With the forced postponement of our midweek trip to Aberdeen, it was Martin McConnell who was our website reporter on duty for Saturday’s second home game of the season…
Foys Stadium, New Douglas Park, Hamilton
Saturday 15th August 2020 at 3pm.
Hamilton Academical 0 St. Mirren 1
We failed to take anything from our third consecutive game, leaving us sitting bottom. An early first half goal from the Buddies left them in 5th on a valuable six points.
After a decent start, Accies let the first half slip away. St. Mirren needed no encouragement and went ahead when Obika slotted into the net from close range. He had three further chances to put the game beyond the reach of Hamilton but failed each time.
The second half saw a great improvement from Hamilton. They certainly had chances to draw themselves level but Alnwick in goal for St. Mirren was up to the task and let nothing past. Johnson also provided plenty in the way of crosses so maybe one to watch.
Hamilton made two changes to the line up that started against Ross County, David Templeton replacing Callum Smith and on his debut, Lee Hodson in for Markus Fjortoft. The visitors also made a couple of changes, with McAllister replacing Durmus and Morias for McCarthy.
Head Coach Brian Rice said, “We started the game really well in the first fifteen minutes. We lost our way a wee bit and St. Mirren took control. They scored a scrappy goal from our point of view, a soft goal.
In the second half we did everything we could, we were camped in their half. We had crosses, we had shots and the bulk of possession. I’m really disappointed for the lads as we didn’t deserve to lose that match today at all.”
Accies made a decent start to the game and won a free kick just outside the Buddies box. Templeton then struck the ball straight into the heart of the saints wall before forcing the rebound through on goal for the ‘keeper to save.
Hamilton seemed confident and continued to take the game to the visitors. McMann made a strong run wide on the left before passing inside for Martin. His shot was deflected wide for Moyo to have an unexpected chance that was saved well by Alnwick.
The game drifted the visitors way with Obika looking more and more dangerous as time went by. A chance was driven wide then the Buddies just went from strength to strength.
A more confident St. Mirren won a free-kick wide on the left. MacPherson whipped the ball towards the back post and Accies were able to clear. Foley then put the ball back into the mixer, Tait kept it alive by cutting it into the six yard box and Obika touched over the line with an outstretched boot.
Hamilton looked as if the game was up, with chance after chance being blocked or drifting wide. Morias looked dangerous and a second looked likely but despite his best efforts going close it remained 0-1 at the break.
Accies perked up after the break and had an early chance when Callachan shot wide from a good Winter cross. He struck wide again, this time from a McMann ball from just outside the six yard box. Unfortunately he didn’t have time to adjust for a better strike.
Templeton had a couple of efforts go wide of target before Winter and McMann had shots saved by Alnwick. Accies substitute Justin Johnson looked tricky for the St. Mirren defence to deal with and went close when his shot come cross drifted just wide of the back post. It wasn’t to be and the Buddies walked away with the points.
Accies: Fulton, Odoffin, McMann (c), Martin, Templeton, L Smith (Johnson 54), Want, Winter, Moyo (Ogkmpoe 54), Hodson, Callachan (Mimnaugh 80).Subs Unused: Gourlay, Hamilton, Trafford, Fjortoft, Munro, C Smith.
St. Mirren: Alnwick, Tait, Shaughnessy, Sheron, Obika, McAllister (Durmus 61), MacPherson, Foley, McGrath, Morias, Fraser. Subs Unused: Lyness, Baird, Thorvaldsson, Erhhahon, Urminsky, Henderson, Jamieson, Jack.
Goal: Obika 19.
Cautions: Alnwick, Foley, Tait.
Referee: Steven Kirkland. Assistants: Frankie Connor & Graham McNeillie. 4th Official: Don Robertson.