Devlin strike gives Hamilton victory over Aberdeen

By Chick Young

BBC Scotland at New Douglas Park

Mikey Devlin
Mikey Devlin turns the ball past Joe Lewis in the Aberdeen goal to give Hamilton the lead

Hamilton moved up to ninth in the Premiership with victory over Aberdeen.

Accies took the lead when Mikey Devlin stole in ahead of Ash Taylor to divert Danny Redmond's free-kick into the net from close range.

Adam Rooney almost brought the Dons level, his glancing header from Niall McGinn's cross coming back off a post.

Substitute Miles Storey had a goal ruled out for offside as Accies held on for the win despite a late red card for midfielder Darian MacKinnon.

The defeat sees Aberdeen remain nine points clear of third-placed Rangers having played a game more. Hamilton move off the bottom of the table and above Inverness CT, Motherwell and Ross County.

Devlin downs Dons

Hamilton stunned the Dons after just nine minutes with Devlin's first goal of the season, the defender getting a foot on the ball as the Aberdeen back-line hesitated and allowed him to prod the ball home.

Aberdeen started without Johnny Hayes, a shock absentee whose hamstring problem could also keep him out of the weekend Scottish Cup tie against Partick Thistle.

But they responded in positive fashion. Rooney rattled Gary Woods' left post with a header, McGinn flashed a shot across the goal and the same player landed a free-kick on top of the net.

Martin Canning
Martin Canning watched his side secure just a second win in 17 league matches

Despite being a goal down they dominated play throughout the half, but just couldn't get the ball in the net.

Resolute Accies

The pressure on Hamilton was incessant but what you do have to say is that their defending was courageous.

And their spirits were lifted by the appearance off the bench of their marquee player Ali Crawford after a five-game absence through injury.

Devlin made an incredible goal-saving header over his own bar before Rooney failed to put away a Kenny McLean cross. Still the Alamo-like performance by the home team went on.

Even when sub Storey had the ball in the net Accies were saved by the offside flag.

And then Hamilton's luck seemed to change.

Two yellow cards within a minute meant a red for MacKinnon - the second a particularly reckless challenge - and suddenly for the last six minutes the home team were down to ten men.

But incredibly, despite conceding 20 corner kicks and winning not a single one themselves, they held out for a quite astonishing and vitally important win.

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