Two goals in three first half minutes from Scott Ross were enough to lead Cumbernauld Colts to victory over Hamilton Accies BC, despite a late David Buchanan penalty for the away side in a tightly contested CSFA A League clash.
Colts started the brighter and made their pressure count with five minutes on the clock. A corner by Daniel McKendrick wasn't fully cleared by the Hamilton defence and Scott Ross capitalised and fired the ball home to give his side an early lead.
Colts then doubled their advantage just three minutes later. Another McKendrick corner fell to the feet of Ross who did well to control the ball in a crowded penalty area and got his shot off, which was superbly tipped onto the bar by Hamilton keeper Dylan Quinn, unfortunately for him the ball still found its way into the net.
Hamilton were pushing to get into the game and their first chance came from a set-piece 25-yards from goal. Leo Hannah stepped up, but his effort whistled over the crossbar.
The home side then had a chance to make it 3-0 from the penalty spot on 17 minutes. Great work on the left wing by Bradley Benton to play a through ball into the penalty area for the on running Cameron Smyth who was brought down before he could get a shot on goal. Scott Ross stepped up with an opportunity for his hat-trick, but he was denied by Quinn, down to his left-hand side the keeper produced a fantastic save to keep his side in the game.
Colts were pushing for a third goal before half time. Great work in midfield from Kyle Stuart as he held off his marker and played a great pass through for Pierce Egan, who darted through on goal, but he was well closed down Quinn who closed the angle and made a great save.
Hamilton were finishing the first half well and pushing for a way back into the match, but Colts' centre-back pairing of Angus Paterson and Samuel McLaren were very organised in keeping Hamilton at bay.