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Ross County 2-0 Hamilton Academical

Craig Curran fired Ross County in front
Craig Curran got both of Ross County's goals

Striker Craig Curran scored twice as Ross County recovered from the concession of an early penalty to secured victory at home to Hamilton.

County goalkeeper Scott Fox fouled Christian Nade but atoned for his error by saving Ali Crawford's spot kick.

Curran made the visitors pay as he lashed the ball home from five yards before doubling County's lead with a cool finish from Marcus Fraser's pass.

Midfielder Darian Mackinnon threatened for the visitors but failed to score.

Having suffered defeat at Celtic last weekend, County were determined to get points on the board but it was Hamilton started brightest.

The won an spot kick inside four minutes but Fox produced a superb diving save to his left, with Crawford choosing placement rather than power.

The penalty jolted County into action and Curran broke free on the left to earn a corner. Michael McGovern flapped at the set piece, Hamilton failed to clear and Curran pounced to hook home from close range.

County grew in confidence after breaking the deadlock while Hamilton enjoyed fewer forays forward.

Scott Boyd sent a lovely ball over the top that Lucas Tagliapietra misjudged but a stumble cost Curran the opportunity to sprint clear on goal.

Nade was perhaps fortunate to escape punishment when a stray elbow caught Fraser's chest after the striker went down easily looking for a free kick. Referee Andrew Dallas deemed a word of warning sufficient punishment.

The scale of threat in the final third perhaps separates these sides. Ross County had Curran and Liam Boyce as a focal point with Michael Gardyne, Rafa De Vita and Jackson Irvine breaking causing a threat.

Nade used his strength to hold the ball up but, as the game wore on, he looked increasingly isolated as Hamilton struggled to pressure the hosts.

Just before the break Jim McIntyre's side doubled their lead as Hamilton were punished for poor defending.

Ross County striker Craig Curran proved the match-winner
Curran's brace proved the difference between the two sides

Play switched from left to right and ended with Fraser executing a neat one-two, breaking past a defender and cutting the ball back for Curran to tap home.

The tempo dropped significantly after the break with the home side happy to try to pick off Hamilton.

They came close when Gardyne delivered a wonderful ball that Irvine volleyed narrowly wide.

Mackinnon came close to pulling one back with a 20-yard daisy-cutter that flashed past Fox's right-hand post.

Hamilton enjoyed more possession but failed to create clear-cut opportunities and were restricted to long-range efforts.

Line-ups

Ross County

  • 1FoxSubstituted forBachmannat 69'minutes
  • 2Fraser
  • 5Boyd
  • 15Davies
  • 12Foster
  • 7Gardyne
  • 8McShane
  • 36Irvine
  • 24De Vita
  • 11CurranSubstituted forGrahamat 79'minutes
  • 10BoyceSubstituted forQuinnat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Quinn
  • 6Robertson
  • 9Graham
  • 14Holden
  • 17Franks
  • 19Dingwall
  • 21Bachmann

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 24Tena
  • 44De Lima TagliapietraBooked at 22mins
  • 3Kurakins
  • 6GillespieBooked at 71mins
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forKurtajat 61'minutes
  • 8TurnerSubstituted forMacKinnonat 45+1'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 11Crawford
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forMorrisat 75'minutes
  • 27Nade

Substitutes

  • 12Kurtaj
  • 14Morris
  • 15MacDonald
  • 16Watson
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,479

Match Stats

Home TeamRoss CountyAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Ross County 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Andrew Davies.

Attempt blocked. Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Scott Boyd.

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

Foul by Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Brian Graham replaces Craig Curran.

Attempt blocked. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Carlton Morris replaces Louis Longridge.

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Rocco Quinn (Ross County) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Booking

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Daniel Bachmann replaces Scott Fox because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Gramoz Kurtaj replaces Dougie Imrie.

Substitution

Substitution, Ross County. Rocco Quinn replaces Liam Boyce.

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Marcus Fraser (Ross County).

Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Jackson Irvine (Ross County) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Lucas.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ross County 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ross County 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Darian MacKinnon replaces Chris Turner because of an injury.

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Goal!

Goal! Ross County 2, Hamilton Academical 0. Craig Curran (Ross County) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Fraser.

Attempt blocked. Raffaele De Vita (Ross County) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Michael Gardyne (Ross County).

Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Lucas.

Craig Curran (Ross County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts22006426
2Dundee21015233
3Celtic11002023
4Dundee Utd21012113
5Aberdeen11001013
6Ross County21012203
7Motherwell210112-13
8Partick Thistle10100001
9St Johnstone201145-11
10Inverness CT201112-11
11Hamilton201102-21
12Kilmarnock100104-40
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