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Hamilton   1 - 2   Celtic

By Martin Conaghan

Shaun Maloney and Aiden McGeady
Shaun Maloney and Aiden McGeady celebrate Celtic's opening goal

Celtic returned to the top of the Scottish Premier League table with a hard-fought victory over Hamilton.

Shaun Maloney's scissor-kick in the 15th minute gave the visitors the lead after a drab opening period.

Celtic doubled their lead after 29 minutes when Scott McDonald fired past keeper Tomas Cerny from close range.

Mickael Antoine-Curier grabbed a consolation for Hamilton in the 83rd minute when he flicked home James McArthur's shot but Celtic held on.

Lukasz Zaluska replaced the injured Artur Boruc in goal for the visitors, while Hamilton manager Billy Reid kept faith with the side that drew with Dundee United last week.

Following a dreary opening 15 minutes, the match sparked into life with a well-worked move orchestrated by Celtic defender Andreas Hinkel down the right-hand side.

The German crossed for Maloney to attempt a scissor-kick from six yards, and he arrowed a shot past Cerny to open the scoring.

Hamilton responded with Antoine-Curier going close with a 30-yard drive which was well held by Zaluska.

Moments later, Simon Mensing looked to take advantage of some sloppy Celtic defending but he blasted a right-foot shot from the edge of the box over the bar.

Gary Caldwell's clever pass from the half-way line sent Aiden McGeady free and he crossed for China captain Zheng Zhi but he sent his shot over the bar.

Hamilton's defence was left standing in the 29th minute when Georgios Samaras was tackled on the edge of the area by James McArthur and the ball broke to McDonald at the edge of the box to skip past the back three and fire past Cerny for Celtic's second.

Defender Richard Hastings ballooned a free-kick over the bar in reply, following a clash of heads between Celtic captain Stephen McManus and Mark McLaughlin.

Shortly before the interval, Hamilton were unlucky not to score when Marco Paixao's free-kick evaded the Celtic defence, but Zaluska cleared before Antoine-Curier could pounce.

Following the restart Zhi delivered a weak shot straight into the arms of Cerny.

A flurry of Celtic activity on the edge of Hamilton penalty area as the hour-mark approached led to a McGeady cross that McDonald failed to reach, then Maloney curved in a free-kick that shaved Cerny's right-hand post.

Zaluska reacted quickly to keep out a Mensing effort in the 70th minute, with Hamilton struggling to find a way through.

The Poland international was forced to parry a Jordan Kirkpatrick shot wide for a corner as the hosts picked up the pace in the final 10 minutes as they looked to reduce the deficit.

They got their reward with seven minutes remaining when McArthur pounced on a Caldwell headed clearance to shoot from distance, and Antoine-Curier flicked the ball past the helpless Zaluska from four yards.

McArthur could have snatched a point for Hamilton in the 88th minute when he went one-on-one with Zaluska after latching onto an Antoine-Curier nod, but a deft save by the Pole ensured Celtic secured maximum points.


Celtic manager Tony Mowbray:

"We got the three points. The players were under a little bit more pressure than normal, but we're now top of the table and they showed some good character and resilience.

"It's about picking up points. We got the points and a victory.

"The third goal in any game is crucial, and the bottom line was that we weren't really threatened too often.

"But that third goal gave them an ability to push on, and to be fair Lucas made a great save to prevent it going to 2-2.

"We would have been disappointed if we didn't take all three points today."

Hamilton manager Billy Reid:

"I thought we started well. The first 15 minutes we were slightly the better side.

"We had a game plan to be in Celtic's faces. We contained McGeady and Maloney really well, but we gave a silly goal away.

"We were punished for it, and at that stage, that's all the encouragement Celtic needed to go on from there.

"They scored another, and were in control at the time.

"But if you get the next goal, it's game on - and that was the case.

"Over the 90 minutes, i don't think anyone would have grudged us if we had taken a point from the game."

