A Christian Nade header was enough to seal a slender 1-0 Accies win, against a young Hibs side at Ainslie Park. Hamilton remain second on forty points alongside leaders Celtic, and six clear of St. Mirren in third. Hamilton fielded a strong side that included Eamonn Brophy, scorer of Accies only goal away to Celtic in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Tuesday night, Jesus Garcia Tena and Danny Redmond.
Hamilton went straight into attack mode, pressing the Hibernian defence, but without creating the chances. Then Brophy made a run down the left, passing inside to Nade who sent along the eighteen yard line toward Chris Mandiangu. The German striker cut inside, taking the ball past two defenders and displaying some quick footwork, shot a foot high of the cross bar.
Steven Boyd showed some great skill, managing to retain possession whilst under close scrutiny from a couple of defenders, then touching wide for Brophy. The striker blasted at goal from eight yards, but Sean Brennan was quick on his toes and managed to block. Hibs countered when Dan Carmichael controlled then sent wide for Oli Shaw, his shot from twenty yards hit the side netting.
Redmond crossed into the near post area, Brophy ran in but hoisted the ball over the cross bar from six yards. Brennan was again made to show his quality, when he produced a magnificent one handed save from a Boyd strike. Boyd then delivered the corner kick to the near post, Shaun Want stormed in and battered an almighty shot off the underside of the cross bar.
Hibernian made a couple of attempts on the Hamilton goal before the half time whistle, when Adam Watson won the ball in a challenge with Want. He passed to Aaron Scott out on the left, Scott cut toward goal and shot over the cross bar from eighteen yards. Jordan Sinclair then shot from thirty yards, although powerful, it was a little to direct and Alan Martin saved comfortably.