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Third time lucky for Hamilton as they beat Moorlands to lift Central Region Cup

Hamilton Academical BC 1

Thomson 58

Moorlands FC 0

  • Sunday, 04 June 2017
  • Ochilview Park
  • Under 19´s
  • Central Region Cup

Jack Thomson | YFS Falkirk Senior Reporter
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A solitary second half goal from David Thomson was enough to give Hamilton Academical BC victory in the Central Region Cup final. 

The striker was on hand to fire home from inside the penalty area and give his team a first victory over Moorlands in three attempts. 

In a tightly contested affair, the nerves were apparent in both teams early on in the match as they realised the size of the occasion.  

The first clearcut opportunity of the game fell to Moorlands on 12 minutes when the ball broke to Adam Berry from a corner but his fierce goalbound volley cannoned off his own player before going over. 

At that stage in the encounter Moorlands were in the ascendancy and won a free-kick in the 21st minute. Aaron McNeil curled the ball up and over the wall but his effort went narrowly over. 

McNeil had another deadball opportunity just five minutes later as his side continued to assert pressure. However, once again, he could only direct the free-kick just over. 

Accies nearly snuck themselves in front just before the half when neat combination play from Stuart McIntyre and Conner Smith freed Smith to have a pop at goal but his shot had too much power on it and soared over. 

  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical BC
  • 0-0
  • Moorlands FC

Hamilton grew in confidence in the second half as they continued to frustrate the opposition and counter-attack at will. 

Smith almost caught Moorlands off guard when he cleverly bent a free-kick around the wall towards the bottom left corner but Graeme Milne reacted superbly to save. 

It was then Moorlands’ turn to threaten as Mark McNulty found space and looked to place his effort with the inside of his foot but the goalkeeper reacted brilliantly to stick out a leg and make the stop. 

The deadlock was broken in the 58th minute when Lewis Mooney forced a fine save from the goalkeeper. However, the danger could not be adverted and Thomson was on hand to sweep the ball home. 

Moorlands’ task became more difficult in the 70th minute when a second bookable offence saw Berry given his marching orders. 

Hamilton seized the opportunity to pile the pressure on and in the 80th minute McIntyre showed fantastic skill to kill the ball in the area but his shot was blocked. 

Moorlands were forced to roll the dice and throw everyone forward but a resolute Accies defence inspired by Robert Griffiths dealt with everything that was thrown at them and held out until the full-time whistle. 


  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical BC
  • 1-0
  • Moorlands FC


Hamilton Academical BC
Moorlands FC
1. Keiran Craw
2. Sean McGuiness
4. John Rowan
5. Adam McKeown
7. Stuart McIntyre
8. Lewis Mooney
9. David Thomson
10. Cameron Stewart
14. Dillon Craig
15. Bradley Seaton
16. Robert Griffiths
17. Callum Douglas
18. Conner Smith
19. Dean Burton
1. Graeme Milne
2. Aiden McElhinney
4. Mark McNulty
5. Dean Robertson
6. Greg Melvin
7. Sean Monaghan
8. Logan Jackson
11. Michael Clarke
12. Aaron McNeil
14. Adam Berry
15. Jonathan Walker
16. Jack Caldwell
17. Cameron Ralston
23. Marc Skelton
Star Player
Hamilton Academical BC
Moorlands FC
Robert Griffiths won everything in the air and contributed to an impenetrable Accies defence.
Graeme Milne made a number of key saves at important points in the match to ensure that Moorlands had a fighting chance right until the end.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical BC
Moorlands FC
When David Thomson fired home from close range, the sheer delight was there for all to see as Hamilton began to believe they could get their hands on the cup.
Graeme Milne's reaction stop to keep out Conner Smith's free-kick was a great example of top class goalkeeping.
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