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SPL: Hibernian 1 Hamilton 2

SoccerNews in Scottish Premier League 17 Apr 2011

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Hamilton Academical kept their slim hopes of avoiding relegation from the Scottish Premier League alive with a 2-1 victory over Hibernian.

Seemingly destined for the drop, the Accies struck twice in the first half on Sunday before holding on to register their first league win since October last year.

The victory puts them within nine points of 11th-placed St Mirren.

Hibernian, already certain to compete in the relegation play-off, pulled a goal back in the second half but could not find another in front of their home crowd.

Young Dutch forward Nigel Hasselbaink set up the opener for the Accies with some nice work down the left, squaring for James Chambers to finish in the ninth minute.

The visitors almost found a second soon after when Lee Kilday struck the crossbar with a header, but Billy Reid’s men did double their advantage in the 34th minute.

Ali Crawford’s free-kick was headed away by Hibernian forward Akpo Sodje, but it struck team-mate Liam Miller before finding the net.

The hosts reduced the deficit through Sodje in the 66th minute, when the much-travelled striker placed his shot nicely after a long ball from Callum Booth.

The Accies held off some late pressure to keep their hopes of avoiding relegation alive. Hibernian remain eighth.

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