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Hamilton   2 - 2   Falkirk

Hamilton defender Brian Easton and Falkirk midifleder Scott Arfield
Arfield (right) gave Falkirk the lead in an open match

Hamilton Accies and Falkirk earned a point each in a Scottish Premier League relegation battle at New Douglas Park.

Dougie Imrie and Mickael Antoine-Curier had efforts saved for Hamilton before Scott Arfield fired the visitors into a surprise half-time lead.

Antoine-Curier headed Accies level and then won his side a penalty, from which Simon Mensing scored on 58 minutes.

But Ryan Flynn volleyed Falkirk's equaliser a minute later and neither side could force a winner.

The result takes bottom club Falkirk to within three points of St Mirren, while Hamilton remain six points clear of the basement spot.

A slip by Mensing gave Falkirk winger Flynn an early sight of goal, but Hamilton goalkeeper Tomas Cerny was equal to the shot.

Referee Dougie McDonald waved play on when the ball struck the arm of Falkirk's Brian McLean in the visiting penalty area as the defender got in the way of a Flavio Paixao cross.

Accies threatened when Imrie curled a shot towards goal from the edge of the area that Bairns keeper Robert Olejnik turned around the post.

Olejnik then made a reaction save to block Antoine-Curier's header after the striker had been found by Brian Easton's cross.

Another effort by Imrie was well blocked by McLean before the visitors took the lead against the run of play.

Arfield combined with Flynn before firing in a shot and the ball broke back off Cerny for the 21-year-old to score at the second attempt.

No free-kick was awarded against Cerny after the keeper appeared to handle outside his box whilst preventing a corner before Imrie glanced a header into the arms of Olejnik.

Falkirk passed up an excellent chance to double their lead ahead of the interval.

Martin Canning ducked under a long ball from Olejnik unaware that Pedro Moutinho was in behind the Hamilton defence. But, with only the keeper to beat, the Portuguese forward sent his lob wide.

Hamilton came out in the second half determined to level matters and were rewarded when Flavio Paixao's corner was missed by Olejnik and Antoine-Curier had the simplest of tasks to nod into the net.

Another apparent handball went unpunished when Canning blocked Flynn's cross before Accies moved into the lead.

Tam Scobbie felled Antoine-Curier in the box and Mensing converted from the spot.

But, almost immediately, the Bairns were level again as Moutinho's free-kick was not properly dealt with by Hamilton and the ball fell kindly for Flynn to volley into the net.

The visitors were forced into a change when Vitor Lima was stretchered off to be replaced by Jack Compton.

Antoine-Curier's long-range volley was saved well by Olejnik and James McArthur cleared the crossbar with Hamilton's next attempt.

At the other end, Moutinho was foiled by Canning's last-ditch challenge.

More resolute defending by Scobbie and McLean kept Hamilton at bay in the closing stages as both sides settled for a point.

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Saturday, 20 March 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamilton 2-2 Falkirk FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Antoine-Curier 50
  • Mensing (pen) 58
  • Arfield 26
  • Flynn 59

Hamilton

  • 01 Cerny
  • 04 Canning
  • 06 McLaughlin
  • 15 Easton
  • 07 Wesolowski yellow card (Elebert 80)
  • 08 McArthur
  • 27 Mensing yellow card
  • 09 Antoine-Curier
  • 10 Neil
  • 18 Flavio Paixao (Marco Paixao 85)
  • 23 Imrie (Thomas 89)

Substitutes

  • 19 Murdoch,
  • 02 McClenahan,
  • 25 Elebert,
  • 36 Crawford,
  • 12 Evans,
  • 21 Marco Paixao,
  • 26 Thomas

Falkirk

  • 01 Olejnik
  • 02 Barr
  • 03 Scobbie
  • 06 McLean yellow card
  • 04 Twaddle yellow card
  • 10 Arfield
  • 11 Flynn
  • 23 Lima (Compton 63)
  • 24 Healy
  • 07 Moutinho yellow card
  • 15 Showunmi

Substitutes

  • 29 Wagenaar,
  • 30 Duffy,
  • 34 Bloom,
  • 19 Lynch,
  • 28 Compton,
  • 33 Davidson,
  • 12 Stewart
Ref: McDonaldAtt: 2,461
HAMILTON
FALKIRK

