On Monday night, Accies travelled to Paisley to face St Mirren knowing that if they avoided defeat, they would guarantee safety for next season and send the Buddies into the play offs. A win for the Saints would take it down to the final day of the season. Hamilton host St Johnstone in Lanarkshire while St Mirren travel to Dundee to face an already relegated Dundee side.
The home side made one change from their 1-1 draw away to Motherwell with Kyle Magennis starting in place of Ryan Flynn.
Brian Rice also just made the one change from the victory at Dens Park last weekend. Gary Woods returned from injury to take over from Ryan Fulton in goals.
The game got underway in Paisley with both fans in great voice. Hamilton had a huge chance to break the deadlock after just four minutes. A long punt forward by Gary Woods led to a flick on from Marios Ogkmpoe towards George Oakley, who took a touch and rounded Hladky before firing high over the bar from a tight angle. The Buddies had a glorious opportunity just minutes later when they broke forward before a deep cross towards the back-post was flashed over the bar by Kyle Magennis.
The game was a feisty one with so much at stake and Danny Mullin should have seen red as he left his foot high and studded Ziggy Gordon right in the shin.
The next chance came on the 22nd minute when Darian MacKinnon lost possession before a low drive across goal by McAllister was touched out for a corner before anyone could get a foot on it. Paul McGinn got a head on the resulting corner but headed over.
The game changed completely when Accies were reduced to ten men after Alex Gogic pulled down Simeon Jackson as he was about to run clean through on goal. Willie Collum was quick to have his red card out. Brian Rice acted immediately to the sending off by bringing on Lenny Sowah to play centre-back, with Regan Mimnaugh being the unfortunate one to get pulled off early.
Half Time- St Mirren 0-0 Hamilton
It was a season defining 45 minutes ahead for both sides, but more important for the home side, as they simply had to win. It was a huge task ahead for the ten men of Accies.
The first chance of the second half came for Accies. Oakley flicked a header down, sending substitute Mickel Miller clean through on goal but the Englishman pulled his effort wide on his weaker right foot.
The game changed massively after Millers chance with just 30 minutes left the Saints pushed forward, piling so much pressure on Accies it only looked a matter of time until they scored. The Buddies had two great opportunity’s in quick succession when firstly, a cross found the head of Mihai Popescu, but his powerful header towards goal was smartly tipped over the bar. From the resulting corner Jackson also header over.
The deadlock was broken 75 minute when some nice play by McAllister and McGinn led to the winger wriggling into the box and finding his first effort blocked. However, he reacted quickest and blasted the rebound effort by Woods, who had no chance. A tough one to take for the travelling fans.
St Mirren got their tails up after finally finding a way by the Accies defence and continued to push forward to try seal the victory. They nearly done just that on the 80th minute when once again, McAllister beat his man before cutting inside and firing a powerful effort at goal but Woods reacted well and saved the shot down to his right.
Kyle Magennis made it 2-0 in the dying moments. Darian MacKinnon’s poor pass was intercepted by Magennis before the midfielder twisted and turned in the box before curling home into the far corner.
It goes down the final game of the season to decide which one of these two sides will face either Dundee United or Inverness in the play offs.
Full Time- St Mirren 2-0 Hamilton
St Mirren XI
Hladky, McGinn, MacKenzie(38), Popescu, Muzek, Magennis, McGinn, Lyons(60), Jackson(66), Mullins, McAllister
Subs- Holmes, Baird(38), Ferdinand, Hodson, Flynn(60), Nazon, Cooke(66)
Woods, McGowan, Gogic, Gordon, McMann, MacKinnon, Martin(79), Mimnaugh(31), Andreu, Oakley, Ogkmpoe(56)
Subs- Marsden, Sowah(31), Hamilton, Smith, Imrie(79), Miller(56), Davies
Referee- Willie Collum
Attendance- 6,421 (635 Away)
Goals- McAllister(75), Magennis(90)
Yellow Cards- McGowan(19), McGinn(20), Muzek(56)
Red Cards- Gogic(28)