Scottish Premiership
Hamilton0Inverness CT1

Hamilton Academical 0-1 Inverness CT

Danny Devine
Danny Devine takes the plaudits after netting Caley Thistle's winner

A scrambled Danny Devine goal was enough for Inverness Caledonian Thistle to overcome 10-man Hamilton.

The first-half effort, from Iain Vigurs' free-kick, settled a fairly even game, although the home side were hamstrung by poor discipline.

Darian Mackinnon was dismissed following his verbal reaction to a booking after a tussle with Vigurs.

Hamilton had half-chances to equalise but Greg Docherty spurned the best of them, shooting over from close range.

The critical matters have already been decided, but these two sides still nurtured their own ambitions. For Hamilton, having secured their Premiership safety last weekend, the intention was to mark their last home game of the season with a heart-warming performance and result for their fans.

Inverness were motivated by the desire to finish top of the bottom six, and maximise the amount of prize money that the team can add to next season's recruitment budget.

Hamilton threatened first when Eamonn Brophy's direct run into the penalty area ended when he tumbled over an Inverness defender. It did look as though the attacker had run deliberately into his opponent, and referee Stephen Finnie was certainly not moved to award a spot kick, much to the annoyance of Hamilton manager Martin Canning.

The officials were prominent early on, with an offside flag ruling out a goal after Danny Williams had clipped Miles Storey's cross into the net from close range.

Darian Mackinnon
Darian Mackinnon is furious after being sent off

Inverness tended to be the more assertive side, although much of the game was contained to the centre of the pitch with little width or penetration. Hamilton were enthused by a couple of half chances, with Carlton Morris shooting just over from distance and Steven Boyd, making his debut, slashing the ball wide from the angle.

The visitors' maintained their edge, though, and it came to count just before half-time. Following Vigurs' free-kick, Devine and McGovern challenged each other for the ball, and the former prevailed to steer it into the net.

There should have been more command to Inverness's lead, with Liam Polworth sent clean through on goal after the interval. McGovern rushed out to close him down, and the midfielder could only shoot straight at the goalkeeper's body.

Hamilton retained their determination, and that delivered moments of hope. They came close when the substitute Docherty met a long ball into the penalty area, but from almost directly underneath the bar, he skied his shot over.

As if that miss wasn't galling enough, Hamilton had to endure a further setback when Mackinnon was booked twice within seconds.

The midfielder tried to protect the ball from Vigurs using his body, but also used his elbow. No direct contact was made but Finnie reached for his card and brandished it again on hearing what the offender had to say.

Mackinnon was incensed, as were the Hamilton coaching staff, and he had to be urged from the field. The home side retained that fiery sense of purpose and it almost delivered an equaliser.

After a period of pressure on the Inverness goal, Danny Redmond's free-kick bounced straight though a crowded penalty area and Owain Fon Williams leapt to his left to push the ball way.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4Devlin
  • 24TenaSubstituted forRedmondat 64'minutes
  • 3Kurakins
  • 30BoydSubstituted forHughesat 79'minutes
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 75mins
  • 6GillespieBooked at 83mins
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forDochertyat 57'minutes
  • 20Brophy
  • 14Morris

Substitutes

  • 9D'Acol
  • 10Redmond
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
  • 33Hughes
  • 34Tierney
  • 35Cunningham

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 6Meekings
  • 5WarrenBooked at 58mins
  • 14Devine
  • 3Tremarco
  • 8Draper
  • 16Tansey
  • 20PolworthBooked at 85mins
  • 27Vigurs
  • 19WilliamsSubstituted forForanat 90+2'minutes
  • 39StoreySubstituted forRobertsat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 7Williams
  • 9Foran
  • 11Roberts
  • 17Horner
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
1,516

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home12
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Inverness CT 1.

Full Time

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Danny Devine.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Richie Foran replaces Danny Williams.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Carl Tremarco.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Attempt blocked. Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Owain Fon Williams.

Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Jordan Roberts replaces Miles Storey.

Booking

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Iain Vigurs.

Booking

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ross Draper.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Owain Fon Williams.

Attempt saved. Carlton Morris (Hamilton Academical) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the centre of the goal.

Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Ronan Hughes replaces Steven Boyd.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

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

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

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

Attempt saved. Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Ross Draper (Inverness CT).

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

Foul by Miles Storey (Inverness CT).

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

Attempt missed. Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Josh Meekings.

Attempt blocked. Eamonn Brophy (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Daniel Redmond replaces Jesus Garcia Tena.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37258486315583
2Aberdeen36225962431971
3Hearts361710956381861
4St Johnstone37167145653355
5Motherwell37155174756-950
6Ross County37136185161-1045
7Inverness CT371310145048249
8Dundee371115115353048
9Partick Thistle37129163948-945
10Hamilton37119174061-2142
11Kilmarnock3799193960-2136
12Dundee Utd3777234168-2725
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