Accies media website reporter Martin McConnell with Wednesday’s details
UEFA Youth League
Domestic Champions Path
2nd Round 2nd Leg
Wednesday 28th November 2018
kick off 7pm at New Douglas Park
Hamilton Academical 1 Midtjylland 2
(Midtjylland win 4-1 on aggregate)
The young Accies faced an uphill struggle from the start, with a two goal deficit to overcome from the first leg. We started strongly and seemed to surprise the Danish side with the quality and intensity of their play.
So it was no surprise when Stephen Clarke and Jason Scotland’s side took an early lead after Andy Winter drove the ball through a crowded penalty area and Jamie Hamilton steered it into the back of the net. The visitors took time to play themselves into the match but got back in contention towards the end of the first half.
With an hour played, Midtjylland began to get on top and deservedly equalised when Tengstedt struck from the penalty spot. To add insult to injury, Accies went down to ten men and conceded another in the final minute when Hansen headed in from a corner kick.
In the aftermath, a proud Academy Director George Cairns said, “We’re disappointed. We didn’t capitalise on a good start to be fair and they’re all disappointed. They’re a good team but we felt that after going 1-0 up early on, we were in the game obviously but just didn’t do quite enough.”
Hamilton started strongly and the Danish keeper found himself in the thick of the action from the first minute when Charlie Reilly forced a save from twenty yards out.
There was more of the same, with Liam Scullion’s strike from the 18 yard line deflected a foot wide of goal. From the corner, Thorsen saved brilliantly for another corner when Reilly struck from a clearance.
This time the corner was struck across the six yard box before being cleared out of the area, but Accies had plenty of bodies up in anticipation of the clearance. The ball found Winter, who wasted no time in driving it back through the crowd and it was Hamilton who put it into the back of the net.
With half an hour played the visitors began to look dangerous and went close to scoring when Tengstedt had a shot deflected wide into the side netting. They went closer still from the corner after Abubakar struck past Connelly, but the big striker was offside and the Welsh referee rightly disallowed it.
Sorensen shot wide from 20 yards after making a forceful run through the centre, then in the last action of the half, Connelly saved well from Tengstedt’s strike from distance.
The second half started slowly but Accies just weren’t the side they were in the first, as mistakes and sloppiness crept into their game. Midtjylland didn’t need an invitation and began to take control.
Connelly saved well from Tengstedt after the striker cut into the penalty area after going past a couple of defenders and shooting from the corner of the six yard box.
The Accies ‘keeper saved again when Dhyr squared for Isaksen to shoot from just injury side the box. Then on 66 minutes, Tengstedt scored from the penalty spot after Connelly was judged to have brought down Isaksen with a challenge close to the goalline.
Try as they might, Hamilton couldn’t quite do enough to get themselves back into the tie. And with the match just a minute into three minutes of additional time, Hansen headed in at the front post from a Madsen corner to make it 1-2 on the night.
Accies: Connelly (J Smith 71), Douglas, McCann (c), Hamilton (Wilson 77), Stanger (Blair 71), Meikle (Redfern 77), Scullion, Mimnaugh, Slaven (Munro 71), Reilly, Winter. Subs Unused: Joseph, Brown.
Goal: Hamilton 10.
Cautions: Hamilton, Munro. Red: Scullion.
Midtjylland: Thorsen, Sery, Serensen, Martis, Madsen (Dawa 78 ), Dyhr, Tengstedt (Giessing 86), Tue, Olsen, Isaksen (Dahl Bagger 78 ),Odeh (Hansen 86).Subs Unused: Mwimba, Bloch, Abubakar.
Goals: Tengstedt 66, Hansen 90.
Referee: Bryn Markham Jones (WAL). Assistants: Daniel Beckett (WAL) & Harry Hendricks (WAL). 4th Official: David Dickinson (SCO).
Delegate: Roxana Berceanu (ROU) Observer: Iain Brines (SCO)