Hamilton Accies came into this match with something to prove after last week’s shock 1-0 defeat to St Johnstone at the Excelsior Stadium. They more than proved that their place at the head of the league table is deserved with a convincing 5-1 win over visitors St. Mirren.
The first chance of the match came on the eleventh minute, when Accies’ Nico Sumsky struck a free kick from twenty five yards and watched as keeper Dan Wilks comfortably saved.
Shortly after came the opening goal when Kieran MacDonald crossed into a crowded box. The ball was then skilfully brought under control by Lucas Tagliapietra who went on to thunder his shot into the back of the net from eight yards.
St. Mirren’s first chance on goal came when Michael Brewster picked up the ball in Hamilton’s half and passed out wide to Emmanuel Sonupe on the wing. The resulting shot from the edge of the box sailed well wide of the near post and this was to be their high point in the first half.
With 21 minutes played, the ever industrious Sumsky got the ball in midfield and made a surging run in on goal before releasing an early strike in an attempt to outwit the keeper. Wilks though was having none of it and made a comfortable save.
Three minutes later Brophy made a strong run forward before playing the ball through St. Mirren’s defence for Sumsky. His shoot from three yards looked a likely goal, but Wilks was again to the rescue with a brave block.
Minutes later and Brewster brought down Steven Boyd outside St. Mirren’s penalty. Brophy chose to take the free-kick which was sweetly struck into the top left hand corner of the net. Wilks didn’t stand much of a chance and hardly had time to move.
Before half-time Greg Docherty broke through on goal and had his shot from close range saved. The rebound came back out and Docherty had a second chance, but keeper Wilks was up to the challenge and saved again. Brophy then had a chance from edge of box, but the keeper was able to make his third save in as many seconds.