Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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Hamilton Academical 0-1 Aberdeen

Kenny McLean (left)
Kenny McLean (left) scored just before half-time for Aberdeen

Kenny McLean's strike gave Aberdeen the win in a frantic but entertaining League Cup tie at Hamilton.

The midfielder's first-half finish owed much to brilliant skill in the build-up by exciting prospect Scott Wright.

Hamilton contributed to a riveting contest that was not awash with chances, but still managed to provide an enjoyable spectacle.

Referee Nick Walsh had his work cut out with plenty of minor infringements to call.

The Dons will visit Motherwell in the last eight.

The pressure was on the man in the middle in light of comments made by managers Derek McInnes and Martin Canning following Sunday's meeting between the teams.

Dons boss McInnes rebuked his Accies counterpart for suggesting the Lanarkshire side rarely got the decisions going their way in Aberdeen's 2-0 victory in the Premiership at Pittodrie. The pair had to agree to disagree on that matter.

The game started at a crazy pace, with play open and stretched as if it was the last five minutes. Goalkeepers were fluffing clearances, Darian MacKinnon picked up a booking, Dons goalkeeper Joe Lewis needed treatment and strikers were getting in the way of each others' shots.

But more clear-cut chances emerged and initially it was Aberdeen's Ryan Christie who spurned two of them - first dragging wide after a brilliant first touch and then later being denied by Accies goalkeeper Woods when well-positioned.

Kenny McLean and Ali Crawford
Aberdeen's Kenny McLean battles with Hamilton's Ali Crawford

Steven Boyd was impressive for the hosts and was involved in anything good they did in an attacking sense, yet it was the Dons who took the lead at a venue they have lost at in their past two visits.

Wright, a day after his 20th birthday, beat Grant Gillespie with a lovely piece of skill down the left and his low cross eventually fell to McLean to despatch into the net from the edge of the box.

Hamilton nearly responded immediately when Lewis pulled off a great save to turn Docherty's left-foot effort wide following more good work by Boyd.

After the break Boyd set up Bingham, who failed to get his shot away soon enough, then Tomas headed narrowly wide for the hosts.

The match's bizarre entertainment factor was summed up when Aberdeen's coaching team paused slightly when deciding who to take off for Miles Storey, and the Hamilton stadium announcer said "make your mind up" over the tannoy.

Near the end Gillespie nearly equalised when he went on a nice mazy run only to see his attempt curl agonisingly past the wrong side of the post.

Post-match reaction

Hamilton manager Martin Canning: "It was quite similar to Sunday. I thought we performed well. We're disappointed to lose the game but I saw encouraging signs.

"We know we can compete at this level. That's the second best team in the country and we've competed well over the two games albeit we've lost 3-0 over the two games. They've got the numbers, I wouldn't say quality because we've got the quality, but they have a few more who can lend a hand."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "It was a difficult game. Hamilton have a brilliant attitude. They make the game untidy at times and don't give you a minute. But I thought, once we got the goal, that settled us down.

"Hamilton kept us on our toes until the end. By and large, pleased to get a clean sheet and win at a difficult venue."

Line-ups

Hamilton

  • 1Woods
  • 6Gillespie
  • 89Sarris
  • 5TomasBooked at 39minsSubstituted forDonatiat 71'minutes
  • 3McMann
  • 8Docherty
  • 18MacKinnonBooked at 13minsSubstituted forRedmondat 68'minutes
  • 11CrawfordBooked at 80mins
  • 7Imrie
  • 30Boyd
  • 9BinghamSubstituted forLongridgeat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Skondras
  • 10Redmond
  • 12Fulton
  • 17Longridge
  • 21Donati
  • 22Lyon
  • 23Hughes

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5O'ConnorBooked at 86mins
  • 6Reynolds
  • 4Considine
  • 16Tansey
  • 3Shinnie
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forStewartat 69'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 15WrightSubstituted forMackay-Stevenat 68'minutes
  • 10MaynardSubstituted forStoreyat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Stewart
  • 11Mackay-Steven
  • 14Arnason
  • 17Stockley
  • 20Rogers
  • 21Harvie
  • 39Storey
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
2,768

Match Stats

Home TeamHamiltonAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home17
Away11

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, Hamilton Academical 0, Aberdeen 1.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Foul by Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen).

Grant Gillespie (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

Daniel Redmond (Hamilton Academical) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

Booking

Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

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

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

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Attempt blocked. Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Louis Longridge.

Attempt blocked. Miles Storey (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Ali Crawford (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical).

Attempt saved. Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Gary Mackay-Steven (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Docherty (Hamilton Academical).

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Mark Reynolds.

Foul by Kenny McLean (Aberdeen).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Miles Storey replaces Nicky Maynard.

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Massimo Donati replaces Xavier Tomas.

Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Xavier Tomas (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Greg Stewart replaces Ryan Christie.

Greg Tansey (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Boyd (Hamilton Academical).

Substitution

Substitution, Hamilton Academical. Daniel Redmond replaces Darian MacKinnon.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Gary Mackay-Steven replaces Scott Wright.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Kenny McLean.

Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Falkirk44001311212
2Inverness CT42115328
3Stirling42116517
4Brechin401319-82
5Forfar4013310-71

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline42201331010
2Peterhead43017619
3Hearts42117437
4East Fife411236-34
5Elgin4004213-110

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd4310102811
2Dundee431082610
3Raith Rovers42029546
4Cowdenbeath4103511-63
5Buckie Thistle4004315-120

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian43101311210
2Ross County422080810
3Arbroath412167-16
4Montrose4103215-133
5Alloa401328-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr44001531212
2Kilmarnock43019369
3Clyde4202711-46
4Annan Athletic4013210-82
5Dumbarton401328-61

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Motherwell44001221012
2Morton42118628
3Queen's Park42119907
4Edinburgh City4013312-92
5Berwick401347-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton422011659
2Albion413012937
3Queen of Sth41306427
4East Kilbride411259-45
5Stenhousemuir401339-62

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Livingston431083511
2Partick Thistle431092710
3St Mirren42029726
4Airdrieonians4103410-63
5Stranraer4004412-80
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