Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Hibernian 1-3 Hamilton Academical
Stokes 90+4 Bingham 52 pen,88 Longridge 69
Hamilton caused a shock at Easter Road today as they ended Hibernian’s unbeaten start to the season with a 3-1 win. Rakish Bingham opened the scoring for the visitors with a penalty before substitute Louis Longridge doubled their lead 15 minutes later. Bingham then got the winner in the 88th minute with a brilliant team goal, shortly before Anthony Stokes got a consolation for Neil Lennon’s side.
It was a scrappy start to the game, and this theme continued for much of the half. Lewis Stevenson had the first chance of the game for the home side 11 minutes in, getting the ball in space but his effort went over.
Ten minutes later Hibernian came close through Simon Murray, but his free header at the far post went wide of the mark.
The best chance of the half came in the 26th minute. Hibs midfielder Danny Swanson had a good effort at goal from around 25 yards out only for Hamilton keeper Gary Woods to make a good diving save to his left.
Hamilton grew into the game, and had a few chances before the break. Greg Docherty found himself in acres of space and his long range effort at goal brought about a brilliant diving save to the right from Ofir Marciano in the 31st minute.
In-form Hibernian striker Simon Murray found himself one-on-one with the Hamilton keeper three minutes later but couldn’t find the net shortly before Steven Whittaker and Anthony Stokes both had shots blocked.
Before the break Hamilton came close through Ali Crawford. The 26-year-old made a great run on the left-hand side and his shot was met by a great diving save to the right from Marciano.
Hamilton started the second half really well, with Dougie Imrie coming close just two minutes into the half. The winger’s effort was blocked on the end of a corner and went out for another corner.
Five minutes later, Martin Canning’s side were awarded a penalty after Darren McGregor brought a player down just inside the box. Rakish Bingham stepped up to take the penalty and buried it in the bottom-right corner past Marciano to take the lead.
McGregor looked to redeem himself in the 55th minute, but his header on the end of a corner went over the bar. Fellow defender Paul Hanlon tried his luck three minutes later but it didn’t trouble the keeper as he stopped the ball to the left.
Hamilton substitute Louis Longridge almost made an instant impact when coming on, but his shot was blocked in the 64th minute shortly before Darian MacKinnon’s shot saw the same fate.
Just five minutes later, Longridge did make an impact as he doubled his side’s lead. Paul Hanlon gifted the ball to the forward who was able to bury it past the Hibs keeper to the left very coolly.
Chances were few and far between in the next half an hour, and it wasn’t until the 88th minute that there was anything more to note. Hamilton extended their lead shortly before the death with a great team move involving a backheel and then a great ball to Bingham at the far post who put the ball past Marciano.
Greg Docherty almost made it four for the visitors in the third minute of added time only for his shot to be blocked by the keeper, and then Hibernian managed to get a consolation in the last minute of added time through Anthony Stokes. The former Celtic man found himself with the ball on the left-hand side and buried it in the bottom-right corner.
The result means that Hamilton have overtaken Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership table with Martin Canning’s side in 4th and Neil Lennon’s in 5th level on points.
Hibernian: Marciano, McGregor (c) (Slivka 63), Ambrose, Hanlon, Whittaker, McGeouch (Matulevicius 76), McGinn, Stevenson, Swanson (Barker 56), S Murray, Stokes.
Subs not used: Gray, Fontaine, Laidlaw, F Murray.
Hamilton Academical: Woods, Skondras, Tomas, Sarris, McMann, MacKinnon, Imrie, Docherty, Crawford (Redmond 80), Boyd (Longridge 62), Bingham (Gillespie 89).
Booked: Imrie and Redmond
Subs not used: Gogic, Templeton, Jamieson, Lyon.
Attendance: 16,633 (200 away)