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Clinical North Motherwell show class to win feisty Lanarkshire derby and secure Central Region Cup

Hamilton Academical 1

Kirkpatrick 47

North Motherwell BC 2

Cogan 25, Davidson 68
  • Sunday, 10 June 2018
  • Ochilview Stadium
  • Under 19´s
  • Central Region Cup

A feisty Central Region Cup final between Hamilton Accies and North Motherwell Boys Club ended in a hard-fought 2-1 win for Motherwell in a heated clash that threatened to spill over in the second half.

It all looked rosy for Motherwell heading into the break after Hayden Cogan fired them into the lead. However, Kai Kirkpatrick notched a fantastic equaliser for Accies in the second half before being sent off for a late challenge with just over 10 minutes remaining.

Motherwell used the one-man advantage to terrific effect, and grabbed a winner through the tireless Dylan Davidson with just over 10 minutes remaining - sending the Motherwell fans into raptures.

Accies actually started the brighter side in the first 5-10 minutes. Kirkpatrick and Reece Reddiex were lively without really creating too much, and Hamilton had a positive vibe about them.

It was Motherwell who created the first opportunity though, as Lewis Falconer's cross into the box was flicked straight to Jake Inglis, who rifled over the bar with a snapshot.

There was an impressive display of passing football from either side in this one, bringing a fresh and very welcome style of football to the contest. Other than the odd loose ball, both sides were hanging onto the ball well when they had it, and it made for an intriguing contest.

Some lovely, passing play saw Rory Fitzpatrick lay off the powerful Lewis Blane. However, despite having a sight of goal for a second, his shot was quickly blocked.

Motherwell started to get used to the balls coming into Fitzpatrick and Reddiex, with Kieran McMahon and Sean Reid not giving Accies a moment on the ball in the final third after the 15 minute mark.

The game then broke into life. A clever run forward from Reddiex saw the ball break to Ross Ruckett. A terrific chance opened up for him, but he could only fire it over with a wasted effort.

Up the other end though and Motherwell stormed into a 25th-minute lead. Ross Brownlee controlled down the left and played a forward pass to Cogan. There didn't look to be too much on for Cogan, but he seamlessly drifted through several players before rifling an effort over Nicholas McNab and into the net.

Accies struggled for a meaningful response, but the opener didn't stop them playing their passing game. Kirkpatrick fired an effort straight at Stuart Robertson as they continued to move it with confidence.

However, the game was largely where Motherwell would've wanted it. They were in control of proceedings without being dominant. A terrific ball from Anton McQuade through to Davidson saw him fire an effort that had to be parried round.

Despite not creating too much before the break, Hamilton should've been level. Kirkpatrick sent a terrific cross into the area for Shea Lafferty who had peeled off his man. Lafferty, though, could only nod straight at Robertson, who reacted superbly to divert it away and keep Motherwell ahead heading into the break.

  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Academical
  • 0-1
  • North Motherwell BC

Motherwell started the second half well, but there wasn't much of a game-plan for either side other than to go for more goals. Davidson clipped an effort wide after latching onto a long ball, whilst on the counter, Lafferty crossed for Fitzpatrick to slam a volley just over.

It was threatening to burst into life again, and it did so as some quality on the counter from Accies had them level. Blaine nipped the ball from Brownlee down the right and sent a low cross that initially seemed to go behind everyone. That was everyone except Kirkpatrick, who took control and curled into the far post.

The match was simmering for several minutes after the equaliser, and an off-the-ball incident had all players at breaking point as the referee had trouble calming things down. Bookings for each side ensued, but that was just the start.

Falconer seemed to have an argument with his team-mates over something that saw the youngster head off the pitch in anger without being sent off or substituted.

And with the game continuing to be on a knife-edge, Kirkpatrick's over-eagerness would have his team up against it. With just under 20 minutes remaining, Kirkpatrick was pulled up for a late challenge that ended with him being sent off. It was tough to see what exactly the red card was for, but there wasn't much protesting from the Accies players.

From there on, it was total Motherwell domination. Lovely combination play between Cogan, McQuade, and Davidson saw Davidson fire a tame effort at goal. However, the youngster wouldn't have much longer to wait to be the hero.

Reddiex was caught in possession for what felt like the first time during the game. The ball then spun the way of Davidson, who darted through on goal and slotted home despite having a defender either side of him. It was terrific composure and a deserved winner for Motherwell.

Davidson came close on two further occasions, with the first seeing him drill wide from an angle, before bursting through with his power only to run into Nicholas McNab.

Accies had their moments on the counter, but they just couldn't get a further sight at Robertson's goal, with North Motherwell seeing the game out to win the Under-15s Central Region Cup.

  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Academical
  • 1-2
  • North Motherwell BC

Lineups

Hamilton Academical
North Motherwell BC
1. Nicholas McNab
2. Lewis Fraser
3. Lewis Baird
4. Ross Duckett
5. Lewis Blane
6. Ross Whitelock
7. Kyle Maxwell
8. Blair Weir
10. Reece Reddiex
11. Shea Lafferty
13. Ross Fraser
14. Alexander Roach
16. Kai Kirkpatrick
17. Rory Fitzpatrick
18. Jobin Jose
1. Stuart Robertson
2. Andrew Ferguson
3. Ross Brownlee
6. Sean Reid
7. Lewis Falconer
8. Jake Inglis
10. Dylan Davidson
11. Hayden Cogan
12. Aiden Hughes
14. Anton McQuade
15. Jack Brown
16. Kieran McMahon
18. Grant Mudd
19. David Cleland
Star Player
Hamilton Academical
North Motherwell BC
Reece Reddiex - Despite giving the ball away which led to the winner, Reddiex had a very polished and impressive display. He rarely gave the ball away and tried his best to lead for his side after going down to 10 men. Really made Hamilton tick going forward, and needed to be helped by his team-mates.
Dylan Davidson - Tireless display from the attacker. Took his big chance with aplomb when through on goal, and really worked the Motherwell defence superbly throughout the contest. As well as his goal, he was a big part in how Motherwell saw this game out with ease, with some great hold-up play and a selfless display.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Academical
North Motherwell BC
The equaliser was clinical and high-quality from Hamilton. A terrific interception from Blane down the right led to the chance, and he showed good awareness to slip the ball behind the defence. Kirkpatrick did well to read it, and send a fantastic strike into the top corner.
Cogan's opener was simply top class. Collecting a pass from Brownlee, he strode forward and looked for options. When he saw none, he grabbed the game and moment by the scruff of the neck and rode forward on a mazy run. It opened up for him after riding several challenges, before looping a terrific strike over the outstretched McNab and in.
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