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Hamilton Academical 2-2 Ross County

Ross County came from two goals down to salvage a point at New Douglas Park, consigning Hamilton Academical to their 10th consecutive match without a win.

Jason Scotland tapped in from a corner and Dougie Imrie rifled a shot home to give Accies a handsome early lead.

But a Craig Curran header pulled one back for County before the break, and a well-taken strike from Michael Gardyne levelled the scores on 71 minutes.

The draw extends the Highlanders' unbeaten run to five games.

If Hamilton were a team bereft of confidence, however, they certainly did not start like one, stroking the ball around with speed and precision.

With four minutes gone, Ali Crawford won a corner with a low, curling shot well-saved by Mark Brown, and from Daniel Redmond's delivery, Scotland prodded home at the far post.

County missed a glorious opportunity to level almost immediately, as a corner created panic in the home defence, the ball ricocheting off several pairs of legs before Scott Boyd fired over the bar from six yards.

Crawford continued to look lively on the slick New Douglas Park surface, testing Brown again with another low drive.

Dougie Imrie bagged the second for Accies
Dougie Imrie bagged the second for Accies

And it was the playmaker's sharpness of mind and fleetness of foot that sparked Accies' second, jinking and breaking from deep to free Redmond down the left.

He sent Imrie galloping through on goal, and with the County defence scrambling, the winger was ruthless, slamming the ball beyond Brown at his near post.

The Highlanders struck back on 27 minutes when Curran rose highest to power a hanging Raffa De Vita cross home from the six-yard line.

Redmond dragged a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area on the half-hour mark after more dynamic midfield play from the hosts, and Jake Jervis missed a gilt-edged chance to level the scores when he nodded Martin Woods' cross past the near post from point-blank range.

The second half began with the same vim and vigour as the first ended - the onrushing Marcus Fraser sliced a neat Gardyne cut-back wide for County, before Crawford again broke forward at pace and flashed a shot across the face of Brown's goal.

The crestfallen Jervis was replaced by Darvydas Sernas as the visitors sought an equaliser, Curran's looping header cleared by the Accies defence.

Craig Curran powered home a header for County
Craig Curran powered home a header for County

The hosts remained a constant threat on the break, however. Grant Gillespie made an important intervention in his own goalmouth, before brushing the side netting with a left-foot strike at the other end.

But Accies' resistance would not last. Gardyne made the breakthrough for County, applying a clipped back-post finish to another De Vita cross to square the match with less than 20 minutes to play.

The closing stages were, understandably, frenetic and lacking in quality, with neither side able to muster the cohesion and ruthlessness to fashion a late winner.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4Devlin
  • 24Tena
  • 15MacDonald
  • 6GillespieBooked at 44mins
  • 7Imrie
  • 11Crawford
  • 12Lyon
  • 28RedmondSubstituted forLongridgeat 76'minutes
  • 9ScotlandSubstituted forHasselbainkat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Canning
  • 8Routledge
  • 14Hasselbaink
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 29Hill

Ross County

  • 21Brown
  • 44FraserBooked at 61mins
  • 43Quinn
  • 5BoydBooked at 59mins
  • 12Reckord
  • 40Gardyne
  • 26Woods
  • 10Kiss
  • 24De VitaSubstituted forCardleat 87'minutes
  • 9JervisSubstituted forSernasat 58'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 11CurranSubstituted forRossat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Reguero
  • 3Meite
  • 7Cardle
  • 17Ross
  • 20Sernas
  • 22Palazuelos Garcia
  • 23Carey
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
1,544

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 2, Ross County 2.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Steven Ross (Ross County).

  5. Post update

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Joe Cardle replaces Raffaele De Vita.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Darvydas Sernas (Ross County).

  8. Post update

    Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Nigel Hasselbaink replaces Jason Scotland.

  10. Post update

    Martin Woods (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Ross County. Steven Ross replaces Craig Curran.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Martin Woods (Ross County).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Darvydas Sernas (Ross County).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Daniel Redmond.

  19. Booking

    Darvydas Sernas (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, Ross County 2. Michael Gardyne (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raffaele De Vita.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic27203456144263
2Aberdeen28193649262360
3Inverness CT28165742291353
4Dundee Utd27144949381146
5Hamilton30126124142-142
6St Johnstone29125122530-541
7Dundee2810993939039
8Kilmarnock29108113136-538
9Partick Thistle2987143836231
10Ross County2967163154-2325
11Motherwell2964192254-3222
12St Mirren2963202247-2521
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