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Accies 3-2 Ross County

In an eventful match we got our first home win since 12th August with a hard fought 3-2 win over County.

A Dougie Imrie penalty on 29′ saw us take the lead. the Dingwall side equalised with one of their own on 72′, then it all got a bit crazy!

Georgios Sarris headed us in front in 74′. County went down to 10 men losing Gardyne, then they equalised in 84′ before sub Antonio Rojano nodded in Ali Crawford’s free kick in the 89th to give us a 3-2. +4 was held up but then a melee ended up with the referee consulting both assistants before red carding Ioannis Skondras for violent conduct in 90+2′ and it was 90+8′ before full time was blown.

A much needed 3 points

Web reporter Mark Gillespie writes…

Ladbrokes Premiership

The SuperSeal Stadium

Saturday 16th December 2017 at 3pm.

Hamilton Academical 3 Ross County 2

In an action-packed match that saw five goals, two sent off and a touchline brawl, Accies ended their eight-game winless run at the SuperSeal thanks to a last-minute Antonio Rojano header that rebounded  into the Staggies net. The win now gives Accies a six-point cushion over the Jags going into another crucial game at Firhill.

Accies boss Martin Canning said afterwards, “The important thing for us today though, was that I didn’t think that we performed as well as we have in the previous games, and that we took the three points given the magnitude of the game against a team below us in the league table. We had to go and win that.

Obviously, you can see that, as we were pegged back twice and kept on managing to find the character to get the next goal, and we pushed really hard for it. You can see with the confrontation at the end. It means a lot for both teams and I think both teams understood the importance of the game and of a win, and thankfully for us we took three points.”

Hamilton went in the happier of the sides at the half time break, after taking the lead from a converted Dougie Imrie spot kick, one that the County players felt was soft [soft bolied eggs, hard boiled eggs, it’s still a boiled egg!]. The penalty was all that separated the sides in an even 45 minutes that saw Eagles and O’Brien go close for the visitors, and Redmond and Docherty for Accies.

The second half was a feisty cat and mouse affair, Curran put County on level terms from the penalty spot, and Sarris put Accies back in front minutes later. Van der Weg levelled once again before County went down to ten men. However, Accies got the winner with a minute to go before tempers boiled over and Skondras saw red amongst a late touchline stramash.

Hamilton had three changes to Wednesday night’s starting line-up against champions Celtic, with Ioannis Skondras, David Templeton and Georgios Sarris coming back in for Scott McMann, Massimo Donati and Grant Gillespie. County made two changes, with Chow and Gardyne replacing Davies and Keillor-Dunn.

Just after Eagles wasted an opportunity inside the Accies penalty area, Ioannis Skondras replied with a strong run down the right before unleashing a drive that was just a touch high of the County goal. Eagles then went closer, this time Woods saved low at the corner, then Bingham and Redmond combined well before Redmond flashed a volley past the post.

It was shaping up for a tight game, as both sides were able to create opportunities. A good Staggies move came to an end when Curran’s angled strike rose high of Woods cross bar, in answer, Fox saved a Greg Docherty header aimed at the top corner from a Skondras cross, then again from a Rakish Bingham shot after the big striker raced in from half way.

Then just on the cusp of the half hour, Hamilton took the lead when Michael Gardyne was adjudged to have fouled Dougie Imrie inside the penalty area. Despite the County protests, Dougie stepped up to drive the ball low into the centre of the net. Eagles and Templeton had attempts before half time, but both going wide of the post.

It wasn’t much of a spectacle in a scrappier second half. County were the width of a post from levelling from a Routis free kick on 54 minutes, but did equalise with just over an hour gone, when a penalty was awarded for a Rojano challenge on Gardyne. Gary Woods managed to save from Curran, but couldn’t stop the Ross County man following up from the rebound.

The topsy turvy match continued in much the same vain and took just a couple of minutes for Accies to re-establish their lead. Dougie Imrie got the ball out wide before swinging it in from the left, Georgios Sarris then used his height to rise above a sea of defenders to nod beyond Scott Fox and in at the far corner for his first Accies goal.

With seven minutes left to play it looked as if Accies had blown it, when Kenny van der Weg leapt above the Hamilton defence to get onto a corner and head into the Hamilton net. It became obvious how much the result meant to the sides as the red mist descended in the closing ten minutes, Gardyne saw red after a second yellow for a challenge on MacKinnon.

Accies turned the game on its head with a sensational last gasp lead after Ali Crawford pinged a free kick in for Rojano to bundle home. That wasn’t the end of matters though, as Skondras and Van der Weg clashed on the near touchline, with Routis and Sarris becoming involved.

Once things had calmed down, Skondras was shown a red for violent conduct, with the two other players booked for their roles in the aftermath. Accies weren’t quite home and dry yet, as it took a world class save from Gary Woods to deny van der Weg an injury time equaliser and hang onto another priceless three points.

 

Accies: Woods, Skondras, Tomas, Imrie (c), Docherty, Bingham (Rojano 59), Redmond (Lyon 81), Gogic, Templeton (Crawford 75), MacKinnon, Sarris. Subs Unused: McMann, Donati, Cunningham, Fulton.

Goals: Imrie 29 pen, Sarris 74, Rojano 89.

Cautions: Gogic, Tomas, Sarris, MacKinnon, Rojano
Sent off – Skondras 

County: Fox, Fraser, Naismith, Routis, Gardyne, Chow (Schalk 64), Curran (McKay 76), Lindsay, O’Brien, van der Weg, Eagles (Keillor-Dunn 66). Subs Unused: McCarey, Dow, Mikkelsen, Dingwall.

Goals: Curran 72 pen, van der Weg 83.

Cautions: van der Weg, Gardyne
Sent off – Gardyne second yellow

Referee: Gavin Duncan. Assistants: Douglas Ross & Dougie Potter. 4th Official: Kevin Clancy.

Attendance: 1272.

 

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