Scottish Championship
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Hamilton Academical 1-0 Greenock Morton

Hamilton survived a second half onslaught from Morton to end a run of four games without a Championship win.

Mickael Antoine-Curier nodded in a James Keatings cross on 24 minutes, while a Darian MacKinnon volley was well saved by Nicolas Caraux.

Morton improved greatly after the break and on-loan Barrie McKay had a free kick parried by Blair Currie.

Jake Nicholson could not profit from the loose ball and the same player had a header cleared off the line.

The victory keeps Hamilton within two points of league leaders Dundee after a recent wobble, while Morton remain rooted to the bottom.

But new manager Kenny Shiels will be heartened by a good showing in the second 45 minutes.

With the visitors playing a high defensive line, Accies dominated the first period but only had Antoine-Curier's header to show for their efforts.

The goal came when Ali Crawford robbed defender Steven Stirling to release Keatings, who set up the French striker with a perfect delivery.

McKay, with Morton for a month from Rangers, drew a save from Currie with a free kick and Nicholson failed to knock in the rebound.

Substitute Nicholson then had a header bundled away by a defender guarding the goal-line and David McNeil nodded over from the resulting corner.

Nicholson had another good chance to level when he chased down a through ball from Aidan Fulton but failed to make contact near the back post.

With Morton piling forward, Hamilton broke away late on, with a three-against-one advantage and Andy Ryan's strike was inches wide of doubling the home lead.

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 19Currie
  • 2Gordon
  • 33Kilday
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 5Canning
  • 4Devlin
  • 22AndreuSubstituted forLongridgeat 68'minutes
  • 6GillespieBooked at 90mins
  • 99Antoine-Curier
  • 7KeatingsSubstituted forRyanat 75'minutes
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 13Law
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 24Tena
  • 32Ryan

Morton

  • 23Caraux
  • 12Reid
  • 3FitzpatrickSubstituted forFultonat 80'minutes
  • 16StirlingSubstituted forNicholsonat 45'minutes
  • 40Cole
  • 4Peciar
  • 8Imrie
  • 21Bachirou
  • 10CampbellSubstituted forMcNeilat 69'minutes
  • 14Hands
  • 19McKay

Substitutes

  • 1Gaston
  • 2Taggart
  • 17Nicholson
  • 18Habai
  • 26Fulton
  • 27McNeil
  • 28Russell
Referee:
Iain Brines
Attendance:
1,472

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamMorton
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home8
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home20
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Morton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Morton 0.
Attempt missed. Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left.

Booking

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.
Reece Hands (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.
Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).
Foul by Darren Cole (Morton).
Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Morton. Conceded by Martin Canning.
Corner, Morton. Conceded by Martin Canning.
Attempt blocked. Reece Hands (Morton) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Tomas Peciar (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton Academical).
Attempt missed. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Attempt blocked. Andy Ryan (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Foul by Reece Hands (Morton).
Andy Ryan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Aidan Fulton replaces Marc Fitzpatrick.
Craig Reid (Morton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).
Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Lee Kilday (Hamilton Academical).
Hand ball by David McNeil (Morton).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Andy Ryan replaces James Keatings.
Barry McKay (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).
Hand ball by David McNeil (Morton).
Attempt missed. Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Tomas Peciar.
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Tomas Peciar.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. David McNeil replaces Archie Campbell.
Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Anthony Andreu.
Attempt saved. Barry McKay (Morton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.
Barry McKay (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).
Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton Academical).
Foul by Reece Hands (Morton).
Michael Devlin (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Corner, Morton. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.
Foul by Jake Nicholson (Morton).
Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Barry McKay (Morton).
Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Second Half

Second Half begins Hamilton Academical 1, Morton 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Morton. Jake Nicholson replaces Stephen Stirling.

Half Time

First Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, Morton 0.
Attempt saved. Dougie Imrie (Morton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).
Barry McKay (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).
Dougie Imrie (Morton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Dougie Imrie (Morton).
Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Nicolas Caraux.
Attempt saved. Anthony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Dundee1811341736
2Hamilton1810441034
3Falkirk178541429
4Raith Rovers18855129
5Alloa18846328
6Livingston18747025
7Queen of Sth17647322
8Dumbarton18639-921
9Cowdenbeath184311-1615
10Morton182313-239
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