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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamilton 1-2 Celtic FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Antoine-Curier 83
  • Maloney 15
  • McDonald 29

Hamilton

  • 01 Cerny
  • 02 McClenahan
  • 03 Hastings (Evans 84)
  • 04 Canning
  • 06 McLaughlin
  • 25 Elebert (Beuzelin 66)
  • 07 Wesolowski
  • 08 McArthur
  • 27 Mensing
  • 09 Antoine-Curier
  • 21 Marco Paixao (Kirkpatrick 39)

Substitutes

  • 19 Murdoch,
  • 15 Andrews,
  • 12 Evans,
  • 35 Beuzelin,
  • 10 Neil,
  • 28 Kirkpatrick,
  • 30 Gow

Celtic

  • 24 Zaluska
  • 02 Hinkel
  • 03 Naylor
  • 04 McManus
  • 05 Caldwell
  • 19 Robson yellow card
  • 27 Zhi
  • 46 McGeady yellow card (McCourt 67)
  • 07 McDonald (Crosas 73)
  • 09 Samaras
  • 13 Maloney (McGinn 73)

Substitutes

  • 47 Cervi,
  • 12 Wilson,
  • 38 Thompson,
  • 52 Caddis,
  • 14 McGinn,
  • 17 Crosas,
  • 20 McCourt
Ref: BrinesAtt: 4,689
HAMILTON
CELTIC

