The first Lanarkshire derby of the season took place at Fir Park today on just the second game of the season. A huge game was instore as both teams were looking for their first points of the season. Both sides started their SPL campaign disappointingly after Motherwell lost 3-0 at Easter Road last Sunday and Hamilton suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat against Hearts on Saturday.
Hamilton made 2 changes from last weekends game with Aaron McGowan being handed his league debut and Tom Taiwo also starting with Dougie Imrie dropping to the bench
Motherwell made 3 changes from their 3-0 defeat at Hibernian, with midweek signing Tom Aldred starting at centre back, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair was dropped to the bench and Liam Grimshaw missed out.
Match Report Below
It was a very uneventful game in the first half at Fir Park with both sides having very limited sights at goal. The first big chance of the match came on the 16th minute, Chris Cadden curled a cross from the right and it landed on the head of the unmarked Gael Bigirimana. His header was saved well by Woods. Connor Sammon was the first to go in the referee’s book after 24 minutes when recklessly challenging Ziggy Gordon and many could argue he was lucky to be on the park after committing 3/4 fouls similar to his booking. The next chance came after 36 minutes and it was for the hosts. A long ball was nodded forward by Sammon into the path of Curtis Main who poked his effort just wide of the post after being well pressed by Shaun Want.
HALF TIME- MOTHERWELL 0-0 HAMILTON
The second half got underway and it was Motherwell who continued to dominate. After 49 minutes Allan Campbell broke free and slid the ball into Main but he dragged his shot wide. Minutes later, it was Main setting up Sammon this time. The ball was flicked on by Main into the Irishman’s feet, thankfully for Accies, Alex Penny was there to block what looked like the opening goal. The chances kept coming for The Steelmen, After 58 minutes once again the ball was played to Curtis Main, who spun around Penny and onto his unfavoured left foot and fired his shot into the side netting. The deadlock was broken after 68 minutes and it was Hamilton who took the lead against the run of play. A free kick was won 20 yards out after some nice play by Bingham and Miller forced Hartley into a foul. Before the free kick was taken, the away side made 2 substitutes with Miller and Kelly being replaced by Boyd and Cunningham. Cunningham took the free kick which deflected off the wall and into the path of other substitute Boyd who’s first touch was brilliantly volleyed into the top corner. A real contender for goal of the season!!. The Accies had a great chance to double their lead after 73 minutes when Bingham led the counter attack down the right wing, before driving it low to Cunningham who blasted his effort over the bar from 10 yards out. Hamilton should have sealed the win on the 90th minute when Taiwo was played clean through on goal, before unselfishly squaring it to Ross Cunningham who missed an open goal from a few yards out, luckily for him, the visitors managed to cling on and get 3 huge points.
FULL TIME- MOTHERWELL 0-1 HAMILTON
Woods, McGowan, McMann, Gordon, Bingham, Miller(67), Taiwo, Penny(75), Mackinnon, Want, Kelly(67).
Fulton, Tshiembe(75), Philips, Imrie, Cunningham(67), Bloomfield, Boyd
Carson, Tait(63), McHugh, Aldred, Hartley, Cadden, Campbell(63), Main, Rose(77), Bigirimana, Sammon
Gillespie, Taylor-Sinclair, Frear(63), Rodriguez Gorrin(77), Johnson(63), Maguire, Scott
GOALS- BOYD (67)
YELLOW CARDS- Sammon, Want, Mackinnon, Hartley, Woods.
RED CARDS- 0