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Match as it happened


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By Keir Murray

1705: That's all for now. Thanks for joining me. The highlights will be available on the BBC Sport website at midnight.

1703: St Mirren manager Danny Lennon sounds deflated. He hopes Hugh Murray's injury is not too serious. "We are still in the driving seat. Our aim is to win every game, so nothing changes," he says defiantly.

1700: Hamilton manager Billy Reid looks a happy, and relieved, man. You would still fancy St Mirren to stay up at Accies' expense but anything is possible at this time of the season.

1654: Oh, boy! There may yet be chants of "ooh, ooh, ooh to be, ooh to be an ACCIE!" in Premier League grounds next season. They are just only points behind St Mirren now.

Full time
1654: Full-time: St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton

1653: In the final minute, St Mirren's Gareth Wardlaw hits a shot over the bar from 10 yards! What a chance that was!

1652: Thomas Cerny plucks a dangerous-looking ball out of the air six yards from goal.

1651: Three minutes of injury-time!

1650: KD, by text, is proud of his or her team: "Accies have brought youngsters through, 3 of which made it to the English Premiership. Who else in Scotland can boast that? Better to produce top quality footballers! If other clubs followed our lead Scottish football wouldn't be in a financial mess. C'mon the real hoops!"

1648: Steven Thomson concedes a throw-in in midfield to stop a late attack by Accies. Is there going to be a dramatic late goal in this match?

1646: Four minutes remaining. Kenny McLean crosses for Darren McGregor whose header sails into Thomas Cerny's grateful arms.

1644: Hamilton's Jim McAlister makes a run down the left wing, cuts inside and hits a weak shot wide of Paul Gallacher's post. He launches the ball forward quick-style.

1642: Both sides are down to 10 men. Now it's St Mirren who have nothing to lose - they may as well push almost everyone forward to try to get a point and (all but) relegate Hamilton.

Red card
1641: Alex Neil is sent packing for another rash challenge, this time on Buddies sub Gareth Wardlaw. He cannot say Craig Thomson didn't give him a chance to cool his jets - he could have been off earlier.

1638: If Accies can hang on here, there would be six points between 11th-placed St Mirren and Billy Reid's men with three games remaining.

1637: Paul Gallacher gets down smartly to tip a low shot from Mickael Antoine-Curier pas the post. Confident stuff now from the Lanarkshire side.

The sub Mickael Antoine-Curier rises to meet Dougie Imrie's cross from the left to glance the ball past Paul Gallacher. What a goal!

GOAL! St Mirren 0-1 Hamilton (Antoine-Curier)

1633: Hamilton have made all three of their substitutions: Tom Elliott on for David Buchanan, to follow James Chambers replacing Nigel Hasselbaink and Mickael Antoine-Curier replacing Mark Carrington.

1631: An anonymous texter responds to Gary's text below: "We don't have big crowds because everyone in Hamilton supports the Old Firm."

1629: Paul Gallacher clutches a deflected long ball into the box - Accies are running out of time to beat the Saints goalie.

1627: Michael Higdon rolls the ball into the path of Kenny McLean but he cannot get a clean shot at goal and the chance for St Mirren evaporates.

1625: For all those who are snooker loopy, John Higgins takes a 13-12 lead over Judd Trump going into the final session.

1623: St Mirren's Lee Mair flashes a header past the post, then, when the ball comes back into play, Accies' Alex Neil is very fortunate to stay on the pitch when he clatters into Steven Thomson. Many refs would have given him his second booking for that.

1620: Thomas Cerny palms the ball over the bar from Steven Thomson's left-footed rising shot from 18 yards - a real life-saver from Hamilton's Czech keeper.

1617: At what point do the Accies go for broke? There is a little over half an hour remaining.

1616: Michael Higdon isn't having his best game up front for St Mirren. He could do with some help there because the ball just keeps coming back towards the Saints defence.

1614: Alex Neil brings the ball out of defence and pings a long ball through for Nigel Hasselbaink to chase - no chance for the Accies striker, though.

1613: "Couple of hundred fans for such a big game shows what Accies bring to the SPL - nothing! Better to have teams in SPL who have a support." Gary from Dundee by text to 80295.

1611: Tweet from Iain Scott: "Would like to see Saints relegated so that we can have the Morton v St Mirren league games back. Can't see it happening tho!"

1610: Buchanan's cross from the left bounces off the top of Paul Gallacher's cross bar. St Mirren are pinned back at the moment.

1608: David Buchanan's attempted volley pass to the left wing is picked up and St Mirren break from their own half.

1607: The second half is under way - Saints will try to keep it tight.

1605: Danny Lennon has made a half-time substitution - he has replaced Craig Dargo with John Potter.

1602: Best wishes to Hamilton's James Gibson. The 22-year-old has been out injured for the last two years after twice rupturing his cruciate ligament in his left knee in July 2009 and April 2010. Sadly, he has suffered another serious injury on the same knee in his comeback game.

1558: Hamilton have 45 minutes to secure a precious three points. A draw would leave them nine points behind St Mirren with three games remaining, but their goal difference would still be 12 worse than the Buddies'.

Half time
1550: Half time: St Mirren 0-0 Hamilton

1548: Paul Gallacher makes a fantastic save from Nigel Hasselbaink's downward header, the Dutchman getting on the end of Dougie Imrie's delicious cross from the left. That was a golden chance for Hamilton.

Yellow card
1546: Alex Neil scythes Steven Thomson down in the middle of the pitch. That was as crude as a Saturday night comedian in a working man's club.

1544: "To dominate the half as they have done but not test Paul Gallacher work must be really disappointing for them." BBC Scotland football Jack Ross pundit laments Hamilton's lack of cutting edge

1542: What would you identify as the main reason for Hamilton struggling this year? Alex Neil's injury, the sale of James McArthur, too many young players?

1540: Alex Neil tries to get things going for Hamilton, making simple passes to keep possession. He won't be too chuffed with Ali Crawford, though, who blasts a shot over the bar from 30 yards.

1538: Tweet from Chic Gibson: "St Mirren toiling here. Look like the side in danger rather than Hamilton."

1536: Nigel Hasselbaink fires a cross deep into the St Mirren box but it asks too much of his fellow strikers and Accies lose momentum.

1534: "St Mirren, despite being a man down, still look the more threatening side." BBC Scotland football pundit Jack Ross, who used to play for both of these sides, albeit briefly for the Accies

1533: Tweet from Mark Lees: "Accies have relied on quality individuals for too long. Finally been found out - not enough class in depth."

1531: But the Hamilton defence gifts St Mirren a chance, a wayward pass landing at Michael Higdon who, once again, does not get enough power on his shot. An easy save for Thomas Cerny.

1529: Danny Lennon does not look too troubled, despite having lost Hugh Murray to injury and Jure Travner to a red card. His side could be up against it for the next hour or so.

1527: Accies' Dougie Imrie, making the 200th appearance of his career, looks like a man determined not to be playing First Division football next season. He cuts in from the right wing and smacks a shot with his left foot just wide of the goal.

Red card
1525: Jure Travner is sent off for a second yellow card - he tripped Dougie Imrie as the pair raced for a ball down the right wing and it's an early bath for the St Mirren man.

1524: Tweet from Fraser Vandal: "Having to miss the game today because of uni exams...this is torture!"

1522: Craig Thomson waves away Hamilton's half-hearted appeals for a penalty as Gary McDonald goes down in the box. David van Zanten is not impressed either - he feels his opponent dived into the box without even being tripped.

1518: Hamilton's David Buchanan, under pressure in front of his own goal, makes an acrobatic, risky clearance to concede a corner, leaping in to the air to knee the ball clear.

1516: Michael Higdon has a lamentable attempt at beating Thomas Cerny in the Accies goal. That was a pass-back at best.

1514: Accies' Dougie Imrie tries his luck from outside the box, skelping a left-foot shot wide of Paul Gallacher's right-hand post.

1512: Striker Nigel Hasselbaink is ruled offside as he tries to play on the shoulder of the Saints' defence.

1509: Poor Hugh Murray. What a way to mark his record-breaking appearance for St Mirren. He is taken off injured and Kenny McLean comes on.

1507: We have a break in play just now as Hugh Murray and Jim McAlister get treatment after a clash.

1506: Accies are wearing their "Brazil" strip - yellow, shirt, blue shorts and blue socks. They could certainly do with the likes of Cafu today.

1505: Hamilton boss Billy Reid has brought back Simon Mensing from injury while Mark Carrington and Ali Crawford also come in to the team.

1504: For the home side, Michael Higdon has returned from suspension to replace Kenny McLean but skipper John Potter is on the bench following a ban.

1502: St Mirren force a corner in the first minute. Paul McGowan swings in the corner from the left and Darren McGregor heads wide. A bright start from the men in black and white.

1501: And we're off and running...

1459: HAMILTON TEAM NEWS: Cerny, McLaughlin, Buchanan, McDonald, McAlister, Carrington, Crawford, Mensing, Neil, Imrie, Hasselbaink. Subs: Murdoch, Hendrie, Chambers, Gillespie, Kilday, Elliott, Antoine-Curier.

1458: ST MIRREN TEAM NEWS: Gallacher, van Zanten, Mair, McGregor, Travner, Murray, Thomson, Goodwin, Dargo, Higdon, McGowan. Subs: Samson, Mooy, McLean, McKernon, Barron, Potter, Wardlaw.

1454: St Mirren will undoubtedly be wary of Accies as they fight for their lives in the top tier. But Saints could still catch Aberdeen so they will be looking to above them too.

1450: A special mention must go to St Mirren's Hugh Murray. The midfielder will break Tony Fitzpatrick's record number of appearances for the Paisley side when he turns out for the 459th time this afternoon.

1447: Hamilton are nine points behind 11th-placed St Mirren with four games to play. Only one team goes down. Ideally, the Accies need to win their last quartet of games to survive. They haven't managed anything like that all season - can they pull off a miracle?

1445: Good afternoon. In fact, it is a great afternoon. The sun is shining here in the west of Scotland and the pitch at St Mirren Park is in pristine condition.

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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

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