Possession

  • Hamilton 64%
  • Falkirk 36%

Attempts on target

  • Hamilton 6
  • Falkirk 4

Attempts off target

  • Hamilton 2
  • Falkirk 1

Corners

  • Hamilton 5
  • Falkirk 3

Fouls

  • Hamilton 7
  • Falkirk 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:33 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+2:02 Inswinging corner taken by Marco Paixao from the left by-line played to the near post, Thomas Scobbie makes a clearance.
  • 89:31 Shot by Joel Thomas. Brian McLean gets a block in.
  • 88:09 Substitution Joel Thomas on for Douglas Imrie.
  • 86:58 The referee blows for offside. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
  • 84:10 Substitution Marco Paixao on for Flavio Paixao.
  • 79:00 Substitution James Wesolowski leaves the field to be replaced by David Elebert.
  • 78:17 Scott Arfield challenges Douglas Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Flavio Paixao restarts play with the free kick.
  • 77:08 Inswinging corner taken by Pedro Moutinho from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Mark McLaughlin.
  • 76:35 Pedro Moutinho takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Martin Canning gets a block in.
  • 73:36 Shot from just outside the area by James McArthur goes over the bar.
  • 71:51 Mickael Antoine-Curier produces a volleyed right-footed shot from 30 yards. Save by Robert Olejnik.
  • 68:46 Scott Arfield concedes a free kick for a foul on James McArthur. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
  • 66:58 Booking Booking for James Wesolowski for unsporting behaviour.
  • 66:48 James Wesolowski challenges Thomas Scobbie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jack Compton takes the indirect free kick.
  • 60:49 Substitution Vitor Lima leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Compton.
  • 60:49 Booking The referee shows Brian McLean a yellow card.
  • 60:41 Foul by Brian McLean on Flavio Paixao, free kick awarded. Flavio Paixao takes the direct free kick.
  • 58:56 GOAL - Ryan FlynnHamilton 2 - 2 Falkirk Ryan Flynn scores a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Hamilton 2-2 Falkirk.
  • 58:20 Pedro Moutinho restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:20 Booking Simon Mensing receives a yellow card.
  • 58:12 Simon Mensing concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Flynn.
  • 57:33 Booking Marc Twaddle shown a yellow card.
  • 57:28 GOAL - Simon MensingHamilton 2 - 1 Falkirk Simon Mensing scores a placed penalty. Hamilton 2-1 Falkirk.
  • 56:35 Unfair challenge on Mickael Antoine-Curier by Brian McLean results in a Penalty.
  • 55:50 The referee blows for offside against Enoch Showunmi. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 55:08 Flavio Paixao challenges Ryan Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.
  • 51:11 Booking Caution for Pedro Moutinho.
  • 51:00 Pedro Moutinho gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie. Free kick taken by Brian Easton.
  • 50:31 Douglas Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Flynn. Ryan Flynn takes the indirect free kick.
  • 49:25 Assist on the goal came from Flavio Paixao.
  • 49:25 GOAL - Mickael Antoine-CurierHamilton 1 - 1 Falkirk Mickael Antoine-Curier scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Hamilton 1-1 Falkirk.
  • 48:56 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Flavio Paixao,
  • 46:46 Corner taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:44 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+0:22 Inswinging corner taken by Brian Easton.
  • 44:54 Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.
  • 43:21 Effort from inside the area by Pedro Moutinho misses to the right of the target.
  • 39:23 Mark McLaughlin challenges Enoch Showunmi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Brian McLean.
  • 38:07 Foul by Pedro Moutinho on Mark McLaughlin, free kick awarded. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 37:36 Enoch Showunmi is penalised for a handball. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:22 Corner taken right-footed by Pedro Moutinho, clearance made by Martin Canning.
  • 33:57 Unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao by Darren Barr results in a free kick. Alex Neil takes the free kick.
  • 27:45 Shot by Flavio Paixao from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
  • 27:06 Simon Mensing challenges Ryan Flynn unfairly and gives away a free kick. Pedro Moutinho takes the indirect free kick.
  • 25:48 Ryan Flynn provided the assist for the goal.
  • 25:48 GOAL - Scott ArfieldHamilton 0 - 1 Falkirk A goal is scored by Scott Arfield from inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Hamilton 0-1 Falkirk.
  • 25:20 Scott Arfield takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
  • 24:37 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brian Easton by Enoch Showunmi. Indirect free kick taken by Flavio Paixao.
  • 22:32 Douglas Imrie takes a shot from 12 yards. Thomas Scobbie gets a block in.
  • 21:15 Mickael Antoine-Curier is caught offside. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.
  • 19:07 Simon Mensing fouled by Scott Arfield, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
  • 17:02 Pedro Moutinho fouled by James McArthur, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Pedro Moutinho. Unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by Enoch Showunmi results in a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
  • 15:16 Thomas Scobbie challenges Mickael Antoine-Curier unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
  • 12:56 Douglas Imrie fouled by Vitor Lima, the ref awards a free kick. Douglas Imrie takes the indirect free kick.
  • 12:10 Brian Easton takes a inswinging corner.
  • 11:42 The ball is swung over by Brian Easton, save made by Robert Olejnik.
  • 9:12 Flavio Paixao takes a inswinging corner.
  • 8:46 Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.
  • 6:41 Darren Barr gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao. Flavio Paixao takes the indirect free kick.
  • 1:09 Foul by Enoch Showunmi on Mark McLaughlin, free kick awarded. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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20 Mar 2010 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 20 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 28 48 67
2 Celtic 29 27 57
3 Dundee Utd 29 6 49
4 Motherwell 30 6 48
5 Hibernian 29 8 47
6 Hearts 30 -5 40
7 St Johnstone 28 -7 34
8 Aberdeen 29 -10 31
9 Hamilton 29 -18 27
10 Kilmarnock 29 -16 26
11 St Mirren 29 -15 24
12 Falkirk 29 -24 21

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