Hamilton Accies make it four in a row
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
Left: The three Oban boys who play for Dumbarton: From left to right, Lewis Campbell, 13, Lennon Campbell 13, and Cameron Hill, 13.
Action from the opening game of the tournament between Oban
Saints and Fort William. The game ended in a 0- 0 draw
St Mirren’s Ben Cameron, 13, was voted player of the tournament.
Rory Dowd, 13, was voted Oban Saints player of the tournament.