The third round tie of the SFA Youth Cup between Aberdeen FC and Hamilton Academical FC proved to be a thrilling encounter. With the score tied at 1-1 after extra-time, Lewis Ferguson having scored for Hamilton in the first half and Bruce Anderson scoring for Aberdeen in the second, the home side secured their place in the next round, winning 4-3 on penalties.
Hamilton enjoyed early possession and had the first real chances of the game. Shaun Want put the ball into the box from the halfway line for Ryan Tierney to run onto but Aberdeen goalkeeper, David Craddock got there first.
The home side looked for a response but Hamilton made it difficult, keeping the Reds pinned in their own half whenever they had possession and their first chance came to nothing when Chris Antoniazzi put the ball too far across for Joe Nuttall to run onto.
Accies continued to threaten and Tierney weaved his way into the box before offloading to Jack Breslin but his shot was cleared by Craddock. Hamilton were awarded a corner but Aberdeen held their defence to clear the ball after Ronan Hughes saw it into the box.
The visitors’ dominance looked to have paid off in the sixteenth minute when some interplay from Breslin and Lewis Ferguson saw the latter shooting from the edge of the box but Craddock made the crucial save to prevent the visitors from scoring.
Aberdeen had to get a foothold in the game and a team movement saw them press forward. Aaron Norris broke down the right wing and he passed the ball inside for Connor McLennan but his lay-off was just too wide for Nuttall. The Reds continued to exert pressure and Sam Robertson shot from thirty yards but it went over the crossbar.
Hamilton had dominated the early play and they took their chance in the twenty-second minute. Lewis Smith drove down the wing and crossed to Ferguson who shot from outside the box, sending it past Craddock to open the scoring.
End to end play ensued but Hamilton also had the next chance. Marc Kelly laid the ball back for Ferguson who shot from twenty-five yards but it was pushed wide by Craddock.
Accies kept Aberdeen pinned in their own half and a promising break from Nuttall came to nothing when Hamilton held their defence and counterattacked, with the Reds quickly having to rally their own defence, with Sam Roscoe closing down Tierney to deny the visitors another chance to score.
Aberdeen had a number of attacks pulled back after they were judged to have been offside, and Dylan Thomas sent the ball through for the last chance of the half but Hamilton cleared.