Hamilton Academical 3 - 0 Inverness CT

League Match
Tuesday, January 31st, 2017, 7:45 PM at New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Attendance: 1,745
Referee: Euan Anderson
Hamilton Academical Inverness CT

Alejandro D-Acol (10)
Grant Gillespie (47)
Rakish Bingham (61)

Team Managers
Martin Canning Richie Foran

Starting Eleven
Gary Woods
Michael Devlin
Massimo Donati
Scott McMann
Grant Gillespie
Daniel Redmond
Darian Mackinnon
Dougie Imrie
Ali Crawford
Alejandro D-Acol
Rakish Bingham
Owain Fon Williams
Gary Warren
David Raven
Carl Tremarco
Brad Mckay
Iain Vigurs
Liam Polworth
Greg Tansey
Ross Draper
Billy Mckay
Henri Anier

Remi Matthews
Dan Seaborne
Craig Watson
Eamonn Brophy
Ross Cunningham
Steven Boyd
Blair Adams
Ryan Esson
Jamie McCart
Jake Mulraney
Larnell Cole
Alex Fisher
Scott Boden
Dean Ebbe

Blair Adams -> Ali Crawford (32)
Steven Boyd -> Rakish Bingham (72)
Eamonn Brophy -> Alejandro D-Acol (78)
Larnell Cole for Ross Draper (58)
Dean Ebbe for Henri Anier (74)

Michael Devlin (26)
Daniel Redmond (31)
Darian Mackinnon (54)
Iain Vigurs (29)
Greg Tansey (38)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Owain Fon Williams (GK) 72 apps -
Brad Mckay 18 apps -
Carl Tremarco 102 apps8 goals
David Raven 152 apps4 goals
Gary Warren 179 apps14 goals
Greg Tansey 175 apps27 goals
Iain Vigurs 89 apps16 goals
Liam Polworth 100 apps10 goals
Ross Draper 187 apps16 goals
Billy Mckay 142 apps62 goals
Henri Anier 3 apps -
Larnell Cole (sub) 14 apps2 goals
Dean Ebbe (sub) 1 app (debut) -

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Liam Polworth (22 years 117 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 187 days)
Average Player Age:28 years 210 days
Domestic Players:5 (45.45 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (19 years 230 days)
Oldest Player:Greg Tansey (2018 years 187 days)
Average Player Age:27 years 320 days
Domestic Players:11 (61.11 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts
Dean Ebbe(Signed )

Liam Polworth played his 100th major competitive game for the Club.

Return of the Mac fails to inspire embarrassing Caley Jags:

Prodigal son Billy Mckay returned to Inverness as Richie Foran pulled off a signing coup to set the fans buzzing prior to this fixture and he went straight into the starting XI. Aaron Doran, Josh Meekings and Billy King all missed out for the visitors as Massimo Donati and captain Michael Devlin returned after suspension for the hosts.

However, it took Accies only ten minutes to open the scoring when Alex D'Acol scored from a corner with the Inverness defence looking sheepishly at each other. Greg Tansey spurned an opportunity to level the score from the spot but Gary Woods saved. Grant Gillespie scored two minutes into the second half with Fon Williams not looking too clever. Rakish Bingham lashed in a third after more shoddy Inverness play.

Shoes have come off for less serious predicaments. It's time for some tough talking at the Caledonian Stadium.

Old Caley Girl witnessed this one and it's suffice to say that she was less than impressed with the display from the Caley Jags, despite the introduction of new signing Billy Mckay. Here's her report from the SuperSeal Stadium................

The Caleyaway faithful turned up at New Douglas Park with renewed hope following the morale boosting return of the prodigal son Billy McKay. However, this optimism was to prove short lived and misplaced with a Tuesday night horror show from ICT. Its 8 years since the infamous shoes off protest and to be quite honest if there had been another display of shoes this week it would not have been undeserved.

It was clear from the off that Hamilton were well aware how important this game was and it didn’t take us long to see which team was up for the fight and which wasn’t. Ali Crawford had the first chance of the game but shot over the bar and Billy Mckay had a good chance a few minutes later but shot wide. However, just a few minutes later Hamilton were ahead with D’Acol heading home from close range from a Crawford corner.

With 26 minutes played ICT were thrown a potential lifeline with Darian MacKinnon fouling Billy Mckay in the box and a penalty was awarded. There was a collective sigh of relief when our usually reliable penalty taker Greg Tansey stepped up, but this proved short lived. He fired the ball towards the right hand corner but Woods went the right way and saved. At that point the writing was on the wall that it wasn’t going to be a good night for us. To be fair to Tansey, Woods did very well in saving his shot but that wasn’t much comfort to the travelling fans. At this point the heads went down and we resorted to punt after punt that rarely got anywhere near Anier or Mckay. Tansey and Vigurs collected first half yellows and Crawford went off injured in 32 mins.

Half Time 1 – 0

If we thought things were going to improve second half we were sadly mistaken. Two minutes after the restart Hamilton were 2 ahead, Grant Gillespie firing the ball into the right hand corner of the net. In 58 minutes Draper was replaced by Cole and a few moments later Hamilton were three ahead, Bingham shooting from outside the box into the top right hand top of the net. Ebbe replaced Anier in 75 minutes but this was a shambolic display from ICT. I can’t remember anything of note in any way positive in the second half from an ICT perspective at all.

Full Time 3 – 0

With the midfield missing in action and unable to get the ball effectively to the strikers and the defence having a collectively poor night then this had only one outcome. In fact I’d suggest it was the worst display I personally have seen from an ICT team in years. The players looked disorganised and tactics seemed non-existent, headless chickens at times. Another worry, apart from now being adrift at the bottom of the league, is that Hamilton look more than capable of being up for a scrap but we seem to be falling more apart as the games are played. Richie Foran sounded emotional in his post-match interview and was scathing of the players but at last seems to have admitted to himself that we are in a relegation battle. With a four year deal a change of manager is not an option so we just have to hope that somehow Foran and his players can pull off a miracle and get us out of this mess. On this performance the jury is out that they can.

OCG MotM – Ok, not sure anyone deserved this award at all but if I have to pick a player I’d have to go with Billy Mckay, who must wonder what he has done coming back to this shambles of a set up. My MotM tho is going to the guys and girls of Caleyaway, all 139 of those present on Tuesday night, who deserve much much better than they spent good money to watch. :cry:

Here's the SPFL video from the SuperSeal Stadium. Parental guidance is advised as it's another horror show from the Caley Jaggies.

Match report written by old caley girl

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Celtic 22 21 1 0 59 14 45 64
2. Rangers 22 12 6 4 30 21 9 42
3. Aberdeen 21 12 4 5 38 19 19 40
4. Hearts 22 8 7 7 38 30 8 31
5. St. Johnstone 22 8 7 7 28 25 3 31
6. Motherwell 22 6 6 10 27 36 -9 24
7. Partick Thistle 22 5 8 9 24 29 -5 23
8. Ross County 23 5 8 10 26 41 -15 23
9. Kilmarnock 22 5 8 9 19 37 -18 23
10. Dundee 22 6 4 12 21 31 -10 22
11. Hamilton Academical 23 3 11 9 24 34 -10 20
12. Inverness CT 23 3 8 12 26 43 -17 17