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Accies brush past Hoops to book semi final berth

The Celtic BC Green & White 1

Mulligan 62

Hamilton Accies BC 2

Thomson 56, Douglas 66
  • Saturday, 08 February 2014
  • Toryglen Football Centre
  • Under 15´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - R5

Alisdair Morrison | YFS West Region Journalist

Hamilton Accies Boys Club booked their place in the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup Semi-Finals with a well organised but narrow win over Celtic Boys Club Green & White on Saturday.
This rescheduled fixture took place in the miserable conditions of wind and rain and luckily for everyone involved, it was played on the fantastic artificial surface of Toryglen. 
Celtic got the game underway playing into the wind and it proved to have an effect on the first half proceedings. 
Hamilton started bright and never really looked back from then on.
Some nice passing from the Accies led to a half chance for striker David Thomson early on, but his powerful drive flew just wide.
Hamilton came at Celtic again soon after and this time it was Thomson's turn to set up a chance for fellow forward Callum Douglas. Better defending this time from Celtic though, and beanpole defender Jamie Mulligan did well to get a foot in and clear the danger.
Fraser McLennan did well not long after to win the ball for Hamilton after his persistence paid off, though his effort at goal was high, wide and not-so-handsome in the end.
Celtic had their first real chance of the match at around the 20 minute mark after winning a free-kick just outside the Hamilton box. Jamie Mulligan saw a very decent effort smothered well by Accies 'keeper Jordan Pettigrew though.
Hamilton hit the crossbar from a corner shortly after. Midfielder Connor Smith's delivery proved a real danger to the Celtic goal but some good defending saw the ball cleared away, only for Dean Burton's looping volley to come off the back of the crossbar.
The wind was proving to be a real nuisance for the Celtic defence, with many of their clearances ending up swirling back towards them. 
The last chance of the first half fell to Celtic's Lewis Mooney, who fairly pinged the ball towards goal only for it to veer off target at the last second.
  • Half Time:
  • The Celtic BC Green & White
  • 0-0
  • Hamilton Accies BC
Hamilton got the second half underway, and straight away looked like carrying on where they left off.
Callum Douglas was put through on goal again by strike partner David Thomson, and when the forward was brought down by Celtic 'keeper Sean Baxter, many around the pitch were calling for the red card.
Fortunately for Baxter, the referee deemed the foul as only a yellow card.
From the resulting free-kick, right-back Dean Burton fired a low drive whistling just past the bottom left post.
Hamilton should have found themselves a goal up for definite when Connor Burns had a free header from another wonderful corner by Connor Smith. Burns could only head just wide, though it's doubtful whether the midfielder expected the ball to find it's way straight through to him.
Celtic carved out a good opportunity at the other end with Lewis Cameron also nodding the ball narrowly past the post from a nice ball in by Anthony Coutts.
Hamilton finally broke the deadlock and frontman David Thomson got a well-deserved goal after some brilliant pressing play.
Thomson tore around the Celtic defence like a terrier, putting pressure on the defenders and eventually winning the ball. After doing so, some nice footwork and a clever touch to the side created the angle for a deadly effort high into the top left corner. 
Celtic found themselves back level after winning a penalty only minutes later.
Lewis Cameron was brought down in the box and Jamie Mulligan stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way, slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.
Celtic couldn't consolidate and capitalise on the leveller though, and we saw the third goal goal in ten minutes soon after their goal.
Callum Douglas got the goal this time, slotting past Sean Baxter and sending the Accies into dreamland.
After that, it was just a case of keep-ball for Hamilton.
They ended the match just as they started it though, creating yet another chance to extend the lead. A lovely one-two between Fraser McLennan and David Thomson saw Thomson shoot just wide for what felt like the hundredth time in the game.
The Accies fully deserved to book their place in the Semis and should be one to watch on the road to Airdrie. 
  • Full Time:
  • The Celtic BC Green & White
  • 1-2
  • Hamilton Accies BC


The Celtic BC Green & White
Hamilton Accies BC

1. Sean Baxter
2. Thomas McGuigan
3. Micheal McLaughlin
4. Fraser Cooper
5. Jamie Mulligan
6. Stephen McVey
7. Regan Talbot
8. Nathan McGarvey
9. Cameron Cassey
10. Anthony Coutts
11. Ryan Love
12. Shaun McCourt
14. Lewis Cameron
15. William Charters
16. Steven O'Hare
17. Adam Williamson

1. Jordan Pettigrew
2. Dean Burton
3. Jack Linden
4. John Rowan
5. Adam McKeown
8. Lewis Mooney
9. David Thomson
11. Callum Douglas
12. Nathan McKenna
14. Connor Burns
15. Bradley Seaton
16. Robert Griffiths
17. Fraser McLennan
18. Connor Smith

Star Player
The Celtic BC Green & White
Hamilton Accies BC
Jamie Mulligan did well in defence and through his aerial threat and set-pieces was at the heart of most of what was good about his team's performance.
David Thomson deserves the plaudits for his terrific performance up front for the Accies, running the Celtic defence ragged at times and could've had a hat full of goals. Notable mention goes to midfielder Connor Burns for a solid display in midfield.
Magic Moment
The Celtic BC Green & White
Hamilton Accies BC
Thomson's fine goal to put Hamilton one up was a real moment of genius.
Mulligan's early free-kick in the first half was a fine effort and produced a good save.
Club Views
The Celtic BC Green & White
Hamilton Accies BC
Toby Murray, coach of Celtic BC G&W, said: "We knew we had a tough match ahead, and in the end it was the correct result."
The coach of Hamilton Accies said: "We were prepared to face a tough physical test as the Celtic boys are all pretty big and strong. Delighted with result."
  • Match report and photos copyright Youth Football Scotland.
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