Hamilton Accies maintained their excellent start to the season with a League Cup win at Kilmarnock.

The 2012 winners were totally outplayed by the Championship leaders in the first-half with Mickael Antoine-Curier heading home on 42 minutes.

Kilmarnock rallied early in the second half and Kevin Cuthbert made a good save from Rabiu Ibrahim.

But Antoine-Curier and James Keatings both went close to extending the visitors' lead.

Having been bundled out of the Ramsdens Cup on their first outing of the season, Hamilton have now won five consecutive games.

Accies took the initiative in the early stages, busily finding their way forward in the opening spell and earning a series of corners.

Alex Neil's side came close on 18 minutes when Ali Crawford sent in a free kick from the right wing and Michael Devlin rose well in a busy penalty box to head just over.

The hosts carved a half-chance on 30 minutes after Ibrahim skilfully retained possession and escaped his markers at the left corner flag. He passed to Rory McKeown and the ball was then cleared out to Sean Clohessy at the right corner of the box, but his shot failed to trouble Cuthbert.

Instead, Hamilton took a deserved lead four minutes from the break in simple but emphatic style - Crawford delivered a corner from the right and Antoine-Curier rose highest in the box to bullet a header past Craig Samson and in at the near post.

Kilmarnock had their best chance of an equaliser five minutes after the restart when Ibrahim unleashed an impressive shot from outside the box, which Cuthbert had to claw away round the right-hand post.

William Gros also had an early chance and Clohessy shot straight at the goalkeeper as the hosts enjoyed their best spell of pressure.

Accies also had second-half efforts thanks to Antoine-Curier and Keatings, who were replaced 20 minutes from time by McShane and Andy Ryan.

Clohessy then sent in a cross 12 minutes from time which player-manager Neil, on as a substitute, blocked with a header; and from a second corner, Gros headed narrowly wide.

Kilmarnock had some late efforts on goal but were unable to find a late equaliser to force extra time, while Andy Ryan hit the side netting for Hamilton in stoppage time.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Kilmarnock

  • 01 Samson
  • 02 Tesselaar
  • 06 Barr Booked
  • 16 Clohessy
  • 26 O'Hara
  • 05 Irvine
  • 11 Gross
  • 20 Jacobs
  • 23 McKeown (Fowler - 46' )
  • 19 Ibrahim (Heffernan - 64' )
  • 22 Stewart (McKenzie - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Reguero
  • 04 Fowler
  • 07 Nicholson
  • 18 McKenzie
  • 14 Heffernan

Hamilton

  • 01 Cuthbert
  • 02 Gordon
  • 03 Hendrie Booked
  • 04 Michael Devlin
  • 05 Canning
  • 06 Gillepsie (Neil - 74' )
  • 11 Crawford
  • 18 Mackinnon Booked
  • 22 Andreu
  • 07 Keatings (McShane - 70' )
  • 99 Antoine-Curier (Ryan - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 19 Currie
  • 33 Kilday
  • 10 Neil
  • 09 McShane
  • 32 Ryan
Ref: Murray
Att: 2,033

Match Stats

Shots

13 9

On target

6 2

Corners

6 9

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:22

Andrew Ryan takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

90:00 +2:29

Andrew Ryan takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

90:00 +1:39

Martin Canning makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:28

Free kick taken by Kyle Jacobs.

90:00 +1:21

Unfair challenge on Kyle Jacobs by Anthony Andreu results in a free kick.

90:00 +0:28

Free kick taken by Alexander Neil.

90:00 +0:07

Unfair challenge on Darian Mackinnon by Sean Clohessy results in a free kick.

89:54

Alister Crawford takes the free kick.

89:40

Darren Barr is given a yellow card.

89:40 Booking

Booking

89:26

Darren Barr concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Ryan.

89:02

Kyle Jacobs has an effort at goal. Kevin Cuthbert safely holds on.

