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Motherwell 3-3 Hamilton Academical

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Fir Park

Ali Crawford scored from the penalty spot to snatch a point for Hamilton in a dramatic Lanarkshire derby at Fir Park.

Scott MacDonald gave the home side the lead inside 10 minutes before Lucas Tagliapietra and Darian MacKinnon responded for Accies.

MacDonald levelled before Louis Moult headed Well back in front.

Keith Lasley saw red after handling in the box and Crawford buried the last-minute penalty to secure a point.

The hosts got off to the perfect start after just nine minutes, when McDonald glanced Josh Law's teasing cross from the left beyond the despairing Michael McGovern.

Well were up for the task and both McDonald and Liam Grimshaw came close to adding a second.

But Accies forced their way slowly back into the game and duly equalised after 25 minutes.

Crawford sent in a free-kick on the angle from around 25 yards out and Tagliapietra managed to head flick the ball backwards and into the net.

And three minutes later, Martin Canning's side took a dramatic lead thanks to a thundering 25-yard strike by MacKinnon that gave goalkeeper Connor Ripley no chance.

Darian MacKinnon fires home from long range to put Hamilton 2-1 up
Darian MacKinnon fires home from long range to put Hamilton 2-1 up

Into the second half and the home side were on level terms within a minute.

Moult found space on the left and, although McDonald fluffed his initial attempt to convert the cross, he turned the ball over the line while grounded.

The game raged from end to end and challenges were hard and fast, with six players finding their way into the book of referee Greg Aitken.

And on one of their many attacks the home side regained the lead, when Moult guided home his 12th of the season from six yards after McDonald's pinpoint cross.

There was a further blow for Hamilton with five minutes left when influential defender Tagliapietra had to be carried off after suffering what looked like a neck injury.

But there was a dramatic equaliser for the visitors when they were awarded a penalty in stoppage time.

Crawford fired in a shot that came off the arm of Lasley, who was shown a second yellow card followed by a red.

Crawford stepped up to the spot and sent Ripley the wrong way to snatch a point in a pulsating Lanarkshire derby.



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Ripley
  • 18LawBooked at 49mins
  • 32Hall
  • 6McManusBooked at 87mins
  • 3Hammell
  • 11JohnsonSubstituted forCaddenat 90+2'minutes
  • 4GrimshawBooked at 38mins
  • 14LasleyBooked at 90mins
  • 8Pearson
  • 77McDonald
  • 20MoultSubstituted forRobinsonat 82'minutes


  • 5Laing
  • 12Samson
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Clarkson
  • 24McFadden
  • 26Cadden
  • 28Watt


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 6Gillespie
  • 2Gordon
  • 44De Lima TagliapietraSubstituted forSendles-Whiteat 86'minutes
  • 3KurakinsBooked at 78mins
  • 21Docherty
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 7ImrieBooked at 50minsSubstituted forRedmondat 72'minutes
  • 20Brophy
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 52mins
  • 14MorrisSubstituted forD'Acolat 79'minutes


  • 9D'Acol
  • 10Redmond
  • 15Sendles-White
  • 17Longridge
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade
  • 30Boyd
Greg Aitken

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 3, Hamilton Academical 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 3, Hamilton Academical 3.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Motherwell 3, Hamilton Academical 3. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  4. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Keith Lasley (Motherwell) for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Keith Lasley (Motherwell) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Chris Cadden (Motherwell).

  9. Post update

    Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Chris Cadden replaces Marvin Johnson.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ben Hall (Motherwell).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Booking

    Stephen McManus (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Stephen McManus (Motherwell).

  16. Post update

    Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jamie Sendles-White replaces Lucas because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Delay in match Lucas (Hamilton Academical) because of an injury.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Theo Robinson replaces Louis Moult.

  20. Post update

    Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.