Hamilton snatched a late draw today with an injury time equaliser from Stevie May at a cold but sunny New Douglas Park. Livingston looked to have stolen all three points when Iain Russell poked home a goal on 78 minutes however an injury time goal from in-form Hamilton striker Stevie May meant both sides secured a share of the points.
Going into today’s game Hamilton sat in seventh place on 24 points having played 22 league games while Livingston sat in fourth on 36 points from 23 league games.
Hamilton Accies made one change from there midweek loss away to Partick Thistle by starting Ali Crawford with Louis Longridge moved to the bench. For Livingston they made two changes from their midweek loss away to Falkirk by bringing in Kyle Jacobs and Callum Booth into the starting eleven, Jordan Morton was moved to the bench while Tom Watson was missing from the squad.
Before the game kicked off both sets of supporters beautifully observed a minute’s applause for the late Dr Sandy Wilson who was an Ht Life President at Hamilton. He sadly died on the 17th of February.
The game got off to a flying start when Hamilton’s Stevie May set up Ali Crawford with 20 seconds played, however the young midfielder could only force a save from McNeil as his shot from a couple of yards out was pushed away for a corner.
Next it was Crawford’s turn to set up May however again McNeil was there to push the ball again out for a corner on 12 minutes.
Livingston’s first real chance of the game came on 27 minutes when Spaniard Jesus Garcia Tena had a shot from 30 yards out but it ended up going over the bar.
Into the second half and Stevie May had another great chance to put Accies in front when Crawford set him up, but May was only able to blast the ball wide of McNeil’s goal.
With the game looking set to end goalless, Livingston managed to score a fortuitous scrappy goal through Iain Russell. The striker was able to poke the ball home after a crazy stramash in the Hamilton goal with Cuthbert managing to make a couple of saves before Russell finally prodded the ball over the line.
The goal awoke Hamilton from their slumber and they went in search of an equaliser. Chances from Mackinnon, Crawford and May all went wide or over the bar in the final minutes before May finally managed to convert to score his twelfth goal of the season.
The man on loan from St Johnstone was found with lots of space in the Livingston box on 90 minutes after Gary Fraser picked him out with a great cross from out wide. The striker took it down on his chest before volleying it across McNeil’s goal who was unlucky as he got a hand to the ball but was unable to stop it from eventually settling in the net.
Next up for Hamilton is a Scottish Cup Quarter Final at home against near league rivals Falkirk. While Livingston have a home game in the league next week against bottom side Airdrie United.
After the game Hamilton manager Billy Reid was not happy with his team’s first half performance, he said: “Just a typical Hamilton Accies performance for me. The way things have being this season, first half we don’t show up; they were by far the better side. We know they are a good football side. If you don’t get near players, then you have big, big problems. We were all over the place first half apart from four or five minutes where we looked lively. We had a great chance through Ali Crawford, he should have done better with Stevie May playing him in but after that we were forced back and never played. To win a football match you need players to play the game. We didn’t have that.”
Livingston manager Gareth Evans was unhappy to lose the late goal, he said: “We totally dominated the football match, we had possession of the ball for most of the game and to lose that last-minute goal is very disappointing. But the way we played, our performance was excellent. The only thing that was missing was not letting them score that last-minute goal. They sat off us and let us have the ball and we dominated and managed to keep the ball, I thought it would take just one goal to win the game and when we eventually got it we thought that was it. That was probably the problem in the end as they thought they had got it.”
Hamilton Academical: Kevin Cuthbert, Ziggy Gordon (Gary Fraser), Stephen Hendrie, Martin Canning, Jonathan Page, Jon Routledge, Ali Crawford, Gary Fisher (Louis Longridge), Stevie May, Darian Mackinnon, Grant Gilliespie
Subs not used: Scott Christie, Mikey Devlin, Greg Docherty
Livingston: Andy McNeil, Kevin McCann, Callum Booth, Jesus Garcia Tena, Craig Barr, Burton O’Brien, Anthony Andreu, Liam Fox (Danny Mullen), Kyle Jacobs, Stefan Scougall (Marc McNulty), Iain Russell
Subs not used: Darren Jamieson, Jordan Morton, Jason Talbot
Referee: Mat Northcroft