The conveyer belt of youth talent at Hamilton Just seems to keep on rolling and this weekend it was all about 18-year-old Kyle Munro, who marked his first Scottish Premiership start with the match winner in a 2-1 win away at Livingston.
Munro, who only made his debut a fortnight ago, spent last season on loan at Clydebank and was slotted into the line-up due to the unavailability of Scott McMann.
The Toni Macaroni Arena hasn’t exactly been a happy hunting ground for Brian Rice’s side over the years, with the last time that Accies managed to score there coming all the way back in 2014 when Jason Scotland slammed home a late equaliser in the days of the Scottish Championship.
It looked the long hoodoo without a win in West Lothian would continue as Scott Pitman opened the scoring after just 30 seconds, but Accies showed a tremendous amount of character and turned the game on it’s head in the second-half, equalising through star-man David Templeton before Munro bulleted home the winner beyond Robbie McCrorie.
The home side made one change to the starting team that defeated Ross County a fortnight ago as Jason Holt came in for Craig Sibbald who drops to the bench/
Brian Rice made four changes from the defeat against Rangers with the suspended Scott McMann, Andrew Winter, Charlie Trafford, and Lee Hodson (currently self-isolating due to coming into close contact with Jak Alnwick) all dropping out. They were replaced by Kyle Munro, Will Collar, David Moyo and David Templeton.
Livingston couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game, as they took the lead with just 29 seconds on the clock. Some excellent interplay from Alan Forrest and Lars Lokotsch on the left-hand side saw the latter drive a low cross across the face of goal, which Shaun Want could only divert the ball into his own net.
Even though Gary Holt’s side maintained their dominance, Hamilton so nearly equalised from a defensive error to level soon after. An Efe Ambrose back pass, lofted high into the air, asked far too much off Robby McCrorie, and his loose touch in the box led to him leaving the ball and goal gaping. However, the Scotland international recovered quickly to win a foot race against the onrushing David Moyo and managed to put the ball to safety.
Accies had another chance soon after as David Templeton was hacked down just outside the box by Marvin Bartley. Templeton brushed himself down and stepped up to take the resulting set-piece, but dragged his shot wide of the left-hand post.
Marvin Bartley should’ve doubled the Lions lead when he got on the end of a corner, but could only guide his header straight at Fulton from point-blank range.
Accies came out much improved in the second half following a disappointing opening 45 minutes and the visitors would level 10 minutes into the second half.
Reegan Mimnaugh swung a corner into the box, which was met by former Livi man Hakeem Odoffin, who bulleted a header against the woodwork, rebounding into the stride of Templeton. Hamilton’s stand out man unleashed an unstoppable strike into the roof of the net which gave McCrorie no chance.
Templeton was the main man in the middle for Hamilton and after he began to find more space after the break, things looked a lot more promising for Brian Rice’s side.
The 31-year-old nearly doubled his tally when he skint Bartley on the edge of the area and curled an effort towards the top corner, which sailed narrowly wide of the woodwork.
Up the other end, the hosts should have undoubtedly restored their lead as Pittman’s effort came crashing back off the bar when it seemed easier to score than miss.
However, despite struggling to test McCrorie all afternoon, Accies snatched all three points with minutes remaining through unlikely source, Kyle Munro.
It was no surprise to see Templeton in the middle of it all once again, as this time his beautiful chipped cross into the box found Munro at the far post and the teenager done extremely well to guide his header across McCrorie and into the far corner to complete the dream debut and more importantly seal a fantastic three points on the road.
Full Time: Livingston 1-2 Hamilton
- 1– McCrorie
- 2– Devlin
- 17– Robinson (Kouider-Aissar, 86’)
- 8– Pittman
- 18– Holt (Sibbald, 62′)
- 11– Forrest
- 13– Lokotsch (Tiffoney, 62’)
- 10– Sibbald
- 15– Poplatnik
- 16– Crawford
- 19– Kouider-Aissa
- 21– McMillan
- 22– Tiffoney
- 29– Taylor-Sinclair
- 32– Stryjek
- 33– Lawson
- 23– Fulton
- 8– Martin
- 2– Odoffin
- 12– Want
- 21- Munro
- 7– Collar (Trafford,83’)
- 34– Callachan
- 18– Mimnaugh
- 10– Templeton (Fjørtoft,86′)
- 9– Ogkmpoe (Winter,77’)
- 20– Moyo
- 6– Hamilton
- 14– Trafford
- 16– Fjørtoft
- 19– Winter
- 22– Gourlay
- 32– Smith
- 33– Meikle
- 36– Owolabi
- 37– Johnson