Scottish Premiership
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Aberdeen 3-0 Hamilton Academical

Simon Church scores for Aberdeen against Hamilton Academical
Simon Church's fifth goal for Aberdeen put the hosts ahead

Aberdeen swept aside hapless Hamilton Academical to cut Celtic's advantage at the top of the Premiership back to four points.

The defending champions make up their game in hand at Dundee on Tuesday but Derek McInnes's side proved they are not going to give up the chase.

Simon Church's header put the Dons in front, and Niall McGinn exploited a terrible defensive error for a second.

Kenny McLean then turned in his eighth goal of the season as Accies toiled.

The result looked beyond their redemption as soon as they fell two behind as Aberdeen started with a pace, skill, determination and aggression that simply overwhelmed the visitors.

Dominant Dons

McLean showed why he earned a first Scotland cap against Czech Republic last month by curling a shot-cum-cross against the outside of Michael McGovern's right-hand post.

The Dons midfielder also forced the Northern Ireland international into an impressive save after bursting clear of two defenders to get in an angled shot.

Aberdeen were already ahead by then, though, as some dazzling play from Jonny Hayes, who was brimming with confidence after earning his first Republic of Ireland caps during the international break.

The winger pinched possession off a dithering Antons Kurakins then sent over a delicious cross that invited the finish Church gave it with a powerful six-yard header.

Hamilton gifted the home side their second as Ziggy Gordon and McGovern left the clearing duties to each other and McGinn nipped in to score.

At that stage, it looked as if Accies would be in for a repeat of the 8-1 hammering they took at Celtic Park earlier this year as Aberdeen's movement and crisp link-up play pulled them apart.

Luckily they had McGovern to save them on a number of occasions while Scott Brown at the other end was largely unemployed despite one real let-off in 20 minutes when Dougie Imrie broke free.

His lung-bursting run down the left ended with a wicked back-post cross that Oumar Diaby was only inches away from converting as he slid in trying desperately to make contact.

It was rare respite, though, as a superb move down Aberdeen's left saw Hayes send Graeme Shinnie away on the overlap and the full-back's cross was swept in by McLean.

Kenny McLean scores for Aberdeen against Hamilton Academical
McLean (second from left) completed the scoring before half-time

Hamilton did work harder to get closer to their opponents in the second half and Diaby's looping header forced Brown into a save.

However, it took more impressive McGovern saves and some narrow escapes to keep the scoreline down and Accies have a lot of work to do to maintain their Premiership status, with Martin Canning's side remaining just four points clear of the relegation zone.

Shay Logan, McGinn and Mark Reynolds all could have added to Aberdeen's lead but McInnes's men had to be content with their three goals.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5TaylorSubstituted forConsidineat 45'minutes
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3Shinnie
  • 11Hayes
  • 22JackSubstituted forRossat 85'minutes
  • 8FloodSubstituted forStorieat 78'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10McGinn
  • 7McLean
  • 18Church

Substitutes

  • 4Considine
  • 14Smith
  • 19Collin
  • 23Storie
  • 26McKenna
  • 27Wright
  • 31Ross

Hamilton

  • 1McGovern
  • 2Gordon
  • 4Devlin
  • 24Tena
  • 3Kurakins
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 15AgustienBooked at 24minsSubstituted forRedmondat 39'minutes
  • 7ImrieBooked at 46minsSubstituted forKurtajat 81'minutes
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 87mins
  • 21Docherty
  • 8DiabySubstituted forBrophyat 66'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9D'Acol
  • 10Redmond
  • 12Kurtaj
  • 20Brophy
  • 26Martin
  • 30Boyd
  • 41Want
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
12,509

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home22
Away4
Shots on Target
Home11
Away2
Corners
Home12
Away4
Fouls
Home6
Away14

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, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

  4. Booking

    Craig Storie (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  5. Post update

    Jesus Garcia Tena (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Craig Storie (Aberdeen).

  7. Booking

    Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Frank Ross replaces Ryan Jack.

  11. Post update

    Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  13. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Simon Church.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Gramoz Kurtaj replaces Dougie Imrie.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Michael Devlin.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Craig Storie replaces Willo Flood.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic31226376245272
2Aberdeen32215655342168
3Hearts31168752322056
4Motherwell32135144047-744
5St Johnstone32127134848043
6Dundee3191394747040
7Ross County32124164755-840
8Partick Thistle31108133138-738
9Inverness CT3199133843-536
10Hamilton3289153454-2033
11Kilmarnock3278173054-2429
12Dundee Utd3166193355-2224
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