Following the suspension of Scott McMann and the loss of Lee Hodson head coach Brian Rice handed Kyle Munro, his first Accies start for the visit to Livingston.

The 18-year-old battled hard with his Accies team mates and after conceding an early goal fought back to 1-1 and pushed on for a winner. With six minutes left of regular time, David Templeton lined up to hit a freekick.

Munro was able to lose his man and managed to get on the end of Templeton’s cross towards the back post and head it past the Livingston keeper to secure the three points for Accies.

Munro was delighted to get on the scoresheet. He said: “It feels amazing, it was a great ball from Temps, I couldn’t imagine getting the winner today.”

The versatile defender discussed his demanding Accies debut: “It was a game of two half’s, they scored very early on and put us under pressure, it was tough but we had to fight back and do what Hamilton does best.”

Prior to this season, Munro’s only first-team experience came in junior football with Clydebank and the defender believes this experience has helped him seize his chance in the Accies first team.

He said: “I wanted to go out and play games, it was my best way of showing the gaffer what I could do. I’ve come back and I feel stronger, fitter and better for the experience” Head Coach Brian Rice has challenged Munro to kick on with his development. Rice said: ”I’m delighted for Kyle to get his first goal, he has to get better. He is very brave and good in the air.

“He knows he has to keep improving, it’s been a massive step up for him but today will do his confidence the world of good. Not just the goal, his general play was also very good.

He is the hero today. ”However, despite being the hero of today Munro’s attention has already turned to the next game. He said: “Next week is massive, we have to keep going, we are back in training on Monday and aim to pick up another three points.

Nickolas McInally