Magnificent Moyo Wins The Lanarkshire Derby For Hamilton

Hamilton recorded their first away win of the season this afternoon with an unbelievable second half performance.

After Motherwell scored the opening goal after just five minutes, it looked as if Accies were in for a long afternoon against their Lanarkshire rivals.

However, Accies went on to dominate and seriously impressed in the second half.

They deservedly levelled on the 68th minute through Aaron McGowan, before David Moyo headed home his first Accies goal to complete the turn around.

The hosts started well, with Liam Polworth seeing his volley deflect just wide of the post inside the first minute.

Hamilton went straight up the park and also came close to getting the opening goal when David Moyo’s effort went straight at Mark Gillespie from close-range.

Motherwell took the lead on the fifth minute when Chris Long looked to be struggling with his back to goal, but he somehow muscled his way past Sam Stubbs and fired his effort into the far corner beyond Luke Southwood.

Hamilton started to get a foothold in the game but were lacking that final piece of quality.

The Steelmen came inches away from doubling their lead on the 36th minute when James Scott’s cross was headed narrowly wide by Jermaine Hylton.

Brian Rice clearly gave a fantastic team talk at half-time as his side came out absolutely flying in the second half.

Accies were denied an equaliser soon after the re-start when Moyo’s dipping volley was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Gillespie at full stretch.

The visitor’s dominance finally paid off when they equalised on the 68th minute.

A deep cross from Scott McMann was headed down by Moyo into the path of Aaron McGowan, whose shot took a minor deflection and went past the helpless Gillespie.

Motherwell were beginning to get deeper and deeper inside their own half and if anyone was going to win, it certainly looked like being Hamilton.

The comeback was complete on the 77th minute when McGowan’s cross was met Moyo, who glanced his header into the top corner, causing all sorts of scenes in the away end.

Motherwell brought on Ross MacIver, who was the hero in Dingwall on Boxing Day but never looking like getting anything from a game which was mostly dominated by Hamilton.

The win has moved Accies five points clear of bottom side Hearts, while Motherwell remain in third as Aberdeen failed to pick up maximum points at Tynecastle.

Full Time- Motherwell 1-2 Hamilton

What the managers to BBC sport

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 of injuries.

My Opinion
Wow! What a win that was. I couldn’t have asked to end the decade any better than a first away win of the season against Motherwell.

The second was quite unbelievable to be honest and it’s the best half of football I’ve watched us play in a long time. Every single player in red and white fought for the badge and were outstanding.

Hopefully this can kick-start our season. Bring on Edinburgh City in the Scottish Cup after the winter break.

Motherwell: Gillespie, Mugabi, Gallagher, Carroll, Grimshaw, O’Hara, Campbell, Polworth(80), Hylton(64), Scott(65), Long.

Subs: Carson, Tait, Hartley(65), Seedorf(64), Semple, Maguire, MacIver(80)

Hamilton: Southwood, McGowan, Stubbs, Easton, McMann, Gogic, Martin(83), Collar, Miller, Moyo(79), Oakley(90)

Subs: Fon Williams, Hunt(83), Davies, Alston(79), Winter, Hamilton, Ogkmpoe(90)

 

Referee: John Beaton.
Assistants- Douglas Ross & Andy Milne.
Fourth Official: Lloyd Wilson
Attendance- 6,048 (403 Accies)
Goals- Long (5), McGowan (68), Moyo (77)
Yellow Cards- Martin (11), Stubbs (52), Hylton (63), O’Hara (75), Alston (81)
Red Cards- N/A

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