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It’s a Winter-ful Life: Inverness 1 – 2 Hamilton

Hamilton Accies mounted an incredible comeback to beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the highlands.

Cameron Harper fired home a Billy Mckay cut-back to put Caley in front after an hour devoid of many clear-cut chances.

Accies searched for an equaliser and finally found the back of the net when David Moyo rose highest to head home Reegan Mimnaugh’s cross.

Stuart Taylor’s side pushed for the winner, which would eventually come through the head of Andy Winter – making his first appearance since February after returning from injury.

The result consolidates Accies place in sixth, whilst Caley fall off the top of the table.

Kyle Munro returned to the starting XI on an afternoon which thankfully didn’t fall foul of the fog – unlike many games across Scotland.

Both sides were content to counter in the first-half, with neither team creating many chances of merit.

Lining up in a 4-4-2 with Andy Ryan and David Moyo up top, it took Accies a while to get used to the formation change and the hosts tried to counter down the flanks, with Aaron Doran, Tom Walsh and Mckay all having opportunities to test the keeper.

Ultimately though, Joe Hilton would go in at half-time with a fairly clean kit.

Accies also had chances, with Ryan and Moyo forcing saves from Ridgers but nothing serious enough to merit hyperbole.

After half-time, Billy Dodds’ side began to truly threaten with Mckay, Reece McAlear and Shane Sutherland all coming within inches of opening the scoring.

It would be first-half substitute Harper who broke the deadlock though. The left-back, who was forced to play on the wing after replacing Doran, nipped in front of his marker to rifle home from close range in a goal that matched the run of play.

It could have been oh-so-different had Sutherland scored a one-on-one just a minute later. However, the forward was denied by the foot of Joe Hilton and missed the opportunity that would have undoubtedly killed the game.

Instead, the Accies would go on the offensive with the introduction of Andy Winter – who has missed ten months with a knee injury – proving to be the pivotal change.

The forward looked eager to impress and knocked a header down to Mihai Popescu, who saw his shot cleared off the line.

Set-piece after set-piece bombed down on the Caley box and eventually Moyo was able to head home to equalise, his effort taking an age to bounce off the post and in.

With momentum suddenly in their favour, Accies went forward again and after countless corner, Winter glanced a header in to score his first ever league goal.

Hamilton: Hilton; Popescu, Easton ©, Hamilton, MacDonald, Ryan (Virtanen 87’), L Smith, Mullin, Mimnaugh, Moyo, Munro (Winter 73’)
Subs: J Smith, Stirling, Hughes, Shiels

Inverness: Ridgers; Deas (Jamieson 87’), Devine, Carson, Mckay, Doran (Harper 38’), Sutherland, Walsh, Broadfoot ©, Allardice (Duku 90’), McAlear
Subs: MacKay; Duffy, MacGregor, McDonald

Referee: Chris Graham

Attendance: 1,862


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