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St Mirren 2-0 Hamilton Academical: Hosts keep fight to avoid relegation play-off alive

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Highlights: St Mirren 2-0 Hamilton

St Mirren kept their bid to avoid a Scottish Premiership relegation play-off alive with a frenetic win over 10-man Hamilton Academical.

Oran Kearney's men move within a point of 10th-placed Accies heading into Saturday's final round of fixtures.

Kyle McAllister and Kyle Magennis scored late goals amid a home onslaught after Alex Gogic's first-half red card.

Saints travel to already-relegated Dundee for their last match, while Accies host St Johnstone.

The Perth side are guaranteed seventh place.

The team finishing 11th face a two-legged survival duel with Dundee United or Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Hosts prevail on night of drama

St Mirren knew the stakes. Win, or face the play-off. Accies, under former Saints coach Brian Rice, seldom set up to contain, and there was drama right from the off.

First, Hamilton's George Oakley cantered on to a through ball, rounded Vaclav Hladky, but scooped horribly over with the goal at his mercy. Barely a minute later, Magennis lashed into the stand at the other end.

The tumult continued when Simeon Jackson spun Gogic and the Accies defender hauled him down. Willie Collum swiftly produced his red card, ruling Gogic to have denied Jackson a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

Rice sacrificed teenage midfielder Reegan Mimnaugh for defender Lennard Sowah, but St Mirren toiled to capitalise on their numerical advantage.

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'We move on to doing our job on Saturday'

And after the break, they survived a serious scare. Oakley's flick-on sent Mickel Miller scampering through on goal, but the Englishman skewed his effort wide. It was a costly miss.

St Mirren began to grow as a force and captain Stephen McGinn's teasing deliveries threatened to yield a breakthrough.

McGinn's ball was attacked by Mihai Popescu, forcing a fine save from Gary Woods. Paul McGinn, Danny Mullen and McAllister all came close before, at last, the goal they craved was delivered.

Initially, McAllister made a hash of his shot after dancing into the box, but it was deflected back into his path and he fired low into the net to rapturous scenes.

The angst in the stands returned when Oakley fired wide, then came within inches from meeting a Scott McMann cross.

The contest, though, was effectively over when Miller was forced off with a suspected dislocated shoulder after Rice had made all three of his substitutions.

And Magennis put the icing on the cake deep in stoppage time, waltzing his way into the box before drilling home.

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'We thrive on these things'

'Another dramatic day' beckons - analysis

The result means the race for Premiership survival will go right down to the wire. Accies are a point ahead, but their goal difference is significantly poorer.

Rice's men are renowned survivalists. Despite modest resources and a small fan base, they will earn a sixth straight season in the top flight if they beat St Johnstone.

But if Hamilton slip up, St Mirren can complete a great escape with a draw or win at manager-less Dundee, already destined for the Championship.

A fraught Saturday beckons for fans of both teams, but the neutral can savour another dramatic match-day.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Hladky
  • 2McGinn
  • 6MacKenzieSubstituted forBairdat 38'minutes
  • 16Popescu
  • 3MuzekBooked at 56mins
  • 7Magennis
  • 4McGinnBooked at 20mins
  • 14LyonsSubstituted forFlynnat 61'minutes
  • 11JacksonSubstituted forCookeat 67'minutes
  • 18Mullen
  • 23McAllister

Substitutes

  • 8Flynn
  • 9Nazon
  • 15Baird
  • 20Cooke
  • 21Hodson
  • 26Holmes
  • 35Ferdinand

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 2McGowanBooked at 19mins
  • 4Gordon
  • 13GogicBooked at 29mins
  • 3McMann
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 33MimnaughSubstituted forSowahat 31'minutes
  • 25MartinSubstituted forImrieat 79'minutes
  • 22Andreu
  • 99OgboeSubstituted forMillerat 57'minutesSubstituted forat 90'minutes
  • 9Oakley

Substitutes

  • 7Imrie
  • 8Davies
  • 11Miller
  • 20Marsden
  • 28Smith
  • 40Hamilton
  • 46Sowah
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
6,421

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home20
Away7
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, St. Mirren 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Mirren 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 2, Hamilton Academical 0. Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Kyle Magennis (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Mickel Miller went off injured after Hamilton Academical had used all subs.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Mickel Miller (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. George Oakley (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Cody Cooke (St. Mirren).

Lennard Sowah (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Dougie Imrie replaces Scott Martin.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Kyle Magennis.

Foul by Mateo Muzek (St. Mirren).

Aaron McGowan (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Goal!

Goal! St. Mirren 1, Hamilton Academical 0. Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Kyle McAllister (St. Mirren) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Lennard Sowah.

Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Oakley (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Daniel Mullen (St. Mirren).

Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Cody Cooke (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Cody Cooke (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Martin (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Cody Cooke replaces Simeon Jackson.

Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

Lennard Sowah (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Scott McMann.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Attempt missed. Simeon Jackson (St. Mirren) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Gary Woods.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Aaron McGowan.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Ryan Flynn replaces Brad Lyons.

Attempt missed. Mihai Popescu (St. Mirren) right footed shot from very close range is too high following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic37266575195684
2Rangers37239581255678
3Kilmarnock371810948301864
4Aberdeen371971155431264
5Hibernian3714121150371354
6Hearts37156164148-751
7St Johnstone37157153846-852
8Motherwell37146174354-1148
9Livingston371111154041-144
10Hamilton3786232675-4930
11St Mirren3778223164-3329
12Dundee3756262975-4621
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