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Stenhousemuir BC champions after stunning win over Hamilton Accies

Stenhousemuir BC 8

Wylie 27, Arthur 30, McAlpine 40, 51, Sinclair 41, McCaffery 65, 75, McDougall 79

Hamilton Accies BC 0

What had the potential to be a very close cup tie ended up being anything but as Stenhousemuir produced a great performance to beat Hamilton Accies 8-0 and win the Under 15's (a) League Cup.
Hamilton actually entered the match as narrow favourites having beaten Stenhousemuir 2-0 earlier in the competition at the group stage. But as is so often the case, form can go right out of the window in a cup final.
It was Hamilton who started the brightest as well. Two minutes into the match Ross Whitelock put in a cross towards the path of Rory Fitzpatrick who could only send his shot wide of goal.
Stenhousemuir had a great chance after five minutes when Luke McAlpine was played through on goal but unfortunately put his shot straight into the arms of the goalkeeper.
That chance marked the beginning of a tense 10 minutes where each side was just trying to get control of the match after a lively start. It wasn't until the 16th minute until we had our next chance when Rory Fitzpatrick was played through for Hamilton but his shot was saved at the Stenny 'keepers feet.
The game had its first goal after 27 minutes when a corner for Stenhousemuir taken by Kyle McDougall was dropped by the Accies 'keeper, allowing Callum Wylie to poke home for the opener.
Defending corners was proving to be a problem for Hamilton and it was from another corner that Stenhousemuir had their second goal of the afternoon. The corner was drifted into Euan Arthur who had a free header to nod easily into the back of the net.
Hamilton were shaken but still trying hard to get back into the game. Two minutes later Dylan Ramage ran the length of the park but sent his long shot wide. It was a frustrating one for Kai Fitzpatrick who was perhaps in a better position to take on the shot.
Stenny's third goal came on the stroke of half-time as McAlpine rounded the 'keeper and unselfishly played the ball across to his teammate Callum Churchill to slot into an empty net.
There was no sense of complacency about Stenhousemuir's play as they added a fourth early into the second half. It came from another corner which was initially cleared but only as far as Marc Sinclair who fired a low shot into the net.
Hamilton, to their credit, were still attempting to create chances and Lewis Baird was the next to attempt a shot on target, but it was comfortably saved by the 'keeper.
50 minutes in and Hamilton were still plugging away as Ramage again ran up the pitch to attempt a dipping shot that the Stenny 'keeper had to tip over the crossbar.
But just a minute later Stenhousemuir were 5-0 up and it was a second goal for McAlpine who took the ball around the keeper to slot home. From here Hamilton seemed to lose their composure and Stenny took complete advantage.
They increased their lead on the 65th minute mark and this time it was Keigan McCaffery who wriggled between two Accies defenders to slot the ball underneath the 'keeper for goal number six.
10 minutes later it was seven and this was perhaps the best of the bunch. An excellent looping through ball from Joshua Brown fell into the path of Euan Arthur who simply played the ball across goal to McCaffery who had the simple task of poking the ball home.
Stenhousemuir were then reduced to ten men when Callum Wylie was judged to have gone into a tackle off his feet and recklessly, to which the referee showed a straight red card for the Stenny number 8.
It was to have no consequence on the result however and despite playing with a man less, Stenhousemuir added an eighth when Brown had a shot that was turned in by McDougall.
It was a great afternoon for Stenhousemuir who are rightful champions but credit has to go to the Accies players who kept on trying to play despite the scoreline getting away from them. 


Stenhousemuir BC
Hamilton Accies BC
1. Marc Thomson
2. Fraser Wilcox
3. Adam MacDonald
4. Ross Munro
5. Kai Reed
6. Euan Arthur
8. Callum Wylie
9. Marc Sinclair
10. Keigan McCaffery
11. Luke Crosbie
12. Kyle McDougall
13. Lee Grogan
14. Joshua Brown
15. Calum Churchill
18. Josh Alexander
19. Luke McAlpine
1. Nicholas McNab
2. Lewis Fraser
3. Lewis Baird
4. Ross Duckett
5. Lewis Blane
6. Ross Whitelock
7. Kyle Maxwell
8. Blair Weir
9. Aidan McLaughlin
10. Reece Reddiex
11. Shea Lafferty
13. Ross Fraser
14. Alexander Roach
15. Dylan Ramage
16. Kai Fitzpatrick
17. Rory Fitzpatrick
Star Player
Stenhousemuir BC
Hamilton Accies BC
The player of the match reward went to Kai Reed but I give my star man award to Luke McAlpine who was a constant threat throughout the game in both creating and scoring goals.
Dylan Ramage was perhaps the most positive player on the park for Accies. He showed great determination to get forward and was always trying to get something going for his team.
Magic Moment
Stenhousemuir BC
Hamilton Accies BC
Goal number seven was definitely the best of the lot for Stenhousemuir. Great build up play and a great finish to boot.
It was a difficult game for Accies with not much to celebrate but they can be happy with the achievement of getting to the final. Have no doubt they will come back from this experience stronger.

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