Accies media team website reporter Mark Gillespie was at Almondvale on Saturday…
at Almondvale Stadium, Livingston
Saturday 12th September 2020, kick off 3pm
Livingston 1 Hamilton Academical 2
Kyle Munro’s winner in his first senior Accies start brought a second away win on the bounce to leave us in ninth spot after the weekend games. Just as at Fir Park Accies finished this one on top, with a goal five minutes from the end the difference.
We had fought back having fallen behind inside the opening 30 seconds to ex Accie Scott Pittman’s goal. David Templeton’s craft helped turn the tide, levelling on the hour before setting up the 18 year old Accies Academy player to powerfully head home the winner.
Brian Rice says it’s no less than his side deserve from what has been a tough venue for every team in recent seasons.
“To come to Livingston is always very, very difficult, but I don’t think anybody could complain about us winning the match.”
“The first half was very even, but I thought in the second half we were the better team. We got better as the game went on. We had confidence at half time that we could go out and get something from the game.”
“David Templeton’s a match winner. You saw that today with his goal and assist. He changes games and we just need to keep him fit. He also needs others working around him. The effort we got today is just normal for a Hamilton team.”
“It’s a day Kyle will never forget. It’s fantastic to score a winning goal, but even more on your full league debut. He was at Clydebank on loan last year and great credit to them, they worked away with him. He’s got a cannon of a left foot and I know he can head the ball.”
Both of the goal scorers were changes to the line up from a fortnight ago. All in all, there were four new faces, with David Moyo coming in and Will Collar making his first start of the new season. In Scott McMann’s absence through suspension, Shaun Want captained the side for the first time.
Our opponents made just the one change from last time out with Lawson replacing Sibbald in Gary Holt’s line up, as they went for a second straight win.
It looked ominous after just 29 seconds, as Lokotsch went on a first run into the Accies box. The Accies captain for the day got to his low cross from the left alongside Scott Pitman and the ball ended up in the net.
It set us up for an end to end contest. Accies regrouped and responded, with early sights of goal for Templeton off target. Moyo was almost on to a stray Ambrose back pass on 11 minutes, McCrorie quick off his line to block the effort.
Templeton was soon finding the target on 34 minutes from the edge of the box, McCrorie down to save. Three minutes later an audacious effort from over halfway almost caught the Livingston ‘keeper off his line but sailed wide of the post.
It might have been a different second half had the home side converted a few chances of their own in the first 45. Marvin Bartley headed tamely at Fulton inside the box on 22 minutes, with the Accies ‘keeper tipping away an Alan Forrest effort five minutes from the interval
Accies would make them pay as they took a grip in the second half. The front men were linking the play and Templeton finding pockets of space in behind. We were deservedly level on 57 minutes. After Odoffin headed Reegan Mimnaugh’s corner off the post, Templeton was quickest to react and fire the rebound low past McCrorie.
But the points were still in balance. Livingston continued to pose a danger from the right flank, Devlin 9another ex Accies youth) getting to the bye line on a few occasions but unable to pick out a killer ball.
The Accies defence cut out another cross on 61 minutes, with Holt blasting the rebound well over the bar. Neither side was settling for the point, with Templeton just inches away with a 25 yarder a few minutes later.
The post came to Accies’ rescue on 77 minutes, as sub Craig Sibbald nodded down for Pitman in the box. The ex Accie had time to set himself, but went for power over precision, and the Accies defence cleared the danger.
A point from West Lothian would have been no disaster, but Munro was to be the late hero unmarked at the back post to head Templeton’s free kick into McCrorie’s far corner five minutes from time.
Livingston: McCrorie, Devlin, Ambrose, Guthrie, Serrano, Forrest, Bartley, Pittman, Holt (Sibbald,62), Lokotsch (Tiffoney, 62) , Robinson (Kouider-Aissa, 85) ; Subs Unused: Srtyjek, Taylor-Sinclair, Lawson, Crawford, McMillan, Poplatnik
Goal: Pittman, 29 seconds
Booking: Holt, 14, Guthrie, 83
Accies; Fulton, Odoffin, Collar (Trafford 82), Martin, Ogkmpoe (Winter, 76), Templeton (Fjortoft 85), Want (c), Mimnaugh, Moyo, Munro, Callachan; Subs Unused: Gourlay, Hamilton, C Smith, Meikle, Owalabi, Johnson
Goal: Templeton, 56, Munro, 84
Bookings: Templeton, 50, Mimnaugh, 68
Referee: Don Robertson; Assistants:Frankie Connor & Alastair Mather; 4th Official: Colin Steven