland U19. There was an added interest for Robert Walker, a former Hamilton player who is now one of the coaches at Queens Park.
Marc Kelly had the first significant chance of the match for Hamilton after eight minutes when he caught the ball on the edge of the box and his quick-fire shot was met by a routine save by Owen Stott in goal.
Accies gained a foothold on the game playing some tidy passes while Queens Park took a more direct approach when in possession. It almost paid off for the young Spiders when a long ball over the top reached Grant Brennan who smartly beat the offside trap to find himself one on one with Alex Marshall in goal who parried away the attempt. It was the first time Queens Park had managed to exploit the Hamilton rearguard but it would not be the last.
Ronan McGlaughlin spurned a chance from the resulting corner as his shot skewed wide under pressure from the Accies defence. Despite this scare Hamilton stuck to their game plan and continued to dominate with Rico Quitongo looking particularly dangerous down the left flank.
The home side were rewarded on 25 minutes when a neat piece of tika-taka on the left wing unravelled the Queens Park defence and Kelly burst into the box before being brought down with a clumsy tackle. The referee, Gary Logan, showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Ross Cunningham stepped up to smash the ball into the right side of the goal.
Hamilton continued to press and Jordan Pender was booked for pulling his opposite numbers shirt when they were breaking up the park on another attack. Ronan McGlaughlin won a free kick for Queens Park soon after and the whipped cross was met by the Hamilton defence before McGlaughlin caught the ball on the volley missing the target by yards.
It was no surprise that Ronan McGlaughlin was involved when Queens Park scored the equaliser. The number 9 fought for scraps in the middle of the park before the ball broke fortunately to Declan Walsh who carried it to the edge of the box beating his man and curling is shot past Marshall into the back of the net.
This was the spark the away side had been looking for and they began to grow in confidence in the match. Accies nearly burst their bubble when a cross from the right wing was met with a free header from Kelly but he couldn't get the effort on target.
Logan called time on a first period that had been evenly contested by the two sides. Hamilton had dominated the early moments before Queens Park clawed themselves back into contention as the half wore on.