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A local derby is always going to get passions stirred and there were higher stakes here than just bragging rides as two sides from Hamilton tussled to decided who would raise this year’s league cup aloft.
The two evenly matched sides took to the park in their home kits of all black for Caley and red and white hoops for Accies and we were under way on this Sunday morning. Early chances were exchanged as Emily Ferguson did well for Accies to deal with Aleisha Gallagher’s header and at the other end an early shot from distance by Chloe Blair was well saved.
The breakthrough would come soon after as the girls in black broke up the park and Charmagne O’Donnell’s snapshot ricocheted off her teammate Danya Devine to rest in the back of the net giving her side an unexpected advantage.
Although within a minute parity had been restored when Accies broke straight from the restart and Rhegan Beattie laid the ball up for Megan Quigley who calmly stroked home to make it 1-1.
Saffron McLean then tried her luck from distance a couple of times but her first effort was saved and her second cleared off the line as Caley failed to turn their pressure into goals we went into the interval level.
Half Time: Hamilton Accies WFC 1-1 Hamilton Caledonian Girls
The second half started the way the first had ended with Accies on the back foot and they conceded an early corner. From that set piece the biggest moment of controversy would arise as the ball was swung in the resultant header saw Ferguson take the full force in the face and go down dazed, calls for the match to be halted went unheeded and Devine pounced for her second in opportunistic fashion.
Jodie Mullen was the first to try to redress the balance with an effort from the edge of the area and soon after Morgan McCafferty tried her luck but neither was able to draw their side level before Blair hit an absolute screamer that hit the bar that seemed to leave both the frame of goal and the Caley defence shaking.
It was looking like a day for heroes and no one was putting in a more heroic performance than Devine as, yet again, she was able to pounce on a rebound after McLearn's effort from the halfway line had stung the palms of Ferguson and swept home the resulting loose ball to make it 3-1 and complete her hat-trick.
A late and spectacular effort from Maxine Simpson reduced her side’s deficit to one as she smashed the ball over the keeper from distance but it wasn’t enough to haul her side back into it, soon after the referee blew for time and it would be the black half of Hamilton celebrating tonight.
Full Time: Hamilton Accies WFC 2-3 Hamilton Caledonian Girls