The opening minutes flew by with both sides trying to sound the other out by seeing if they could expose any early gaps. Both defences held strong as neither side wanted to give their opposition an early advantage. As the weather settled both sides began to bring the ball down and
A lofted free kick found Kilstyh’s Thomas McLaughlin unmarked in the box although he was caught unaware by the flight of the ball and his effort sailed harmlessly towards goal.
Peter Gribbon had the best early opportunity 10 minutes in when the ball broke to him on the right hand side of the Hamilton box but his volley from distance was just over the Caley crossbar.
Despite Kilsyth’s early possession, Caley looked to make opportunities of their own and some nice interplay in the middle of the park should have resulted in more. Ryan Jamieson showed a delightful range of passing trying on a number of occasions to release H5 inside opposition fullback Mitchell Taylor.
Neither side could really make the breakthrough with both defences looking more than up to the challenge.
Jonathan Aitken almost made himself a golden opportunity to put Kilsyth in the lead when a low pass from Andrew McNaulty allowed him to turn Christian Machina but his first touch was just too heavy and was cleared for a corner.
Kieran Mulvanney created a half chance when he picked the ball up wide on the right and found half a yard to get a hot away. Fortunately for Ryan Anderson in the Kilsyth goal, it was screwed wide of his right hand post.
As the half wore on, Hamilton began to take more control of the game, limiting Kilsyth to long balls and keeping them penned in their own half.
Kilsyth almost scored against the run of play when Jamie McLaughlin worked hard to pick up a loose ball wide on the left and play a perfectly weighted pass to McNaulty which the midfielder couldn’t quite get out from under his feet. The ball was only cleared as far as Gribbin who tried his luck from distance but it came to nothing.
Hamilton’s Andrew Brown nearly broke the deadlock when a flick on from Dillon McCreath found its way to the striker but his effort looped just over the bar.
Kilsyth went straight up the park and almost scored themselves when K3 fired straight at the keeper when he should have really opened the scoring.
Mark Drummond of Hamilton Caley nearly had his cup final moment when his 35 yard strike went inches wide of the right hand post, eliciting a massive ‘oooh’ from the watching crowd.