Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton Academical

Adam Rooney (left) put Aberdeen in front from the penalty spot
Adam Rooney (left) put Aberdeen in front from the penalty spot

Adam Rooney's first-half penalty earned Aberdeen a seventh win out of seven as they moved five points clear of Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership with victory over Hamilton Academical.

The goal came after Kenny McLean had put Graeme Shinnie clear and the left-back was fouled by Ziggy Gordon.

Rooney converted confidently and later had a header saved.

The Dons were reduced to 10 men for the final few minutes after Ash Taylor went off with a cut eye.

But they held on to extend their best ever start to a league campaign.

Expectancy was high among home fans as they looked for their side to build upon on Saturday's 2-1 win over Celtic.

They started slowly but eventually began to pin their visitors back without suggesting they would overpower them.

There was a soft claim for a penalty when Rooney's mishit shot struck Jesus Garcia Tena's hand but the appeal was waved away.

The first real threat from the hosts came when the ball sailed across the park to Niall McGinn, who beat his man but watched as his cut-back was diverted for a corner.

The winger threatened again when he curled the ball towards Northern Ireland team-mate Michael McGovern's left and, despite the keeper stepping the wrong way, he got back to palm clear.

From the resulting corner, Rooney flicked a header towards goal but it sailed a few yards past the far post.

The breakthrough arrived when Gordon took out Shinnie in the box and Rooney firmly slotted the penalty low into the net.

Fans expected the home side to build on that but Hamilton kept their shape in the hope of creating something to draw level.

Antons Kurakins broke on the left and his centre reached Dougie Imrie, who went down, but referee Crawford Allan booked the midfielder for simulation.

Rooney and Grant Gillespie had efforts at either end but the chances were becoming less frequent.

Adam Rooney scores Aberdeen's opener from the penalty spot
Rooney netted his sixth goal of the season

A second Aberdeen goal seemed certain when nice work between Shinnie and Ryan Jack ended with a lovely cross, which Rooney met with a close-range header, but McGovern produced a fabulous instinctive stop to keep his side in the game.

Jonny Hayes then got on the end of a one-two and protested for a penalty, claiming Gillespie had handled, but the referee disagreed.

Hamilton were capable of stealing an equaliser as Aberdeen failed to pressurise the visitors.

Gramoz Kurtaj thought he had delivered with a drive across goal and that warning left the crowd a little more wary of being just one ahead.

McGinn almost sealed it when he gathered outside the box and watched his deflected shot beat McGovern and crack the frame of the goal.

Then substitute Josh Parker should have added a second when he raced clear only to let Hamilton recover.

It was nervy as the game became stretched and Hamilton really pushed on but it is the mark of a successful side that when not quite at their best, they can see it out and take three points. Aberdeen managed that.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 19Ward
  • 21McLaughlinSubstituted forLoganat 73'minutes
  • 5Taylor
  • 4Considine
  • 3Shinnie
  • 10McGinn
  • 22Jack
  • 8Flood
  • 11HayesSubstituted forParkerat 72'minutes
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forPawlettat 82'minutes
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 2Logan
  • 15Robson
  • 16Pawlett
  • 17Goodwillie
  • 18Quinn
  • 20Brown
  • 32Parker

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2GordonSubstituted forLongridgeat 90+1'minutes
  • 24Tena
  • 44De Lima Tagliapietra
  • 3Kurakins
  • 6GillespieBooked at 90mins
  • 18MacKinnonSubstituted forDochertyat 34'minutes
  • 7ImrieBooked at 25mins
  • 11Crawford
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 27NadeSubstituted forD'Acolat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9D'Acol
  • 10Redmond
  • 15Sendles-White
  • 17Longridge
  • 21Docherty
  • 22Lyon
  • 26Martin
Referee:
Crawford Allan
Attendance:
13,246

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home9
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Hamilton Academical 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Hamilton Academical 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Louis Longridge replaces Ziggy Gordon.

Booking

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Josh Parker (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Parker (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Peter Pawlett replaces Kenny McLean.

Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

Alejandro D'Acol (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Shaleum Logan replaces Ryan McLaughlin.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Josh Parker replaces Jonny Hayes.

Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lucas (Hamilton Academical).

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical).

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antons Kurakins (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Lucas (Hamilton Academical) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Attempt saved. Gramoz Kurtaj (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Willo Flood (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt missed. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Alejandro D'Acol replaces Christian Nade.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Aberdeen77001221021
2Celtic7511178916
3Hearts75021510515
4Ross County7322117411
5Dundee7322118311
6Hamilton7313109110
7St Johnstone7223131308
8Motherwell721459-47
9Inverness CT713369-36
10Kilmarnock7124616-105
11Dundee Utd7115714-74
12Partick Thistle7034210-83
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