Four Dons goals were to come inside 31 first-half minutes, Tommie Hoban and Lewis Ferguson efforts followed up by a double from Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson. David Moyo and Ross Callachan got goals back for Brian Rice’s side but in the end they suffered defeat.
Derek McInnes’ team were left frustrated as they were held to a 0-0 draw against Dundee United on Saturday, despite dominating the match. They were looking to take their frustration out on Hamilton, who found themselves bottom after a 5-3 defeat to St Johnstone.
After shipping so many goals on home soil, Rice needed a good start in this one, but it couldn’t have gone much worse than it did. Hoban found himself free in the box, Aberdeen’s centre-back connecting with a Ryan Hedges corner to score his first goal in red after 13 minutes.
Next to score was former Accies star Ferguson, who leathered a ferocious shot into the top corner from 25 yards out, nine minutes after Hoban’s opener. Already this was an uphill task for the away team.
Leeds United starlet Edmondson put it beyond them. He notched his first senior goal on his first professional start, Jonny Hayes driving the byline and teeing up the youngster for a 12-yard strike.
His second would come seven minutes later on the 31st minute, calmly lobbing Ryan Fulton as he broke through on goal. McInnes’ side were on fire but switched off for a moment, allowing Moyo to dink Joe Lewis up the other end and pull one back for Accies.
Overall though after the opening 32 minutes, there was only one eventual winner. Aberdeen looked content with their four-goal haul, happy to go forward when the opportunities presented themselves but not pressing the matter.
Accies meanwhile were playing for pride in the second 45. They did get another consolation, this time through Callachan converting a penalty after Andy Considine was deemed to have committed a handball in the box.
A first 45 of Aberdeen goals were enough to settle this one as the Dons claimed three points in the north-east. Here are three things we learned.
Dons’ deadly start
McInnes’ men killed this tie off inside 31 clinical minutes. Just about everything they hit towards goal found its way into the net, more than worthy of their sizeable advantage.
They were never going to lose when they had gone 4-0 up. Aberdeen now sit one point above Hibs in third, with a game in hand still to play.
Accies’ slow start
Again Hamilton were left with too much to do after Aberdeen scored four in 31 minutes. That’s now four times in five matches that Accies have found themselves 3-0 down in a match.
In that time, they have scored two goals in one match three times, scoring three against St Johnstone and still not getting any rewards. Going forward they seem to have goals but starting quicker at the back has to be an objective in upcoming matches.
Boost for Edmondson
Aberdeen’s Leeds loanee enjoyed a confidence-boosting evening at Pittodrie. He scored two and assisted another as he inspired what the Dons created going forward during a rampant 45 minutes.
He’ll perhaps have been disappointed to not see over an hour on the park but it was an encouraging performance from Edmondson nonetheless.