Scottish Premiership
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Hamilton 1-1 Partick Thistle

Greg Docherty's first goal for Hamilton ensured Accies took a point against Partick Thistle in the battle for seventh place in the Premiership.

The 18-year-old substitute headed in Ali Crawford's deep corner to deny the Jags a fourth straight win.

Stephen O'Donnell had earlier given Thistle the lead by turning in Kallum Higginbotham's cut-back.

Jesus Garcia Tena hit the underside of the crossbar for Accies in an injury-interrupted first half.

A point apiece keeps five points between the teams with six to play for.

Despite these sides having already secured top flight status for next season, Hamilton boss Martin Canning and Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald both stressed this was in no way a meaningless end of season match.

The carrot dangling in front of the clubs is the extra £45,000 of SPFL prize money that seventh place brings in comparison to eighth - which could be what allows a team to sign one extra player in the summer.

Injuries broke up any chance of real flowing football in the first half, Lyle Taylor blasting over when well-placed in between Accies' Mikey Devlin going off and Jags' Ryan Stevenson needing replaced.

Louis Longridge had a sighter go wide before Tena cracked the woodwork from a free-kick 20 yards out.

The Spaniard's left-footer had beaten Scott Fox but came down off the underside of the bar and out. It looked mightily close to being over the line in real time but the officials did not signal a goal.

Thankfully the goalmouth was breached after the break. O'Donnell, eager for a move to England when his contract expires in the summer, found himself in the box to steer home side-footed following sterling work by Higginbotham at the by-line.

However, Thistle's hopes of cutting the gap between them and their hosts were dashed when Docherty, who has been at the club since the age of eight, popped up at the back post to rescue a point.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 12Lyon
  • 4DevlinSubstituted forDe Lima Tagliapietraat 15'minutes
  • 24Tena
  • 15MacDonald
  • 7Imrie
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 77minsSubstituted forDochertyat 80'minutes
  • 6Gillespie
  • 17Longridge
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 63mins
  • 9ScotlandSubstituted forHasselbainkat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Hendrie
  • 14Hasselbaink
  • 16Watson
  • 21Docherty
  • 26El-Zubaidi
  • 29Hill
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 6Balatoni
  • 13Frans
  • 5Booth
  • 7Craigen
  • 8Bannigan
  • 11Lawless
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forFraserat 33'minutes
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 29TaylorSubstituted forDoolanat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Doolan
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 23Wilson
  • 30Keenan
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
2,342

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away6
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

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

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Darren Lyon.

Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, Partick Thistle 1. Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ali Crawford with a cross.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

Kieran MacDonald (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical).

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Greg Docherty replaces Darian MacKinnon.

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

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Lucas (Hamilton Academical).

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

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

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

James Craigen (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical).

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Hamilton Academical 0, Partick Thistle 1. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham.

Attempt saved. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Nigel Hasselbaink (Hamilton Academical).

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Scott Fox.

Attempt saved. Nigel Hasselbaink (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Booking

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

Nigel Hasselbaink (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35274478176185
2Aberdeen35235756302674
3Inverness CT361881049371262
4Dundee Utd36165155553253
5St Johnstone36158133334-153
6Dundee361111144553-844
7Hamilton36148144851-350
8Partick Thistle36129154740745
9Kilmarnock36108183956-1738
10Ross County36108184261-1938
11Motherwell36105213761-2435
12St Mirren3683252864-3627
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