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Dons beat Accies to move up to third in Premiership

Niall McGinn celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0 to the Dons
Niall McGinn celebrates after scoring to make it 2-0 to the Dons

Aberdeen rediscovered their scoring touch with a vengeance as they beat Hamilton 3-1 to move up to third place in the Scottish Premiership.

Goals from Curtis Main, Niall McGinn and Connor McLennan had the Dons 3-0 ahead by the break at New Douglas Park. Marios Ogkmpoe grabbed a late consolation for Accies but it was too late to deny the Dons a deserved victory.

Dons boss Derek McInnes made three changes to the side which drew 0-0 with Kilmarnock in Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie.

Sam Cosgrove, who has scored 21 goals for the club so far this season, was named on the bench while Shay Logan and Dean Campbell were also among the substitutes.

Dylan McGeouch, Connor McLennan and Curtis Main were the players who came into the starting 11.

Main was given the task of carrying the goalscoring burden as Cosgrove watched on and he needed only 15 minutes to justify his selection as he lifted the ball over Luke Southwood in the Hamilton goal to give Aberdeen the lead.

Niall McGinn added a second when he ran on to Lewis Ferguson’s lay-off in the 22nd minute before firing pat the Accies goalkeeper and McLennan added a third in first-half stoppage time when he headed Andy Considine’s cross home.

Accies did improve for the second half but by then the damage had been done although the visitors did force a consolation goal with six minutes when remaining when Considine’s clearance fell to David Moyo who played in Marios Ogkmpoe to score.

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