Hamil­ton Ac­cies make it four in a row

The Oban Times - - Sport - DAVID MCPHEE editor@oban­times.co.uk

HAMIL­TON ACA­DEM­I­CAL re­tained their ti­tle at the pres­ti­gious Oban Saints un­der 14s youth tour­na­ment last Sun­day, mak­ing it four wins in four years for the pro youth side.

Hamil­ton pro­gressed through the en­tire round-robin-style tour­na­ment with­out los­ing a game for the sec­ond year in a row.

Join­ing Hamil­ton were hosts, Oban Saints, and their lo­cal ri­vals, Fort Wil­liam, along­side other pro youth teams, Dum­bar­ton, St Mir­ren and St John­stone.

Hamil­ton coach, Paul Friar said: ‘The boys were tremen­dous. I think a lot of that has to do with the per­for­mance en­vi­ron­ment that we have.

‘The tour­na­ment it­self was fan­tas­tic and well run. The parks are ex­cel­lent and the back­drops are great. The boys love com­ing up to Oban.

‘My only crit­i­cism would be the weather.’

Oban Saints picked up just one point from their five games, draw­ing their first game 0- 0 with Fort Wil­liam. How­ever, they did man­age to do what most teams couldn’t and scored against Hamil­ton, who only let in two goals all tour­na­ment.

Dum­bar­ton had three lo­cal boys in their squad, Cameron Hill, Len­non Camp­bell and Lewis Camp­bell, with Cameron and Len­non scor­ing both of Dum­bar­ton’s goals against Saints in their 2- 0 vic­tory over them.

Alan Macleod, chair­man of Oban Saints YFC, said: ‘The tour­na­ment went re­ally well. There was a great spirit about it and the level of football played was ex­cel­lent.’

Oban Saints YFC ended the event, which took place at the Oban Lorne Rugby Club, thank­ing their spon­sors, Oban Join­ery Ser­vices and the Royal Ho­tel, Ian Hay and the Ar­gyll and Bute ground staff, all the vol­un­teers at Oban Saints YFC and the three ref­er­ees - John Scott, David Dun­lop and Jimmy Lit­ster.

Re­sults: Oban Saints 0, Fort Wil­liam 0. Hamil­ton 4, St John­stone 1. St Mir­ren 0, Dum­bar­ton, 0.

Oban Saints 0, Dum­bar­ton 2. Fort Wil­liam 0, St Mir­ren 2. Dum­bar­ton 2, St John­stone 0.

Oban Saints 1, Hamil­ton 4. Hamil­ton 0, St Mir­ren 0. St John­stone 2, Fort Wil­liam 4.

Oban Saints 0, St Mir­ren 3. Dum­bar­ton 0, Fort Wil­liam 1. Dum­bar­ton 0, Hamit­lon 3.

St John­stone 4, Oban Saints 0. St Mir­ren 3, St John­stone 0. Fort Wil­liam 0 Hamil­ton 3.

Above: Hamil­ton Ac­cies, the over­all win­ners of the tour­na­ment, celebrate as Rhys Casci, 13, from Ar­dr­ishaig, lifts the

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Left: The three Oban boys who play for Dum­bar­ton: From left to right, Lewis Camp­bell, 13, Len­non Camp­bell 13, and Cameron Hill, 13.

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Ac­tion from the open­ing game of the tour­na­ment be­tween Oban

Saints and Fort Wil­liam. The game ended in a 0- 0 draw

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St Mir­ren’s Ben Cameron, 13, was voted player of the tour­na­ment.

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Rory Dowd, 13, was voted Oban Saints player of the tour­na­ment.

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