Reegan Mimnaugh was the goal hero for Hamilton as they eased into the quarter-finals of the SPFL Trust Trophy, but the midfielder reckoned two teenagers were the standout players in the win over Inverness.
Both sides ended up fielding young sides with injury-ravaged Inverness forced to field a host of academy players, while Accies started with four teenagers and brought on four from the bench in the second half.
Good work by midfielder Lucas de Bolle led to Sam Nixon turning the ball into his own net inside three minutes, before Mimnaugh's close-range effort had the win in the bag just after the half-hour mark.
But Mimnaugh believed 16-year-old Ryan One and 17-year-old Chris McGinn deserved special praise.
He said: "It was good to get a goal in the first three minutes to take the sting out of it, then we getting the second goal really aclms everything down and we start playing football.
"We had a wee spell where we were a bit slack but in the second half we kept the ball well.
"We got the young boys on, which was brilliant, and the ones that started did really well so everyone is pleased with that.
"Big Ryan has had a few chances so he is a wee bit frustrated, but he was brilliant in the game.
"I thought Chris McGinn did really well as well. They were probably the best players on the pitch.
"I said to big Ryan that the chances will keep coming for him. If he keeps getting in the right areas, they will.
"In the end both teams were very young but we are just happy to be in the next round."
Accies will learn their quarter-final opponents tomorrow night when the draw is made, but attention now turns to a second home meeting with Inverness, who return to New Douglas Park on league business on Saturday.
Mimnaugh hopes their positive showing will help them put a 4-0 thrashing by Queen's Park in their last league outing behind them, as they bid to climb off the foot of the Championship table.
He added: "This win gives us a bit of momentum and confidence that we can take into next week.
"The Queen's Park game is done now so we move on to next week."
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