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Paul Thomson

Hamilton Accies star Ryan One's bittersweet moment as dad Armand watches first start in defeat to Dundee

Hamilton Accies kid Ryan One admits his Saturday was a bittersweet one as he made a first start in senior football in front of his dad but ended up on the losing side against Dundee.

The 16-year-old, who is the son of former Livingston and Stranraer striker Armand One, was handed a maiden moment in the starting 11 on his ninth Accies appearance and played the full 90 minutes.

However, that joy was tinged with disappointment as a first half effort from Lyall Cameron and a stoppage time strike from Luke McCowan gave the Dark Blues victory in a tight game.

And he said: He said: "It's obviously good to get the first start, but it is annoying to lose the game.

"I thought there was a bit of nerves from me in the first half because it was my first start. I don't know about the rest of the team but we seemed a bit shaky.

"We got it going in the second half. We were passing the ball around and that was good.

"It's a bit low in the dressing room after two losses in a row but hopefully we get back winning soon."

Dad Armand was in the stands watching and Ryan added: "My dad comes to all the games. He always gives me words of advice.

"My dad tells me just to be myself. He says there's not a lot of pressure on me because I'm a young boy. There's not as high expectations, so just go out and enjoy yourself.

"I've definitely noticed the difference at this level. Everyone is bigger and I'm never not running.

"Sometimes in the 18s games I've got time to get my breath back, but I feel like I'm always on the move in first team games.

"Hopefully I've done enough to keep my place."

One showed his potential - and why boss John Rankin has put his trust in him - with an impressive defence-splitting pass that teed-up John-Pierre Tiehi in the second half. It put him through on goal and he really should have equalised.

He added: "It happens. I thought it was a good save. He's through on goal and under the pressure we didn't finish it but that's okay.

"I really like Ranks and he's got a lot of confidence in me. He's been playing me a lot.

"That's the most minutes he's given me. He played me a whole half at Arbroath, picking me over a few other boys on the bench, and that just shows you he's got a lot of belief in me."

Rankin said of One's display: "It was a great ball from Ryan. To cut inside and play a defence-splitting pass like that at 16 years old shows good vision and shows Ryan's promise.

"I thought he was good and made a real impact in the game.

"He has got a career ahead of him and it is one we are looking forward to being part of, but we need the experienced players like Lewis Spence, Miko Virtanen, Andy Ryan to come back [from injury] and help him with his development.

"He needs guidance on the pitch as well as off it."

Ninth-place Accies - who have just one win in eight Championship games - now travel to Cappielow to face eighth-place Morton on Saturday.

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