87:24

Michael Devlin makes a clearance.

87:19

Sean Clohessy delivers the ball.

87:02

Darren Barr takes the free kick.

86:52

The referee blows for offside against Jon McShane.

86:23

Shot by Alister Crawford cleared the net.

85:27

The referee blows for offside against Jon McShane.

84:50

William Gros takes a shot. Kevin Cuthbert catches the ball.

84:43

Corner from the right by-line taken by Rory McKenzie.

84:29

Shot by William Gros.

83:21

Paul Heffernan takes a shot.

82:52

Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.

82:48

Andrew Ryan is caught offside.

79:21

Header by William Gros misses to the right of the target.

79:05

Corner from the left by-line taken by Rory McKenzie.

78:50

Corner from the left by-line taken by Rory McKenzie.

78:19

Sean Clohessy produces a cross.

77:16

Free kick crossed by Jackson Irvine.

77:06

Anthony Andreu challenges Sean Clohessy unfairly and gives away a free kick.

75:24

Jeroen Tesselaar manages to make a clearance.

75:08

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alister Crawford.

74:09

James Fowler takes the free kick.

74:01

Unfair challenge on James Fowler by Martin Canning results in a free kick.

73:53

Jeroen Tesselaar manages to make a clearance.

73:46

Corner taken by Alister Crawford from the left by-line.

73:18 Substitution

Substitution Grant Gillespie leaves the field to be replaced by Alexander Neil.

73:05 Substitution

Substitution Rory McKenzie is brought on as a substitute for Mark Stewart.

70:39

Paul Heffernan has a headed effort at goal. Kevin Cuthbert safely holds on.

70:20

Clearance made by Michael Devlin.

70:15

Jeroen Tesselaar takes the free kick.

70:00 Booking

Booking

70:00

The referee cautions Stephen Hendrie for unsporting behaviour.

69:51

Stephen Hendrie challenges Kyle Jacobs unfairly and gives away a free kick.

69:08 Substitution

Substitution Andrew Ryan is brought on as a substitute for Mickael Antoine-Curier.

69:01 Substitution

Substitution (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with Jon McShane coming on for James Keatings.

68:41

Clearance by Martin Canning.

68:38

The ball is swung over by Mark O'Hara.

67:31

Centre by Darian Mackinnon.

66:45

Kyle Jacobs takes the free kick.

66:37

The referee penalises Anthony Andreu for handball.

63:44

James Keatings has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the target.

63:13 Substitution

Substitution Paul Heffernan comes on in place of Rabiu Ibrahim.

61:49

Mark O'Hara gets a header at goal. Kevin Cuthbert catches the ball.

60:49

Header at goal by Mickael Antoine-Curier goes right of the post.

60:24

Corner from the left by-line taken by Alister Crawford.

57:16

James Fowler takes the free kick.

56:58

Unfair challenge on Rabiu Ibrahim by Grant Gillespie results in a free kick.

54:46

Michael Devlin takes the free kick.

54:20

The offside flag is raised against Mark Stewart.

52:36

Sean Clohessy produces a cross.

51:44

Clearance made by Michael Devlin.

51:32

Corner from the left by-line taken by Rabiu Ibrahim.

50:51

Clearance by Anthony Andreu.

50:46

Jeroen Tesselaar restarts play with the free kick.

50:12

Anthony Andreu concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Clohessy.

50:03

Corner taken by Rabiu Ibrahim from the right by-line.

49:48

Rabiu Ibrahim takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

49:06

Clearance made by Darren Barr.

48:00

Kevin Cuthbert restarts play with the free kick.

47:42

The official flags Mark Stewart offside.

47:30

William Gros takes a shot.

46:58

Martin Canning takes the free kick.

46:53

William Gros gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ziggy Gordon.

46:32

Jeroen Tesselaar restarts play with the free kick.

