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The match between Gow Valley and Hamilton Accies at Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld required extra time and a fantastic goal to separate the two sides. The winner came in the first period of extra time from Daniel Wilson, who started the game on the Bench.
This game had all the makings of a classic. Valley of Lesmahagow had already wrapped up the Lanarkshire FDA title and Hamilton Accies are staging a remarkable assault on the Cumbernauld & Kilsyth DYL top flight, clawing back a deficit which has sees them hold five games in hand on title rivals. It was too close to call on paper and on this occasion, the match was true to the form book.
Both sides should be credited for giving absolutely everything. The game was one which was competitive but fair throughout and it seemed for a long spell wont penalties would be required to settle the game.
Kieran Craw and Jordan Pettigrew the two goalkeepers were in inspired form and evidence of this could be seen from early in the game. Pettigrew saved well from both Scott Thomson and Jack Macdonald as Gow tried to get the breakthrough in the first half.
Half Time: Gow Valley 0-0 Hamilton Accies BC
Craw in the Gow goal, pulled off a great save from his own teammate in the early stages of the second half. He dived to his left as Dylan Hollands attempted clearence headed towards the corner.
Jamie Macdonald had a chance for Gow at the other end soon after but his strike from a free kick smashed into the Accies wall.
With minutes of normal time remaining Craw made a series of simply fantastic saves. With Hamilton bodies in the area Craw made his first block from close range and blocked the rebound superbly, the ball still alive, was now almost on the line and again Craw blocked and kept his side in the match.
Full Time: Gow Valley 0-0 Hamilton Accies BC
Extra time was similar to the action in normal time, both sides desperately trying to breakthrough but they were simply cancelling each other out. That was until substitute Wilson had his say. He picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and set himself. What followed was superb. His right footed shot sailed into the left side of the goal. Pettigrew had no chance. Gow were now in front and actually looked like they may add to their lead. Wilson came close again but this time his shot went wide.
Hamilton pushed and pressed in the second period of time but Gow seen the final out expertly. They kept possessimail only in the Hamilton half and towards the end kept the ball in the corner to frustrate their opponents.
The Gow Valley lads celebrated as the final whistle went and were obviously thrilled when the cup was handed over.
Full Time: Gow Valley 1-0 Hamilton Accies BC