Hamilton Academical 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Wednesday, May 11th, 2016, 7:45 PM at New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Attendance: 1,516
Referee: Stephen Finnie
Hamilton Academical Inverness CT

Goalscorers
None. Daniel Devine (41)

Team Managers
Martin Canning John Hughes

Starting Eleven
Michael McGovern
Ziggy Gordon
Michael Devlin
Jesus Garcia Tena
Anton Kurakins
Steven Boyd
Darian Mackinnon
Grant Gillespie
Gramoz Kurtaj
Eamonn Brophy
Carlton Morris
Owain Fon Williams
Josh Meekings
Gary Warren
Daniel Devine
Carl Tremarco
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Danny Williams
Miles Storey

Bench
Alan Martin
Alejandro D Acol
Daniel Redmond
Greg Docherty
Ronan Hughes
Ryan Tierney
Ross Cunningham
Ryan Esson
David Raven
Lewis Horner
Jordan Roberts
Ryan Williams
Richie Foran
Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo

Substitutions
Greg Docherty -> Gramoz Kurtaj (56)
Daniel Redmond -> Jesus Garcia Tena (63)
Ronan Hughes -> Steven Boyd (78)
Jordan Roberts for Miles Storey (87)
Richie Foran for Danny Williams (92)

Bookings
Darian Mackinnon (74)
Grant Gillespie (82)
Gary Warren (57)
Liam Polworth (85)

Red Cards
Darian Mackinnon (74) None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 46 apps -
Carl Tremarco 73 apps2 goals
Josh Meekings 173 apps6 goals
Daniel Devine 83 apps3 goals
Gary Warren 150 apps12 goals
Greg Tansey 146 apps25 goals
Ross Draper 158 apps11 goals
Iain Vigurs 60 apps11 goals
Liam Polworth 75 apps7 goals
Danny Williams 107 apps5 goals
Miles Storey 36 apps12 goals
Jordan Roberts (sub) 13 apps3 goals
Richie Foran (sub) 208 apps44 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (21 years 217 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2017 years 287 days)
Average Player Age:26 years 310 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (21 years 217 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2017 years 287 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 146 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts

Milestones

Devine nets winner:

Inverness ground out a result at Hamilton thanks to a Danny Devine goal before the break. It was a rather dour encounter and one where Darian Mackinnon earned himself two yellow cards in ten seconds..............is that a record.

The least said about this game the better with fans less than impressed by the quality of play on display.

John Hughes left out Jordan Roberts and Andrea Mutombo, with Iain Vigurs and Danny Williams starting. It may just be me, but I find it odd that a player not wanting to stay at Inverness gets a start ahead of guys who would give an arm and a leg to play. David Raven was of course left on the bench. No surprise there.

RIG was at this game and here's his report.

Really poor end of season affair lightened up by MacKinnon being a colossal ned and scrapping with his coaching staff as he was bundled off the pitch and one of the ICT fans charging across the stand to celebrate the Williams 'goal' before realising it had been chalked off :laugh:

For some reason, after turning in a wonderful performance against Partick, we seem to have returned to our timid, non threatening, slow passing game. Whereas Draper and others had been snapping at the heels of Partick players winning the ball and providing great support further forward for the likes of Storey we seemed significantly less inclined to attack with anyone other than Storey, Williams and Polworth. Draper and Tansey were lined up exceptionally deep with Meekings and Tremarco seldom supporting on the flanks. It was like we had put the brakes on for this one despite 7th place and some potentially important prize money up for grabs.

The best move of the game for us came when Storey scampered free on the left flank and crossed for Williams who finished well but had apparently just drifted offside. Hard to tell from where we were. A quick free kick from Vigurs released Devine and he tackled the ball into the net. Decent finish for a defender. Hamilton had largely been restricted to shots from range with a couple looking like they flew pretty close to OFW goal.

Half Time 0-1

Second half was sadly a very timid affair from us in attacking sense best exemplified when Williams had the ball on the right flank and the ICT players alongside him stood completely still. There was little movement off the ball to create space for either a pass or for the player who had the ball. We seemed happy to knock the ball around and protect the one goal lead. Draper (I think) did find Polworth with a superb through ball but he shot right at McGovern.

MacKinnon, perhaps the biggest ned in Scottish football, was sent off for clashing with Vigurs. Looked like he threw an elbow in the direction of Vigurs after a challenge which strangely brought only a yellow card before he then mouthed off at the ref and was shown a second yellow. As he went off he clashed with the Accies coaching staff and was restrained before appearing to launch himself at whoever was holding him back. Bizarre.

For most of the latter part of the second half we were defending deeper and deeper as we clung on to the lead. Hamiltons best chance came when a clever and quick free kick nearly caught us out but somehow the final shot from an Accies player, from about 3 yards out, was ballooned into the retail park.

Full Time 0-1

Not going to complain too much about a win but having seen what the team can do when it is set up correctly it seems bizarre to put the brakes on and reign the side back.

Match report written by RIG



Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 37 25 8 4 86 31 55 83
2. Aberdeen 36 22 5 9 62 43 19 71
3. Hearts 36 17 10 9 56 38 18 61
4. St. Johnstone 37 16 7 14 56 53 3 55
5. Motherwell 37 15 5 17 47 56 -9 50
6. Ross County 37 13 6 18 51 61 -10 45
7. Inverness CT 37 13 10 14 50 48 2 49
8. Dundee 37 11 15 11 53 53 0 48
9. Partick Thistle 37 12 9 16 39 48 -9 45
10. Hamilton Academical 37 11 9 17 40 61 -21 42
11. Kilmarnock 37 9 9 19 39 60 -21 36
12. Dundee Utd 37 7 7 23 41 68 -27 28

* - Table split into two divisions of six.