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Aberdeen 2-0 Hamilton Academical

By Scott DavieBBC Scotland at Pittodrie

Aberdeen began their Scottish Premiership campaign with a deserved victory over Hamilton Academical.

Anthony O'Connor cleverly headed home Greg Tansey's free-kick to open the scoring after 26 minutes at Pittodrie.

Accies' Xavier Tomas was shown a second yellow card after the interval for a cynical block on Ryan Christie.

And the dominant, but profligate Dons killed the game in the final minute of normal time when Miles Storey curled the ball across Gary Woods.

Manager Derek McInnes made four changes to the Aberdeen side that started the Europa League third round qualifying defeat by Apollon Limassol on Thursday with Kari Arnason, Tansey, Nicky Maynard and Scott Wright drafted in.

It was an attempt to freshen the team up after the physical and emotional demands of that disappointing loss, but also a chance to judge the strength of the squad for the season ahead.

The performance of Wright in particular must have been a source of satisfaction for the Dons boss, who has backed the winger to exert a big influence during the domestic campaign.

Scott Wright
Scott Wright, two days short of his 20th birthday, was a persistent menace to the Hamilton defence

The teenager linked up well with the equally impressive Christie, while his pace and directness was a constant threat to the Hamilton back three, particularly Georgios Sarris, who was booked after sending Wright sprawling with a wild challenge.

In fact all three Accies centre-backs were cautioned during a fiercely-contested match and it seemed inevitable that one of them would also see red.

Tomas only had himself to blame for two fouls on Christie in the space of just 10 second-half minutes.

That was the last thing Accies manager Martin Canning needed when his side were trailing by a single goal, and showing encouraging glimpses in attack.

Xavier Tomas
Xavier Tomas is ordered off after impeding Ryan Christie

Canning will have been disappointed too at the manner of Hamilton's first concession, his team failing to defend a Tansey free-kick from the left, allowing O'Connor to flick the ball into the far corner.

Wright, Christie and Kenny McLean all went close to increasing that lead before the break, while it took two decent saves from Joe Lewis to deny Dougie Imrie a goal either side of the interval.

At the other end, Dons defender Shay Logan saw a volley saved, the impressive Wright had a shot blocked only for Graeme Shinnie to steer the rebound wide and substitute Massimo Donati denied Maynard after he had rounded the keeper.

There was nothing Accies could do to prevent substitute Storey scoring the second in the last minute, even though they claimed in vain for a foul on David Templeton in the build-up.

Storey struggled last season after moving from Inverness, but he bent in a sublime goal to seal the win - only his second strike for the club.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Lewis
  • 4Considine
  • 5O'Connor
  • 14ArnasonSubstituted forReynoldsat 60'minutes
  • 2Logan
  • 16Tansey
  • 3ShinnieBooked at 13mins
  • 7McLean
  • 15Wright
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forStewartat 80'minutes
  • 10MaynardSubstituted forStoreyat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Reynolds
  • 8Stewart
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 20Rogers
  • 21Harvie
  • 25Ross
  • 39Storey

Hamilton

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Woods
  • 3McMannBooked at 27mins
  • 5TomasBooked at 62mins
  • 89SarrisBooked at 22mins
  • 2SkondrasBooked at 58minsSubstituted forDonatiat 67'minutes
  • 7Imrie
  • 11Crawford
  • 8Docherty
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 9BinghamSubstituted forLongridgeat 71'minutes
  • 30BoydSubstituted forTempletonat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Gillespie
  • 10Redmond
  • 12Fulton
  • 16Templeton
  • 17Longridge
  • 21Donati
  • 22Lyon
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
15,165

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home17
Away5
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Aberdeen 2, Hamilton Academical 0. Miles Storey (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Graeme Shinnie.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Miles Storey replaces Nicky Maynard.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical).

  9. Post update

    Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Greg Stewart replaces Ryan Christie.

  12. Post update

    Louis Longridge (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Darian MacKinnon (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen).

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  19. Post update

    Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Post update

    Georgios Sarris (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic11004133
2Hibernian11003123
3Ross County11002113
4St Johnstone11002113
5Aberdeen00000000
6Hamilton00000000
7Motherwell00000000
8Rangers00000000
9Dundee100112-10
10Kilmarnock100112-10
11Partick Thistle100113-20
12Hearts100114-30
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