Match ends, Motherwell 1, Hamilton Academical 2.
Motherwell 1-2 Hamilton Academical: Visitors record first away win this term
Hamilton Academical stunned Lanarkshire rivals Motherwell at Fir Park to clinch their maiden Scottish Premiership away win this season.
Christopher Long had the high-flying hosts ahead early on as they attempted to consolidate third spot.
However, a deserved second-half double from Aaron McGowan and David Moyo delivered Accies' first Lanarkshire derby win since August 2018.
Motherwell sit a point clear of Aberdeen as Hamilton stay 11th.
A bumper crowd at Fir Park witnessed a whirlwind start for the hosts, who easily could have been out of sight in the first 10 minutes.
However, Brian Rice's men dictated so much of the game, delivering three points that opens up a five-point gap over bottom-placed Hearts.
Possessed Accies rip up the script
This just wasn't in the script. Hamilton made the short trip across Strathclyde Park to their North Lanarkshire neighbours in pretty dire form.
One win in their last 13 summed up the last three months for Rice's team, and even that victory came against bottom side Hearts. In contrast, Stephen Robinson's hosts were guaranteed to finish the year third, the force of five wins from their last six blowing them into Europa League contention.
The first 10 minutes flew by in a blur. Around 6000 Motherwell fans crammed in for this one, with many still outside when Liam Polworth's deflected shot skiffed the far post in the first minute. He would go close again soon after in an early blitz.
Five minutes were on the clock when the breakthrough came. A solo effort from Long began at the corner flag. With his back to goal and Sam Stubbs tailing him, the former Everton man spun his man, drove into the box and slashed a low shot across goal and in off the far post. Fir Park erupted in appreciation.
The home crowd were brought to their feet again on 10 minutes, this time in tribute to late captain Phil O'Donnell, who collapsed on the Fir Park pitch 12 years ago to the day and later died.
As an attacking force, Motherwell pretty much peaked there. Barring a Long header that whistled just by the near post, the hosts seemed spooked by the tenacity of an opponent fighting for their lives at the foot of the table, the early blow almost rousing Rice's men in a call to action.
After the break, they were inspired. Motherwell dropped further and further back and when captain Peter Hartley was thrown on to form a back three, it was almost as if Motherwell were attempting to hold on to the narrow lead they had. Within three minutes that advantage vanished.
McGowan tried his luck from the edge of the area with a packed box in front of him. Substitute Hartley went to block, but turned his back on the shot. It cannoned off the inside of his leg, wrong-footing Mark Gillespie in the Motherwell goal for a deserved equaliser.
Hamilton were a team possessed now, and just nine minutes later Moyo scored the winner. He outjumped Declan Gallagher at the back post before sending a thumping header into the net.
He then saluted the small pocket of Hamilton fans housed in the vast Fir Park away stand, celebrating a deserved and rare away win.
Man of the match - David Moyo
The Zimbabwean characterised this entire Accies performance. The 25-year-old was a constant pest for the Motherwell defence and arguably could have done better when an early chance broke his way not long after his team fell 1-0 behind.
However, he was tormentor-in-chief during an inspired second half that had Motherwell on the back foot for its entirety. His stunning header the reward he and his team-mates deserved. It has taken the former St Albans man 13 games to get his first goal. He won't forget it in a hurry.
'It's a lesson for us' - reaction
Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "We didn't do the basics. If you don't do that you didn't win football matches. We didn't deserve anything from the game today.
"I have to give credit to Accies. They won every single header and second ball so we had to try something. It didn't work. I take full responsibility. I can't be too hard on them but it's certainly a lesson for us."
Hamilton head coach Brian Rice: "I'm delighted for everyone; to win the last match of the decade against your local rivals in the way we did, I'm thrilled.
"I'll maybe look at bringing in one or two players. No more than that. It was a new squad in the summer and I'm still gelling them together after a lot injuries."
- 52O'HaraBooked at 75mins
- 19PolworthSubstituted forMacIverat 80'minutes
- 17ScottSubstituted forHartleyat 65'minutes
- 14HyltonBooked at 63minsSubstituted forSeedorfat 64'minutes
- 26StubbsBooked at 52mins
- 25MartinBooked at 11minsSubstituted forHuntat 83'minutes
- 20MoyoSubstituted forAlstonat 79'minutesBooked at 81mins
- 9OakleySubstituted forOgkmpoeat 90+3'minutes
- 1Fon Williams
- John Beaton
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Hamilton Academical 2.
Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Marios Ogkmpoe replaces George Oakley.
Attempt saved. Declan Gallagher (Motherwell) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Sam Stubbs.
Attempt missed. Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Declan Gallagher (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by George Oakley (Hamilton Academical).
Attempt missed. Will Collar (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Declan Gallagher.
Declan Gallagher (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical).
Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Johnny Hunt replaces Scott Martin.
Blair Alston (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Allan Campbell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Blair Alston (Hamilton Academical).
Substitution, Motherwell. Ross MacIver replaces Liam Polworth.
Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Blair Alston replaces David Moyo.
Goal! Motherwell 1, Hamilton Academical 2. David Moyo (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Aaron McGowan.
Mark O'Hara (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Attempt missed. Scott Martin (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Liam Grimshaw.
Attempt missed. Jake Carroll (Motherwell) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Goal! Motherwell 1, Hamilton Academical 1. Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.
Foul by Declan Gallagher (Motherwell).
Scott McMann (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. David Moyo (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Substitution, Motherwell. Peter Hartley replaces James Scott.
Substitution, Motherwell. Sherwin Seedorf replaces Jermaine Hylton.
Jermaine Hylton (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Jermaine Hylton (Motherwell).
Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by James Scott (Motherwell).
Brian Easton (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Liam Polworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alexander Gogic (Hamilton Academical).
Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical).
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Gillespie.
Attempt saved. David Moyo (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.