This match was played in at times atrocious weather conditions but both sets of players contributed to provide a decent game for the spectators. The young accies team however coped better with the elements and with the ball at their feet, winning the match comfortably at 3-1. Forth Valley managed to get back into the match midway through the second half, showing enough to take something into their next match.
Forth Valley got off to an early start when Grant Hamilton’s quickly taken free kick from twenty five yards was sent just wide of the target, shortly afterwards Hamilton were awarded a spot kick. Accies Daniel O’Halloran headed the ball down for Marc Kelly to have an attempt on goal, unfortunately his feet were taken from him before he got his chance, up stepped Ryan Tierney to slot the ball past the Forth Valley keeper for 1-0.
Forth Valley soon put the penalty behind them when Conor Langton managed to hold off two Hamilton players before running down the wing and sending a pass inside for Paul Nash to shoot from twenty yards, the shot went narrowly wide.
Just after the half hour mark, Tierney broke from a thwarted Forth Valley attack and made a strong run down the touchline, he managed to send a low ball into the goal mouth which was cleared through a crowded penalty area for an off balance Kelly to have an attempt that somehow landed in the grounded keeper’s arms.
The second goal from Accies came in the thirty fifth minute when Kelly played a perfectly weighted ball into the box for the awaiting Ronan Hughes, who with his back to goal rose majestically to put the ball into the net with a great overhead kick!
Within seconds of the restart Forth Valley’s Chris Snedden managed to slot a nicely timed ball through the Accies defence for Langton to chase down, Alexander Marshall, keeping goal for the home side, read the situation and managed to get there first.
Hamilton had the last chance of the half when Steffan Connelly sent his free kick from the edge of the Forth penalty area into the near post for Scott Granger to put wide.