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Hamilton   4 - 1   Hibernian

Joel Thomas (2nd right) hit a double for Hamilton
Joel Thomas (second right) hit a double for Hamilton

Hamilton moved clear of the danger zone with a win over Hibernian that damages their opponents' third-place prospects.

Simon Mensing put Hamilton ahead with his first penalty after a handball before Colin Nish headed a leveller.

Mensing restored his side's lead from the spot in the second half after a trip on Dougie Imrie by Ian Murray.

Substitute Joel Thomas scored a double, a 25-yard shot then a good run and finish, before Abdesselam Benjelloun's late penalty for Hibernian was saved.

Hamilton started well and Graham Stack had to scramble to push away Mickael Antoine-Curier's flick following James McArthur's cross.

Hibernian's first chance came when they worked the ball to Anthony Stokes inside the box, but his powerful strike was pushed wide of the near post by Tomas Cerny.

Flavio Paixao shot over from a tight angle before the Portuguese forward earned the home side a penalty.

Mensing released Paixao on the left edge of the box with Hibs stretched and the covering Liam Miller blocked the resulting shot with his hand.

Steve Conroy pointed to the spot but took no further action, however the referee intervened after Mensing converted the penalty, ordering a re-take after two Hamilton players encroached into the box.

Mensing was unfazed and dispatched his second effort into the same top corner to give Accies a 16th-minute lead.

The visitors were level in the 33rd minute, though, when Nish nodded home after Darren McCormack's cross deflected off a Hamilton player and looped towards the far post, with the home side's offside appeals in vain.

Hibs finished the half on top and Cerny spilled Rankin's low drive, but the Czech recovered just in time to hold before Nish followed in.

Hamilton benefited from their second penalty as they regained the lead on the hour mark.

Canning's free-kick near the right touchline found Imrie and he got round the outside of Murray before being hauled down as he ran along the bye-line.

Canning and Joel Thomas, who had just replaced Antoine-Curier, became involved in a shoving contest as the sub looked to take the spot-kick. But Mensing again retained his composure and found the top corner with an identical finish.

Stack soon blocked a one-on-one from James Wesolowski and pushed over Imrie's deflected cross but there was nothing he could do about Thomas's 68th-minute strike.

There appeared to be little danger when the forward took possession of the ball near the left touchline but he worked space for a glorious 25-yard shot into the far top corner.

Thomas added another when he pounced on a loose ball just outside the box and brushed off last defender Sol Bamba before rounding Stack and slotting home.

The visitors soon won a penalty when Canning tripped John Rankin but their misery was completed when Benjelloun's weak effort was blocked by the legs of Cerny.

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Saturday, 10 April 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Hamilton 4-1 Hibernian FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Mensing (pen) 17
  • Mensing (pen) 60
  • Thomas 68
  • Thomas 80
  • Nish 34

Hamilton

  • 01 Cerny
  • 04 Canning
  • 06 McLaughlin
  • 07 Wesolowski
  • 08 McArthur
  • 12 Evans (Wilkie 78)
  • 27 Mensing (McClenahan 76)
  • 09 Antoine-Curier (Thomas 57)
  • 10 Neil
  • 18 Flavio Paixao
  • 23 Imrie

Substitutes

  • 19 Murdoch,
  • 02 McClenahan,
  • 05 van Zanten,
  • 36 Crawford,
  • 33 Wilkie,
  • 21 Marco Paixao,
  • 26 Thomas

Hibernian

  • 01 Stack
  • 06 Murray
  • 15 Thicot
  • 25 McCormack
  • 26 Bamba
  • 08 Cregg (Benjelloun 69)
  • 11 Rankin
  • 33 Miller (McBride 60)
  • 09 Nish
  • 10 Riordan
  • 18 Stokes (Danny Galbraith 74)

Substitutes

  • 21 Smith,
  • 02 McCann,
  • 16 Stevenson,
  • 17 McBride,
  • 22 Danny Galbraith,
  • 19 Benjelloun,
  • 29 Byrne
Ref: ConroyAtt: 2,520
HAMILTON
HIBERNIAN

