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Five star Accies put Rovers to the sword in national final

Hamilton Accies BC 5

Smith 14, Burton 21, 55, Douglas 66, Duffy 71

Westwood Rovers 0

  • Sunday, 25 May 2014
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie
  • Under 15´s
  • TWS Scottish Youth FA Cup - Final

James Black | YFS Central Region Journalist
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A big crowd at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium were treated to a fantastic cup clash between Hamilton Accies BC and Westwood Rovers in the final of the Trans World Soccer Scottish Youth FA Cup. The two local rivals took to the field in an electric atmosphere, with the cup destined to stay in Lanarkshire.
Neither side could take control of the match in the early goings as both midfield cancelled each other out. Greg Kelly had the first real chance when his first time strike from distance was held well by Jordan Pettigrew in the Accies goal. 
Fraser Turner made his bow early in the match due to an unfortunate injury to Jordan Hutchison. 
Connor Smith opened the scoring directly from a corner kick, with Westwood keeper unable to keep out the inswinger.
David Thompson almost made it two when his low shot was dragged across the penalty area and Smith and Connor Burns couldn’t quite reach it to divert it home.
Thompson’s hard work on the left hand side of the area created a great opportunity for Dean Burton who rolled it home to make it 2-0 Accies with just over 20 minutes gone. 
Westwood gradually started to get themselves into the tie and created a few chances but couldn’t get anything from Accies defence.
Charlie Stenskie had Westwood’s best opportunity of the first half when his free kick from distance was well held by Pettigrew.
A delightful flick on by Burton found Thompson but Oisin Owens done well to take the ball and clear the danger.
Picken done well to stop Thompsons strike from 12 yards after he showed fantastic strength to hold off his marker and get his shot away.
Hamilton’s Thompson had a speculative attempt from nearly 40 yards which was held well by Picken as Accies ran the clock down to the break.
  • Half Time:
  • Hamilton Accies BC
  • 2-0
  • Westwood Rovers
Hamilton started the second half looking to further their advantage with Sean McGuinness and Evan Duffy both looking lively in the early moments of the half.
Charlie Stenskie could have got one back for Westwood Rovers but he couldn’t quite get on the end of Mark Dornan’s teasing cross.
Duffy thought he had made it 3-0 when he turned and finished expertly in the box but it was adjudged to have been offside. 
Westwood’s William Whitecross does well to create some space for himself at the edge of the area but instead of seeking out a teammate he decided to go himself and screws his shot wide of the right hand post. Whitecross found himself involved again when he won a free kick 25 yards from goal after being dragged down. Josh Cochrane took the resulting free kick but drove it into the wall. 
Callum Douglas almost caught out Oisin Owens when he hesitated under a high ball but he didn’t have enough time to get a good shot away. 
Dean Burton rifled a third home minutes after coming back off the bench. A long ball by Pettigrew was picked up in midfield by Duffy who turned and released Burton inside the full back and the big forward fired it beyond Picken.
Burton almost sealed his hat trick when he was one on one with Picken but his shot was straight down the ‘keepers throat. 
Callum Douglas made it 4-0 and sealed victory for Accies when he rounded substitute keeper Simon Fish and rolled the ball home. 
Burton drove purposefully down the right hand side, played the ball into Evan Duffy who finished with great aplomb. 5-0 Hamilton and game over.
It was a quite spectacular performance from an Accies side who most definitely saved the best to last, in their tremendous Scottish Cup run. Rovers just couldn't match up with their opponents on the big day, but will look back fondly on a memorable run to the final.
  • Full Time:
  • Hamilton Accies BC
  • 5-0
  • Westwood Rovers


Hamilton Accies BC
Westwood Rovers
1. Jordan Pettigrew
3. Jack Linden
4. John Rowan
5. Adam McKeown
7. Dean Burton
8. Lewis Mooney
9. David Thompson
10. Sean McGuinness
11. Callum Douglas
12. Nathan McKenna
14. Connor Burns
15. Bradley Seaton
16. Robert Griffiths
17. Fraser MacLennan
18. Connor Smith
19. Evan Duffy

Free kicks won: 5
Free kicks conceded: 11
Corners: 3
Shots on target: 10
Shots off target: 7
Headers won: 17
Tackles won: 23
Passes completed: 123
1. Jamie Picken
2. Oisin Owens
6. Jordan Hutchison
7. Matthew Cole
8. Mark Dornan
9. William Whitecross
10. Charlie Stenskie
11. Kieran Douglas
12. Simon Fish
16. Rhys McNicol
17. Josh Cochrane
18. Lewis MacMillan
23. Greg Kelly
24. Fraser Turner
27. Liam Lawson

Free kicks won: 11
Free kicks conceded: 5
Corners: 5
Shots on target: 2
Shots off target: 1
Headers won: 13
Tackles won: 18
Passes completed: 93
Star Player
Hamilton Accies BC
Westwood Rovers
Fraser MacLennan didn't put a foot wrong for Accies, his display on the big stage was majestic.
Lewis Macmillan performed consistently throughout despite his side losing the game. Composed and completed plenty of passes.
Magic Moment
Hamilton Accies BC
Westwood Rovers
Connor Smith’s goal direct from a corner would be a magic moment in any match but to do it in a Scottish Cup Final makes it even more special.
There weren’t many magic moments for the Westwood players although the reception they received from the very vocal Westwood support must have made the players feel 10 feet tall.
Club Views
Hamilton Accies BC
Westwood Rovers

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