Renfrew Victoria booked their place in the SYFA Challenge Cup Final against either Banks O’Dee or Crosshouses after a well taken late strike by Ben Harwood proved to be the difference between these evenly matched sides. At times the match resembled a chess match as the teams strove to gain an advantage over their opponent, both midfields and defences were up to the task and made it very difficult for the other to show any real creativity or produce decent chances on goal.
Hamilton got off to a bright start after only three minutes when Stephen Coupland got hold of the ball twenty five yards out and made a mazy cross field run, beating three players on his way into the Victoria penalty area, his resulting shot from ten yards was well saved by Aaron McKissock.
Accies then had a chance from a free kick thirty yards out, which Declan Moore played the ball into the box for Connor Reid to attempt a shot on goal but McKissock was able to hold and bring under control.
Victoria had a half chance when a ball hit into the Accies box from a free kick was met by the head of Craig Corbett who managed to find a bit of space in the crowded area, the ball going wide of the near post.
A couple minutes later Corbett found himself on the edge of the Hamilton box, managing to keep the ball low his strike was well saved by Stephen Mooney.
Midway through the half Accies had their best attempt of the match, when defender Kieran Reid got himself in position to meet a cross and direct his fearsome header over the crossbar.
Victoria then went on to dominate the rest of the half in terms of chances, Jamie Paterson sent a shot over the cross bar from twenty and another went wide of the post from a similar range.
Corbett had a shot deflected into the path of the Mooney’s arms from fifteen yards out and Paterson went on a nice run into the Hamilton penalty area going past a few defenders before seeing his shot deflected wide for a corner.
Kris Johnston of Hamilton made a strong run in on the Victoria goal and unleashed a shot from twenty yards which McKissock managed to comfortably save.