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Monday, 28 May 2012 01:25

Accies improve but Hoops progress to final

Written by  Jim Erwin
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Hamilton Academical Under 17 Girls
Celtic FC Under 17 Girls
Competition: SWF South West/West League Cup - Semi Final
Venue: Jock Stein Centre
Date: 28/05/2012
Hamilton Academical hosted Celtic in the semi finals of the League Cup for teams in the South West/West section of the Under 17s age group.
Accies found themselves up against it in this last four tie.  Celtic started strongly and although Hamilton passed up some guilt edged first half opportunties the balance of play seen Celtic deservedly take a 3-0 lead into half time.  
Accies made changes in the second half and full credit to the substitutions who gave fresh impetus and made an impact in not allowing Celtic to have it all their own way.  
In the searing heat it would have been all too easy to roll over and die.  However Accies keeper Rachel White produced some fantastic saves and Accies started asking more questions of the Celtic defence.  
Accies pulled goals back through a Stephanie Thomson penalty which she drilled down the middle after Carolina Richardson was fouled after a super run.  Carolina also got her name on the score sheet driving past two Celtic defenders before unleashing an unstoppable effort into the top corner. 
Accies had other chances however they were not proving as Clinical as Celtic at the other end as they were cutting open the Accies defence all too easily on occasions.  
Accies Manager Jim Erwin summed up proceedings 'Its always disappointing to go out a cup competition so close to the final.  We have to give credit to the opposition as they played excellently today and although we certainly raised our game in the second half and some outstanding contributions from Hannah Preston, Angela Lamont and Deborah McLeod it wasnt to be enough."  
He continued: "Fitness and sharpness plays a key part in the conditions today and Celtic always had that edge from the first whistle, we certainly competed better in the second half with Hannah Preston, Nicole Mooney and Hannah O'Keane all making an impact and it was also blow to us to lose Tagan Lawson so early. However it will take a big performance from the other semi finalists to stop Celtic from lifting the trophy on today's showing."
Full Time: Hamilton Academical Under 17 Girls 2-6 Celtic FC Under 17 Girls
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