Aberdeen 3-0 Hamilton Academical

Aberdeen recorded a comfortable win over Hamilton Academical to overtake Alex Neil's side and move into fourth place in the Premiership.

Ash Taylor headed in from close range to give the Dons the lead and Niall McGinn's smart lob doubled the advantage early in the second period.

Adam Rooney clinched the win when he converted a penalty after Grant Gillespie's foul on Jonny Hayes.

Midfielder Jon Routledge was sent off to complete a miserable day for Accies.

The visitors, who won the reverse fixture 3-0 in October, faded badly in the second period and have only won one of their last seven fixtures.

The only talking point of a tepid opening was the booking of Alex Neil, despite him not being on the pitch.

The Hamilton player-manager, who was listed as a substitute, spoke out of turn to one of the officials and was shown a yellow card.

Jason Scotland threatened for the visitors, jinking his way into the box, but Taylor cleared before proving his worth at the other end.

Ash Taylor celebrates after scoring for Aberdeen against Hamilton
Englishman Taylor scored his second goal for Aberdeen

The towering defender met McGinn's corner and crashed the ball past the helpless Michael McGovern from eight yards.

Ryan Jack then went close with a dipping volley from 25 yards after Shay Logan's dangerous cross was only partially cleared.

Home goalkeeper Scott Brown was not troubled at all in the first half but he presented Accies with a chance a minute before the break.

His misplaced pass fell for Tony Andreu, who teed up Ali Crawford, but the midfielder failed to hit the target with a shot from 20 yards.

Any chance the visitors had of getting back into the match vanished within 10 minutes of the restart as they conceded two self-inflicted goals.

First, a dreadful Stephen Hendrie pass went straight to McGinn and the Northern Irishman lofted a delightful 25 yard effort over the head of McGovern.

Then, four minutes later, Gillespie was penalised for a needless barge on Hayes and Rooney converted the spot-kick.

Accies threatened to wilt. Taylor had a header well saved by McGovern, then McGinn's rasping angled drive struck the crossbar.

It was all very comfortable for Aberdeen and a bad afternoon for the visitors got worse with 10 minutes remaining when Routledge was sent off for lunging in on Jack.

More pain should have been inflicted on Hamilton with three minutes remaining when the Dons substitutes combined, Jeffrey Monakana squaring for Lawrence Shankland, only for the young striker to balloon his shot over from close range.

Adam Rooney celebrates after scoring a penalty against Hamilton
Rooney beat McGovern from 12 yards

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2LoganBooked at 45mins
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Considine
  • 11Hayes
  • 22Jack
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forSmithat 76'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forShanklandat 69'minutes
  • 9RooneySubstituted forMonakanaat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 7Monakana
  • 14Smith
  • 25Shankland
  • 27Murray
  • 32Gibbons
  • 46McKenna

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 5CanningBooked at 38mins
  • 4Devlin
  • 3Hendrie
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 6GillespieBooked at 55minsSubstituted forLongridgeat 59'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 22AndreuBooked at 89mins
  • 11Crawford
  • 8RoutledgeBooked at 82mins
  • 9ScotlandSubstituted forAntoine-Curierat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Neil
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 24Tena
  • 28Redmond
  • 29Hill
  • 99Antoine-Curier
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
10,330

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away1
Fouls
Home6
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 3, Hamilton Academical 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 3, Hamilton Academical 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

  4. Booking

    Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    Cameron Smith (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Tony Andreu (Hamilton Academical).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

  8. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lawrence Shankland (Aberdeen) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ziggy Gordon.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Jeffrey Monakana replaces Adam Rooney.

  13. Dismissal

    Jon Routledge (Hamilton Academical) is shown the red card for fighting.

  14. Booking

    Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Peter Pawlett.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Mickael Antoine-Curier replaces Jason Scotland.

  18. Post update

    Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

  20. Post update

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