Today’s game against Forfar in the third round of this season’s ‘Henson Projects Scottish Cup’ was always going to be a tough test Hamilton had a number of key players missing due to injury and unavailability as well as two of their recognised first eleven who were cup tied having played for Celtic in an earlier round.
From almost the first minute of the match Forfar were in control of the midfield and putting Hamilton under pressure and it only took them 10 minutes to open the scoring. A run and cross from the right was not properly cleared and a strike from just outside the box found the top corner to put the visitors one up.
Forfar kept up the pressure with a series of corners and from one of these they doubled their lead. The ball was played in from the right and fell at the feet of the unmarked Forfar captain Gemma Collier who easily slotted it home.
Hamilton roused themselves after this and created a few chances of their own the best of these fell to Ashley McDonald but it was not to be her day in front of goal. Hamilton even had the ball in the net just before half time but it was ruled offside much to the frustration of the players and coaching staff.
Hamilton started the second half trying to get a foothold in the game and spark an unlikely come back but after almost constant pressure on the visitor’s goal and with chances coming and going with no breakthrough it was almost inevitable that Forfar would score again.
With only 10 minutes left a loose pass in midfield and a quick through ball found the Hamilton defence posted missing and a Forfar striker running in on goal to put the game beyond the home side.
Another goal right on the final whistle put the icing on the cake for Forfar and they ran out comfortable winners and move into the Quarter Finals.
Sponsorship deal with B&B Autocare Blantyre
Hamilton Academicals Women and Girls Football Club have announced a partnership with local company B&B Autocare Blantyre.
B&B Autocare Blantyre signed an agreement to fund future projects at the club in a three-year sponsorship deal, the first of its kind for the club.
B&B Autocare Blantyre will be the club champion for the next three years. The deal will see the company be shirt sponsors for all club teams as well as enjoying other benefits the club can offer the company.
Club Chairperson Kevin Keenan is delighted with the deal stating: “It is a great deal for both the club and B&B Autocare. The sponsorship will secure football for many women and girls over the next three years as funding becomes harder to attain in the present financial climate. The club will be able to try new ventures to encourage even more women and girls in our area to play football. I would like to thank Brian Price and Brian Madden for their generosity and I look forward to working with both of them over the coming years”.
Company directors Brian Price and Brian Madden stated: “It’s a new venture for the Women’s Football Club and B&B Autocare Blantyre are also a new venture so we’re happy to be working together”.
Written by James Crilly