Dons cruise to victory at Hamilton

Aberdeen's Sam Cosgrove celebrates his opener
Aberdeen's Sam Cosgrove celebrates his opener

Aberdeen eased to a comfortable 3-0 victory at Hamilton Accies as two goals from Sam Cosgrove and a Lewis Ferguson effort secured all three points at New Douglas Park.

The Dons were worthy winners against the struggling Accies and manager Derek McInnes will be delighted to see his side put their disappointing Scottish Cup draw against Stenhousemuir behind them with an impressive win in Lanarkshire.

McInnes made one change from the side which drew 1-1 with Stenhousemuir with Stevie May replacing Niall McGinn in the starting 11.

The Northern Ireland international was on the bench while on-loan Watford defender Tommie Hoban was also back on the bench following his shoulder injury in August.

Hamilton Accies manager Martin Canning made two changes following his side’s Scottish Cup exit at St Johnstone on Saturday. Tom Taiwo and James Keatings came in for Rakish Bingham and Lennard Sowah.

Accies made a bright start and it took a fine save from Joe Lewis to deny the home side an early goal as the Dons goalkeeper tipped a Matt Kilgallon header onto his crossbar.

The home side was left to rue not making their solid start count as the Dons broke the deadlock midway through the first half through Sam Cosgrove as the striker scored from six yards following Stevie May’s cross into the box.

Cosgrove doubled his side’s lead seven minutes into the second half when he spun away from Ziggy Gordon and ran clear on goal to fire past Ryan Fulton in the home goal and the Dons made it 3-0 in the 55th minute when Lewis Ferguson scrambled the ball over the line after Fulton had parried a Cosgrove header from Stevie May’s corner.