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Hamilton Academical 1-0 St Mirren

By Jim SpenceBBC Sport at New Douglas Park

Ali Crawford fired home the winner for Hamilton Accies with just seven minutes remaining to defeat St Mirren.

He picked his spot at Marian Kello's left post with a delicious low shot which left the Buddies goalkeeper rooted.

It was richly deserved for the home side who were the better outfit throughout.

St Mirren new boss Ian Murray was in the stand, with Gary Teale in charge for the last time.

Murray will have quickly realised that St Mirren's relegation was no fluke, in a display short on confidence, creativity and shots on goal, evident throughout.

Accies were the dominant side in the first half with visiting 'keeper Kello tested regularly.

In the fifth minute Imrie fired a shot from inside the box which Kello saved comfortably, then the 'keeper beat away a stinging Crawford free kick from twenty five yards.

The visitors replied when a Stephen Mallan free kick rattled the Accies bar.

But the home side were soon on the offensive again and Jesus Garcia Tena's free kick thundered off Kello's near post.

Crawford twice in succession fired in low efforts which the St Mirren stopper saved well before thwarting Louis Longridge from netting on the stroke of half time when he sprung to his right to parry his shot.

The second half saw Accies continue to dominate, but goal-scoring opportunities were absent. An end of season feel prevailed, with neither side playing at any great tempo.

Accies were sharper and slicker, as they had been in the opening 45 minutes, but their season has been one of high achievement, while the Buddies will need to regroup and find a promotion push, in what is likely to be a highly competitive Scottish Championship next season.

With ten minutes to go there was warm applause for a fleeting appearance from Jason Scotland who has given Accies sterling service in his time at the club.

And he bows out with a win, courtesy of a fine finish from the ever impressive Crawford.

Line-ups

Hamilton

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 12Lyon
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 24Tena
  • 15MacDonaldSubstituted forMcMannat 55'minutes
  • 6GillespieBooked at 63mins
  • 7ImrieSubstituted forBoydat 69'minutes
  • 21DochertySubstituted forScotlandat 81'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 17LongridgeBooked at 90mins
  • 20Brophy

Substitutes

  • 9Scotland
  • 16Watson
  • 23McMann
  • 25Armstrong
  • 26El-Zubaidi
  • 29Hill
  • 42Boyd

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-2

  • 28Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 30Baird
  • 3Kelly
  • 22TesselaarSubstituted forStewartat 76'minutes
  • 17Dayton
  • 14Reilly
  • 31MallanBooked at 28mins
  • 34MorganSubstituted forWyldeat 70'minutes
  • 9Thompson
  • 10SadlierSubstituted forCuddihyat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Goodwin
  • 11Wylde
  • 15Arquin
  • 36Cuddihy
  • 45Stewart
  • 46Wilks
  • 52Genev
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
2,425

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home9
Away2
Shots on Target
Home7
Away0
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away2

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 1, St. Mirren 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 1, St. Mirren 0.

  3. Booking

    Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

  5. Post update

    James Dayton (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jordan Stewart.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, St. Mirren 0. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dougie Imrie.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Jason Scotland replaces Greg Docherty.

  11. Post update

    Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jack Baird (St. Mirren).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Jordan Stewart replaces Jeroen Tesselaar.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Gregg Wylde replaces Lewis Morgan.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Barry Cuddihy replaces Kieran Sadlier.

  16. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Jesus Garcia Tena.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Steven Boyd replaces Dougie Imrie.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jason Naismith.

  19. Booking

    Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).