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Hamilton 1-0 Kilmarnock

Richard Offiong was on target for Accies
Offiong (left) was on target for the home side

Hamilton Accies moved off the bottom the the Premier League table thanks to a great strike from Richard Offiong.

In a poor first half, Kilmarnock's Simon Ford missed the best chance when he headed wide from close range.

James McCarthy was guilty of an embarrassing fresh-air miss before Offiong blazed home from 18 yards.

Killie substitute Donovan Simmonds somehow shot over a gaping goal from six yards and Tomas Cerny made a great save from Ford in injury time.

The Accies, who have lost costly late goals in their last two league outings, are now two points clear of St Mirren, who prop up the league after the home defeat to Dundee United.

However, a win for Billy Reid's side did not look likely in a dismal first 45 minutes.

Kilmarnock came close to an opener after seven minutes when Willie Gibson scampered down the left and floated a cross into the box which Ford put just wide of the far post.

Gibson himself then went for goal after a Garry Hay free-kick, but his first effort from the edge of the area was deflected back to him and he put his second over the bar.

The game warmed up after the interval and McCarthy snatched at a great chance, missing the ball altogether before Offiong showed him how to finish in style.

David Graham's pass allowed Offiong to claim the ball inside the right corner of the penalty area.

The striker then turned and shot, drilling a diagonal effort past the diving Damien Rascle and into the bottom left corner for his third goal in as many matches.

Kilmarnock had a glorious opportunity to equalise just after the hour mark when Mehdi Taouil's cross to the right-hand post found recently-introduced Simmonds, but he contrived to blast his effort wastefully over the bar.

James McArthur could have doubled Accies' lead just before the game entered its final 10 minutes but, after weaving in from the right to a good position in the box, he fired over the top-left corner.

Both teams had their share of possession in the closing stages, with play flowing up and down the pitch.

McCarthy made a good run for the hosts and, for Kilmarnock, Gibson fired a ball forward into the box but Cerny reached it well ahead of substitute Allan Russell.

Hamilton had to survive late scares when Gibson's corner flashed across the face of goal and when Ford shot into Cerny's arms in the fourth minute of added-time but this week luck was on their side.


Hamilton Academical manager Billy Reid: "In the last four or five weeks we've played better than that and taken nothing, so we're delighted to win a scrappy game.

"It's been a long time coming and it's nice to get three points and get off the bottom of the table.

"We tried to be more patient and not go all out to win it in the first half and they wasted a great chance when Simmonds shot over, so we got a wee break today.

"That was only our second clean sheet of the season and that's important. It's something we've been working on."

Kilmarnock manager Jim Jefferies: "If any team looked like scoring, it was us, and we had two glorious chances, but the opening 10 minutes of the second half weren't good enough and in that period they had their first shot on target.

"I don't think we've had as much of the game in an away match in a long time and not come out on top; Billy didn't think Hamilton played well, but that was because we didn't let them.

"You have to score when you get the chances - I don't think we deserved to lose as on the balance of play we were probably the better side, but we didn't take the chances."


Hamilton Accies: Cerny, McClenahan, Swailes, Canning, McArthur, McLaughlin, Easton, Neil, McCarthy (Gibson 87), Offiong (Akins 79), Graham (Lyle 76). Subs Not Used: Murdoch, Elebert, Ettien, Taylor.

Booked: McClenahan.

Goal: Offiong 52.

Kilmarnock: Rascle, Fowler, Wright, Ford, Hay (Simmonds 59), Taouil, Bryson, Hamill, Gibson, Pascali, Fernandez (Russell 74). Subs Not Used: Harpur, Murray, Skelton, Flannigan, Cox.

Booked: Wright, Taouil, Bryson.

Att: 2,903

Ref: I Brines

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Hamilton's Richard Offiong 9.00 (on 90 minutes).

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