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St Johnstone   2 - 0   Hamilton

St Johnstone v Hamilton

Highlights - St Johnstone 2-0 Hamilton

Two goals by striker Stevie May earned St Johnstone victory at McDiarmid Park and left Hamilton stuck at the foot of the Scottish Premier League.

May, 18, put the Perth Saints ahead after only four minutes, scoring from Collin Samuel's cut-back.

And right at the start of the second half May added his second when he pounced on a loose ball to fire past Accies keeper Tomas Cerny.

Hamilton were disappointing, rarely threatening Peter Enckelman's goal.

St Johnstone are now on 29 points along with Inverness and Dundee United, though the Tannadice side have played three games fewer than their Tayside rivals.

The result is good news for Hibernian for they would have found themselves propping up the table if Accies had left Perth with three points.

It was a night for the debutants as St Johnstone manager Derek McInnes gave Lithuanian winger Arvydas Novikovas his first start, but the loan player from Hearts was replaced by Alan Maybury at the beginning of the second half.

And Accies boss Billy Reid introduced defender Ziggy Gordon, Mark Carrington, released by MK Dons, and Republic of Ireland Under-23 international James Chambers.

Saints took the lead when Chris Millar's ball down the right flank allowed Samuel to beat the covering Andy Graham with his pace and the Trinidad and Tobago international's cut-back from the bye-line was perfect for May to score from eight yards.

Michael Duberry and Steven Anderson kept Accies strikers Mickael Antoine-Curier and Damian Casalinuovo at bay but the visitors did manage a shot on target in the 30th minute.

However, Antoine-Curier's left-foot effort from the edge of the box trundled towards home keeper Enckelman.

But the Saints goalie struggled with a few first-half corners, flapping at Dougie Imrie's first delivery and relying on Liam Craig to head off the line as Martin Canning's looping header looked set to sneak in at the post.

Imrie's second corner caused more problems but Canning arrived just too late at the edge of the six-yard box to capitalise.

May almost grabbed a second at the other end on the stroke of half-time after superb combination play with Samuel.

Dave Mackay's low ball to the edge of the area was dummied by Samuel but Cerny saved from May with his legs.

Saints went two ahead when sub Maybury's shot from the left was deflected into the path of May and he showed great skill to knock the spinning ball over Cerny with a flick of his right foot.

Twelve minutes into the second half Reid replaced Casalinuovo, Carrington and Chambers with Aaron Wildig, Jon Routledge and debutant Tom Elliott - to try to create the impetus to find a goal.

Accies enjoyed a brief flurry but they still struggled to create any decent chances.

They worked an opening when the towering Elliott knocked on Routledge's free-kick Anderson brilliantly blocked Antoine-Curier's shot on the turn.

Immediately at the other end, Samuel had a shot hacked off the line by David Buchanan after Duberry had nodded down Millar's corner.

As play continued, May was denied his hat-trick when he struck his volley just too close to Cerny.

Anderson produced another crucial block in the 75th minute to prevent Elliott from getting on the end of Antoine-Curier's cross on the break.

But the visitors looked a beaten bunch as St Johnstone finished the match bossing possession.

Mackay spiralled a free-kick over the bar from a promising position with five minutes remaining but it was to be May's double that separated the teams come the full-time whistle.


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Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Johnstone 2-0 Hamilton FT
(HT 1-0)
  • May 4
  • May 46

    St Johnstone

    • 01 Enckelman
    • 02 MacKay
    • 06 Duberry
    • 12 Anderson
    • 04 Morris (Taylor 88)
    • 07 Millar
    • 10 Craig
    • 20 Davidson yellow card
    • 32 May
    • 08 Novikovas (Maybury 46)
    • 21 Samuel (MacDonald 71)

    Substitutes

    • 15 Smith,
    • 19 Maybury,
    • 37 Caddis,
    • 11 Taylor,
    • 24 Adams,
    • 09 Parkin,
    • 16 MacDonald

    Hamilton

    • 01 Cerny
    • 04 Canning yellow card
    • 05 Graham
    • 12 Buchanan
    • 11 McAlister
    • 13 Carrington (Wildig 57)
    • 16 Chambers (Elliott 57)
    • 34 Gordon
    • 07 Imrie
    • 09 Casalinuovo (Routledge 57)
    • 99 Antoine-Curier

