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Hamilton Accies 0-1 Hibernian

Hibs striker Derek Riordan celebrates his first half strike
Riordan scored less than a minute after coming on

Hibernian striker Derek Riordan came off the bench to grab the only goal of the game at Hamilton Accies.

The substitute, beginning his second spell at the club, curled in a sweet strike from 18 yards less than a minute after coming on late in the first half.

Earlier, Colin Nish had hit the Accies' crossbar with a strong header.

Hamilton were on top in the second half, with Hibs keeper Yves Ma-Kalambay kept busy and James McArthur shooting wide with the goal at his mercy.

Hibs were the brighter side in the opening 45 minutes only to fall out of the game completely after the break. However, they held on for just their second SPL away win under manager Mixu Paatelainen.

Simon Mensing tried his luck for Hamilton in the opening minutes with a powerful strike which curled narrowly wide of Ma-Kalambay's post.

Hibs replied when David Van Zanten's cross was touched on to Dean Shiels by John Rankin but the Northern Ireland midfielder shot over the crossbar from the edge of the penalty area

Accies were not too far away when Brian Easton let rip with a shot that looked harmless until taking a deflection off team-mate Sebastian Sorsa and falling just wide of the target.

The best chance of the opening quarter fell to Hibs when a Shiels corner found Nish and the striker's header crashed off the underside of the crossbar before eventually being gathered by a grateful Tomas Cerny.

There was a scare for the visitors when skipper Rob Jones misjudged a simple long ball and Richard Offiong latched on to it only to shoot weakly at Ma-Kalambay.

Nish tried his luck with a shot from distance but Cerny was well placed to make an impressive diving parry as Hibs began to dominate proceedings.

There was a blow for the Edinburgh side when striker Steven Fletcher had to be withdrawn on 38 minutes. However, his replacement made an immediate impact.

Riordan had been on the park for a mere 40 seconds when smartly gathered a cross from Ian Murray and curled a tremendous shot into the far top corner of the net from 18 yards.

The second half took a while to get going, with Hibs sitting back and the home side playing too many stray passes to build any momentum.

Talented teenager James McCarthy was off balance when volleying wide as Hamilton got a rare glimpse of goal.

Martin Canning, who recently moved from Hibs to Hamilton, got his head to a Steven Ettien corner but Ma-Kalambay got down smartly to gather.

Joel Thomas, on in a triple substitution for the home side, then went close to replicating Riordan's earlier heroics but his shot was brilliantly tipped away by Ma-Kalambay.

The Belgian keeper was involved again when he had to push away a fizzing effort from Mark Corcoran and James McArthur mis-hit the rebound wide from a promising position.

Riordan had been quiet after his explosive introduction but he had Cerny at full stretch with a rasping low shot late in the game.


Hamilton manager Billy Reid: "In the first half we didn't play at all but we dominated the second half. Hibs couldn't get out.

"The only wee negative for me was in final third. We didn't create enough. Our final ball was not good enough and we didn't hurt them enough. If we'd been better in that area we'd have won the game because at times we overran Hibs in the second half.

"Over the 90 minutes I thought we deserved to take something out of the game."

Hibernian manager Mixu Paatelainen: "Steven Fletcher had to come off because he was feeling sick. He's been struggling with a cold all week and had no power.

"Derek scored with a fantastic finish and got us the three points. He is always looking to score; from anywhere on the pitch. He's not a sharp as he needs to be but he put in a tremendous effort.

"In the first half we were excellent but in the second half we didn't pass the ball; we had no players available, no movement.

"The boys defended full-heartedly and deserve credit because Hamilton put us under pressure and pushed us deep."


Hamilton: Cerny, Mensing, Elebert, Canning, Easton, Graham (Corcoran 62), McCarthy, Neil, McArthur, Offiong (Thomas 62), Sorsa (Ettien 62). Subs Not Used: Murdoch, Swailes, Casement, Lyle. Booked: Sorsa, Mensing.

Hibernian: Ma-Kalambay, van Zanten, Jones, Hogg, Stevenson, Keenan, Rankin, Shiels (Chisholm 79), Murray, Fletcher (Riordan 38), Nish (Pinau 52). Subs Not Used: McNeil, Yantorno, Hanlon, McCormack.

Booked: Rankin, van Zanten.

Goal: Riordan 39.

Att: 4,058

Ref: D McDonald

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Hibernian's Derek Riordan 8.54 (on 90 minutes).

Please note that you can still give the players marks out of 10 on BBC Sport's Player Rater after the match has finished.




see also
SPL as it happened
20 Sep 08 |  Scottish Premier
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