Jason Scotland snatched a late victory for Hamilton against Partick Thistle at Firhill in the Scottish Premiership.

Kallum Higginbotham's spectacular strike from distance in the 85th minute broke the deadlock for the hosts.

But two minutes later, Hamilton substitute Tony Andreu struck from 12 yards out to level.

Just as it looked like ending all-square, another sub, Scotland, netted to earn promoted Accies their third consecutive league win.

The three points puts Accies into second place in the Scottish Premiership with nine points from their first four matches, while Thistle slip to eighth on four points.

It was the first time the sides had met in the top tier of Scottish football in almost 50 years, but the match did not live up to its billing as a meeting of two in-form teams.

Louis Longridge should have put Accies in front after only three minutes when he was clean through with only Paul Gallacher to beat.

But the Thistle keeper advanced quickly to turn the shot around a post.

Thistle's only real effort of the opening period was a Gary Fraser free kick from 30 yards which was comfortably saved by Michael McGovern.

Mickael Antoine-Curier should have done better for Accies when Darian MacKinnon's neat pass set him up inside the box, but the striker delayed his shot and was denied by the Jags' defence.

At the other end, Ryan Stevenson missed two good chances in the space of a few minutes before the break. His first effort was blocked by a solid challenge from Grant Gillespie and the second saw him collect a Dale Keenan pass and fire straight at McGovern.

Stevenson then put Fraser through with headed pass but the Thistle midfielder pulled his shot wide of the far post.

Three minutes after the interval, Thistle provided entertaining piece of play to create a chance for Steven Lawless.

Conrad Balatoni, Dale Keenan and Higginbotham all combined before the latter's cutback found Lawless 10 yards out and his first-time strike with the left foot was pushed away by McGovern.

If the Accies keeper was impressive on that occasion, he almost slipped up a few minutes later when he dropped a cross from Stephen O'Donnell.

But he managed to recover quickly to smother the ball before Stevenson could pounce.

Gillespie was booked for a foul on Lawless just outside the box, and, from the resulting free kick Higginbotham curled his effort wide of the left-hand post.

Balatoni produced an excellent piece of defending to slide the ball away from Ali Crawford as he was about to pick his spot.

A magnificent save from the feet of Gallacher prevented Crawford giving Accies the lead after latching onto Daniel Redmond's cross.

With five minutes remaining, Higginbotham blasted Thistle in front with terrific strike into the top corner from 20 yards.

The home side may have thought the goal would have secured the victory, but Accies had other ideas.

Andreu equalised with three minutes remaining before fellow substitute Scotland pounced on a mistake by Balatoni and drilled a shot past Gallacher to clinch the win.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Partick Thistle

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 02 O'Donnell
  • 30 Keenan
  • 18 Osman
  • 06 Balatoni
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 11 Lawless (Elliott - 62' )
  • 22 Fraser Booked
  • 10 Stevenson Booked (Craigen - 85' )
  • 15 Higginbotham
  • 08 Bannigan (Doolan - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Craigen
  • 09 Doolan
  • 14 Elliott
  • 23 Wilson
  • 26 Lindsay
  • 36 Duggan
  • 40 Basalaj

Hamilton Academical

  • 01 McGovern
  • 02 Gordon
  • 17 Longridge (Ryan - 77' )
  • 06 Gillespie Booked
  • 05 Canning
  • 24 Tena Booked
  • 07 Imrie (Andreu - 63' )
  • 18 MacKinnon
  • 99 Antoine-Curier (Scotland - 63' )
  • 11 Crawford
  • 28 Redmond

Substitutes

  • 03 Hendrie
  • 04 Devlin
  • 09 Scotland
  • 10 Neil
  • 19 Currie
  • 22 Andreu
  • 32 Ryan
Ref: Kevin Clancy
Att: 3,578

Match Stats

Shots

8 5

On target

5 4

Corners

7 8

Fouls

10 11

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 2.

90:00 +3:49 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 2.

90:00 +3:30

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Martin Canning.

90:00 +1:57 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 2. Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

90:00 +1:04

Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

90:00 +1:04

Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:22

Foul by Dale Keenan (Partick Thistle).

89:22

Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:00 Booking

Booking Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

89:00

Andy Ryan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:48

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

88:02

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Grant Gillespie.

86:23 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 1. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ali Crawford.

85:46

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from more than 35 yards is just a bit too high.

84:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Hamilton Academical 0. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

84:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Ryan Stevenson.

83:44

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:44

Foul by Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical).

82:40

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

81:57

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

81:28

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

80:25 Booking

Booking Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

80:17

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

80:17

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

79:15

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

79:15

Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Ryan replaces Louis Longridge.

75:47

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Grant Gillespie.

75:17

Attempt saved. Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

75:01

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jason Scotland.

74:25

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:25

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

71:33

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

71:33

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

67:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Stuart Bannigan.

63:41

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

63:41

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

62:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Tony Andreu replaces Dougie Imrie.

62:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jason Scotland replaces Mickael Antoine-Curier.

61:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Steven Lawless.

58:45

Foul by Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle).

58:45

Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:50

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

57:39 Booking

Booking Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

57:00

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:30

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

51:52

Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:52

Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

48:45

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

48:21

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

48:00

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:00

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

45:00

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

45:00 +0:14 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Hamilton Academical 0.

43:17

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

43:17

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:01

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

42:01

Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical).

39:25

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

39:25

Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:34

Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

38:09

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

37:40

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

30:59

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Dale Keenan.

30:23

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

30:08

Attempt blocked. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

29:37

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:37

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

28:53

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

24:46

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Ryan Stevenson.

24:22

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Steven Lawless.

19:01

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

18:28

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

18:28

Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:16

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:16

Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

13:00

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:57

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

12:05 Booking

Booking Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

12:00

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

11:47

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

7:04

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dougie Imrie.

3:14

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

2:37

Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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