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Moorlands come out on top to clinch CKDYL Knockout Cup and treble

Hamilton Accies BC 0

Moorlands FC 4

Clarke, 11 McElhinney, 33 Monaghan, 56 Clarke, 76
  • Sunday, 28 May 2017
  • Broadwood
  • Under 19´s
  • CKDYL Knockout Cup

Moorlands were crowned champions yet again on Sunday after beating Hamilton BC 4-0 to secure their third cup in three weeks. 

You could tell from an early stage that Moorlands were raring for the final and it didn’t take them long to register their first chance as on the second minute tricky winger Aaron McNeil cut in on the inside to beat one defender and curled in a sizzling shot which was saved by Accies goalkeeper Kevin Craw. 

Shortly after that, Moorlands had a header bounce of the post after a cross in was knocked back into the six-yard box by Logan Jackson. 

Ten minutes later, Moorlands right back Aiden McElhinney raced away from deep in his own half, shrugging of a challenge from an oncoming Hamilton defender and provided a fantastic cross into the box, giving Michael Clarke one of the easiest goals he’ll ever score. And with that Moorlands took a deserved 1-0 lead in the CKDYL Knockout Cup Final.

Despite being a goal down, Accies made some threatening attacks. One of these coming from Sean McGuiness after he made a great run down the left wing ,but was consequently brought down by Adam Berry. The resulting free kick was fired straight into the keeper. 

On the 32nd minute it was time for McNeil to create another chance and that’s what he did when he passed the ball to Jack Caldwell who fired a righted footed shot from around 25 yards out on target. However yet again, Craw was on hand to keep Hamilton in the game by making a diving save to his right.

Although Hamilton could not restrain their opposition any longer as from the resulting corner, Moorlands doubled their advantage. An in-swinging corner from McNeil was met with a diving header from McElhinney who turned provider to goal-scorer and gave his side a two goal cushion with just over ten minutes of the half to play.

Hamilton did have a couple of chances before the end of the first half to get one back. The first came when McNeil’s pass back to keeper Graeme Milne was far too short, giving Stuart McIntyre the chance to shoot towards an open, however he was foiled by Berry.

Following this, some good link up play between John Rowan, Dean Burton and McIntyre looked promising for Hamilton, unfortunately this good play went unaccounted for as the linesman ruled Rowan to be offside and with that the referee blew for half time. 


  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Accies BC
  • 0-2
  • Moorlands FC

With Hamilton needing a motivational half time team talk, coach John Rowan decided to take his players out onto the pitch in front of their fans to deliver some words of wisdom. 

The scenes were reminiscent to that of Manchester City v Hull City just over nine years ago when Phil Brown took his side out to try and pick his players up as they were trailing the sky blues 4-0 at the interval. 

The second half kicked off and Moorlands picked up from where the left off as Berry provided a delightful through ball onto Sean Monaghan who teed up Jackson on the edge of the box to take on a shot. Sadly for him, it went just wide of the left hand post. 

Accies then had another opportunity to pull one back after Moorlands keeper Milne dropped the ball giving McIntyre half a chance on goal, but he couldn’t take advantage of the mishap.

Up the other end, another sublime through ball this time Mark McNulty gave McNeil the chance to get to on the score sheet, but his left footed shot went over the bar.

Just after the 50th minute, Moorlands gave themselves a comfortable lead which led Hamilton with little chance of being able to salvage a comeback. 

After a short pass on the left-hand side of the box, Monaghan curled in a wonder goal into the top corner of the net giving Craw no chance.

With the Accies now having a mountain to climb, the manager decided to bring on Lewis Mooney and Cameron Stewart to liven things up for their side. 

Stewart was immediately called into action as he had to clear off the line from a Monaghan shot after Craw made a rare mistake in the box. 

The post was left rattling yet again as on the 70th minute after a corner from Connor Smith was met by Bradley Seaton who was unlucky not to get a consolation goal back for Accies. 

Taking the score-line out of the equation, Hamilton gradually played better in the second half and were getting a lot of joy down the left flank. 

But, with around 15 minutes to play Michael Clarke got his second of the afternoon after he got onto the end of a fantastic through ball from the midlfield to fire Moorlands 4-0 up, leaving Hamilton feeling truly dejected.

The game was then played out with not many chances for either side as Moorlands came out triumphant winners in the end. 

Like Hull in 2008, Hamilton lost out on this occasion. On the other hand, the Tigers went on to draw with the Manchester side 3-3 the following season, so if fate is anything to go by, Accies will be making a comeback. 

  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Accies BC
  • 0-4
  • Moorlands FC


Hamilton Accies BC
Moorlands FC
1. Kevin Craw
2. Sean McGuiness
4. John Rowan
5. Adam McKeown
7. Stuart McIntyre
8. Lewis Mooney
9. David Thomson
10. Cameron Stewart
14. Dylan Craig
15. Bradley Seaton
16. Robert Griffiths
18. Connor Smith
19. Dean Burton
1. Graeme Milne
2. Aiden McElhinney
3. Johnny Carey
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. Johnny Walker
16. Jack Caldwell
17. Cammy Ralston
23. Mark Skelton
Star Player
Hamilton Accies BC
Moorlands FC
Kevin Craw quite rightly earned Man of the Match for the game with a string of some very impressive saves. This include managing to keep out Moorlands winger Aaron McNeil on more than one occasion. A close second for this was Bradley Seaton who looked solid in the middle of the park for the Accies.
Several players could have won this award, but Aaron McNeil was too much to handle for Hamilton from the first whistle throughout. He took on and passed players with ease and his blistering pace made tracking the teenager an almost impossible challenge for Accies. He seemed to be involved with almost all of the attacking play. Moorlands fans showed their appreciation for his hard work as he received a round of applause when he was subbed off two minutes from time.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Accies BC
Moorlands FC
One of these magical saves came in second half as Craw made what seemed to be an impossible instinctive stop after Jack Caldwell shot from long range for Moorlands.
From a Moorlands prospective, the whole match was a joy to watch. Apart from McNeil, Mark Skelton, Adam Berry, Aiden McElhinney and Johnny Walker all put in stellar performances. It truly was a well-earned victory for the boys in red and was a perfect example of a team working very well together. The first goal that kicked off the riot was probably one of their main highlights as that gave them the boost they needed to become champions again.
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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