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Graham rescues point for Ross County at Hamilton


By Will Clark


Hamilton Academical 2

Ross County 2

Hamilton: Smith (52) Oakley (64) County: Mckay (1) Graham (87)

Brian Graham came to Ross County's rescue to score a late equaliser to salvage a point at Hamilton Academical.

Billy McKay gave Ross County the dream start after 37 seconds, but a nightmare second half saw Lewis Smith and George Oakley score to put Accies in the lead.

But Graham connected with a cross into the box from Michael Gardyne to fire home to take a point back to Dingwall.

Brian Graham scored a late equaliser
Brian Graham scored a late equaliser

Ross County made four changes to the team that were hammered 4-0 by Rangers.

Sean Kelly, Joe Chalmers, Brian Graham were dropped to the bench while Tom Grivosti was out through injury.

Billy McKay, Michael Gardyne, Keith Watson and Lee Erwin all came into the starting 11.

It took Ross County only 37 seconds to break the deadlock, Erwin pounced on a loose ball in the Hamilton defence and his low drive was blocked by Owain Fon Williams.

McKay was the first to react to the rebound to fire the ball into the net from close range to leave the hosts stunned.

Despite going behind before the first minute, Accies responded well creating a number of chances without testing goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw.

Hamilton winger Scott McMann proved to be the danger man for the hosts.

But he was also booked for simulation after the referee said he dived at the edge of the box after claiming he was fouled by Ross Draper.

Ross County could have doubled their advantage five minutes before half time when Erwin sent through Ross Stewart on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat but fired his shot wide.

Hamilton started the second half brightly and levelled the score in the 52nd minute.

Smith latched onto a long ball from Scott Martin and beat Richard Foster on the right wing before cutting into the box and firing from 12-yards into the net.

They took the lead midway through the second half when Oakley latched on to a long ball from midfield and was allowed to run through the County defence before firing a low drive past Laidlaw from 12 yards.

Hamilton looked like holding on for victory until Graham levelled the score three minutes from time when Gardyne sent in a cross into the box to find the striker unchallenged and he fired the ball into the net from 12 yards.

Hamilton were reduced to 10 men late in the game when Scott Martin was sent off.

Hamilton: Fon Williams, McMann, Oakley, Miller, Gogic, Cunningham (Davies 45) , Want Martin, Stubbs, Smith (Hughes 86), Hamilton.

Subs (Unused) Southwood, Hunt, Beck Mackinnon, Moyo.

Ross County: Laidlaw, Fraser, Fontaine, Draper, Gardyne, Erwin (Graham 63), McKay (Mullin 65), Watson, Spence (Henderson 73), Foster, Stewart.

Subs (Unused) Dixon-Hodge, Kelly, Morris, Chalmers.

Referee: Colin Steven

Attendance: 1628



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