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Billy McKay's winner at Hamilton Academical makes it two wins out of two for Ross County


By Will Clark

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Hamilton Academical 0

Ross County 1

Scorer: (McKay 77)

ITS two wins out of two in the Premiership for Ross County as Billy McKay’s strike midway in the second half was enough to secure victory at Hamilton Academical.

Billy McKay scored the winner at Hamilton. Picture: Ken Macpherson
Billy McKay scored the winner at Hamilton. Picture: Ken Macpherson

The win followed up their 1-0 victory at home against Motherwell as manager Stuart Kettlewell watched his team continue their perfect start.

Kettlewell kept faith with the same starting 11 that beat Motherwell as they looked to kick on.

Ross County had a golden chance to take the lead in the eighth minute when Harry Paton’s cross from the left wing found Lee Erwin unchallenged in the six-yard box, but he fired the ball straight at goalkeeper Ryan Fulton.

The Staggies went close again as Erwin nearly connected with McKay's cross from close range, but hit his knee against the right post instead, but he was fine to continue.

Hamilton didn’t threaten until the half-hour mark as Callum Smith burst into the box to latch on to Scott Martin's pass.

His powerful low drive towards the bottom left corner of the net was comfortably saved by Ross Laidlaw.

Laidlaw was alert to producing another good save as he got low to deny Smith's shot from 10-yards finding the bottom left corner of the net to keep the game goalless.

Ross County had a great chance to take the lead on the hour mark, McKay’s cross from the left wing found Connor Randall in the box who laid the ball off to Ross Stewart who from eight yards out hit the right post.

With 20 minutes remaining substitute Josh Mullin sent a cross down the right wing which was diverted into the box by Jordan Tillson which just evaded Michael Gardyne getting a connection as Fulton punched the ball against his body before gathering.

But Ross County broke the deadlock 14 minutes from time as Iain Vigurs' cross into the box was fumbled by Fulton leading to a scramble before the ball found its way to Billy McKay who fired home from 10 yards which proved to be the winner.

Hamilton Accies: Fulton, Ofodin, McMann, Martin, Smith (Trafford 45), Want (Johnson 85), Fjortoft, Winter, Moyo, Smith (Hamilton 83), Callachan (Owolabi 85).

Subs (Unused) Gourlay, McKenna, Templeton, Mimnaugh, Munro.

Ross County: Laidlaw, Randall, McKay, (Charles-Cook 81), Erwin (Gardyne 62), Vigurs, Iacovitti, Tillson (Mullin 62), Paton (Draper 81), Donaldson, Stewart, Reid.

(Subs) Doohan, Morris, Shaw, Watson.

Referee: Bobby Madden



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