Pars 1, Hamilton 4
John Potter's Under 20s fell to a disappointing defeat in the SPFL Development League match against Hamilton yesterday afternoon. The game was a Pars home fixture, played at the now regular Under 20s home venue of Kelty Hearts' New Central Park. Four over age players were in the Dunfermline starting 11 - Ryan Williamson, Lewis Martin, Callum Fordyce and Lewis Spence. The team have only 1 recognised striker, Callum Smith, and he was joined up front for the majority of the game by midfielder Lewis Spence, who played just behind Smith.
Hamilton's recent signing David Templeton scored 2 goals in the space of a minute to shock home side. Templeton, the former Rangers and Hearts winger, has been out of football for over a year after having injury problems while at Ibrox. Hamilton have taken a chance on the player, and on this evidence it could very well pay off. Both his finishes after 11 and 12 minutes were clinical but he was helped by some slack defending on the right side of the Pars defence.
Brandon Luke was unlucky to see a shot hit the post after some good skill inside the Accies penalty box. Callum Smith brought Dunfermline back into the game with a composed finish after 33 minutes. Three minutes before the break, Hamilton regained their 2 goal lead when Ryan Tierney's penalty was saved by Cammy Gill but the rebound fell to the same player who scored to make it 3-1.
Callum Fordyce came closest to getting a second Pars goal when his powerful header was well saved by Accies keeper Darren Jamieson (see photo in gallery below). John Potter then made 2 changes, with Robbie Crawford replacing Lewis Spence after 67 minutes, and Reece Duncan coming on for Brandon Luke 4 minutes later. Crawford took Scott Lochhead's place in right midfield, with Lochhead moving into attack alongside Smith. The second substitution saw a change in formation, from 4-4-1-1 to 3-5-2, with Lewis Martin moving from left back to join Stuart Morrison and Callum Fordyce in central defence, and Reece Duncan and Ryan Williamson being played as wing-backs. The scoreline did not accurately reflect the quality of Dunfermline's play, but it did confirm that (Smith apart) the team were not as clinical as their visitors in the final third of the pitch. That was confirmed after 78 minutes when Tierney scored Hamilton's fourth goal, to make the final score 4-1 to Accies.
Pars starting 11 & match photo gallery:
Match photo gallery
All photos by Pars Review