Photo by Malcolm Mackenzie
Aberdeen moved five points clear from the bottom of the Park’s Motor Group SWPL 1 table after a strong performance saw them take all three points off basement side Hamilton Academical.
Bayley Hutchison’s double had the Dons in cruise control and although Josi Giard pulled one back for the hosts late on, the result was never really in doubt as Aberdeen ran out 2-1 winners at New Douglas Park.
The first real effort of the game went the way of the hosts after 15 minutes when Giard tried her luck from distance and although her speculative effort went behind off the glove off Aaliyah-Jay Meach, a goal kick was awarded by the referee.
That decision proved controversial almost immediately as Aberdeen went up the park from the goal kick and took the lead, Hutchison drilling a low shot goalwards which Jeni Currie couldn’t hold onto, seeing the ball trickle over the goal line.
It was nearly two, ten minutes later when a lack of communication between Jeni Currie and Rachel Ross saw Chloe Gover get a shot away which Currie managed to block, before Johan Fraser fired the rebound wide of goal.
Accies were struggling to really string any dangerous attacks together in the half, but they did come close to grabbing an equaliser when Kirstie McIntosh did well to get to the byline down the right before playing a ball across goal which Lauren Evans could only divert wide.
Instead, it was Aberdeen who scored the game’s second goal early in the second half with Hutchison making it two for herself, showing great composure to round Currie and roll the ball beyond the despairing dive of Danni Pagliarulo on the line.
Hutchison should have had her hat-trick just beyond the hour mark when she found space for a shot on the left, but she opened her foot too wide and sent the ball across the face of goal, rather than into the net.
Aberdeen were comfortable but they almost conceded approaching the last ten minutes when Giard was denied by a good save from Meach, making her Aberdeen debut after a recent move from Dundee United, before Hannah Innes cleared the trialist’s follow up effort off the line and Tara McGonigle saw her shot deflect behind off Eilidh Shore.
Giard then tried to head home from a Darcey Molley cross as Hamilton made a late push to get back into the game, but she didn’t make a great connection with the ball and the Reds managed to clear the danger.
Hamilton did pull one back in the last minute of the 90 when Giard pounced on a slack back pass and slow decision making from Meach to poke the ball under her body and into the net.
Despite their best efforts to equalise, that goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Aberdeen headed back north with all three points.
Hamilton Academical: Currie; Coakley, McTear (McGonigle, 66), Ross (Pagliarulo, 46); Molley, Sinclair (Blues, 80), Quigley, McIntosh, Quinn; Evans (Trialist, 74), Giard
Aberdeen: Meach; Campbell, Forrest, Paterson, Ogilvie; Fraser (Innes, 67), Bruce, Shore, Gover; Thomson (Gordon, 80), Hutchison
Aberdeen Co-Manager, Gavin Beith: