Di Giacomo opened the scoring for Ross County after 30 minutes
Ross County outplayed Scottish Premier League opponents Hamilton Academical to reach the third round of the the Co-operative Insurance Cup.
The First Division side dominated for long spells to earn themselves a thoroughly-deserved victory.
Paul Di Giacomo opened the scoring just after the half hour-mark with a fine strike and Richard Brittain slotted in after 52 minutes to increase the lead.
Accies got a consolation in injury time when Simon Mensing struck a low drive.
Hamilton had the first effort on goal in the fifth minute when Mensing played a neat one-two with Leon Knight, but County goalkeeper Michael McGovern got down well to smother the resulting drive.
There was a chance at the other end seconds later when a deep cross from Iain Vigurs found Brittain at the back post. But, with the goal at his mercy, he ballooned his shot over the crossbar.
The home side came close again in the 15th minute when Di Giacomo nipped in between Luis Rubiales and Mark McLaughlin and squared the ball for Gardyne, but Martin Canning got there first to clear the danger.
County deservedly took the lead in the 31st minute when Gardyne swung a ball in from the left and Brittain headed the ball against the crossbar, but Di Giacomo latched on to the rebound to fire the ball into the net.
Just on the stroke of half-time, Alex Keddie came up from the back to send a Brittain corner over the bar at the far post.
Accies were seeing a lot more of the ball at the start of the second half, but it was County who doubled their lead shortly after the restart.
Di Giacomo won possession and his short pass to Stuart Kettlewell was swept across to Brittain, who took one touch and fired the ball low into the net from 12 yards.
Accies had a chance to get back into the tie four minutes later when Marco Paixao had a clear sight of goal, but McGovern made a brilliant point-blank save to keep him out.
County came close to adding another in the 70th minute when Scott Morrison's cross into the box was knocked on by substitute Martin Scott, but Di Giacomo failed to turn the ball in at the back post.
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Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Di Giacomo 32
04 Kettlewell (Scott 69)
07 Gardyne (Stewart 87)
09 Di Giacomo (Wood 87)
03 Rubiales (Louhoungu 63)
21 Marco Paixao (Kissock 63)
26 Knight (Flavio Paixao 74)
18 Flavio Paixao
Ref: MuirAtt: 764
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+3:38 The referee ends the match.
90:00+2:33 Assist on the goal came from David Louhoungu.
90:00+2:33 GOAL - Simon Mensing:Ross County 2 - 1 Hamilton Simon Mensing finds the net with a goal from close range high into the middle of the goal. Ross County 2-1 Hamilton.
90:00+1:57 Corner from the left by-line taken by David Louhoungu, clearance by Steven Watt.
90:00+0:19 The offside flag is raised against Garry Wood. Indirect free kick taken by Izzy Iriekpen.
87:41 John Kissock concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Watt. Free kick taken by Steven Watt.
86:38 Substitution Michael Gardyne leaves the field to be replaced by John Stewart.
86:38 Substitution (Ross County) makes a substitution, with Garry Wood coming on for Paul Di Giacomo.
84:31 Effort on goal by Iain Vigurs from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
83:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on John Kissock by Martin Scott. John Kissock delivers the ball from the free kick
right-footed from right channel, save by Michael McGovern.
83:02 The ball is sent over by Richard Brittain, Headed effort from inside the area by Paul Di Giacomo misses to the left of the
81:54 Outswinging corner taken by Iain Vigurs from the left by-line, clearance made by Izzy Iriekpen.
81:01 David Louhoungu takes a shot.
79:50 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by John Kissock, clearance by Scott Morrison.
78:27 Short corner taken by Iain Vigurs.
75:57 Michael Gardyne is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Grant Evans.
74:04 Corner taken right-footed by Paul Lawson, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tomas Cerny by Martin Scott. Free kick
taken by Tomas Cerny.
73:12 Substitution Flavio Paixao joins the action as a substitute, replacing Leon Knight.
72:16 Corner taken right-footed by John Kissock, clearance made by Steven Watt.
70:16 Scott Morrison produces a cross, Paul Di Giacomo has an effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
69:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by John Kissock on Steven Watt. Steven Watt takes the indirect free kick.
