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Inverness CT 0-1 Hamilton Academical

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at the Caledonian Stadium
Carlton Morris scores the winner for Hamilton

Hamilton pulled level on points with Inverness in the Premiership with a hard-fought win in the Highlands.

After a forgettable first half, Carlton Morris scored the only goal of the game with a low shot across Michael McGovern which went in off the far post.

Iain Vigurs glanced a header wide, Nat Wedderburn went close with a poked shot and Liam Hughes volleyed wide as Inverness pushed to level.

Darren Lyon almost doubled Accies' lead but Owain Fon Williams saved well.

Inverness maintained top-six ambitions going into this fixture but perhaps more important at this stage was to pull away from the relegation play-off place.

For Hamilton, their entire focus is on staying in the Premiership and a win would have made that task substantially easier. In the end, it went in their favour.

The early stages were cagey with Darian MacKinnon first to threaten with a shot from the edge of the box which was blocked. The midfielder screamed for a penalty but referee Steven McLean said no.

Inverness began to threaten and Greg Tansey gained possession on the left and played an intelligent ball into Liam Polworth's path. His strike was sure but narrowly off target as it arrowed over the bar.

Hamilton came close when Morris nodded on to Gramoz Kurtaj and the midfielder drilled a low shot inches past the far post.

Early in the second half, Vigurs had a great chance with a header but despite having time and space he misjudged the flight of the ball and sent it past the post.

Jordan Roberts then got in behind the Hamilton defence but his touch was too firm and the chance disappeared.

From nowhere a goal arrived and it was a crucial for the visitors. Ross Draper lost possession, Morris found space in the area and drilled the ball perfectly across Fon Williams and in off the post.

Richie Foran and Miles Storey came off the bench for a rare appearance as Hughes - who had received a talking-to from the refeee - went for broke.

Foran teed up Polworth who smashed across goal, and Vigurs saw his instinctive header just miss the far post as Inverness began to press.

Substitute Darren Lyon almost sealed the points on the break when his shot was brilliantly saved by Fon Williams to keep Inverness in the game.

The home side threw everything at the Hamilton defence in the later stages, with Wedderburn going close and Danny Devine heading over.

But Inverness CT are now five points off a top-six place, while Martin Canning's side opened a five-point gap between themselves and the relegation play-off place.


Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 17Horner
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 14DevineBooked at 49mins
  • 19Williams
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 20PolworthSubstituted forStoreyat 72'minutes
  • 11RobertsSubstituted forForanat 65'minutes
  • 27Vigurs
  • 21Hughes


  • 1Esson
  • 7Williams
  • 9Foran
  • 34Brown
  • 38MacLennan
  • 39Storey


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1McGovernBooked at 90mins
  • 2Gordon
  • 4Devlin
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 7ImrieBooked at 63minsSubstituted forBoydat 87'minutes
  • 6GillespieBooked at 63minsSubstituted forLyonat 70'minutes
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forRedmondat 73'minutes
  • 21Docherty
  • 14Morris


  • 8Diaby
  • 9D'Acol
  • 10Redmond
  • 20Brophy
  • 22Lyon
  • 26Martin
  • 30Boyd
Steven McLean

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHamilton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Hamilton Academical 1.

  3. Booking

    Michael McGovern (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Danny Devine (Inverness CT) header from very close range is just a bit too high.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Antons Kurakins.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ross Draper (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  7. Post update

    Lewis Horner (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  10. Post update

    Richie Foran (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lucas (Hamilton Academical).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Steven Boyd replaces Dougie Imrie.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Hughes (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Darian MacKinnon.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Antons Kurakins.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Wedderburn (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Darren Lyon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

4Ross County29123144446-239
5St Johnstone29116124446-239
8Partick Thistle2997132937-834
9Inverness CT2989123441-733
12Dundee Utd2955193053-2320
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