Possession

  • Hamilton 61%
  • Hibernian 39%

Attempts on target

  • Hamilton 4
  • Hibernian 4

Attempts off target

  • Hamilton 1
  • Hibernian 3

Corners

  • Hamilton 11
  • Hibernian 10

Fouls

  • Hamilton 14
  • Hibernian 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:24 The referee blows his whistle to end the game.
  • 90:00+1:50 Unfair challenge on Trent McClenahan by John Rankin results in a free kick. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
  • 89:13 Unfair challenge on Steven Thicot by Douglas Imrie results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Steven Thicot.
  • 87:29 James Wesolowski fouled by John Rankin, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
  • 86:39 Corner taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao from the left by-line, John Rankin makes a clearance.
  • 86:04 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie, Colin Nish makes a clearance.
  • 84:59 Foul by Darren McCormack on Mark McLaughlin, free kick awarded. Flavio Paixao restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:07 Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie.
  • 81:07 Derek Riordan takes the inswinging corner, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 81:07 Penalty taken by Abdessalam Benjelloun is saved by Tomas Cerny. Hamilton 4-1 Hibernian.
  • 81:07 Foul by Martin Canning on John Rankin, Penalty awarded.
  • 79:44 GOAL - Joel ThomasHamilton 4 - 1 Hibernian Goal scored by Joel Thomas from inside the box low into the middle of the goal. Hamilton 4-1 Hibernian.
  • 79:04 Inswinging corner taken by John Rankin, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 78:35 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan from the left by-line, Martin Canning makes a clearance.
  • 77:34 Substitution Kyle Wilkie joins the action as a substitute, replacing Grant Evans.
  • 77:34 Effort from deep inside the area by Colin Nish misses to the left of the goal.
  • 75:06 Substitution Trent McClenahan replaces Simon Mensing.
  • 73:07 Substitution Anthony Stokes leaves the field to be replaced by Daniel Galbraith.
  • 71:54 Corner from the left by-line taken by Flavio Paixao, The ball is sent over by Douglas Imrie, Flavio Paixao takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save. Save by Graham Stack.
  • 70:28 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Douglas Imrie, Souleymane Bamba makes a clearance.
  • 69:14 Ian Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Mensing. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
  • 68:49 Corner taken by Derek Riordan from the left by-line, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:21 Substitution Patrick Cregg goes off and Abdessalam Benjelloun comes on.
  • 67:14 GOAL - Joel ThomasHamilton 3 - 1 Hibernian Joel Thomas scores a goal from just outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Hamilton 3-1 Hibernian.
  • 62:44 Douglas Imrie crosses the ball, save by Graham Stack.
  • 62:09 Kevin McBride gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Wesolowski. Direct free kick taken by Alex Neil.
  • 60:58 The official flags Joel Thomas offside. Souleymane Bamba takes the indirect free kick.
  • 60:00 GOAL - Simon MensingHamilton 2 - 1 Hibernian Penalty scored by Simon Mensing. Hamilton 2-1 Hibernian.
  • 58:17 Substitution Kevin McBride replaces Liam Miller.
  • 58:17 Douglas Imrie fouled by Ian Murray, the ref awards a Penalty.
  • 57:45 The referee gives a free kick against Ian Murray for handball. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
  • 56:53 Substitution Joel Thomas is brought on as a substitute for Mickael Antoine-Curier.
  • 55:35 Derek Riordan has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 54:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Neil on Anthony Stokes. Derek Riordan crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Martin Canning.
  • 53:00 Grant Evans gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Derek Riordan. Souleymane Bamba restarts play with the free kick.
  • 48:20 Inswinging corner taken by Derek Riordan, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 47:46 Inswinging corner taken by John Rankin, clearance made by Mickael Antoine-Curier.
  • 47:08 Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier on Steven Thicot, free kick awarded. Steven Thicot takes the free kick.
  • 46:25 Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie, save by Graham Stack.
  • 45:37 Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, Colin Nish makes a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:04 The first half comes to an end.
  • 45:00+1:05 Ian Murray challenges Douglas Imrie unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Alex Neil, clearance by Souleymane Bamba.
  • 44:33 Liam Miller fouled by Simon Mensing, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Thicot takes the direct free kick.
  • 40:09 John Rankin takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 37:04 Mark McLaughlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Colin Nish. Shot on goal comes in from John Rankin from the free kick. The referee blows for offside against Anthony Stokes. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:16 Alex Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Anthony Stokes. Liam Miller takes the direct free kick.
  • 33:10 Darren McCormack provided the assist for the goal.
  • 33:10 GOAL - Colin NishHamilton 1 - 1 Hibernian Colin Nish finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Hamilton 1-1 Hibernian.
  • 33:03 Darren McCormack delivers the ball,
  • 32:23 Grant Evans concedes a free kick for a foul on Derek Riordan. Free kick taken by Derek Riordan.
  • 31:31 Corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan from the left by-line, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 31:13 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by John Rankin from the right by-line, Grant Evans makes a clearance.
  • 30:12 John Rankin fouled by James Wesolowski, the ref awards a free kick. Derek Riordan shoots direct from the free kick.
  • 29:13 Corner taken right-footed by Derek Riordan, save by Tomas Cerny.
  • 25:27 Colin Nish fouled by Mark McLaughlin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by John Rankin from right channel, save made by Tomas Cerny.
  • 24:25 The offside flag is raised against Darren McCormack. Tomas Cerny restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:59 The referee blows for offside. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.
  • 21:04 Foul by Darren McCormack on Mickael Antoine-Curier, free kick awarded. Flavio Paixao delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
  • 17:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Colin Nish by Simon Mensing. Shot on goal comes in from John Rankin from the free kick.
  • 16:12 GOAL - Simon MensingHamilton 1 - 0 Hibernian Placed penalty scored by Simon Mensing. Hamilton 1-0 Hibernian.
  • 14:42 The referee gives a against Liam Miller for handball.
  • 12:11 Ian Murray concedes a free kick for a foul on Douglas Imrie. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
  • 10:59 Douglas Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Ian Murray. Free kick taken by John Rankin.
  • 10:38 Patrick Cregg concedes a free kick for a foul on James McArthur. Mark McLaughlin takes the free kick.
  • 8:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Douglas Imrie on Darren McCormack. Free kick taken by Steven Thicot.
  • 7:18 John Rankin takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Simon Mensing.
  • 4:02 Mickael Antoine-Curier takes a shot. Corner from the left by-line taken by Flavio Paixao, Corner taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao from the left by-line, Grant Evans produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar. Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark McLaughlin by Colin Nish. Alex Neil takes the direct free kick. Graham Stack makes a save.
  • 3:33 The assistant referee flags for offside against Anthony Stokes. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
  • 2:20 Corner from right by-line taken by Douglas Imrie.
  • 1:23 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao from the left by-line, Souleymane Bamba manages to make a clearance.
  • 0:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Patrick Cregg. Alex Neil takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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10 Apr 2010 23:59 UK


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As it stood on 10 Apr 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 32 51 76
2 Celtic 32 26 63
3 Dundee Utd 32 12 58
4 Hibernian 33 4 50
5 Motherwell 32 2 48
6 Hearts 33 -7 44
7 St Johnstone 32 -6 38
8 Hamilton 33 -14 36
9 Aberdeen 32 -13 34
10 Kilmarnock 33 -18 29
11 St Mirren 33 -13 28
12 Falkirk 33 -24 28

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