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Accies 1-1 St Mirren, 20th March

Accies media team website reporter Martin McConnell was at NDP on Saturday for our draw with the Paisley Saints..

SPFL Premiership

at Foys Stadium, New Douglas Park, Hamilton

on Saturday, 20thMarch, 2021, kick off 3pm.

Hamilton Academical 1 St. Mirren 1

We secured ourselves a share of the points after scoring a late equaliser that keeps us closely in touch with relegation rivals, Killie and County. With Kilmarnock leapfrogging us into eleventh place following their win against Motherwell, two points is all that now separates the three.

Neither of the sides managed to make much of an impression during the first 45 minutes. St. Mirren had a couple of half chances but didn’t look like scoring until they were awarded a spot kick which was duly struck home just after the half hour.

Accies let loose in the second half and the visitors seemed to struggle at times. Despite showing far greater intent in the last third and some good balls into the box, Accies couldn’t convert into goals. Then very late into the game, Kyle Munro headed home the equaliser from a free kick.

Head Coach Brian Rice was full of praise for his side, saying, “I think with our second half performance that we deserved at least a point. You know, we went for it and were gung ho at times. Man for man, we were throwing bodies forward and it was a brilliant effort from the boys in the second half. We deserved the goal and great credit to the young lad for getting it.”

And he was full of praise for Kyle Munro’s impact on the game, saying, “It was fantastic for the young lad. Last week he was possibly at fault for a goal or two. He’s a young lad and I’ve brought him in, we looked through the goals and what he might have done better. It just shows you a week in football

He’s gone in there and put a fantastic ball into the box that we could have scored from then he’s scored from a really good header. I’m delighted for him. It’s a hard learning curve, it’s the Premiership that he’s trying to learn his trade in. He’s not had many starts but that’s two late goals that he has scored for us this season. One at Livingston and one here today.”

Accies made a couple of changes to the starting XI, with Scott McMann and Ben Stirling coming in for Kyle Munro and injured Jamie Hamilton. The Buddies named three changes to the side that lost 3-0 at Ibrox, with Erhahon, Connolly, and Quaner making way for Obika, McAllister and Erwin.

There wasn’t much in the way of chances but the Buddies had the best of them. Tait crossed to the back post and Erwin’s header was deflected wide, then Erwin turned provider forTait but was only able to strike the ball into the ground and wide of goal.

Obika then did well to get himself in position for a shot just inside the Hamilton penalty area. Fortunately Aaron Martin got enough of a block on the ball to take the sting out of it and let it land safely in the waiting arms of Ryan Fulton.

On the half hour Erwin knocked the ball forward for Durmus at the side of the six yard box, with Hodson and Scott Martin providing cover. As Durmus released his shot over the crossbar, Martin’s trailing leg caught Durmus. The penalty was awarded and Jamie McGrath opened the account.

Hamilton started the second half like they really meant business and they did. Inside the first 60 seconds Fulton booted the ball forward into the opposing half. Moyo headed on, Anderson played it wide and Callachan struck the side netting whilst all the time under the scrutiny of two defenders.

Then very much against the run of play St. Mirren had a great chance to go two up. McGrath played a good ball into box for Obika to strike from ten yards out. The goal looked a certainty but Fulton made a magnificent one handed save to send the ball over the crossbar.

A nice Accies move ended with Moyo back heeling the ball for Bruce Anderson to put just over the goal. Munro came on for Smith and within two minutes struck the sweetest ball across goal. Hughes dived head first at the near post and narrowly missed, then Moyo at the back post but neither were able to do the cross justice.

With time running out and a miserable night looming, Accies were awarded a free kick thirty yards from goal after Shaughnessy was all over Moyo’s back. Scott McMann sent the ball sailing towards the back post, a gap opened up, Munro filled it and headed the equaliser from inside the six yard box for a thrilling end to an otherwise uneventful match.

Accies: Fulton, Odoffin, McMann, Stirling (Moyo 45), Easton (c), Anderson, S Martin, A Martin (Hughes 63), Hodson, C Smith (Munro 79), Callachan. Subs Unused: Gourlay, Scully, Trafford, Stanger, Mimnaugh, Redfern.

Goals: Munro 88.

St. Mirren: Alnwick, Tait, Shaughnessy, McCarthy, Doyle-Hayes, Obika (Flynn 88), McAllister (Erhahon 56), Durmus, McGrath, Fraser, Erwin (Connolly 56), Subs Unused: Lyness, Mason, Finlayson, MacPherson, Reid, Henderson.

Goals: McGrath 32 pen.

Cautions: McCarthy.

Referee: Don Robertson. Assistants: David McGeachie & Michael Banks. 4th Official: Colin Steven.

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