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Accies see off Forth Valley after fine performance

Hamilton Academical 3

Tierney 8, Hughes 35, O’Hare 61.

Forth Valley Football Academy 1

Evans 69.
  • Sunday, 01 March 2015
  • New Douglas Park, Hamilton.
  • Under 17´s
  • Club Academy Scotland

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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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.
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical
  • 2-0
  • Forth Valley Football Academy
Nine minutes into the second half, Hamilton had a free kick twenty two yards out, Tierney stepped up and sent the ball over the Forth Valley wall and back down towards the top right corner of goal, the outstretched Michael Fairbanks touched wide for a corner. 
A couple of minutes later Kelly ran with the ball at his feet, beating a player before sending the ball into Forth penalty area, the ball was then deflected twenty yards out to Lewis Ferguson who cannoned the ball goal ward but watched as it deflected for a corner.  
Accies had a chance from a breakaway when Hughes ran in on the Forth goal, with only the keeper to beat, he struck his shot low but Fairbanks narrowed the angle sufficiently to make it difficult and saved. Then Tierney played a well-timed pass through the Forth Valley defence for Josh O’Hare to send Fairbanks the wrong way, for the home sides third of the match. 
Hughes got involved again when he sent a high ball to Forth’s back post, Daniel O’Halloran managed to get his head onto the end of the ball but sent wide of the post.
The game began to shift a little towards Forth Valley when Conor Langton’s free kick from twenty five yards was sent sailing over the Hamilton wall and into the corner of the net leaving the keeper with no chance, making it 3-1. 
Taylor Evans followed this and watched has his shot struck low from thirty yards went inches past the Hamilton goal post. Forth had another chance from a twenty five yard free kick, they tried something different when goal scorer Langton stepped over the ball and Paul Nash sent his strike over the bar.
Hughes passed inside for Tierney to have a go but his shot was well saved by Fairbanks, the rebound came back out and Tierney’s second attempt went wide.
Chris Snedden won the ball whilst under pressure from an Accies defender and shot low from fifteen yards, the outstretched Marshall had to be at his best to get down and save for a corner kick. Forth Valley sub Mark Stowe then had a go from twenty five yards but his shot just went wide.
In the dying minutes of the match Smith sent a cross low across the face of the Forth Valley goal mouth which somehow managed to evade everyone and looked to heading for the back of the net but for the spectacular reaction save by Fairbanks. 
Hamilton Accies well deserved their three points and made it difficult for Forth Valley to get into the game for long periods, when they did manage to get on the ball, they showed that they did have the ability to trouble a well-rounded home side.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical
  • 3-1
  • Forth Valley Football Academy


Hamilton Academical
Forth Valley Football Academy
1. Alexander Marshall GK
2. Liam Craig
3. Rico Quitongo
4. Daniel O’Halloran
5. Scott Granger
6. Lewis Ferguson
7. Ronan Hughes
8. Josh O’Hare
9. Ryan Tierney
10. Marc Kelly
11. Steffan Connelly
14. Morgan Smith
15. Craig Johnstone
21. Ross Connelly GK
1. Michael Fairbanks GK
2. Aiden Maxwell
3. Ross Young
4. Grant Hamilton
5. Kyle Johnson
6. Euan McMillan
7. Chris Snedden
8. Marcus Cather
9. Tod Rowell
10. Conor Langton
11. Paul Nash
12. Cameron Nicolson
14. Cameron White
15. Graham Walker
16. Taylor Evans
17. Mark Stowe
21. Owen Klijsen GK
Star Player
Hamilton Academical
Forth Valley Football Academy
Ryan Tierney. Involved with much of what Accies were doing, good overall.
Michael Fairbanks gave a very good goal keeping performance.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical
Forth Valley Football Academy
Ronan Hughes overhead kick, what else!
Taylor Evans spectacular goal from a free kick.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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