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Kilmarnock 2-3 Hamilton Academical

Hamilton came from a goal down to win at Rugby Park and drag Kilmarnock closer to the relegation play-off spot.

Lee Ashcroft headed Kilmarnock in front from Alexei Eremenko's cross as they tried to avert a sixth straight defeat.

But Accies fought back, first through Jason Scotland after goalkeeper Craig Samson spilled a Louis Longridge shot.

Michael McGovern saved from Killie's Josh Magennis before Darian MacKinnon and Nigel Hasselbaink scored for Accies ahead of Greg Kiltie's late strike.

Hamilton started positively having been boosted by their win over Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell last time out.

In the opening seconds Manuel Pascali was forced to concede a corner and, from the resultant kick, Chris Johnston was on hand to clear for the home team.

But in the eighth minute it was Killie who were to benefit from their first corner of the match.

Nigel Hasselbaink and Kilmarnock's Lee Ashcroft clash
Nigel Hasselbaink and Kilmarnock's Lee Ashcroft clash

Eremenko swung the ball in from the right and Ashcroft rose highest to put Killie in front with a powerful header from six yards.

Eremenko then produced a delightful piece of skill to put the ball in the net again a minute later but the Finnish international was flagged offside.

Just beyond the midpoint of the first half, Accies pulled level. Longridge's shot from the edge of the penalty area was only parried by Samson and Scotland reacted quickly to fire home the rebound.

Magennis had a chance to put Killie back in front when he was clean through but the Accies goalkeeper McGovern advanced to make a fine save.

At the other end Longridge again tested Samson with a right-foot strike. This time the Killie keeper turned the shot round his left-hand post.

Too often Longridge was not being picked up by the Killie defence and he again found space to strike a volley which Samson flicked away at his right-hand post.

Referee Steven McLean, in charge of his first match since the Josh Meekings controversy in the Scottish Cup semi-final, had another hand-ball penalty appeal to deal with.

Darian MacKinnon wheels away after scoring for Hamilton
Darian MacKinnon wheels away after scoring for Hamilton

Magennis tried to chest the ball into the path of Johnston but it came off the hand of Mikey Devlin, who was just a yard away. However, McLean ignored the Killie appeals.

Scotland had another opportunity for Accies just before the interval when Longridge again created the opening 18 yards out with a neat pass but the striker blasted high over.

Dougie Imrie came close to giving Accies an early advantage in the second half. Cutting in from the right the winger eluded two challenges before driving a left-foot strike which was pushed away for a corner by Samson.

Accies took the lead through MacKinnon after a flowing move involving Crawford and Longridge. The latter's cross was only cleared as far as MacKinnon who blasted low into the corner of the net from 19 yards.

Their third goal was controversial as substitute Hasselbaink, only on the pitch three minutes, looked suspiciously offside as he got the merest of touches to a Crawford ball into the box as Samson failed to block.

It was then the turn of Killie substitute Kiltie to get on the scoresheet with his first goal for the club to get them back in the game.

The match ended with numerous players from both sides in a scuffle after Hasselbaink and Ashcroft clashed and the instigators were lucky not to be red carded.

Ashcroft seemed to punch the Accies player in the stomach while Hasselbaink reacted with what looked like a head butt.

Referee McLean decided a yellow card for both was sufficient.

Kilmarnock's Lee Ashcroft celebrates putting his team in front
Kilmarnock's Lee Ashcroft celebrates putting his team in front
Darian MacKinnon puts Hamilton in front
Darian MacKinnon strikes to put Hamilton Accies in front at Rugby Park

Line-ups

Kilmarnock

  • 1Samson
  • 26O'Hara
  • 18AshcroftBooked at 90mins
  • 29Pascali
  • 2Barbour
  • 7McKenzieSubstituted forCairneyat 73'minutes
  • 8Clingan
  • 19SlaterBooked at 34minsSubstituted forMillerat 73'minutes
  • 10JohnstonSubstituted forKiltieat 62'minutes
  • 20Eremenko
  • 28Magennis

Substitutes

  • 4Hamill
  • 9Miller
  • 11Cairney
  • 13Brennan
  • 14Eccleston
  • 30Kiltie
  • 36Syme

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 12Lyon
  • 4Devlin
  • 24Tena
  • 15MacDonaldSubstituted forHendrieat 88'minutes
  • 6Gillespie
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 90mins
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forDe Lima Tagliapietraat 90+4'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 17Longridge
  • 9ScotlandSubstituted forHasselbainkat 68'minutesBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 3Hendrie
  • 14Hasselbaink
  • 16Watson
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 29Hill
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
Referee:
Steven McLean
Attendance:
3,450

Match Stats

Home TeamKilmarnockAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Kilmarnock 2, Hamilton Academical 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Kilmarnock 2, Hamilton Academical 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Lucas replaces Dougie Imrie.

Foul by Ross Barbour (Kilmarnock).

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

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

Booking

Nigel Hasselbaink (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Lee Ashcroft (Kilmarnock) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Stephen Hendrie replaces Kieran MacDonald.

Foul by Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock).

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

Attempt missed. Manuel Pascali (Kilmarnock) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Louis Longridge.

Attempt missed. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 2, Hamilton Academical 3. Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Josh Magennis.

Lee Miller (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ross Barbour.

Lee Miller (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Paul Cairney replaces Rory McKenzie.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Lee Miller replaces Craig Slater.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Hamilton Academical 3. Nigel Hasselbaink (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ali Crawford.

Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Nigel Hasselbaink replaces Jason Scotland.

Goal!

Goal! Kilmarnock 1, Hamilton Academical 2. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Greg Kiltie replaces Chris Johnston.

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

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark O'Hara (Kilmarnock).

Hand ball by Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Craig Samson.

Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

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

Second Half

Second Half begins Kilmarnock 1, Hamilton Academical 1.

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As It Stood

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2Aberdeen35235756302674
3Inverness CT341681046361056
4Dundee Utd34164145350352
5St Johnstone35157133233-152
6Dundee351111134552-744
7Hamilton35147144750-349
8Partick Thistle35128154639744
9Kilmarnock35108173853-1538
10Ross County35108174159-1838
11Motherwell3595213460-2632
12St Mirren3573252663-3724
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