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.