Scottish Premiership
Partick ThistlePartick Thistle1HamiltonHamilton Academical2

Partick Thistle 1-2 Hamilton Accies

By John BarnesBBC Scotland at Firhill

Jason Scotland snatched a late victory for Hamilton against Partick Thistle at Firhill in the Scottish Premiership.

Kallum Higginbotham's spectacular strike from distance in the 85th minute broke the deadlock for the hosts.

But two minutes later, Hamilton substitute Tony Andreu struck from 12 yards out to level.

Just as it looked like ending all-square, another sub, Scotland, netted to earn promoted Accies their third consecutive league win.

The three points puts Accies into second place in the Scottish Premiership with nine points from their first four matches, while Thistle slip to eighth on four points.

It was the first time the sides had met in the top tier of Scottish football in almost 50 years, but the match did not live up to its billing as a meeting of two in-form teams.

Louis Longridge should have put Accies in front after only three minutes when he was clean through with only Paul Gallacher to beat.

But the Thistle keeper advanced quickly to turn the shot around a post.

Thistle's only real effort of the opening period was a Gary Fraser free kick from 30 yards which was comfortably saved by Michael McGovern.

Mickael Antoine-Curier should have done better for Accies when Darian MacKinnon's neat pass set him up inside the box, but the striker delayed his shot and was denied by the Jags' defence.

At the other end, Ryan Stevenson missed two good chances in the space of a few minutes before the break. His first effort was blocked by a solid challenge from Grant Gillespie and the second saw him collect a Dale Keenan pass and fire straight at McGovern.

Stevenson then put Fraser through with headed pass but the Thistle midfielder pulled his shot wide of the far post.

Three minutes after the interval, Thistle provided entertaining piece of play to create a chance for Steven Lawless.

Conrad Balatoni, Dale Keenan and Higginbotham all combined before the latter's cutback found Lawless 10 yards out and his first-time strike with the left foot was pushed away by McGovern.

If the Accies keeper was impressive on that occasion, he almost slipped up a few minutes later when he dropped a cross from Stephen O'Donnell.

But he managed to recover quickly to smother the ball before Stevenson could pounce.

Gillespie was booked for a foul on Lawless just outside the box, and, from the resulting free kick Higginbotham curled his effort wide of the left-hand post.

Balatoni produced an excellent piece of defending to slide the ball away from Ali Crawford as he was about to pick his spot.

A magnificent save from the feet of Gallacher prevented Crawford giving Accies the lead after latching onto Daniel Redmond's cross.

With five minutes remaining, Higginbotham blasted Thistle in front with terrific strike into the top corner from 20 yards.

The home side may have thought the goal would have secured the victory, but Accies had other ideas.

Andreu equalised with three minutes remaining before fellow substitute Scotland pounced on a mistake by Balatoni and drilled a shot past Gallacher to clinch the win.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 6Balatoni
  • 5Muirhead
  • 30Keenan
  • 22FraserBooked at 89mins
  • 18Osman
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forElliottat 62'minutes
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 8BanniganSubstituted forDoolanat 68'minutes
  • 10StevensonBooked at 13minsSubstituted forCraigenat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 14Elliott
  • 23Wilson
  • 26Lindsay
  • 36Duggan
  • 40Basalaj

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 5Canning
  • 24TenaBooked at 81mins
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forRyanat 77'minutes
  • 6GillespieBooked at 58mins
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forAndreuat 63'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 11Crawford
  • 28Redmond
  • 99Antoine-CurierSubstituted forScotlandat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hendrie
  • 4Devlin
  • 9Scotland
  • 10Neil
  • 19Currie
  • 22Andreu
  • 32Ryan
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
3,578

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away8
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Martin Canning.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 2. Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

  5. Post update

    Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Dale Keenan (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

    Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Booking

    Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

    Andy Ryan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Grant Gillespie.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 1. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ali Crawford.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 0. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Ryan Stevenson.

  17. Post update

    Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical).

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.