Scottish Premiership
Inverness CTInverness Caledonian Thistle0HamiltonHamilton Academical2

Inverness CT 0-2 Hamilton Academical

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland at the Caledonian Stadium
Louis Longridge scores for Hamilton against Inverness
Louis Longridge scored a late second for Hamilton

Carlton Morris' second goal in two games and a late Louis Longridge strike earned Hamilton their second win in a week as Inverness woes continued.

Morris ghosted past Ross Draper with ease and confidently tucked his shot into the far corner in the first half.

Dani Lopez had three opportunities prior to that and the home side were made to pay for their profligacy.

And as the home side tried in vain to create, Dougie Imrie released substitute Longridge to score.

Hamilton held on comfortably with John Hughes' side unable to mount any sustained pressure to threaten an equaliser, leaving them without a win all season.

The doubters who had Hamilton as relegation favourites will perhaps review that theory. They capitalised on last weekend's impressive 4-0 win over Dundee United with another three points, at a venue which proved very hard for most sides last season.

Liam Polworth and Ali Crawford
Inverness could not take their chances as Hamilton were much more clinical

Not this term with Inverness amassing just one point from their three home ages thus far.

The home side started with the appearance of a team who had cast away uncertainty in the final third and Lopez fired the first threat with a shot which narrowly arrowed wide from the edge of the box.

Lopez then got his head to a Ross Draper cross, the striker applying power but not the required accuracy as Michael McGovern held low to his right.

And, in a further advance, Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo surged down the right and picked out Lopez but the striker could not beat McGovern from close range when a goal seemed certain.

The hosts paid dearly for not taking one of those chances.

Grant Gillespie fired a warning from long range that flashed past Owain Fon William's left-hand post.

Inverness then tried to play out from the back, lost possession and were punished.

Ali Crawford threaded a neat ball to Morris, who easily skipped past Draper to confront Fon Williams and the forward made no mistake.

Hamilton Academical players celebrating
Morris (far left) got the Hamilton opener

Gramoz Kurtaj should have extended that lead when he shot from close range, Fon Williams saving and Crawford unable to scramble the ball home.

As the game wore on, chances became a rarity with Hamilton holding their lead comfortably and little real pressure from Inverness.

Lopez tried to find the far corner with a curling effort but it was comfortable for McGovern. Lewis Horner had a long-range effort which the keeper dealt with easily.

When it seemed Hamilton would hold on, they guaranteed the win on the counter when Imrie sent Longridge into the box to fire past Fon Williams.

The expected onslaught from the home side never really materialised as Martin Canning's men eased to a valuable away win.

Line-ups

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2Raven
  • 8Draper
  • 14DevineBooked at 30mins
  • 19Williams
  • 16TanseySubstituted forTremarcoat 66'minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 20Polworth
  • 28Mbuyi-Mutombo
  • 22Christie
  • 27VigursSubstituted forWedderburnat 77'minutes
  • 7Lopez RoblesSubstituted forHornerat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 3Tremarco
  • 15Wedderburn
  • 17Horner
  • 24Ferguson
  • 34Brown
  • 37Sutherland

Hamilton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 24Tena
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 6GillespieSubstituted forDochertyat 64'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 35mins
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 44mins
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forLongridgeat 90+1'minutes
  • 14MorrisBooked at 60minsSubstituted forNadeat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15MacDonald
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
  • 27Nade
  • 30Boyd
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
3,003

Match Stats

Home TeamInverness CTAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away20

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Inverness CT 0, Hamilton Academical 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Inverness CT 0, Hamilton Academical 2.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Inverness CT 0, Hamilton Academical 2. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dougie Imrie.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Gramoz Kurtaj.

  5. Post update

    David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

  8. Post update

    Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Horner (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Lucas.

  11. Post update

    Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Christian Nade (Hamilton Academical).

  13. Booking

    Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT).

  15. Post update

    Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Christian Nade replaces Carlton Morris.

  18. Post update

    Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) has gone down, but that's a dive.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Lewis Horner replaces Dani López.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Nathaniel Wedderburn replaces Iain Vigurs.