Scottish Premiership
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Inverness CT 4-2 Hamilton Academical

  • Inverness go one point clear at top
  • Hamilton drop to third
  • Billy McKay scores twice for Caley Thistle
  • Tony Andreu grabs double for Accies

Billy McKay proved to be Hamilton's undoing for a second time this season to send Inverness Caledonian Thistle to the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Tony Andreu's free-kick gave Accies an early lead, but McKay, whose last goal came against Hamilton in the season's opening game, fired the equaliser.

A powerful Gary Warren header and a McKay tap-in after the break appeared to put Inverness in command.

Andreu squeezed in a reply, but James Vincent's finish restored the lead.

Winning this pulsating game lifted John Hughes' side a point above Dundee United, who lost on Friday away to Motherwell.

And it gives reigning champions Celtic the chance to go top on goal difference should they win away to Aberdeen on Sunday.

Despite a spirited display, Hamilton drop to third, without a win in four games, their five-match unbeaten run away to Caley Thistle having been ended.

What initially started as an easy on the eye but fairly competitive clash erupted into a thrilling match with Andreu's top-quality free-kick, which opened the scoring.

Tony Andreu celebrates putting Hamilton ahead
Tony Andreu scored his eighth goal of the season to put Hamilton ahead at Caledonian Stadium

The midfielder, 25 yards from goal, measured a fierce yet controlled effort in off Dean Brill's post with the goalkeeper struggling to register any form of response given the quality of the strike.

As the first half went on, Inverness seemed to gain a grip on proceedings, with McKay's enthusiastic movement and improved service creating opportunities.

He has struggled for goals this term, but this may mark a turning point for the Northern Irishman.

His touch was sure and allowed him the space to fire home from close range.

Inverness took the lead when Warren's unrelenting desire allowed him to rise superbly to meet Greg Tansey's corner and thunder a header past goalkeeper Michael McGovern.

McKay then took advantage of some poor defending to steal in and tap home after Watkins' shot was saved by McGovern.

Hamilton manager Alex Neil will have seen plenty of positives, though, as his side gave everything to get back into proceedings.

Andreu again delivered as his shot squirmed under Brill for 3-2.

However, Inverness were in no mood to throw it away and Vincent reacted to Watkins' flick and, when confronted by McGovern, showed calmness to find the corner and fire his side to the top of the league table.

Billy McKay celebrates as he draws Caley Thistle level
Billy McKay (right) drew Inverness level at Caledonian Stadium
Gary Warren celebrates scoring for Caley Thistle
Gary Warren put Caley Thistle 2-1 ahead against Hamilton
Billy McKay slots in his second goal of the game against Hamilton
Billy McKay's second goal put Inverness two goals clear against Accies
Tony Andreu celebrates his second goal against Inverness
Tony Andreu's second goal of the game reduced the gap to 3-2 for Caley Thistle
James Vincent settles the game for Caley Thistle
James Vincent settled the game for Caley Thistle

Line-ups

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 5Warren
  • 6Meekings
  • 3Shinnie
  • 8Draper
  • 16TanseyBooked at 71mins
  • 4VincentSubstituted forChristieat 87'minutes
  • 15Watkins
  • 19WilliamsSubstituted forDoranat 81'minutes
  • 7Mckay

Substitutes

  • 10Doran
  • 11Ross
  • 13Sekajja
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 22Christie
  • 42Hoban

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4Devlin
  • 24Tena
  • 3Hendrie
  • 11Crawford
  • 8RoutledgeSubstituted forRyanat 65'minutes
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 71mins
  • 28RedmondSubstituted forImrieat 53'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 99Antoine-CurierSubstituted forScotlandat 82'minutes
  • 22Andreu

Substitutes

  • 5Canning
  • 7Imrie
  • 9Scotland
  • 10Neil
  • 17Longridge
  • 19Currie
  • 32Ryan
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
3,022

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home10
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Inverness CT 4, Hamilton Academical 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Inverness CT 4, Hamilton Academical 2.

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ryan Christie replaces James Vincent.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Dean Brill.

Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jason Scotland replaces Mickael Antoine-Curier.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Aaron Doran replaces Danny Williams because of an injury.

Andy Ryan (Hamilton Academical) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom right corner.

Billy McKay (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 4, Hamilton Academical 2. James Vincent (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marley Watkins.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 3, Hamilton Academical 2. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mickael Antoine-Curier.

Booking

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 3, Hamilton Academical 1. Billy McKay (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marley Watkins.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Attempt saved. Graeme Shinnie (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Danny Williams (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Ryan replaces Jon Routledge.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Dean Brill.

Attempt saved. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Inverness CT 2, Hamilton Academical 1. Gary Warren (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Greg Tansey with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

Foul by Danny Williams (Inverness CT).

Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Dougie Imrie replaces Daniel Redmond.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inverness CT138231911826
2Dundee Utd138142214825
3Hamilton1373324141024
4Celtic117222371623
5Aberdeen127141815322
6Dundee135531815320
7Kilmarnock136251516-120
8Partick Thistle124351716115
9St Johnstone134271016-614
10Motherwell13319821-1310
11St Mirren132291022-128
12Ross County132291229-178
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