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St Mirren   0 - 1   Hamilton

St Mirren v Hamilton

Highlights - St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton

By Martin Conaghan

Mickael Antoine-Curier's second-half header against St Mirren gave Hamilton a Scottish Premier League lifeline.

Both sides were reduced to 10 men when Jure Travner and Alex Neil were sent off for second bookable offences.

Antoine-Curier bulleted in a superb header 16 minutes from full-time after latching on to a Dougie Imrie cross.

A late Buddies push failed to produce an equaliser and Accies are now only six points behind the Paisley side with three matches remaining.

The result gives Hamilton manager Billy Reid's men hope of retaining their SPL status, while St Mirren need only four points to avoid the drop.

St Mirren midfielder Hugh Murray made a club record 459th appearance but only lasted five minutes before being taken off following a clash with Jim McAlister.

Michael Higdon returned from suspension to replace Kenny McLean but skipper John Potter had to settle for a place on the bench following a ban.

Hamilton brought back Simon Mensing from injury while Mark Carrington and Ali Crawford also came in as Accies sought to keep their survival hopes alive.

St Mirren's Craig Dargo flighted in a cross from the left after reaching the goal-line, but David Buchanan was on hand to head clear.

With almost 15 minutes played, Imrie sent in a powerful shot from the edge of the St Mirren penalty area that inched wide of the mark.

Buchanan was called into action again a few moments later when he cleared a cross from Travner.

Accies had a penalty claim waved away in the 20th minute by referee Craig Thomson after he appeared to be fouled by David van Zanten on the edge of the St Mirren penalty area.

Shortly before the half hour mark, St Mirren were reduced to 10 men when Travner was sent for an early bath after picking up a second yellow card for a careless challenge on Imrie.

Five minutes from the interval, Crawford blasted a shot over the bar then Nigel Hasselbaink squandered an opportunity from the edge of the penalty area by shooting wide of the St Mirren goal.

On the stroke of half-time, Buddies keeper Paul Gallacher pulled off an amazing save when Hasselbaink when Imrie flighted in an inch-perfect ball and the big Dutchman nodded towards goal.

After the restart, a searching ball from the edge of the St Mirren penalty area by Buchanan almost caught Gallacher off-guard before clipping the top of the crossbar and bouncing out for a goal-kick.

Neil brought the ball out of defence and sent a long ball through for Hasselbaink to chase, but the Accies striker failed to make the most of his chance.

With almost an hour played, Kenny McLean flighted in a corner that Lee Mair headed wide of the target, then Antoine-Curier's tight cross failed to find an Accies jersey at the other end.

In the 68th minute, McLean went one-on-one with Accies keeper Tomas Cerny, but poked his effort to the right of the goal.

The deadlock was broken in the 74th minute when Imrie's superb cross was met by Antoine-Curier, who leapt above the St Mirren defence to bullet a header past Gallacher in the Buddies' goal.

He could have doubled his tally three minutes later with a close-range drive, but Gallacher palmed it wide - then Neil was sent off for a late challenge on Wardlaw, his second yellow card offence of the day.

McLean forced a flurry of late corners for St Mirren in stoppage time, but Cerny confidently outjumped the throng of players in the Accies box and cleared the danger.

In the last 30 seconds of the match Wardlaw skied the ball over the Buddies' bar and Accies claimed three vital points.

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Monday, 2 May 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Antoine-Curier 74

    St Mirren

    • 01 Gallacher
    • 02 van Zanten
    • 05 Mair
    • 14 McGregor
    • 16 Travner two yellow cards, red card
    • 07 Murray (Mclean 8)
    • 08 Thomson
    • 11 Goodwin (Wardlaw 77)
    • 09 Dargo (Potter 46)
    • 10 Higdon
    • 19 McGowan

    Substitutes

    • 12 Samson,
    • 03 Barron,
    • 06 Potter,
    • 33 Mooy ,
    • 43 McKernon,
    • 45 Mclean,
    • 18 Wardlaw

    Hamilton

    • 01 Cerny
    • 06 McLaughlin
    • 12 Buchanan (Elliott 71 yellow card)
    • 08 McDonald
    • 11 McAlister
    • 13 Carrington (Antoine-Curier 59)
    • 17 Crawford
    • 27 Mensing
    • 07 Imrie
    • 10 Neil yellow card, red card
    • 30 Hasselbaink (Chambers 63)

    Substitutes

    • 19 Murdoch,
    • 02 Hendrie,
    • 33 Kilday,
    • 16 Chambers,
    • 24 Gillepsie,
    • 36 Elliott,
    • 99 Antoine-Curier
    Ref: Craig ThomsonAtt: 5,037
    ST MIRREN
    HAMILTON