Possession

  • Hamilton 48%
  • Celtic 52%

Attempts on target

  • Hamilton 6
  • Celtic 7

Attempts off target

  • Hamilton 3
  • Celtic 3

Corners

  • Hamilton 5
  • Celtic 3

Fouls

  • Hamilton 17
  • Celtic 18
  • Final Result
  • 90:00+3:07 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:14 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 90:00+0:59 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 89:19 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 89:12 Attacking throw-in by Grant Evans (Hamilton).
  • 87:24 Shot by James McArthur (Hamilton) volleyed right-footed from right channel (18 yards), save (parried) by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 85:50 Foul by Guillaume Beuzelin (Hamilton) on Barry Robson (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 85:11 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 83:42 Substitution Hamilton substitution: Richard Hastings replaced by Grant Evans (tactical).
  • Correction - 82:42 Substitution (Hamilton) makes a substitution, with Grant Evans coming on for Trent McClenahan.
  • 82:42 Assist (pass) by James McArthur (Hamilton) from centre of penalty area.
  • 82:42 GOAL - Mickael Antoine-CurierHamilton 1 - 2 Celtic Goal by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) right-footed (high centre of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Hamilton 1-2 Celtic.
  • 82:07 Foul by Patrick McCourt (Celtic) on James Wesolowski (Hamilton). Free kick crossed left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) from right wing, clearance by Gary Caldwell (Celtic).
  • 80:58 Foul by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) on Georgios Samaras (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Celtic) from right channel, passed.
  • 80:43 Defending throw-in by James McArthur (Hamilton).
  • 80:05 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 79:42 Attacking throw-in by Richard Hastings (Hamilton).
  • 78:46 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Guillaume Beuzelin (Hamilton) to near post, clearance by Gary Caldwell (Celtic).
  • 78:34 Shot by Jordan Kirkpatrick (Hamilton) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (parried) by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 78:19 Attacking throw-in by Richard Hastings (Hamilton).
  • 77:45 Foul by Marc Crosas (Celtic) on Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 77:18 Attacking throw-in by Richard Hastings (Hamilton).
  • 77:08 Defending throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 76:20 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Guillaume Beuzelin (Hamilton) to centre, resulting in open play.
  • 75:28 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) to far post, clearance by Gary Caldwell (Celtic).
  • 74:57 Defending throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 74:06 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Barry Robson (Celtic) to near post, header by Zheng Zhi (Celtic) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), save (caught) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 73:34 Foul by Guillaume Beuzelin (Hamilton) on Zheng Zhi (Celtic). Free kick crossed left-footed by Barry Robson (Celtic) from right wing, clearance by Guillaume Beuzelin (Hamilton).
  • 73:17 Defending throw-in by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic).
  • 72:38 Substitution Celtic substitution: Scott McDonald replaced by Marc Crosas (tactical).
  • 72:21 Substitution Celtic substitution: Shaun Maloney replaced by Niall McGinn (tactical).
  • 71:41 Shot by James McArthur (Hamilton) curled right-footed from right channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 71:22 Handball by Georgios Samaras (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by James McArthur (Hamilton) from left channel, passed.
  • 70:53 Defending throw-in by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic).
  • 69:41 Scott McDonald (Celtic) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 69:20 Attacking throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 68:09 Foul by Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton) on Scott McDonald (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 67:10 Foul by Zheng Zhi (Celtic) on James Wesolowski (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Martin Canning (Hamilton) from own half, passed.
  • 66:52 Foul by Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton) on Scott McDonald (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Zheng Zhi (Celtic) from right channel, passed.
  • 66:03 Free kick taken right-footed by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 66:03 Substitution Celtic substitution: Aiden McGeady replaced by Patrick McCourt (tactical).
  • 65:45 Substitution Hamilton substitution: David Elebert replaced by Guillaume Beuzelin (tactical).
  • 65:43 James McArthur (Hamilton) caught offside.
  • 65:17 Attacking throw-in by Richard Hastings (Hamilton).
  • 64:57 Defending throw-in by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic).
  • 64:30 Attacking throw-in by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton).
  • 64:00 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 63:49 Shot by Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
  • 63:06 Defending throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 62:50 Shot by Aiden McGeady (Celtic) left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 61:46 Free kick taken right-footed by David Elebert (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 61:46 Booking Barry Robson (Celtic) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 61:41 Foul by Barry Robson (Celtic) on James McArthur (Hamilton).
  • 60:32 Foul by Barry Robson (Celtic) on James Wesolowski (Hamilton). Free kick crossed left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) from right channel, clearance by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).
  • 59:05 Foul by Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton) on Aiden McGeady (Celtic). Free kick curled right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Celtic) from left channel (25 yards), missed left.
  • 58:11 Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) on Barry Robson (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Lee Naylor (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 57:46 Shot by Aiden McGeady (Celtic) left-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 57:15 Attacking throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 56:33 Attacking throw-in by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic).
  • 55:22 Foul by Simon Mensing (Hamilton) on Lee Naylor (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 53:30 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 53:09 Shot by James McArthur (Hamilton) right-footed from right channel (25 yards), missed right.
  • 51:22 Defending throw-in by Richard Hastings (Hamilton).
  • 50:21 Foul by Scott McDonald (Celtic) on Richard Hastings (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) from left channel, passed.
  • 49:43 Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) on Georgios Samaras (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Barry Robson (Celtic) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 48:19 Defending throw-in by Richard Hastings (Hamilton).
  • 47:50 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 47:16 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) to near post, resulting in ball out of play.
  • 46:56 Foul by Shaun Maloney (Celtic) on Trent McClenahan (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) from right wing, passed.
