Jan 7 2012 By Colin Paterson
WILLIAM HILL SCOTTISH CUP
ST MIRREN 0 HAMILTON 0
HAMILTON earned a replay against St Mirren after frustrating their SPL hosts in Paisley on Saturday.
There were few chances of note in what was a cagey game played in freezing temperatures.
Over the piece Saints were the better side, but Accies should be commended for their defending, with Mark McLaughlin and Martin Canning excelling in particular.
St Mirren started well and in two minutes ex-Accies winger Paul McGowan cut in from the left and tested David Hutton, but the keeper took it comfortably.
Former Hamilton striker Nigel Hasselbaink was next to try his luck in 29 minutes but blasted past the left under pressure.
Accies weren't without their chances and four minutes later Greig Spence sent a wickedly curling effort past the right from 18 yards.
Jim McAlister then played a delightful pass through to Spence on the right, but the striker saw his first effort blocked before crossing for McAlister, who headed wide.
Saints had the chance of the half in 37 minutes when Hasselbaink's low driven cross from the left shot across goal but McGowan was unable to steer it into the corner.
Saints stepped up a gear in the second half and Canning was forced to head off the line at a corner.
But when Dougie Imrie's corner was played back into the box by sub Andy Ryan, Canning was unlucky to see a shot deflected past the left.
McGowan was causing problems and sent efforts just wide with Hutton scrambling.
But sub Gary Teale had the chance of the half when he skipped past Stephen Hendrie on the right before lashing a venomous shot just past the bottom left corner.
Accies could have sneaked it in the end when McLaughlin got on the end of a floated Imrie free-kick, but Craig Samson saved his looping header.
These sides have it all to play for at New Douglas Park on January 17.
ST MIRREN: Samson, van Zanten, Barron, McAusland, Mair, McLean, Carey (Teale, 36), Tesselaar, Mooy (McShane, 58), McGowan, Hasselbaink.
Subs (not used): Smith, Thomson, Murray.
HAMILTON: Hutton, Kilday, Hendrie, Canning, Mensing, McLaughlin, Imrie, McAlister, Spence (Ryan, 55), Crawford (Anderson, 55), Gillespie (P. Currie, 75).
Subs (not used): B. Currie, Gordon.
Booked: Mensing, McAlister.
Referee: Willie Collum.