    Possession

    • St Mirren 52%
    • Hamilton 48%

    Attempts on target

    • St Mirren 6
    • Hamilton 11

    Attempts off target

    • St Mirren 3
    • Hamilton 8

    Corners

    • St Mirren 7
    • Hamilton 2

    Fouls

    • St Mirren 15
    • Hamilton 14
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:07 The referee blows for the end of the match.
    • 90:00+2:27 Gareth Wardlaw produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
    • 90:00+1:07 Steven Thomson takes a shot. Clearance by Mark McLaughlin. Corner taken by Kenny McLean, clearance made by Mark McLaughlin. Corner taken left-footed by Kenny McLean, Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 88:44 James McAlister fouled by Lee Mair, the ref awards a free kick. Douglas Imrie takes the free kick.
    • 88:16 The ball is sent over by Tom Elliott, save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 86:08 Kenny McLean delivers the ball, Darren McGregor takes a shot. Save made by Tomas Cerny.
    • 86:02 John Potter crosses the ball.
    • 84:50 A cross is delivered by Kenny McLean.
    • 84:42 David van Zanten sends in a cross, Simon Mensing makes a clearance.
    • 84:32 Kenny McLean produces a cross.
    • 83:42 James McAlister produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the net.
    • 83:01 John Potter delivers the ball.
    • 82:09 Douglas Imrie challenges Gareth Wardlaw unfairly and gives away a free kick. John Potter crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Mark McLaughlin.
    • 81:30 A cross is delivered by James Chambers.
    • 81:01 Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair.
    • 80:10 Lee Mair crosses the ball, Tom Elliott manages to make a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Kenny McLean, Mark McLaughlin makes a clearance.
    • 79:21 John Potter restarts play with the free kick.
    • 79:21 Sent off Alex Neil is sent off.
    • 79:07 Alex Neil gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Wardlaw.
    • 78:40 Paul McGowan concedes a free kick for a foul on James Chambers. Free kick taken by Alex Neil.
    • Correction - 76:07 Darren McGregor restarts play with the free kick. Tom Elliott takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher. Corner from left by-line taken by Ali Crawford.
    • Correction - 76:07 Substitution Gareth Wardlaw replaces Jim Goodwin.
    • 76:07 Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher. Tom Elliott takes a shot. Paul Gallacher makes a save. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ali Crawford.
    • 76:07 Substitution Gareth Wardlaw replaces Jim Goodwin.
    • 76:07 Booking Tom Elliott goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • Correction - 75:38 Gary McDonald takes a shot. Darren McGregor gets a block in. Kenny McLean fouled by Tom Elliott, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 75:38 Gary McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Darren McGregor. Tom Elliott gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean.
    • 73:59 Assist by Douglas Imrie.
    • 73:59 GOAL - Mickael Antoine-CurierSt Mirren 0 - 1 Hamilton Mickael Antoine-Curier finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton.
    • 73:53 Douglas Imrie delivers the ball,
    • 73:02 Foul by Darren McGregor on Mickael Antoine-Curier, free kick awarded. Mark McLaughlin takes the direct free kick.
    • 72:10 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 71:38 Unfair challenge on Tom Elliott by Kenny McLean results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark McLaughlin.
    • 70:30 Free kick taken by Lee Mair.
    • 70:30 Substitution Tom Elliott is brought on as a substitute for David Buchanan.
    • 70:30 Michael Higdon fouled by Mark McLaughlin, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 69:47 The ball is sent over by Douglas Imrie.
    • 69:33 Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Blocked by Jim Goodwin.
    • 68:26 The ball is swung over by Ali Crawford, save made by Paul Gallacher.
    • 67:22 Foul by Alex Neil on Paul McGowan, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 66:36 Effort on goal by Kenny McLean from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
    • 65:45 Mickael Antoine-Curier produces a cross.
    • 64:17 Ali Crawford sends in a cross.
    • 63:54 David Buchanan sends in a cross, Lee Mair makes a clearance.
    • 63:09 The referee blows for offside. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
    • 62:01 Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
    • 62:01 Substitution James Chambers comes on in place of Nigel Hasselbaink.
    • 62:01 Unfair challenge on Steven Thomson by Alex Neil results in a free kick.
    • 60:46 Kenny McLean takes the outswinging corner, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Lee Mair misses to the right of the target.
    • 60:30 Steven Thomson takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 58:01 Substitution Mickael Antoine-Curier is brought on as a substitute for Mark Carrington.
    • 57:28 Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 55:03 Ali Crawford takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair. The assistant referee flags for offside against Douglas Imrie. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
    • 53:22 Michael Higdon challenges Tomas Cerny unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
    • 52:27 The ball is delivered by Ali Crawford, save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 50:59 Douglas Imrie produces a left-footed shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
    • 49:39 A cross is delivered by Douglas Imrie.
    • 48:34 David Buchanan delivers the ball.
    • 48:14 The ball is swung over by David Buchanan, clearance by Lee Mair.
    • 47:14 Ali Crawford delivers the ball in from the corner, Michael Higdon makes a clearance.
    • 46:39 Simon Mensing fouled by Michael Higdon, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
    • 46:07 Unfair challenge on Steven Thomson by Nigel Hasselbaink results in a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
    • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
    • 45:01 Substitution (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with John Potter coming on for Craig Dargo.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:05 The first half comes to an end.
