Scottish Premiership
St MirrenSt Mirren0HamiltonHamilton Academical2

St Mirren 0-2 Hamilton Academical

Hamilton Academical relied on an in-form Ali Crawford to deliver their first Scottish Premiership goal and win of the season against a tame St Mirren.

The 23-year-old drove through the midfield to score in the first-half before hitting a second-half effort which deflected in off Marc McAusland.

Buddies starlet Kenny McLean looked influential early on but Saints struggled with a more resolute Accies.

And Mikael Antoine-Curier should have increased the visitors' lead.

It made for painful watching for St Mirren supporters, who despite knowing their side's starting XI was minus the experience of Steven Thompson and Jim Goodwin, expected better against a Hamilton team who had looked vulnerable at the weekend.

Accies manager Alex Neil rang the changes and it resulted in a tighter defensive showing, albeit there was not a lot for them to repel.

A 30-yard shot from St Mirren's McLean, who signed a new two-year contract in the summer, signalled good Buddies' intent in Paisley but it failed to rub off on his team-mates.

Crawford is not new to the top flight, having made 21 appearances for Hamilton when they played Scottish Premier League football in 2010 and 2011.

However, he had not scored at the highest level of Scottish football before and his opening goal was a nice way to start off, striking it from 20-yards after collecting Dougie Imrie's pass and surging through the midfield.

St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean bursts past Hamilton Accies player-manager Alex Neil
St Mirren midfielder Kenny McLean bursts past Hamilton Accies player-manager Alex Neil

New signing Danny Redmond then played in Imrie, only for Saints defender McAusland to make a crucial block.

Adam Brown, making his Buddies debut, was denied by Martin Canning's clearance in a rare attack from Tommy Craig's St Mirren.

After the break, Redmond's wonderful cross found Antoine-Curier but the big Guadelope international made a hash of his side-foot towards goal - the first of three good opportunites he would miss.

However, the visitors did double their lead.

Ziggy Gordon flew down the wing, and although his cross missed Darian MacKinnon, it fell to man-of-the-moment Crawford, whose shot took a heavy deflection off McAusland on its way to the top corner.

Line-ups

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 28Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 4McAusland
  • 5Plummer
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 19BrownSubstituted forReillyat 69'minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked at 90mins
  • 8McLean
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forCaldwellat 30'minutes
  • 10Marwood
  • 16BallSubstituted forTealeat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Kelly
  • 12Ridgers
  • 14Reilly
  • 20Williams
  • 21Teale
  • 29Caldwell
  • 34Morgan

Hamilton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGovern
  • 6GillespieBooked at 43mins
  • 5CanningBooked at 54mins
  • 24TenaBooked at 53mins
  • 2Gordon
  • 28RedmondSubstituted forRyanat 63'minutes
  • 10NeilSubstituted forHendrieat 55'minutes
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 62mins
  • 7Imrie
  • 99Antoine-CurierSubstituted forScotlandat 83'minutes
  • 11Crawford

Substitutes

  • 3Hendrie
  • 4Devlin
  • 9Scotland
  • 19Currie
  • 20Brophy
  • 21Docherty
  • 32Ryan
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,635

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Booking

    John McGinn (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

  5. Post update

    Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

  7. Post update

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Dougie Imrie.

  9. Post update

    Thomas Reilly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Andy Ryan (Hamilton Academical).

  11. Post update

    Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

  13. Post update

    Jeroen Tesselaar (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jason Scotland replaces Mickael Antoine-Curier.

  16. Post update

    Foul by John McGinn (St. Mirren).

  17. Post update

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Ross Caldwell (St. Mirren).