02 Jan Motherwell 3-3 Hamilton: Crawford rescues point in thriller
By Des McKeown at Fir Park
Ali Crawford’s 95th minute penalty rescued a point for Martin Canning’s side in a game that ebbed and flowed throughout.
It was Mark McGhee’s team who started brightest and took the lead after only nine minutes when Josh Law’s inswinging cross was flicked into the Hamilton net by Scott McDonald.
The Accies responded immediately and created a number of chances before Lucas Tagliapietra levelled with a header on 25 minutes following an Ali Crawford free-kick.
Three minutes later and the visitors were in the lead when Darian McKinnon drilled a left foot shot into the top left hand corner of Connor Ripley’s net.
That was the way it stayed until the first minute of the second half when Scott McDonald grabbed his second of the match after Louis Moult had fed the ball into him in the penalty box and it was Moult himself who put the Steelmen into the lead on 57 minutes with a brilliant header from Liam Grimshaw’s fabulous cross.
The second half was punctuated with bookings and stoppages and that resulted in five minutes of added on time and it was during that period that Hamilton got back on level terms.
With seconds to go referee Greg Aitken pointed to the spot when an Ali Crawford volley was adjudged to have been handled by Keith Lasley, who received a second yellow card and was subsequently shown a red.
Midfielder Crawford coolly stepped up to send Ripley the wrong way from the spot with the last kick of the game bringing to an end Hamilton’s losing streak and Motherwell’s winning run.