    • 45:00+2:10 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Higdon on Simon Mensing. Mark McLaughlin takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:54 The ball is delivered by Douglas Imrie, Nigel Hasselbaink takes a shot. Save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 45:00+0:20 Centre by David Buchanan, clearance made by Darren McGregor.
    • 44:51 The ball is crossed by Ali Crawford, Darren McGregor makes a clearance.
    • 43:29 Kenny McLean restarts play with the free kick.
    • 43:29 Booking Booking for Alex Neil for unsporting behaviour.
    • 43:23 Alex Neil concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Thomson.
    • 42:36 Shot by Nigel Hasselbaink from just outside the area goes over the net.
    • 42:12 Ali Crawford takes a shot. Steven Thomson gets a block in.
    • 40:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren McGregor by Mark Carrington. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
    • 40:23 James McAlister crosses the ball, clearance made by Lee Mair.
    • 40:14 The ball is crossed by Alex Neil, clearance made by Lee Mair.
    • 39:53 The ball is delivered by David Buchanan, Steven Thomson manages to make a clearance.
    • 38:55 Ali Crawford takes a shot.
    • 37:26 David Buchanan fouled by Darren McGregor, the ref awards a free kick. Tomas Cerny takes the indirect free kick.
    • 36:53 Craig Dargo is caught offside. Mark McLaughlin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:02 A cross is delivered by Nigel Hasselbaink.
    • 33:20 The ball is sent over by David Buchanan, comfortable save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 32:49 The assistant referee flags for offside against Craig Dargo. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
    • 31:42 Michael Higdon fouled by David Buchanan, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
    • 31:24 The ball is swung over by Ali Crawford.
    • 30:48 The ball is swung over by Paul McGowan, Craig Dargo takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
    • 30:11 The referee blows for offside against Douglas Imrie. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick.
    • 29:34 Unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by James McAlister results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Lee Mair, save made by Tomas Cerny.
    • 28:51 Ali Crawford takes a shot. Kenny McLean gets a block in.
    • 27:58 Michael Higdon takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 27:35 Foul by Michael Higdon on Mark McLaughlin, free kick awarded. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
    • 26:01 Shot from just outside the box by Douglas Imrie misses to the right of the goal.
    • 25:40 A cross is delivered by David Buchanan, clearance made by Kenny McLean.
    • 25:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jim Goodwin on Douglas Imrie. Alex Neil takes the direct free kick.
    • 25:04 Paul McGowan sends in a cross, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.
    • 23:40 The ball is swung over by Ali Crawford, Alex Neil produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 23:40 Sent off The referee shows Jure Travner a red card for second bookable offence.
    • 23:22 Jure Travner challenges Ali Crawford unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 23:00 Unfair challenge on David van Zanten by Ali Crawford results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Paul Gallacher.
    • 22:37 Gary McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Lee Mair.
    • 22:32 Alex Neil produces a cross, Jim Goodwin makes a clearance.
    • 18:41 The ball is sent over by David Buchanan, Paul McGowan makes a clearance.
    • 18:00 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny McLean by Douglas Imrie. Jure Travner restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:44 Jure Travner sends in a cross, James McAlister manages to make a clearance. The ball is crossed by Jure Travner, David Buchanan makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Jure Travner from the right by-line, clearance by Simon Mensing. Corner taken right-footed by Paul McGowan, save made by Tomas Cerny.
    • 14:55 Jure Travner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel Hasselbaink. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ali Crawford, save by Paul Gallacher.
    • 14:55 Booking Jure Travner is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
    • 14:14 David van Zanten takes a shot. Tomas Cerny makes a save.
    • 13:38 Long distance effort from Douglas Imrie misses to the left of the goal.
    • 13:20 Douglas Imrie fouled by Jim Goodwin, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Neil restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:49 The referee blows for offside. Paul Gallacher restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:01 The ball is sent over by Craig Dargo, David Buchanan manages to make a clearance.
    • 8:28 The official flags Douglas Imrie offside. Paul Gallacher takes the indirect free kick.
    • 4:29 Douglas Imrie shoots direct from the free kick, Michael Higdon gets a block in.
    • 4:29 Substitution (St Mirren) makes a substitution, with Kenny McLean coming on for Hugh Murray.
    • 4:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Jim Goodwin.
    • 3:29 Foul by Michael Higdon on Mark McLaughlin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Alex Neil.
    • 0:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gary McDonald on Steven Thomson. Paul Gallacher takes the free kick. The ball is delivered by Simon Mensing. Paul McGowan takes a corner.
    • 0:00 The referee gets the game underway.

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    Scottish Premier results

    2 May 2011 23:59 UK


    Scottish Premier table snapshot

    As it stood on 2 May 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 35 49 84
    2 Celtic 34 55 83
    3 Hearts 35 16 63
    4 Dundee Utd 35 2 55
    5 Kilmarnock 35 4 48
    6 Motherwell 35 -12 45
    7 Inverness CT 34 3 41
    8 Hibernian 35 -17 37
    9 St Johnstone 35 -23 37
    10 Aberdeen 35 -19 35
    11 St Mirren 35 -24 29
    12 Hamilton 35 -34 23

    see also
    Lennon unbowed by Accies defeat
    02 May 11 |  St Mirren
    Reid taking one match at a time
    02 May 11 |  Hamilton
    Match as it happened
    02 May 11 |  Scottish Premier


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