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Ross County 2-1 Hamilton Academical

Ian McShane scores a free-kick for Ross County against Hamilton Academical
Ian McShane fired Ross County's winner

Ian McShane's wonderful free-kick gave 10-man Ross County a crucial win against Hamilton Academical.

Dutch striker Alex Schalk's first league goal for the club gave the Staggies an interval lead.

Within seconds of the restart Jamie Reckord was sent off for denying Dougie Imrie a clear goalscroring opportunity.

Imrie himself equalised with his sixth goal of the season but Accies were caught chasing the win and McShane showed real skill to get the winner.

The win moves fourth-placed Ross County eight points clear of second-bottom Kilmarnock while Accies - just a point above Killie - next face Celtic at home on Friday.

County do it the hard way

Sleet and a driving wind hardly helped the players produce silky soccer on a pitch that cut up badly as a result of the battering it has taken from the elements this winter.

It was perspiration rather than inspiration for the first half-hour before a flurry of activity at either end of the field.

Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern produced a top drawer save when Liam Boyce thought he has scored after being set up by Schalk.

Ross County defender Jamie Reckord is sent off against Hamilton Academical
County played almost half the match a man down after Reckord (far right) was dismissed

Almost immediately Ali Crawford fizzed a shot just wide of the home goal.

Scott Fox had to tip a Darren Lyon cross over the bar before Gramoz Kurtaj caused problems for the Staggies keeper with a near-post drive.

Fox injured himself in the process of dealing with that but Crawford did not spot him on the deck and failed to hit target from the edge of the area.

Jim McIntyre's side made the most of that let-off by taking the lead as the first half spilled into added time.

Richard Foster played in a free-kick from deep, Andrew Davies headed it across the danger area and Schalk nodded home for his first goal since scoring against Celtic in the League Cup semi-final.

However, the Staggies' lead always looked fragile from the start of the second half after Reckord picked up a straight red card for a professional foul on Imrie.

Hamilton laid siege to the Ross County goal and only a block on the line by Paul Quinn prevented Lucas Tagliapietra heading in a quick leveller.

Fox also made two great saves to deny Accies, the first from Crawford's free-kick and the second dealing with Imrie's net-bound effort.

Imrie finally got the goal his industry and determination deserved when he headed in a Kurtaj cross.

Accies pushed for a winner but were caught out on the counter attack as Ross County won a free-kick 22 yards from goal, left of centre field.

McShane showed sublime skill to curl the ball round the defensive wall into the top left-hand corner of the net, giving McGovern no chance.

And it proved to be a massive blow for Hamilton, who have taken just seven points from their last 11 league matches.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1Fox
  • 12Foster
  • 15DaviesBooked at 73mins
  • 43QuinnBooked at 84mins
  • 3ReckordBooked at 47mins
  • 8McShane
  • 36Irvine
  • 26Woods
  • 7GardyneSubstituted forMurdochat 51'minutes
  • 10BoyceSubstituted forGoodwillieat 86'minutes
  • 23SchalkSubstituted forRobertsonat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Robertson
  • 9Graham
  • 17Franks
  • 18Murdoch
  • 21Woods
  • 24De Vita
  • 25Goodwillie

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 24TenaBooked at 13mins
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3KurakinsBooked at 45mins
  • 7Imrie
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forDochertyat 86'minutes
  • 22LyonSubstituted forD'Acolat 58'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forDiabyat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gillespie
  • 8Diaby
  • 9D'Acol
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
  • 28Mandiangu
Referee:
Greg Aitken
Attendance:
3,059

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home5
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 2, Hamilton Academical 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Hamilton Academical 1.

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Oumar Diaby (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Oumar Diaby (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Chris Robertson (Ross County).

David Goodwillie (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas (Hamilton Academical).

Paul Quinn (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oumar Diaby (Hamilton Academical).

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by David Goodwillie (Ross County).

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Davies (Ross County).

Oumar Diaby (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. David Goodwillie replaces Liam Boyce.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

Jackson Irvine (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Paul Quinn (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Quinn (Ross County).

Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

Oumar Diaby (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Andrew Davies (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Hamilton Academical 1. Ian McShane (Ross County) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

Booking

Andrew Davies (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrew Davies (Ross County).

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Stewart Murdoch (Ross County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Oumar Diaby replaces Carlton Morris.

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 1, Hamilton Academical 1. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Antons Kurakins.

Liam Boyce (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic26194369214861
2Aberdeen26174545291655
3Hearts25128546262044
4Ross County27113134243-136
5St Johnstone25105104141035
6Dundee2681083941-234
7Inverness CT258893336-332
8Motherwell2785143043-1329
9Hamilton2778123147-1629
10Partick Thistle237792228-628
11Kilmarnock2777132948-1928
12Dundee Utd2645172650-2417
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