21 Jan Kilmarnock 0 – 1 Hamilton
Substitute Rakish Bingham’s added-time penalty gave Hamilton a dramatic victory over Kilmarnock in their William Hill Scottish Cup fourth-round tie at Rugby Park.
With five debutants in Lee Clark’s side Killie had a new look about them but old failings were still present with Accies little better, as both sides showed why they are struggling at the bottom end of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
As the game edged into the second minute of injury time Killie new boy Karleigh Osborne tripped Hamilton defender Grant Gillespie inside the box to give Bingham, on for Eamonn Brophy, the opportunity to take the Lanarkshire side into the next round.
He made no mistake, as the home fans in the paltry crowd of 2,944 sloped off in discontent.
Clark had taken a gamble by fielding all of recent signings.
Freddie Woodman took over from regular keeper Jamie MacDonald and the two other 19-year-old Newcastle United loanees, Sean Longstaff and Cal Roberts, were also handed debuts.
The experienced Osborne, signed on a free after leaving Plymouth and Kristoffer Ajer, the 18-year-old Norwegian on loan from Celtic, started for the first time as partners in defence..
Understandably there was some indecision in the Killie rearguard in the early stages and in the eighth minute Woodman made a decent save from Ali Crawford’s drive from 14 yards.
Minutes later, only a great blocking tackle from Ajer prevented Alex D’Acol getting his shot away, the Accies striker played in by a terrific Crawford pass.
In the 19th minute Killie attacker Jordan Jones was presented with a good chance after a sloppy Scott McMann pass across the pitch from left-back Scott McMann was intercepted but his side-footed shot was easily saved by Accies keeper Gary Woods.
For the rest of the half a whole lot of nothing took place.
Accies had edged the first half and while the Ayrshire side tried to up the tempo after the break but there was little improvement.
Killie captain Steven Smith replaced Rory McKenzie on the hour mark before Clark made a double substitution, Souleymane Coulibaly, reportedly a target of Egyptian club Zamalek and Kris Boyd, replacing Roberts and Nathan Tyson.
Bingham took over from Brophy, and in the 71st minute his cross from the right was headed over by Crawford who then had two decent drives saved by Woodman.
As the home fans became increasingly agitated, Killie’s new keeper made yet another save from Crawford, tipping his curling effort over the bar for a corner which unsurprisingly came to nothing.
But there was to be a twist when Gillespie nipped in front of Osborne only to be sent flying, Bingham sending Woodman the wrong way with a well-taken penalty.