  • 46:25 Shot by Zheng Zhi (Celtic) right-footed from right channel (18 yards), save (caught) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 45:50 Foul by James McArthur (Hamilton) on Georgios Samaras (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Lee Naylor (Celtic) from own half, passed.
  • 45:29 Defending throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • 45:00+1:00 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:41 Attacking throw-in by Trent McClenahan (Hamilton).
  • 44:53 Shot by Shaun Maloney (Celtic) right-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 43:39 Defending throw-in by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic).
  • 42:46 Defending throw-in by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic).
  • 41:43 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 39:37 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) to centre, foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton) on Barry Robson (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 38:56 Free kick taken right-footed by David Elebert (Hamilton) from own half, passed.
  • 38:56 Substitution Hamilton substitution: Marco Paixao replaced by Jordan Kirkpatrick (tactical).
  • 38:39 Foul by Zheng Zhi (Celtic) on James Wesolowski (Hamilton).
  • 35:20 Free kick crossed right-footed by Marco Paixao (Hamilton) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 35:20 Booking Aiden McGeady (Celtic) booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 34:48 Foul by Aiden McGeady (Celtic) on Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton).
  • 34:29 Attacking throw-in by Richard Hastings (Hamilton).
  • 34:19 Defending throw-in by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic).
  • 33:38 Scott McDonald (Celtic) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 33:20 Foul by James McArthur (Hamilton) on Scott McDonald (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Lee Naylor (Celtic) from left wing, resulting in open play.
  • 32:57 Attacking throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 30:42 Foul by Stephen McManus (Celtic) on Marco Paixao (Hamilton). Free kick curled left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) from right channel (25 yards), over the bar.
  • 29:28 Foul by Zheng Zhi (Celtic) on Simon Mensing (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 28:16 GOAL - Scott McDonaldHamilton 0 - 2 Celtic Goal by Scott McDonald (Celtic) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from centre of penalty area (6 yards).Hamilton 0-2 Celtic.
  • 27:39 Defending throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 27:17 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Celtic) to near post, clearance by Simon Mensing (Hamilton).
  • 27:00 Shot by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) left-footed from left channel (20 yards), blocked by David Elebert (Hamilton).
  • 26:19 Foul by Zheng Zhi (Celtic) on James McArthur (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Mark McLaughlin (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 25:43 Foul by James Wesolowski (Hamilton) on Shaun Maloney (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Lee Naylor (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 25:23 Foul by Shaun Maloney (Celtic) on Trent McClenahan (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Trent McClenahan (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 24:11 Attacking throw-in by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic).
  • 22:03 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 21:40 Shot by Zheng Zhi (Celtic) right-footed from right channel (20 yards), over the bar.
  • 20:37 Attacking throw-in by Trent McClenahan (Hamilton).
  • 19:09 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 18:57 Shot by Simon Mensing (Hamilton) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), over the bar.
  • 18:02 Scott McDonald (Celtic) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Martin Canning (Hamilton) from own half, passed.
  • 17:41 Defending throw-in by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic).
  • 17:26 Shot by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) drilled left-footed from left channel (25 yards), save (caught) by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 16:37 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Celtic) to far post, resulting in open play.
  • 16:10 Foul by James Wesolowski (Hamilton) on Shaun Maloney (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Shaun Maloney (Celtic) from left channel, resulting in open play.
  • 15:31 Attacking throw-in by Aiden McGeady (Celtic).
  • 14:57 Foul by Shaun Maloney (Celtic) on James Wesolowski (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by David Elebert (Hamilton) from right channel, resulting in open play.
  • 14:01 Assist (cross) by Andreas Hinkel (Celtic) from right wing.
  • 14:01 GOAL - Shaun MaloneyHamilton 0 - 1 Celtic Goal by Shaun Maloney (Celtic) volleyed right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (6 yards).Hamilton 0-1 Celtic.
  • 12:36 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
  • 11:52 Foul by Simon Mensing (Hamilton) on Barry Robson (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 11:09 Attacking throw-in by Trent McClenahan (Hamilton).
  • 10:29 Handball by Georgios Samaras (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by David Elebert (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 9:17 Attacking throw-in by Trent McClenahan (Hamilton).
  • Correction - 8:25 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Gary Caldwell.
  • 8:25 Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 7:50 Foul by James Wesolowski (Hamilton) on Barry Robson (Celtic). Free kick taken left-footed by Lee Naylor (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 7:32 Defending throw-in by Trent McClenahan (Hamilton).
  • 6:45 Foul by Barry Robson (Celtic) on Trent McClenahan (Hamilton). Free kick crossed left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) from right wing, clearance by Stephen McManus (Celtic).
  • 5:47 Attacking throw-in by Trent McClenahan (Hamilton).
  • 5:06 Defending throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 4:34 Foul by Barry Robson (Celtic) on James Wesolowski (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Richard Hastings (Hamilton) from left channel, passed.
  • 4:03 Defending throw-in by Richard Hastings (Hamilton).
  • 3:20 Attacking throw-in by Trent McClenahan (Hamilton).
  • 2:55 Foul by Barry Robson (Celtic) on Simon Mensing (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Martin Canning (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 2:29 Attacking throw-in by Lee Naylor (Celtic).
  • 2:16 Goal kick taken long by Lukasz Zaluska (Celtic).
  • 1:47 Attacking throw-in by Trent McClenahan (Hamilton).
  • 1:15 Georgios Samaras (Celtic) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 0:36 Foul by Simon Mensing (Hamilton) on Stephen McManus (Celtic). Free kick taken right-footed by Gary Caldwell (Celtic) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 0:06 Foul by Barry Robson (Celtic) on James McArthur (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Martin Canning (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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25 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamilton 1-2 Celtic R

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 9 9 20
2 Rangers 9 9 19
3 Hibernian 9 6 17
4 Dundee Utd 9 5 16
5 Motherwell 9 2 14
6 St Mirren 9 0 12
7 Aberdeen 9 0 11
8 Kilmarnock 9 -1 9
9 Hearts 9 -3 9
10 St Johnstone 9 -7 6
11 Hamilton 9 -11 5
12 Falkirk 9 -9 4


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