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It was a good thing the Girls League Cup final between Tass Thistle and Hamilton Academical under 13s took place indoors because the rain at Toryglen refused to quit.
Before kick-off both teams were raring to go and the fans up in the stand showed their support by continuing their chants throughout the game.
When the whistle blew at kick-off, Hamilton Accies wasted no time in setting the pace of the game. Chloe Muir was quick off the mark with a couple of dangerous runs down the left wing, causing Thistle some problems early on. After only three minutes, her shot from the left was deflected off the bar by Thistle’s keeper Clara Pollock; a sign of things to come.
However, Tass Thistle didn’t sit back and welcome the pressure; they continued to push on looking for a chance of their own. It came just after eight minutes when a pass from the left fell to Melissa Pirrie, only for her low drive to be deflected off the keepers shins.
The first 10 minutes was end to end football, with both teams having a number of chances, and the only thing standing in their way of taking the lead was a solid performance from each keeper.
The teams were finally separated after 12 minutes when Chloe Muir’s cross from the left fell to team mate Morgan McCafferty who slotted it nicely into the bottom left corner to make it 1-0 to Accies.
It is clear that Muir was hungry for a goal after a number of great runs down the left wing led to a couple of powerful strikes at goal. Her effort was highlighted by a skilful turn on to her right foot, but only for it to be sent wide.
But it was Accies number 10 Morgan McCafferty who once again capitalised on her chance after 16 minutes. Her quick feet saw her dribble past three defenders to slot it easily into the bottom right corner.
Possession seemed equal at this point in the game but it was Hamilton who continued to test the opposition’s keeper.
Accies Jodie Mullen decided to take a chance at goal from the half-way line when the ball fell to her with plenty of space to shoot but the ball was sent wide. It is clear the side were desperate to put this game to bed early on.
Tass Thistle had a chance to grab back a goal after 27 minutes when Melissa Pirrie’s shot from the right wing was saved by the keeper only to fall to the feet of Amy Cox who subsequently smashed the ball over the bar. A great opportunity for Thistle to get back in the game.
Unfortunately it was Hamilton who were to grab another goal to extent their lead to 3-0. A perfect pass in from the left was met by a dramatic bundle for the ball by Accies’ Hannah Scott, two defenderes and the goalkeeper. At this point the crowd were on the edge of their seats as the ball somehow made its way out of the group of players to trickle over the line.
Half Time: Hamiton Academical 3-0 Tass Thistle
The game continued in the same manner with Hamilton Accies looking most threatening in front of goal. Two minutes into the second half Hannah Scott’s shot was deflected out to team-mate Chloe Blair who looked set to score but Thistle’s Naeve Wilson was on hand to clear it off the line.
Melissa Pirrie was once again in the limelight for Thistle after 35 minutes as she made an amazing run down the right wing but as defenders gradually surrounded the winger, she could not capitalise on her shot.
Thistle showed great skill once again when Amy Cox’s pass inside found teammate Shannon Black but the shot provided an easy save for the keeper.
Hamilton Academical seemed to slow down midway through the second half as Thistle’s chances of scoring looked increasingly likely but unfortunately they couldn’t capitalise on their numerous chances.
The 55th minute saw Thistle’s Melissa Pirrie goal hit the post which accurately summed up the match for the side in blue and yellow.
The game was finally rounded off in the 59th minute when Hamilton netted once again. Rhegan Beattie’s pass from out on the left found Chloe Blair; her low drive of the ball hard slipped passed the keeper and into the bottom right corner.
Full Time: Hamiton Academical 4-0 Tass Thistle