Accies media team website reporter Martin McConnell was in Paisley on Saturday for our vital win…
New St Mirren Park, Paisley
Saturday, 1st May 2021, kick off 3pm.
St. Mirren 1 Hamilton Academical 2
We extended our unbeaten run at Paisley to four games and we remain bottom with two games left to play despite winning 2-1 on Saturday afternoon. County still have the benefit of a three point cushion after their win, but we have the better goal difference, and Killie two points after defeat to Motherwell. However as those are our next two opponents….
Hamilton had the best of the first half chances and took a deserved lead after 27 minutes thanks to Ross Callachan. Moyo doubled the lead in the second half before St. Mirren pulled one back from McGrath.
Following the crucial win, a delighted Head Coach Brian Rice said, “I’m absolutely delighted to come here and win the match and take the three crucial points.”
“The three points are massive. I said yesterday that we’ll have to do what we need to do and then we’ll look at the situation. Ross County have won so it makes our result even better.
Kilmarnock have lost and that has dragged them right back into it as well now. I think it will go right down to the last game now.”
Accies made two changes to the side that lost out to Motherwell ten days ago, with Reegan Mimnaugh and David Moyo replacing Brian Easton (out with a niggle) and Ronan Hughes (serving first match of a two game suspension).
The Buddies made a total of four changes with Fraser, McGrath, Durmus and Erwin making way for MacPherson, Quaner, Finlayson and Erhahon. However they then had to make a further change in the warm up with McCarthy replacing Fraser.
After a cagey opening ten minutes, the game burst into life when Dennis curled a dangerous low cross into the Accies six yard box. MacPherson slid in and almost got a touch before Kyle Gourlay was able to get down and gather.
Accies then showed some attacking intent after both Callachan and Odoffin had shots blocked inside the penalty area before finally going out for a corner kick.
Scott McMann struck the corner long past the back post where Munro headed back towards goal before being cleared from the line. Callachan then saw a chance go wide and Odoffin volleyed just high following a deflection off a defender.
Hamilton continued to have the better of the play and took the lead just before the half hour when the St. Mirren defence were unable to clear their lines.
A Hodson cross to the back post fell nicely for Callachan to get a scruffy strike and his tenth goal of the season. Hamilton were able to hold their line well and broke when in possession to take their lead safely into the second half.
Again, the second half took it’s time to get underway, when Accies all of a sudden doubled their lead when the ball was picked up by Anderson on the right. He scuffed his cross badly but it somehow ended up at the feet of Moyo, who wasn’t in a good position and had to readjust his feet to direct the ball past the ‘keeper. 2-0.
The Buddies then had their best attempt of the game when Dennis sent a driven strike from range towards goal, fortunately Gourlay was able to pull off a great save and out for a corner kick.
Callachan hammered the crossbar from a full 25 yards out and Anderson fashioned a chance from nothing, with the keeper saving from eight yards out.
St. Mirren got themselves right back into contention when substitute Jamie McGrath drove the ball hard into the Accies net from 16 yards. Henderson then had a great chance to level towards the end but hit over the crossbar from wide.
St. Mirren: Alnwick, Tait (Durmus 62), Shaughnessy, Doyle-Hayes, MacPherson (Erwin 62), Finlayson, Dennis (MacPherson 72), McCarthy, Erhahon, Henderson, Quaner (McGrath 61) .Unused: Lyness, Mason, .
Goals: McGrath 71.
Accies: Gourlay, Odoffin, McMann (c), Hamilton, Anderson (Trafford 87) A Martin, Mimnaugh (Stanger 88 ), Moyo, Munro (L Smith 87), Hodson, Callachan (Thomas 90+1). Subs Unused: Scully, Stirling, C Smith, Redfern.
Goals: Callachan 27, Moyo 57.
Referee: John Beaton. Assistants: David Roome & Drew Kirkland. 4th Official: Gavin Duncan.