Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 5-0 Hamilton Accies

Kris Doolan struck four goals to condemn Hamilton Academical to a comprehensive Premiership defeat.

The striker produced a fine display in front of goal, including an exquisite finish with a deft backheel.

Partick Thistle's final goal arrived in the last minute through substitute Nathan Eccleston.

Accies caretaker player-coach Martin Canning watched from the stand due to suspension, and the club could appoint a successor to Alex Neil this week.

Hamilton once topped the league this season and have looked comfortably placed to finish in the top six, but Thistle overwhelmed them.

The visitors ended the game looking shell-shocked, but in fact they embarked on two early counter-attacks that reflected a team that has played with confidence for a lot of this season.

Thistle were unperturbed though and passed the ball with precision and intent, with right-back Stephen O'Donnell twice having a sight of goal.

He shot straight at Michael McGovern on one occasion and lashed another effort wide from close range.

The opening goal came when McGovern parried a shot out to Ryan Stevenson, who turned the ball towards goal and Doolan applied the finishing touch before the ball crossed the line.

Partick Thistle players celebrating
Thistle claimed their biggest win of the season

There was some debate about who the goal should be credited to, but no doubt surrounded the second goal.

Steven Lawless delivered a cross from the left and Doolan expertly controlled the ball before spinning his marker and drilling a shot across McGovern into the far corner.

Doolan had turned provider moments before, chesting the ball down to Lawless, who volleyed wide.

After a bright opening the visitors had looked increasingly flat and Canning's words at half-time did not have the desired effect as Thistle ought to have added to their lead soon after the break.

When Lawless hit the bar from distance, the ball fell straight at the feet of Stevenson, but his effort hit the chest of McGovern.

The move for Doolan's third goal was slick, inventive, and rewarded with a brilliantly improvised finish from the striker's heel.

Hamilton's defenders were reeling, and little more than one minute later, Doolan added a fourth.

Kris Doolan scores for Partick Thistle against Hamilton Academical
Doolan rose highest to head Thistle's fourth

This one was more conventional, although no less pleasing for the striker, as he leapt to meet Stevenson's cross and powerfully headed the ball past McGovern.

Even Doolan's replacement was clinical, with substitute Eccleston adding a fifth when the ball broke to him inside the area and he side-footed past McGovern.

It was the final high of a satisfying night for Partick and the last low for Hamilton, who have lost their manager and may now lose full-back Stephen Hendrie, linked with a £2m move to West Ham, as their excellent season suddenly loses momentum.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 3Seaborne
  • 14Elliott
  • 18OsmanSubstituted forWelshat 69'minutes
  • 7Craigen
  • 11Lawless
  • 10Stevenson
  • 15HigginbothamBooked at 57minsSubstituted forMcDaidat 74'minutes
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forEcclestonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Welsh
  • 6Balatoni
  • 19Eccleston
  • 23Wilson
  • 28McDaid
  • 30Keenan
  • 40Basalaj

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 6Gillespie
  • 4DevlinSubstituted forWatsonat 52'minutes
  • 24Tena
  • 3Hendrie
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 65mins
  • 8RoutledgeSubstituted forLongridgeat 46'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 22Andreu
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 88mins
  • 99Antoine-CurierSubstituted forBrophyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 26El-Zubaidi
  • 28Redmond
  • 29Hill
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
2,138

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 5, Hamilton Academical 0.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 5, Hamilton Academical 0. Nathan Eccleston (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Booking

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Nathan Eccleston replaces Kris Doolan.

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Sean Welsh replaces Abdul Osman.

Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Eamonn Brophy replaces Mickael Antoine-Curier.

Booking

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

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 4, Hamilton Academical 0. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Stephen O'Donnell.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 3, Hamilton Academical 0. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Lawless.

Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Booking

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Craig Watson replaces Michael Devlin because of an injury.

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dougie Imrie.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Jon Routledge.

Second Half

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 0. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Lawless.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic21153342123048
2Aberdeen22152536201647
3Inverness CT22142632211144
4Dundee Utd22133643291442
5Hamilton2312383829939
6St Johnstone22102101923-432
7Dundee237883436-229
8Kilmarnock2283112128-727
9Partick Thistle216693025524
10Motherwell2252151442-2817
11St Mirren2343161839-2115
12Ross County2125142043-2311
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