One of the last things you would have expected on Saturday was a goal-fest as a rampant Livingston beat Hamilton in a six-goal thriller.
Accies took the lead on the 13th minute when Marios Ogkmpoe’s cut back was slammed home by Shaun Want, but the opener was cancelled out within a minute of the re-start as Livingston went straight up the park and equalised through Craig Sibbald.
The away side turned the game around just before half-time when Jack McMillan’s cross was headed home by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair from a few yards out.
Hamilton fought back and levelled the game when on-loan Rangers keeper, Robbie McCrorie dropped the ball into the path of Sam Woods, who marked his debut with a goal as he headed home from close-range.
However, the game changing moment came when referee Bobby Madden awarded Livingston a penalty, judging that Markus Fjortoft had handled the ball inside a crowded penalty area. Stevie Lawless stepped and scored.
The points were sealed as the Lions made it four shortly after. Lyndon Dykes done well to beat his man on the left-hand side, before his cross from the by-line was guided into the far corner by Scott Pittman.
Brian Rice made four changes from Hamilton’s midweek defeat against Hibernian. There was a debut for Sam Woods, who joined the club on Wednesday, while Shaun Want, Lewis Smith and Marios Ogkmpoe also started. They came in for Brian Easton, Blair Alston, Andy Dales and George Oakley.
Gary Holt made three changes from their win against St Johnstone with Steve Lawson, Keaghan Jacobs and Scott Robinson being replaced by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Craig Sibbald and Aymen Souda.
After a fairly quiet opening 10 minutes, Accies took the lead with the first real opportunity of the afternoon when Marios Ogkmpoe latched onto a pass down the line, before cutting the ball back for Shaun Want and he slammed home from close-range to score his first goal of the season.
However, Livingston levelled almost instantly when Ciaron Brown’s long throw-in was only cleared as far as Craig Sibbald, who fired a sweetly struck half-volley past Owain Fon-Williams from just outside the box.
The visitors gained the upper hand and had two chances in quick succession to take the lead. On the 19th minute some brilliant work by Lyndon Dykes seen him keep alive a dead ball and he pulled it back for Marvin Bartley, whose dangerous cross was inches away from connecting with Aymen Souda at the back-post.
Minutes later, some neat play by McMillan seen him lay the ball up for Souda, but his effort went wide.
The Lions took the lead on the 32nd minute. Souda fired a superb ball across the face of goal, but there were no takers. McMillan kept the ball alive and his perfectly timed cross found the unmarked Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and he headed into the roof of the net from two-yards out.
On the stroke of half-time, Hamilton had an excellent chance to level the game out of nowhere. Lewis Smith’s pass sent Will Collar through one-on-one, However, the midfielder panicked and opted to take it first time instead of taking a touch and the effort was easily gathered by McCrorie.
Accies levelled on the 56th minute when a corner was met by the head of Markus Fjortoft. His header was straight at the Livingston keeper and looked relatively easy to catch, but he dropped it and debutant Sam Woods was on-hand to guide home the rebound.
This crazy game continued to dish out goals as Livingston were once again re-took the lead from the penalty spot just two minutes later. The penalty was awarded for an apparent handball and Stevie Lawless kept his cool from the spot to make it 3-2.
Gary Holt’s side further extended their advantage when Dykes breezed past Fjortoft and his cut-back from the by-line was steered home by Scott Pittman.
Despite the goals drying up, there was still time for more entertainment as Aymen Souda spoiled his good performance as he angrily smashed a ball off a wall before walking straight down the tunnel. Someone was clearly not happy about being substituted!
The game died a death, with the visitors comfortably seeing out the game to win their first away match since August.
Full Time- Hamilton 2-4 Livingston
Fon-Williams, Want, Fjortoft, Woods, McMann, Collar(77), Gogic, Martin, Miller, Smith(57),Ogkmpoe(67)
Subs- Southwood, Hunt, Mimnaugh, Alston(57), Dales(77),Davies, Winter(67)
McCrorie, McMillan, Brown, Guthrie, Taylor-Sinclair, Sibbald, Bartley, Lawless(82), Pittman, Souda(70), Dykes(90)
Subs- Maley, Lithgow, Lamie, Jacobs(90), Erskine, Robinson(70), Crawford(82)
Referee- Bobby Madden
Assistants– Alastair Mather & Graeme Leslie
Fourth Official– Scott Lambie
Goals- Want(13), Sibbald(14), Taylor-Sinclair(32), Woods(57),Lawless(61), Dykes(65)
Yellow Cards- Souda(71), Fjortoft(77)
Red Cards- N/A