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Accies impress with Scottish Cup win over EK

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Hamilton Accies WGFC
EK Girls
17s SWF Scottish Youth Cup
27 April 2014
Ahead of today's first round of the Scottish Cup game with Hamilton Accies 17s girls vs Ek thistle 17s girls the game got off to a strong start with both teams evenly matched, with Hamilton Accies threatening from the starting whistle for the first half hour.
The break-through finally came from the Hamilton side with the first goal coming from Lori Gardner. The ball was slipped through the EK defensive from a strong pass from Abbi McDonald giving Hamilton accies the lead of 1-0, with Hamilton threatening even more after the first goal with all the possession being played in the EK Thistle half.
Accies scored a second goal from Carrah McConnell with great link up play starting with a strong outburst run from hamiltons central midfielder Courtney Keary from the right side creating space for Abbi McDonald to play a through ball through for striker Gardner to put a ball in from the right hand side for McConnell to get on top of the keeper to bag accies a second goal and put Hamilton up 2-0.
With six minutes to play EK had an outburst from there striker but was put to a stop by Hamilton's keeper Lauren Bullock.
Half Time: Hamilton Accies 2-0 EK Girls
The second half got well underway with the teams both starting strong again, accies continued to put pressure on the opposition as they had various shots on target, ek looked to get back into the game with a cross that was stopped again from hamiltons goalkeeper.
With 10 minutes to play Hamilton were awarded a corner took by centre mid Laura Gallen, this saw the ball rebounding back to her for another attempt on goal which lead to a a strong shot rebounding off EK's defender and into the net, putting Hamilton up 3-0.
Soon after the full time whistle went to guarantee Hamilton's win and to put them into the second round of the Scottish Cup. Player of the match being awarded to team captain Laura Gallen.
Full Time: Hamilton Accies 3-0 EK Girls
Hamilton accies players Courtney Keary and Abbi McDonald were asked about today's game.
Courtney said: "Today's win meant lots to me and my team and were so happy to be through to the second round. Our whole team have been looking forward to this game and have been working hard as a team at training to prepare for it, All players gave more than 100 percent today and showed who wanted it more I'm so happy as we have not had much luck this season. I hope we have a good cup run because if we play the good football I know we can we have a really good chance this year and with all the hard work from hard working coaches Stewart and Alan at training we couldn't do it without them edging us on every week."
Abbi commented: "It was great getting a win today in the cup, as we have previously came from a few defeats in the league so it was great to regain some confidence and i thought the girls were excellent today and all gave 110%. We all wanted to give something back to coaches Stewart and Alan for they're time and effort they both put into the team, we have looked forward to this game and to get the result we worked so hard for is a great feeling and it is great seeing smiles back on the faces of my team-mates."
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