UEFA Youth League – Basel u19 2-2 Accies u19

Our under 19s return from Basel with a 2-2 draw from the first leg

UEFA Youth League, Domestic Champions Path
1st Round, 1st Leg
Basel u19 2 Hamilton Academical u19 2
on Wednesday 3rd October 2018
kick off 4pm
at Leichtathletik Stadion St Jakob, Basel, Switzerland

The club’s debut in any UEFA competition saw our u19 side take the lead, go 2-1 down early in second half, then equalise with 15 minutes to go, then have two players walking wounded in the closing minutes after we had utilised our three game allowed stoppages, then saw Basel have a player red carded in the final minute, and come away with a great draw.

By virtue of our u17s winning last season’s Club Academy Scotland Elite Youth League (Played 24, Won 20, Drew 4, Lost 0), the Scottish FA put us forward to represent Scotland in this season’s domestic champions path. The UYL has two separate pathways (one replicates the Champions League group stage), and the two paths merge in February 2019.

It’s a youth competition, it is not the Champions League, it’s about learning, experience, fair play and respect.

It’s an under 19 competition, you are allowed to make up to five substitutions in the game, but only at a maximum of three stoppages in play (half time does not count as one of the three stoppages). In addition you can play three overage u20 players, but they must have been in your academy for at least all of the previous two seasons as a minimum. We had no one qualifying in that regard.

We opened the scoring in the 6th minute. Charlie Reilly’s free kick had been headed out for a corner. Reegan Mimnaugh sent the corner in, to the back post, and defender Adam Douglas was on hand to knock the ball home to put us into the lead! Scenes!

The home side (who had defeated CSKA Moscow and Benfica in this competition last season), equalised in the 14th minute when Julian Vonmoos broke forward through the middle left, and unleashed a powerful drive beyond Ross Connelly.

Mimnaugh hit a free kick off the bar in the 21st minute, Reilly and Smith continued to cause issues, the defenders did well and we got to half time at 1-1.

The Swiss side took the lead five minutes into the second half when Yannock Marchand netted from close range.

As the half wore on Connelly and McCann did well, Reilly and McCann got in good crosses for attack, all played a part, then we equalised in the 75th minute.

Lewis Smith’s cross from the left was punched across the box by the keeper, but only as far as Adam Douglas about 10 yards out, who drilled a ow angled drive into the back of the net for his second of the game. A defender now Accies top scorer in UEFA competition!

Douglas got injured in the 85th minute but soldiered on manfully for the closing stages, effectively playing up front, and in the remaining few minutes Leon McCann was also similarly reduced in mobility.

Connelly made a superb save in the 88th minute then from the corner Taylor Wilson cleared a Swiss effort off the line. At the other end in our ultimate attack it was Wilson again, this time seeing his header get cleared off the line.

Basel then went down to ten men when Yves Jankowski walked for a second yellow in 90+3′.

And it finished 2-2.

Accies – Connelly, Douglas, McCann (c), Hamilton, Stanger, Meikle (Wilson 78 ), L Smith, Mimnaugh, Slaven (Munro 45), Reilly (Joseph 67), Scullion (Winter 55). Unused subs – Casci, Blair, J Smith

Referee Lauren Kopriwa (LUX); Assistants David Mateus Santos (LUX) & Joaquim Da Silva (LUX); 4th official Stefan Horisberger (SUI); Delegate Robert Barczi (HUN); Referee Observer Marco Borg (MLT)

Att 332 (45 Accies)