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Super start fires Accies to cup glory over Killie

Hamilton Accies WFC 3

Welsh , Connor, Kelly

FC Kilmarnock 0

  • Sunday, 15 June 2014
  • Hamilton Palace
  • 15's Girls
  • SWF South West League Cup - Final
Author: Lauren Johnston
Photos: SK Photography
 
Hamilton Accies 15's got their hands on the South West League Cup trophy after a blistering start set them on their way to a 3-0 victory over Kilmarnock. The two sides sit nicely poised in first and second place in the league leaving the eventual winners of the cup to be anybodies guess - it was very difficult to split the sides beforehand reiterated by the 2-2 draw shared between Accies and Killie just two weeks ago.
 
A large support gathered at Hamilton Palace Sports Ground for the eagerly anticipated clash and kick off was imminent. 
 
The Lanarkshire side got the game rolling and with their first attack, found themselves a goal to the good. Rachel Connor latched onto a through ball before tussling with floored Killie centre half, Cobi Welsh. Connor won the ball and quickly turned to fire the ball home into the roof of the net to send the Accies wild. They had the advantage after just two minutes and looked fired up.
 
Kilmarnock struggled to get a foot hold in the game and before they had time to settle, Connor was at it again. The number fifteen gathered the ball before hitting an low right footed effort, across keeper, Kayleigh Davidson and into the back of the net. Accies were firmly in the driving seat but the game was still in its infancy - there was plenty of football to be played yet. 
 
The girls from Ayrshire looked startled as Hamilton continued to look the more likely, despite not creating too many clear cut chances. They moved the ball about with pace and precision, looking fairly comfortable as they looking to further extend their lead. 
 
The first half whizzed by with little drama and few chances of not for either side. Hamilton looked relaxed and content with their well deserved half time lead but Killie would have to up their game in the second half to get back into the game. After 45 minutes, the trophy was heading to the Accies, would it still be come full time?
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Accies WFC
  • 2-0
  • FC Kilmarnock
Killie started the second half much brighter and had numerous chances to get back in the game. Katie Greensmith was starting to cause her opponents trouble as she powered down the wing. It was she who almost gave her team a route back into the match. A poor clearance fell kindly at the wingers feet and with the goal gaping, she just couldn't find the finish she was looking for as Emily Ferguson recovered well to save. 
 
The game was beginning to open up as Killie's second half keeper, Zara Rock was called into action following a Teigan McCann effort before Accies cleared a Ruby Sloss header off the line to preserve their 2-0 lead. 
 
The girls in blue and white then had a glorious opportunity to claw one back and get back into the game with a free kick just outside the box and Ferguson was judged to have handed outside her area. Susan Nairn stepped up to take the free kick but with an air of anticipation surrounding the kick, she dragged her shot wide of the post.
 
Hamilton then found the goal they were looking for to effectively kill the game off courtesy of Nicole Kelly. The substitute picked up the ball in midfield and unleashed an unstoppable strike which left Rock, virtually, helpless. A superb goal to end the game as a contest and ensure the cup belonged to Accies.
 
There was still time for one more chance for Accies as Emma Roberts was unlucky not to make it 4-0. This was to be the last of the game as the final whistle sparked a second pitch invasion of the day. Contrasting emotions for the two sides as Hamilton were jubilant and their counterparts evidently disappointed. 
 
A rapid start to the game allowed Accies to run out winners in this cup final after a dominant first half performance. However, it must be said Killie can be proud of their efforts and could county themselves very unlucky not to have pulled one back on more than one occasion. 
 
Congratulations to both teams for making it to the final and a huge well to the champions Hamilton Accies on a well deserved victory. 
 
A special mention must also go to the crowd as it was a joy to see so many people attend the game. 
 
Well done to all involved. 
 
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Accies WFC
  • 3-0
  • FC Kilmarnock

Lineups

Hamilton Accies WFC
FC Kilmarnock
9. Rhegan Beattie
22. Sophie Louise Calder
16. Jennifer Campbell
11. Emma Colquhoun
15. Rachel Connor
4. Eve Donald
1. Emily Ferguson
20. Jennifer Niamh Hall
10. Rachel Hardie
21. Victoria Kane
19. Nicole Kelly
12. Morgan McCafferty
17. Teigan McCann
18. Emmajai McCreadie
8. Megan Quigley
5. Emma Roberts
2. Emily Shearer
6. Jamie Lee Stewart
1. Kayleigh Davidson
2. Brooke Rawson
3. Lauren Pollock
4. Jenna Gardiner
5. Cobi Welsh
6. Hannah McSorley
7. Katie Greensmith
8. Sophie Davidson
9. Sarah Tait
10. Niamh Deans
11. Ruby Sloss
12. Susan Nairn
13. Briony McCloskey
14. Lucy Smith
15. Morgan Emslie
16. Erin Bingham
17. Zara Rock
18. Cherona Clark
Star Player
Hamilton Accies WFC
FC Kilmarnock
I was very impressed with a number of Accies players but I'll go with Rachel Connor for star player. She worked hard for her side and scored two good goals which got her side off to a flyer.
Brooke Rawson. The tough tackling right back was very hard to beat and competed well throughout the game, turning in a solid performance for her team.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Accies WFC
FC Kilmarnock
Katie Greensmith's lung busting run down the left hand side in the second half was fantastic to watch. She outpaced and out muscled her opponents on her way down the line before sending a cross into the box. Unfortunately for the winger no one was on hand to finish her whizzing cross.
For me, it has to be Nicole Kelly's cup clinching goal. The number 19 picked up the ball and fired home beyond despairing Killie keeper, Zara Rock. It was a goal worthy of killing off the final and a sweet strike from Kelly.
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