Foys Stadium, Hamilton
Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 7.45pm.
Hamilton Academical 0 Aberdeen 1
Aberdeen took all three points on offer at Hamilton thanks to an early Lewis Ferguson strike. This leaves us in tenth spot with nine points, equal with Hibs one place above and a point better off than Hearts and St. Mirren.
Head Coach Brian Rice said, “I thought the lads gave it everything that they had. You have seen the sort of team we had out tonight. We had a lot of young lads out there tonight. They deserved to be on the pitch. Everything we didn’t do on Saturday we did better tonight. It was just unfortunate that we couldn’t get the goal to give us a point “
And on fans MoTM Jamie Hamilton he said, “It’s fantastic. He’s only 17 years old and he’s been playing reserve football and underage football. So to step in here tonight, especially against Aberdeen and a proven goal scorer in Sam Cosgrove. He has done very, very well. We have high hopes for the lad. He’s level headed with good ability and he’ll get better and better.”
Hamilton went one behind when former Accie Lewis Ferguson rifled a spectacular shot into the top of the home net. Other chances would follow for the visitors but Accies kept themselves in the running and almost equalised when Lewis Smith attempted to emulate his former team mate.
Although the Dons couldn’t add to their one goal advantage in the second half, they went very close on several occasions. Campbell hitting the cross bar and Cosgrove heading off the post, as well as some crucial goal line clearances from a busy Hamilton defence.
Both sides made three changes after losing at the weekend. For Accies, Aaron McGowan, Brian Easton and Adrian Beck made way for Jamie Hamilton, Ross Cunningham and Lewis Smith. Whilst the Dons went for Ferguson, Hedges and Bryson instead of Devlin, Gallagher and McLennan.
Hamilton started well and knocked on the door a couple of times in the early stages when a Cunningham free kick from the right was knocked across goal by McMann and headed just wide by Miller. Minutes later Miller’s shot was saved by Lewis with Smith unlucky not to make something of the rebound.
But it was Aberdeen that took the lead shortly afterwards when a free kick was awarded 25 yards from goal. With most of the home side lined up in front and to the right of the ball, Hedges rolled the ball out left for Ferguson to make an angled run into the box, where he shot from the corner of the six yard box left Williams with no chance of stopping .
Cosgrove then had a shot saved and another blocked, which Ferguson headed over from the resulting corner, whilst Hedges had one touched over the bar. Accies were having a tough time but handling it the best that they possibly could.
In answer and from nowhere, Lewis Smith unleashed a spectacular effort from range that forced the Dons keeper to tip over the bar. Oakley then picked out Cunningham and went on to shoot narrowly wide of target. Then with the first half running into injury time McGinn delivered a warning with a curled shot of the bar.
Aberdeen created an early chance when Ferguson volleyed from the corner of the box, Williams parried then McGinn tried but was unable to capitalise from the tight angle. A tough few minutes ensued as Campbell lobbed a cross come shot of the bar which Gogic managed to clear, followed by another goal mouth clearance as Ferguson attempted an overhead kick.
The Dons had the best of the chances in the remaining time with Logan whipping in a cross that Cosgrove headed off the bottom of the bar, and Fon Williams comfortably saving from a Ferguson shot.
Accies: Fon Williams, McMann, Oakley, Miller, Gogic, Cunningham (Davies 76), Hughes, Martin, Stubbs, L Smith (Moyo 62), Hamilton. Subs Unused: Southwood, Hunt, Beck, MacKinnon, Mimnaugh.
Aberdeen: Lewis, Logan, Considine, McKenna, Vyner,Leigh, Ferguson, Bryson (Campbell 45), McGinn, Hedges (McLennan 74), Cosgrove. Subs Unused: Cerny, Devlin, Anderson, Gallagher, Main.
Goals: Ferguson 14.
Referee:Willie Collum. Assistants: David McGeachie & John McCrossan. 4th Official:Euan Anderson.