68:30 Substitution Martin Scott is brought on as a substitute for Stuart Kettlewell.
67:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Watt on Grant Evans. John Kissock crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance
made by Paul Di Giacomo.
66:39 Richard Brittain concedes a free kick for a foul on Mark McLaughlin. Mark McLaughlin takes the direct free kick.
64:54 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Di Giacomo. Izzy Iriekpen takes the indirect free kick.
62:27 Free kick taken by Simon Mensing.
62:27 Substitution David Louhoungu on for Luis Rubiales.
62:27 Substitution John Kissock joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marco Paixao.
62:27 Gary Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Marco Paixao.
61:14 Foul by Luis Rubiales on Richard Brittain, free kick awarded. Richard Brittain delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed
from right wing, Martin Canning manages to make a clearance. Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Lawson, Izzy Iriekpen
manages to make a clearance.
59:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luis Rubiales by Richard Brittain. Luis Rubiales takes the free kick.
57:55 Richard Brittain takes a shot from long range which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
57:25 Unfair challenge on Steven Watt by Marco Paixao results in a free kick. Paul Lawson takes the direct free kick.
56:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Izzy Iriekpen by Michael Gardyne. Direct free kick taken by Izzy Iriekpen.
55:59 Marco Paixao takes a shot. Michael McGovern makes a save.
52:19 Assist by Iain Vigurs.
52:19 GOAL - Richard Brittain:Ross County 2 - 0 Hamilton Richard Brittain finds the back of the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the
goal. Ross County 2-0 Hamilton.
47:33 Foul by Gary Miller on James McArthur, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
45:16 Unfair challenge on Grant Evans by Richard Brittain results in a free kick. Free kick taken by James Wesolowski.
45:01 The second half kicks off.
45:00+1:27 The players leave the pitch at half time.
42:48 Corner taken by Richard Brittain from the right by-line, Close range header by Steven Watt misses to the right of the target.
39:14 Richard Brittain gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James McArthur. James McArthur restarts play with the free
36:32 Marco Paixao takes a shot. Save made by Michael McGovern.
36:05 Richard Brittain concedes a free kick for a foul on Luis Rubiales. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
35:30 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Richard Brittain by Luis Rubiales. Michael McGovern restarts play with the free
31:52 The assist for the goal came from Scott Morrison.
31:52 GOAL - Paul Di Giacomo:Ross County 1 - 0 Hamilton Paul Di Giacomo grabs a goal from close range to the top right corner of the goal. Ross County 1-0 Hamilton.
31:29 A cross is delivered by Scott Morrison, Paul Di Giacomo takes a shot.
28:08 James McArthur takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand post.
25:30 Foul by Stuart Kettlewell on Leon Knight, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luis Rubiales, Simon Mensing
gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Keddie. Michael McGovern takes the indirect free kick.
24:43 Paul Di Giacomo takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny. Effort from the edge of the box by Scott Morrison goes wide of the right-hand
22:58 Mark McLaughlin challenges Paul Di Giacomo unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Morrison delivers the ball from the
free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Mark McLaughlin.
20:19 Foul by Paul Lawson on James Wesolowski, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Luis Rubiales, Steven Watt manages to make
18:36 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Miller by James Wesolowski. Paul Lawson restarts play with the free kick.
17:02 Marco Paixao challenges Scott Morrison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Scott Morrison restarts play with the free kick.
10:42 Luis Rubiales fouled by Richard Brittain, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
9:56 Shot by Richard Brittain from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
9:21 Richard Brittain takes a short corner.
8:49 Stuart Kettlewell fouled by James McArthur, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Lawson, clearance
by Martin Canning.
7:30 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Stuart Kettlewell, Izzy Iriekpen manages to make a clearance.
5:43 A cross is delivered by Scott Morrison, Richard Brittain produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the
5:02 Simon Mensing takes a shot. Save made by Michael McGovern.
3:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Brittain on Luis Rubiales. Mark McLaughlin takes the direct free kick.
1:50 Foul by Richard Brittain on Mark McLaughlin, free kick awarded. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
0:00 The referee gets the match started.
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