Scottish Premiership
Hamilton2St Johnstone4

Hamilton Academical 2-4 St Johnstone

Graham Cummins heads St Johnstone in front at New Douglas Park
Cummins heads St Johnstone in front at New Douglas Park

St Johnstone jumped up two places to fourth in the Premiership, having survived an early Hamilton onslaught.

Graham Cummins nodded in a Brian Easton cross before lashing in the rebound from a Michael O'Halloran shot.

David Wotherspoon and O'Halloran then added fine shots from distance to send Saints on their way to a fifth successive away victory.

Accies were denied by some smart goalkeeping until Jesus Garcia Tena scored with a free-kick and penalty.

Those late goals gave the scoreline a more realistic look and the hosts will rue not taking advantage of their strong start.

Hamilton looked as if they were in the mood to avenge the 4-1 loss in Perth in September and they quickly established themselves as the dominant attacking force, with Ali Crawford prominent.

Accies created a flurry of early chances, the best of which fell to Christian Nade only for the striker to be denied by the feet of keeper Alan Mannus, who would follow that with a nimble tip away to deny the same player.

As so often happens, the side on top lost concentration and Hamilton were caught out five minutes before the break as Darnell Fisher and O'Halloran linked to feed Easton and the left-back's accurate cross was nodded in by Cummins for an undeserved lead.

St Johnstone celebrate as Michael O'Halloran makes it 4-0 to the visitors
St Johnstone celebrate as Michael O'Halloran makes it 4-0 to the visitors

Soon after the interval Accies were left with it all to do after Saints extended their lead.

O'Halloran cleverly dragged the ball back to create shooting space from 12 yards and drew a wonderful reaction parry from Michael McGovern but the goalkeeper was helpless to prevent Cummins firing the loose ball in from an angle.

It got worse for Hamilton as St Johnstone made the most of their lead to inflict further misery on their hosts.

Wotherspoon had all the time he needed to control and shoot past McGovern for the third and Cummins wasted a golden chance to secure a hat-trick, firing into the body of McGovern.

However, the fourth goal was only delayed by minutes as the impressive O'Halloran hit a 20 yard shot low into the corner on 67 minutes.

Hamilton showed great spirit and kept fighting to claw back the deficit.

Central defender Garcia Tena located the top corner with a free kick from the edge of the box and he found the same corner from 12 yards out after Murray Davidson conceded a penalty with two minutes remaining,

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1McGovernBooked at 63mins
  • 2Gordon
  • 24TenaBooked at 29mins
  • 5Canning
  • 3Kurakins
  • 6GillespieBooked at 90mins
  • 7ImrieBooked at 90mins
  • 12KurtajSubstituted forDochertyat 75'minutes
  • 17LongridgeSubstituted forD'Acolat 62'minutes
  • 11Crawford
  • 27NadeSubstituted forMorrisat 56'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Turner
  • 9D'Acol
  • 14Morris
  • 15Sendles-White
  • 21Docherty
  • 26Martin
  • 30Boyd

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 14Shaughnessy
  • 3Scobbie
  • 6Anderson
  • 24Easton
  • 22Fisher
  • 29O'HalloranSubstituted forKaneat 85'minutes
  • 8Davidson
  • 26CraigBooked at 89mins
  • 10WotherspoonBooked at 69minsSubstituted forThomsonat 76'minutes
  • 18CumminsSubstituted forSuttonat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Lappin
  • 11Sutton
  • 12Clark
  • 15McKay
  • 25Kane
  • 27Thomson
  • 44McCawl
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
2,216

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamSt Johnstone
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home7
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hamilton Academical 2, St. Johnstone 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 2, St. Johnstone 4.

  3. Booking

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  5. Post update

    Craig Thomson (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Craig Thomson.

  7. Booking

    Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 2, St. Johnstone 4. Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

  9. Post update

    Penalty Hamilton Academical. Jesus Garcia Tena draws a foul in the penalty area.

  10. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) after a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Booking

    Liam Craig (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

  14. Post update

    Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Liam Craig (St. Johnstone).

  16. Post update

    Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Darnell Fisher (St. Johnstone).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Johnstone. Christopher Kane replaces Michael O'Halloran.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael O'Halloran (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  20. Goal!

    Goal! Hamilton Academical 1, St. Johnstone 4. Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic13102134102432
2Hearts1382324141026
3Aberdeen138141916325
4St Johnstone136252721620
5Ross County135351815318
6Hamilton135351818018
7Dundee134541922-317
8Kilmarnock134361422-815
9Inverness CT133551216-414
10Motherwell134271015-514
11Partick Thistle13247919-1010
12Dundee Utd132291026-168
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