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Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton Accies

Chris Maguire celebrates against Hamilton
Maguire opened the scoring for Aberdeen in the 28th minute

Aberdeen recorded their first league win since January with a narrow victory over Hamilton at a blustery Pittodrie.

Chris Maguire scored the only goal of the match in the 28th minute with a low drive past goalkeeper Thomas Cerny from the edge of the penalty area.

Hamilton's Joel Thomas sent in a well-timed effort before half-time, but Scott Severin's block denied him.

Maguire had several chances to double his tally but failed to find the net for Aberdeen's second of the day.

The Dons were unbeaten at home since October as they aimed to extend their successful run at Pittodrie against a patched-up Hamilton side.

After 11 minutes, Charlie Mulgrew almost opened the scoring with an inswinging corner to the near post, but Cerny made the save.

The game sparked to life in the 28th minute when Maguire volleyed in low, catching Cerny off guard from 23 yards, to give Aberdeen the lead.

Moments later, Aberdeen's Sone Aluko blasted in a shot, but Cerny saved comfortably.

Paul McGowan almost capitalised on some hesitant defending in the Aberdeen box after 36 minutes but dragged his shot harmlessly wide of the target.

Five minutes from the interval, Thomas sent in a well-timed effort, but Severin blocked and the chance was lost.

The blustery conditions and poor pitch in the second half did little to aid the game as a spectacle.

Aberdeen almost grabbed a comedy goal when Jamie Smith played the ball back to Cerny after Hamilton had player being treated for an injury.

But the Czech goalkeeper was caught daydreaming and made a frantic dash to prevent the ball crossing the goal-line.

Maguire almost grabbed his second of the day with a header from inside the penalty box in the 53rd minute, but the ball drifted wide of the mark.

The home support appealed for a penalty after 57 minutes when Wright fell in the box under pressure from Mark McLaughlin, but referee Euan Norris waved play on.

Maguire should have scored when Smith found him with an cross from the right, but Cerny tipped the 20-year-old striker's header over the bar.

Aberdeen continued to push for a second, but Billy Reid's side seemed content to avoid a heavy defeat and held out to maintain a respectable score.

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood:

"We've not lost too many games, we've had too many draws and we just wanted a win any way it came.

"Obviously, we would love to play attractive football, but it was very difficult for both teams, conditions were very difficult.

"We got the break, there wasn't too many chances in the game, but it's such an important win for us, which is important at this stage in the competition.

"It was a wonderful strike, and neither of us had too many chances, but we've got a clean sheet, and it could prove to be an important win for us at the end of the season."

Hamilton manager Billy Reid:

"I'm disappointed to lose the game, but you have to do more than that to pick up points and we didn't do that.

"We started the game fairly well, we pinned them back, but I don't think any team had control of the game.

"It was difficult conditions, the wind was horrendous, blowing all over the place.

"The goal came out of nothing, it was a great strike, Cerny had no chance.

"I don't think Aberdeen were in control at any stage of the game, but they were the deserved winners."

Aberdeen : Langfield, Vidal (Foster 46), Mair, Diamond, Mulgrew, Jamie Smith, Severin, Kerr, Aluko, Maguire (Considine 90), Wright (Mackie 68). Subs Not Used: Bossu, Young, Duff, Paton.

Booked : Wright, Severin.

Goals : Maguire 28.

Hamilton : Cerny, McMillan, McLaughlin, Canning, Gibson, Neil, McGowan (Deuchar 62), McArthur (Offiong 86), McCarthy, Thomas, Lyle (Quinn 79). Subs Not Used: Murdoch, Swailes, Gillepsie, Evans.

Booked : McMillan, Neil, Canning.

Att : 10,312

Ref : E Norris

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