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Aberdeen Women made it two wins out of three after a 1-0 victory over Hamilton Accies at Balmoral Stadium with Louise Brown netting a first-half winner for the hosts.
The hosts made one change from last week’s win at Partick Thistle with Carrie Doig coming in for the absent Francesca Ogilvie. Accies made two changes from last week’s defeat at home to Rangers with Hannah Scott coming back into the side and a debut for goalkeeper Chloe Nicolson.
Both sides began proceedings at Balmoral Stadium by exchanging good patterns of play, Aberdeen having the first notable chance of the match on eight minutes. Johan Fraser played an inviting ball from the right finding Eva Thomson who saw her first-time effort towards goal denied by Chloe Nicolson.
Aberdeen took the lead on 13 minutes. With the hosts continuing to play an exciting brand of passing, the ball eventually finding the path of Thomson who inserted a pass into the direction of Louise Brown who guided a sweet curling effort into the bottom right corner beyond the reach of Nicolson.
The hosts tried to extend their lead on the stroke of half time, Natasha Bruce saw her effort fly over the bar following a Jessica Broadrick corner. Brown then had the ball in the net but this was chalked off by the linesman.
Hamilton came out with more intent at the beginning of the second period but rarely threatened on the goal front. Aberdeen mustered up an effort at the other end, Thomson finding Fraser who saw her close-range effort straight at Nicolson.
Thomson did very well attempting to double the advantage for Aberdeen breaking clear of the Hamilton defence before shooting from 15 yards which beat Nicolson but not Kirstie McIntosh who alleviated any Accies fears by blocking on the line.
Linsey Blues found Lucy Sinclair as Hamilton strived to put more pressure on Aberdeen who unleashed a long-range strike towards goal but the flexible Gail Gilmour got down well to deny the Accies midfielder.
Hamilton then had appeals for a penalty on 82 minutes. Josephine Giard played a lovely through ball which exposed the Aberdeen backline and opened up for Tara McGonigle who was on the receiving end of a challenge. Duncan Nicholson in the middle was having none of it though and booked Hamilton head coach Gary Doctor in the process after appeals were withdrawn. McGonigle was carried off the park following the challenge.
Lauren Gordon attempted to kill the tie for Aberdeen with three minutes left with a free kick 30 yards from goal however the forward knocked her effort over the top of Nicolson’s bar. Gordon then found Bailey Collins with precision opening up the Hamilton defence but the latter’s effort was denied by Nicolson.
Gary Doctor’s side were reduced to 10 men deep into stoppage time following Georgina McTear colliding with Gilmour. The Accies midfielder went for the ball however she caught the Aberdeen custodian and it forced Nicolson into bringing out a straight red card.
Aberdeen held on for three points despite missing Chloe Gover, Kelly Forrest, Bayley Hutchison and Amy Strath who were always going to be instrumental to their system.
Hamilton, in the end, will be aggrieved not to get at least a point from the game with more attacks towards the end but unfortunately not resulting in a return of points back to Lanarkshire.
Aberdeen: Gilmour, Campbell, Penman, Broadrick, Paterson, Doig, Bruce, (Collins 57), Fraser, (Sopel 71), Shore, Thomson, Brown (Gordon 71), Subs not used: McCann, Innes, Finnie, Greenwood
Hamilton: Nicolson, Coakley, Giard, McGonigle (Ross 83), McIntosh, McTear, Molley, Quigley (Blues 71), Quinn, Scott (Muir 71), Sinclair, Subs not used: Kane, Sturrock, Wands
Aberdeen FC Co-manager, Gavin Beith
Hamilton Academical Head Coach, Gary Doctor:
Aberdeen FC Defender, Carrie Doig:
Hamilton Academical Goalkeeper, Chloe Nicolson: