St Mirren 2-0 Accies, 13th May

It was a defeat at Paisley in the live TV match on Monday night.

We were reduced to ten men when Alex Gogic was red carded in the 28th minute after being ajudged to have denied a clear or obvious goalscoring opportunity.

The game was fairly even, but Saints mounted pressure and forced a string of corners in mid second half. They opened the scoring in the 75th minute before, having used all our subs, we lost Mickel Miller with an arm injury in the 89th minute and played out with nine men. Saints added a second in the fifth minute of added on time.

Accies web reporter Mark Gillespie with his take…

Ladbrokes Premiership,

New St Mirren Park,

Monday, 13th May 2019, 7.45pm

 

St Mirren 2 Hamilton Academical 0

 

A point was all that had been required in Paisley, but 10-man Accies succumbed to late goals from Kyle McAllister and Josh Magennis. It all now boils down to a final day cliff hanger. We need to match or better St Mirren’s result on Saturday to be sure of avoiding the league playoff.

We had dug in for over an hour after the dismissal of Alex Gogic. Eventually being the man down took its toll as St Mirren laid second half siege to Gary Woods’ goal.

Accies boss Brian Rice is in no doubt about the game’s decisive moment.

“The sending off completely changes the game. It’s as simple as that. It gave St Mirren the chance to get on the front foot and put us under pressure.”, he says.

“We were handling everything until a stupid sending off on our part. George Oakley’s had the best chance of the first half. Mickel Miller’s even had a great chance in the second half, one on one with the keeper.”

“Great credit to the lads for hanging in there, and hanging in there, but it wasn’t to be. There will be no feeling sorry for ourselves. We’ll prepare for Saturday. We know what we need to do.”

“Nothing’s changed. We just didn’t achieve it tonight.”

We made just one switch in front of a full house and big travelling Accies support. Fit again Gary Woods returned in goal, but the head coach kept faith with the same 10 outfield players who secured three points at Dundee.

The hosts likewise made just the solitary change from last weekend, Kyle Magennis replacing Ryan Flynn in Oran Kearney’s starting line-up.

It could all have been so very different with Accies presented with an open goal inside just three minutes. Gary MacKenzie’s mistimed header sent George Oakley clear, but the front man’s first touch took him wideand he fired a glorious chance high and wide.

Last time out the sides served up an end to end action, and it looked like we were in for a repeat. Saints were straight to the other end a minute later, Magennis blasting over from a Paul McGinn cross, when he should have worked the keeper.

Accies were more than a match for the opening half hour, Scott Martin with a couple of sights of goal inside 15 minutes, the first a 40 yarder just wide of Hladky’s open goal, after the Saints keeper had miscued a clearance.

With so much at stake, passions weren’t far from spilling over. Aaron McGowan and Stephen McGinn both saw yellow in a fracas after the Accies man committed a dangerous foul on 19 minutes.

And the big flashpoint arrived only nine minutes later, with Gogic deemed to have committed a professional foul to prevent Simeon Jackson from a run through on goal. The ref was in no doubt and flashed an instant red.

Accies reshuffled things quickly, with Lenny Sowah introduced as a straight swap at the back. But strangely going a man down seemed to strengthen the Accies resolve for the rest of the half.

Saints were fighting for their lives and stepped things up in the second half, making full use of the pitch with an extra man. But they still hadn’t tested Gary Woods for the opening hour, Paul McGinn and McAllister both well off target after crosses into the Accies box.

We should have made the hosts pay on 58 minutes, on a swift counter. Oakley flicked sub Mickel Miller clean through, but his cross- come shot was neither, with Tony Andreu waiting unmarked in the middle for a tap in.

The heavier legs sat deeper, inviting waves of Saints pressure for the final half hour. Woods had a first serious save to make on 61 minutes, showing superb reactions to tip over a Popescu header at pint blank range.

Jackson saw another header opportunity wide of goal a minute later as the pressure and corner count ramped up. McGowan then had to clear off the line after more pinball in the box on 63 minutes.

McAllister’s opener had the feeling of inevitability about it, as Stephen McGinn’s first time flick picked him out in the box. Sowah got a block on the initial effort, but the rebound fell kindly for him to steer home low past Woods.

We hadn’t been much of a second half force to test home nerves. Oakley fired just wide from the edge of the box on 80 minutes, as sub Dougie Imrie tried to spark a late rally.

Having used the three subs, we then had to see the game out with nine men as Miller came off with his arm in a sling in the closing minutes.

The three points were wrapped up deep into injury time, as a tired Accies gave the ball away on the edge of their own box. Magennis had time and space to pick his spot from close range.

 

St Mirren:  Hladky, P McGinn, Muzek, S McGinn, MacKenzie (Baird, 38), Magennis, Jackson, Lyons (Flynn, 60), Popescu, Mullen, McAllister

St Mirren Cautions: S McGinn, 19, Muzek, 55

St Mirren Goals: McAllister, 74, Magennis, 90+5

Accies: Woods, McGowan, McMann, Gogic, Gordon, MacKinnon, Martin (Imrie, 78 ), Mimnaugh (Sowah, 30), Oakley, Ogkmpoe (Miller, 57), Andreu; Subs Unused: Davies, Marsden, L Smith, Hamilton

Accies Cautions:McGowan, 19,
Red Card: Gogic  28

Referee: Willie Collum; Assistants: Andrew McWilliam & Gary Hilland ; 4th Official:  John McKendrick

 

Attendance: 6421 (665 Accies)

 

 

 

 

 

Accies – Woods McGowan McMann Gordon Oakley Gogic, MacKinnon (c), Andreu, Martin (Imrie 78 ), Mimnaugh (Sowah 30), Ogkmpoe (Miller 57). unused subs – Marsden, Davies, L Smith, Hamilton

Red Card: Gogic 28

Referee: Willie Collum; Assistants: Andy McWilliam & Gary Hilland; 4th Official: John McKendrick

Att: 6421 (665 Accies)