46:21

Anthony Andreu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeroen Tesselaar.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution James Fowler joins the action as a substitute, replacing Rory McKeown.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

43:56

Sean Clohessy has an effort at goal. Kevin Cuthbert safely holds on.

43:20

Craig Samson takes the free kick.

43:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jeroen Tesselaar by Mickael Antoine-Curier.

41:29

Assist by Alister Crawford.

41:29 Goal scored

Goal! - Mickael Antoine-Curier - Kilmarnock 0 - 1 Hamilton Mickael Antoine-Curier grabs a goal with a headed effort. Kilmarnock 0-1 Hamilton.

41:18

Corner taken by Alister Crawford.

40:06

Rory McKeown restarts play with the free kick.

39:53 Booking

Booking

39:53

Darian Mackinnon is booked.

39:48

Foul by Darian Mackinnon on Kyle Jacobs, free kick awarded.

38:19

Free kick taken by Craig Samson.

38:13

The assistant referee signals for offside against Michael Devlin.

37:41

Free kick taken by Alister Crawford.

37:31

Unfair challenge on Ziggy Gordon by William Gros results in a free kick.

36:38

Craig Samson takes the free kick.

36:34

James Keatings is caught offside.

36:29

Free kick taken by Martin Canning.

35:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jeroen Tesselaar on James Keatings.

35:50

Clearance by Anthony Andreu.

35:45

Rory McKeown delivers the ball.

35:33

William Gros crosses the ball.

35:02

Clearance made by Martin Canning.

34:47

Rory McKeown crosses the ball in from the free kick.

34:41

Martin Canning challenges William Gros unfairly and gives away a free kick.

30:29

Kyle Jacobs takes a shot.

29:43

Mark O'Hara takes a weak shot and goes over the bar.

29:33

Clearance by Martin Canning.

29:27

Centre by Rory McKeown.

27:25

Free kick taken by Jeroen Tesselaar.

27:13

Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier on Rory McKeown, free kick awarded.

26:42

Clearance made by Rabiu Ibrahim.

26:31

Corner taken by Alister Crawford.

26:06

Jackson Irvine manages to make a clearance.

24:11

A cross is delivered by Stephen Hendrie.

24:05

Stephen Hendrie restarts play with the free kick.

23:45

Jackson Irvine challenges Mickael Antoine-Curier unfairly and gives away a free kick.

22:57

Clearance by Darren Barr.

22:51

Alister Crawford produces a cross.

22:33

Corner taken by Alister Crawford from the left by-line.

21:30

Craig Samson takes the free kick.

21:02

Clearance made by Jackson Irvine.

20:51

The ball is delivered by Alister Crawford.

19:05

Jeroen Tesselaar makes a clearance.

17:42

Header by Michael Devlin goes over the bar.

17:26

Free kick crossed by Alister Crawford.

17:18

Rory McKeown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Keatings.

16:36

The ball is crossed by Sean Clohessy.

15:37

Jeroen Tesselaar takes the free kick.

15:31

The referee blows for offside.

15:17

Sean Clohessy sends in a cross.

14:45

Corner taken by Rabiu Ibrahim.

13:42

Shot by Rabiu Ibrahim went wide right of the target.

12:29

Shot by Anthony Andreu. Craig Samson safely holds on.

9:13

Craig Samson restarts play with the free kick.

9:06

The offside flag is raised against James Keatings.

7:45

Corner taken by Alister Crawford from the right by-line.

7:29

Darian Mackinnon has an effort at goal.

6:56

A cross is delivered by Sean Clohessy.

5:27

Clearance made by Craig Samson.

5:23

Alister Crawford delivers the ball.

5:14

Rabiu Ibrahim manages to make a clearance.

5:02

Corner taken by Alister Crawford from the right by-line.

3:44

Mark Stewart produces a cross.

2:40

Jeroen Tesselaar manages to make a clearance.

2:28

Corner taken by Alister Crawford from the left by-line.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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