Accies media team reporter Martin McConnell with our final match report of the season…
at New Douglas Park, Foys Stadium, Hamilton
Sunday 16th May 2021, kick off 12noon.
Hamilton Academical 0 Kilmarnock 2
Despite a convincing 2-0 victory at New Douglas Park, Kilmarnock weren’t able to finish in
tenth place so now find themselves in the play off with Dundee during the week after Ross
County turned their game around to win 2-1 against Motherwell.
After Mitchell Pinnock gave Kilmarnock an early lead, the match was played like a friendly
with both sides failing to show too much. Despite this, Pinnock
managed to strike once again on the stroke of half-time.
The second half was much the same, insipid and lacking in any vigour until Killie were
awarded a penalty kick which they failed to convert. A few Hamilton chances towards the end
never looked likely to trouble the Kilmarnock ‘keeper.
Hamilton boss Brian Rice was pleased with the two young Accies making their debuts
today, saying, “It was one eye on the future today with the team that we picked to give the
young lads a chance. Young Jamie Smith saving a penalty on his debut and is something
that he’ll never forget.
And I think that we all saw what a talent Marley Redfern was as well. I’ve been desperate to
get him on the pitch but it’s been very difficult with the position that we’ve been in. I think that
you saw what a special talent he has when he came on today.”
Hamilton made five changes to the starting XI that played up at Dingwall midweek, with Jamie
Smith, Stirling, Lewis Smith, Hughes and Munro replacing Gourlay, Easton, Hodson, Callachan
and Moyo. Whilst Killie made three changes, with Rogers, Rossi and Waters making way for
Doyle, Ibsen Rossi and Haunstrup.
Accies made a decent start to the game without really threatening the Kilmarnock goal. Then
on the 8th minute the visitors took the lead when Millen (son of ex Accie Andy) put a great dipping cross right onto
the six yard line from wide right, where Pinnock evaded the attention of three defenders and
stroked the ball comfortably home.
Killie saw a bit more of the ball but the match seemed to be little more than a friendly at this
stage as the two sides lacked any sign of intensity. This definitely suited Kilmarnock but
Accies did have a couple of half chances.
Both involving Lewis Smith and Kyle Munro. Firstly when Smith switched the ball from right
to left, where Munro’s strike wasn’t too far off. Then Smith’s nimble footwork left three
defenders struggling to keep up before his shot was blocked and Munro’s follow-up blocked
Pinnock had a good attempt to secure a brace for himself with a low strike from around
16 yards, the keeper looked as if he had it covered but went out for a corner after
deflecting off Hakeem Odoffin.
Five minutes later he did get himself a second after Alan Power played the ball to him in the
left hand side of the Accies box. He finished well to finish off a good break forward by
The first 25 minutes of the second half were absolutely devoid of anything worth
mentioning until the visitors were awarded a penalty kick following Aaron Martin’s challenge
on Chris Burke. Pinnock stepped up and struck to his right but failed to get his hat trick after
Jamie Smith pulled off a magnificent save.
Kilmarnock boss Tommy Wright had already begun to take players off the field in anticipation
of the up and coming play off against Dundee, as news of Michael Gardyne’s goal filtered
through to the Killie bench.
Accies did enough to create a couple of late half chances when David Moyo turned a
defender inside the box before shooting wide, then Nathan Thomas sent one over the
crossbar from wide right.
Accies: J Smith, Odoffin, McMann (c), Stirling (Stanger 52), Hamilton, Anderson (C Smith 57),
L Smith (Moyo 65), Hughes, A Martin, Mimnaugh (Redfern 65), Munro (Thomas 57). Subs
Unused: Gourlay, Easton, Trafford, Hodson.
Cautions: A Martin.
Killie: Doyle, Millen, Broadfoot, Ibsen Rossi, Haunstrup, Power, Dicker (Mulumbu 89),
Pinnock, Burke (McKenzie 67), Kiltie (Tshibola 75), Lafferty (Oakley 75). Subs Unused:
Rogers, McGowan, Waters, Medley, Whitehall.
Goals: Pinnock 9, 44.
Cautions: Dicker, Haunstrup, Kiltie, Power.
Referee: Kevin Clancy. Assistants: David Roome & Calum Spence. 4 th Official: Greg Aitken.