Hamilton Accies BC and Gourock YAC met in the second match of the Scottish Youth Champions League 2012. Both sides had watched on as Milngavie and Tass Thistle contested the opening match, aware of the high standard that had been set for both quality of football and competitiveness.
First to try their luck at goal were Gourock, the champions of the Paisley & District YFL. Ross Mackay found space to carve out a shout, but his effort was comfortably saved by Jordan Pettigrew, down to the goalkeeper's left.
Following the early scare Accies then started to dictate play. Evan Duffy saw an ambitious shot from range well held by Kieran Devlin in the Gourock goal.
The opener wasn't far away. Gourock were unable to clear fully and Paul Rankin slammed home a low shot to put his side in front.
The momentum continued and just 2 minutes later the lead had been doubled. Daniel Queen played a pefectly weighted through pass from the right back position, into the path of Duffy. The livewire Hamilton forward raced onto the ball, won the race with the onrushing goalkeeper, and slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
Further chances fell the way of Queen and David Thomson in the closing stages of the half, but the scoreline remained 2-0 at the interval.
Half Time: Hamilton Accies BC Under 14's 2-0 Gourock YAC U14's
Once again Gourock came out of the blocks with purpose and had an attempt on goal inside the first 60 seconds of the half. Jack Purdue had a couple of bites of the cherry but he was unable to force the ball past Pettigrew, who was a real presence in the Accies goal.
Following the pattern of the first half, Accies gradually asserted their dominance. The South Lanarkshire side's players were all comfortable on the ball and with the matches shorter in length keeping possession was king. It was frustrating for Gourock, who worked so hard off the ball, but found little joy on the rare occassions they did.
Thomson was covering a great deal of ground for Hamilton and it was he who was next to have a shot at adding to his side's tally. The tall forward picked the ball up on the edge of the box, created half a yard of space, and curled the ball inches beyond the top right hand corner.
Another free following Accies move then resulted in another Thomson near miss. The ball was worked to Duffy, who had drifted over to the right hand side. The cross was a good one but the goalscoring touch eluded Thomson once again, with his header clearing the crossbar.
The final minutes were played out with Gourock doing their best to try and salvage at least a consolation, but struggling to make any inroads into the brick wall of yellow and blue which was the Hamilton defence.
As the game came to a close, Hamilton Accies celebrated a job well done. In a tournament such as this, where you only have three matches, a good start can make the world of difference.
For Accies they knew one more win would virtually assure them a play in the final. Gourock on the other hand had an uphill task putting themselves back into contention. However, it was still all to play for.
Full Time: Hamilton Accies BC Under 14's 2-0 Gourock YAC U14's