    Substitutes

    • 19 Murdoch,
    • 03 Skelton,
    • 15 Wildig,
    • 22 Routledge,
    • 21 Paixao,
    • 30 Hasselbaink,
    • 36 Elliott
    Ref: NorrisAtt: 2,631
    ST JOHNSTONE
    HAMILTON

    Possession

    • St Johnstone 51%
    • Hamilton 49%

    Attempts on target

    • St Johnstone 6
    • Hamilton 4

    Attempts off target

    • St Johnstone 2
    • Hamilton 0

    Corners

    • St Johnstone 4
    • Hamilton 8

    Fouls

    • St Johnstone 9
    • Hamilton 7
    • Final Result
    • 90:00+1:45 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:17 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
    • 90:00+0:43 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to centre, clearance by Chris Millar (St Johnstone).
    • 90:00+0:29 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to centre, save (punched) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 89:51 Defending throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 89:24 Cross by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton), clearance by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 88:52 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to centre, clearance by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).
    • 87:45 Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Jody Morris replaced by Cleveland Taylor (tactical).
    • 87:09 Foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) on Michael Duberry (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 85:26 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
    • 84:23 Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton) on Steve May (St Johnstone). Free kick curled left-footed by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from left channel (25 yards), over the bar.
    • 84:23 Booking Martin Canning (Hamilton) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 83:48 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 83:31 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
    • 82:06 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
    • 81:25 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to centre, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 80:28 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 79:45 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
    • 79:07 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
    • 78:50 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
    • 78:33 Attacking throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
    • 77:49 Foul by Aaron Wildig (Hamilton) on Alan Maybury (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 77:03 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to centre, header by Andy Graham (Hamilton) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone).
    • 75:15 Foul by Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone) on Andy Graham (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Andy Graham (Hamilton) from own half, passed.
    • 73:53 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to centre, clearance by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton).
    • 73:20 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
    • 71:59 Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton) on Peter MacDonald (St Johnstone). Free kick drilled right-footed by Steve May (St Johnstone) from left channel (30 yards), hit wall.
    • 71:35 Shot by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton) drilled left-footed from right channel (35+ yards), save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 70:34 Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Collin Samuel replaced by Peter MacDonald (tactical).
    • 66:36 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to centre, shot by Collin Samuel (St Johnstone) drilled right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
    • 66:32 Cross by Steve May (St Johnstone), clearance by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 65:34 Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) on Jonathon Routledge (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Martin Canning (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 64:43 Booking Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 62:18 Foul by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone) on Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton). Free kick crossed left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) from right wing, clearance by Jody Morris (St Johnstone).
    • 60:59 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 60:02 Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 59:50 Attacking throw-in by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton).
    • 59:08 Foul by Aaron Wildig (Hamilton) on Jody Morris (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 58:19 Attacking throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
    • 58:13 Cross by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton), clearance by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone).
    • 56:06 Substitution Hamilton substitution: James Chambers replaced by Tom Elliott (tactical).
    • 56:06 Substitution Hamilton substitution: Damian Casalinuovo replaced by Jonathon Routledge (tactical).
    • 56:05 Substitution Hamilton substitution: Mark Carrington replaced by Aaron Wildig (tactical).
    • 54:46 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to centre, save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 54:40 Cross by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton), clearance by Jody Morris (St Johnstone).
    • 53:32 Attacking throw-in by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton).
    • 52:49 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
    • 52:32 Cross by David MacKay (St Johnstone), header by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), missed right.
    • 51:38 Foul by Chris Millar (St Johnstone) on Douglas Imrie (Hamilton). Free kick crossed right-footed by James Chambers (Hamilton) from right channel, save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 50:57 Defending throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 50:16 Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 49:54 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 48:49 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to centre, foul by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) on Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone). Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 48:34 Shot by Mark Carrington (Hamilton) drilled right-footed from right channel (20 yards), blocked by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).
