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Hamilton Academical 10-2 Greenock Morton

Anthony Andreu (left) celebrates for Hamilton

Hamilton Accies equalled their club record league victory by ripping Morton apart with a blistering 10-goal show.

But they fell short of winning the Scottish Championship title due to Dundee's win at home to Dumbarton.

Tony Andreu hit a first-half hat-trick and Mickael Antoine-Curier bagged four goals in the rout.

Michael Devlin, Louis Longridge and Stuart Findlay's own goal gave Accies their other goals, while Dougie Imrie scored twice for Morton.

The margin of victory meant Hamilton clawed back the eight goals they needed to capitalise had Dundee drawn with Dumbarton.

And while Accies had to settle for second spot, their dream of promotion remains as they now enter the play-off process.

Any nerves the home side had on a day of such significance were eased within four minutes.

Accies won two corners in quick succession and, when Grant Gillespie swung in the second of those, Antoine-Curier stooped to head in at the near-post.

Things got even better for Hamilton three minutes later.

Superb work by Longridge down the left culminated in a cut-back that just evaded Andy Ryan but fell nicely for Frenchman Andreu to poke home from a couple of yards.

At that point, it looked to be cruise control for Accies on what was being termed 'helicopter Saturday'. However, Morton then pulled one back.

Former Hamilton forward Imrie produced a finish of real quality, dispatching a left-footed half-volley into Kevin Cuthbert's top right-hand corner.

The hosts moved quickly to show it was no more than a minor set-back and further enterprise by Longridge on the left wing resulted a half-clearance that Championship player of the season nominee Andreu sent crashing low beyond Morton goalkeeper Nicolas Caraux.

Three became four when Longridge deservedly got a goal of his own in the 34th minute. It was a clinical drive from 25 yards the 22-year-old hit crisply into the bottom left corner.

Referee Steven McLean then awarded Hamilton a penalty after Lee Kilday's header hit the hand of Rowan Vine in the six-yard box. Up stepped Andreu to calmly send the spot-kick to Caraux's right to complete his first-half hat-trick.

Within two minutes of the second half, Morton got a penalty of their own; Kevin Cuthbert judged guilty of felling Imrie. However, the goalkeeper redeemed himself by diving left to save Vine's weak effort.

Antoine-Curier immediately made Ton rue that miss when he tapped in his second for the hosts at the back-post.

The head of Devlin added a seventh before Imrie's sublime finish gave Morton their second.

Ziggy Gordon's excellent centre teed up Antoine-Curier for a side-foot finish that marked the striker's hat-trick.

Morton's day got worse when young defender Findlay put through his own net and that pain was compounded by Antoine Curier's fourth, and Hamilton's tenth.

An unbelievable encounter made bittersweet by Hamilton missing out on the title, but they will now fancy their chances in the play-offs.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1CuthbertSubstituted forCurrieat 65'minutes
  • 2Gordon
  • 33Kilday
  • 8Routledge
  • 4Devlin
  • 24Tena
  • 22Andreu
  • 6GillespieSubstituted forCrawfordat 75'minutes
  • 99Antoine-Curier
  • 32RyanSubstituted forGeorgeat 74'minutes
  • 17Longridge

Substitutes

  • 7Keatings
  • 11Crawford
  • 16Watson
  • 19Currie
  • 21Docherty
  • 26El-Zubaidi
  • 35George

Morton

  • 23Caraux
  • 22O'Ware
  • 28Russell
  • 21Bachirou
  • 40Cole
  • 6Findlay
  • 25RobertsonSubstituted forCampbellat 52'minutes
  • 2TaggartBooked at 62mins
  • 18VineBooked at 45mins
  • 19McKay
  • 8Imrie

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 7McKee
  • 10Campbell
  • 15O'Connor
  • 24Knight
  • 27McNeil
  • 36Cairnie
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
2,034

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away7
Shots on Target
Home11
Away5
Corners
Home9
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 10, Morton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 10, Morton 2.

Foul by Jon Routledge (Hamilton Academical).

Thomas O'Ware (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Scott Taggart.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 10, Morton 2. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Own Goal by Stuart Findlay, Morton. Hamilton Academical 9, Morton 2.

Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Russell (Morton).

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Blair Currie.

Attempt saved. Thomas O'Ware (Morton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Corner, Morton. Conceded by Blair Currie.

Attempt saved. Barrie McKay (Morton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

Darren Cole (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 8, Morton 2. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ali Crawford replaces Grant Gillespie.

Paul George (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stuart Findlay (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Paul George replaces Andy Ryan.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 7, Morton 2. Dougie Imrie (Morton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the top right corner. Assisted by Rowan Vine.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Rowan Vine (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 7, Morton 1. Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner following a corner.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Dougie Imrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Blair Currie replaces Kevin Cuthbert.

Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).

Foul by Jon Routledge (Hamilton Academical).

Mark Russell (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Scott Taggart (Morton) is shown the yellow card.

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Taggart (Morton).

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fouad Bachirou (Morton).

Jon Routledge (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Barrie McKay (Morton).

Attempt saved. Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Dundee3621692869
2Hamilton36191072767
3Falkirk3619982666
4Queen of Sth36167131455
5Dumbarton3615615151
6Livingston3613716-546
7Raith Rovers3611916-1342
8Alloa3611718-1740
9Cowdenbeath3611718-2240
10Morton366822-3926
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