Hamilton and Celtic contested a 1-1 draw at New Douglas Park in front of a pretty decent crowd that seemed satisfied with what they saw. Accies took the lead on thirteen minutes when Brazilian Alex D’Acol headed home from a Steven Boyd free kick. As hard as Celtic tried, they had to wait until the sixty fifth minute before Calum Miller’s headed effort equalised for the visitors.
Accies opened proceedings in the second minute when Ryan Tierney managed to steal the ball from Celtic defender Fiacre Kelleher just inside the penalty area. He then set up a goal scoring opportunity for Ross Cunningham who shot just wide from seven yards.
Celtic then went onto have a decent ten minute spell that saw them put the Hamilton goal under pressure, it began when Sam Wardrop made a strong run and shot wide from eighteen yards. Joe Thomson was then unlucky not to put the Celts in front. He played a ball through the Accies defence for Calvin Miller and the striker found himself forced wide. Miller though managed to turn and play a dangerous ball into the Hamilton penalty area for Thomson, who ran in and headed inches over the cross bar from close range. Jack Breslin then had a twenty yard attempt saved comfortably by Accies keeper Alan Martin.
Accies then fought their way back into the reckoning but could only manage to win a couple corners for their efforts.
With thirteen minutes on the clock, Alex D’Acol put Accies in front after they were awarded a free kick close to the corner flag. Steven Boyd touched to Louis Longridge who struck the ball towards the back post for the ex-Greek Superleague striker to head home.
Celtic regrouped and then went onto have the lion’s share of the possession. Their three attempts on goal though were all easily saved by Martin and the Hamilton defence, led by Accies boss Martin Canning, didn’t seem to fazed.