    • 47:37 Defending throw-in by Alan Maybury (St Johnstone).
    • 45:50 Assist (pass) by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) from left channel.
    • 45:50 GOAL - Steve MaySt Johnstone 2 - 0 Hamilton Goal by Steve May (St Johnstone) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from left side of penalty area (12 yards).St Johnstone 2-0 Hamilton.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • 45:01 Substitution St Johnstone substitution: Arvydas Novikovas replaced by Alan Maybury (tactical).
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+0:16 The ref blows to end the first period.
    • 44:07 Shot by Steve May (St Johnstone) drilled right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), save (caught) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
    • 42:46 Outswinging corner from left by-line taken left-footed by Liam Craig (St Johnstone) to centre, header by David MacKay (St Johnstone) from centre of penalty area (12 yards), blocked by Andy Graham (Hamilton).
    • 42:00 Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 41:30 Foul by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) on James Chambers (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 39:35 Defending throw-in by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 39:15 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 39:01 Cross by David MacKay (St Johnstone), save (caught) by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
    • 38:21 Defending throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 38:05 Attacking throw-in by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 37:54 Attacking throw-in by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 37:33 Attacking throw-in by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 37:15 Defending throw-in by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 36:11 Defending throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 35:29 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 34:10 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 34:00 Inswinging corner from right by-line taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) to centre, save (punched) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 32:45 Foul by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone) on Damian Casalinuovo (Hamilton). Free kick crossed left-footed by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton) from right channel, clearance by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).
    • 29:48 Shot by Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) drilled left-footed from left channel (20 yards), save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 29:28 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 28:43 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 27:45 Attacking throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
    • 27:16 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 26:41 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 26:32 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 26:27 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 25:43 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
    • 25:23 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 25:12 Goal kick taken long by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 22:47 Foul by Martin Canning (Hamilton) on Steve May (St Johnstone). Free kick crossed right-footed by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone) from right channel, clearance by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
    • 22:26 Cross by James McAlister (Hamilton), save (caught) by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone).
    • 22:03 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
    • 21:43 Cross by Liam Craig (St Johnstone), clearance by Andy Graham (Hamilton).
    • 20:57 Cross by Douglas Imrie (Hamilton), clearance by Steven Anderson (St Johnstone).
    • 19:31 Goal kick taken long by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton).
    • 18:04 Foul by Collin Samuel (St Johnstone) on Martin Canning (Hamilton). Free kick taken right-footed by Andy Graham (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 16:40 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 16:33 Cross by James McAlister (Hamilton), clearance by Murray Davidson (St Johnstone).
    • 15:52 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 15:24 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 15:11 Attacking throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 13:21 Defending throw-in by David Buchanan (Hamilton).
    • 12:19 Steve May (St Johnstone) caught offside. Free kick taken left-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 11:22 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 10:00 Attacking throw-in by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton).
    • 9:35 Foul by Steve May (St Johnstone) on Martin Canning (Hamilton). Free kick taken left-footed by Tomas Cerny (Hamilton) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 8:51 Defending throw-in by Liam Craig (St Johnstone).
    • 7:42 Mickael Antoine-Curier (Hamilton) caught offside. Free kick taken right-footed by Peter Enckelman (St Johnstone) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 7:12 Foul by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone) on Damian Casalinuovo (Hamilton). Free kick crossed left-footed by David Buchanan (Hamilton) from left channel, clearance by Michael Duberry (St Johnstone).
    • 6:49 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 6:37 Defending throw-in by David MacKay (St Johnstone).
    • 3:50 Assist (pass) by Collin Samuel (St Johnstone) from right by-line.
    • 3:50 GOAL - Steve MaySt Johnstone 1 - 0 Hamilton Goal by Steve May (St Johnstone) right-footed (bottom-left of goal) from right side of penalty area (12 yards).St Johnstone 1-0 Hamilton.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    Scottish Premier results

    1 Feb 2011 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 1 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Celtic 24 39 58
    2 Rangers 21 26 50
    3 Hearts 23 17 48
    4 Kilmarnock 23 10 33
    5 Inverness CT 24 1 29
    6 Dundee Utd 20 0 29
    7 St Johnstone 23 -10 29
    8 Motherwell 22 0 28
    9 Aberdeen 23 -19 23
    10 St Mirren 22 -18 18
    11 Hibernian 23 -21 16
    12 Hamilton 22 -25 14

    see also
    McInnes 'excited' by lively May
    01 Feb 11 |  St Johnstone
    Accies form 'unacceptable' - Reid
    02 Feb 11 |  Hamilton


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