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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marco Paixao by Yoann Folly. Marco Paixao restarts play with the free kick.
Joel Thomas produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.
Flavio Paixao crosses the ball, Mark Howard makes a save.
Handball by Jonathon Routledge. Derek Young takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Flavio Paixao, Shot from just outside the area by Douglas Imrie goes over the bar.
Unfair challenge on Jack Ross by Fraser Fyvie results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Foul by Derek Young on Douglas Imrie, free kick awarded. Douglas Imrie takes the free kick.
Andrew Considine sends in a cross.
Douglas Imrie has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
Fraser Fyvie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joel Thomas. Direct free kick taken by Marco Paixao.
Douglas Imrie produces a cross, clearance made by Fraser Fyvie.
Douglas Imrie decides to take the corner short.
Foul by Josh Magennis on Simon Mensing, free kick awarded. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Jordan Kirkpatrick.
Joel Thomas is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Yoann Folly. Joel Thomas has an effort direct from the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Jack Ross, Derek Young manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Andrew Considine results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Martin Canning from right channel.
Derek Young concedes a free kick for a foul on Flavio Paixao. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Douglas Imrie from right wing, Mark Howard makes a save.
A cross is delivered by Jonathon Routledge, save by Mark Howard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Douglas Imrie by Derek Young. Martin Canning takes the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Andrew Considine, Josh Magennis takes a shot.
The ball is sent over by Gavin Skelton, Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Jonathon Routledge goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Darren Mackie concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathon Routledge. Douglas Imrie takes the free kick.
Volleyed left-footed shot by Flavio Paixao. Save by Mark Howard.
Darren Mackie is brought on as a substitute for Sone Aluko.
Gary McDonald leaves the field to be replaced by Jonathon Routledge.
Derek Young is brought on as a substitute for Paul Hartley.
Unfair challenge on Chris Maguire by Martin Canning results in a Penalty. Power penalty scored by Paul Hartley. Aberdeen 4-0 Hamilton.
Corner taken by Flavio Paixao from the left by-line to the near post, save by Mark Howard.
The ball is delivered by Flavio Paixao.
Sone Aluko fouled by Jack Ross, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Andrew Considine.
The referee blows for offside against Fraser Fyvie. Indirect free kick taken by Martin Canning.
Josh Magennis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Mensing. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
Jordan Kirkpatrick is brought on as a substitute for David Buchanan.
Fraser Fyvie on for Peter Pawlett.
Zander Diamond challenges Flavio Paixao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Douglas Imrie fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Goal scored by Zander Diamond from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Aberdeen 3-0 Hamilton.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Paul Hartley, Tomas Cerny manages to make a clearance.
Joel Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Yoann Folly. Direct free kick taken by Mark Howard.
Paul Hartley takes a outswinging corner.
Gary McDonald crosses the ball.
The ball is delivered by Gavin Skelton, Andrew Considine manages to make a clearance.
Josh Magennis crosses the ball, clearance by Simon Mensing.
Foul by Douglas Imrie on Yoann Folly, free kick awarded. Jerel Ifil takes the free kick.
Shot by Josh Magennis from just outside the area goes over the net.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Zander Diamond on Gary McDonald. Gary McDonald takes the direct free kick.
Douglas Imrie is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Chris Maguire.
Joel Thomas replaces Kyle Wilkie.
The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, Sone Aluko fouled by Jack Ross, the ref awards a Penalty. Paul Hartley scores a power penalty. Aberdeen 2-0 Hamilton.
The ball is crossed by Kyle Wilkie, save by Mark Howard.
Josh Magennis takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Simon Mensing on Josh Magennis. Direct free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Foul by Sone Aluko on Jack Ross, free kick awarded. Tomas Cerny takes the free kick.
Sone Aluko fouled by Martin Canning, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Hartley takes the free kick.
Andrew Considine concedes a free kick for a foul on Flavio Paixao. Kyle Wilkie takes the free kick.
Douglas Imrie concedes a free kick for a foul on Jerel Ifil. Free kick taken by Mark Howard.
Douglas Imrie takes a shot. Save made by Mark Howard.
Sone Aluko takes a shot. Save by Tomas Cerny.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Yoann Folly on Douglas Imrie. Douglas Imrie takes the direct free kick.
Rory McArdle gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marco Paixao. Rory McArdle is cautioned. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
The ball is crossed by Chris Maguire, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Flavio Paixao by Jerel Ifil results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Marco Paixao from left channel, Zander Diamond makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Josh Magennis. Free kick taken by Tomas Cerny.
Josh Magennis crosses the ball, Simon Mensing manages to make a clearance.
Paul Hartley has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Corner from right by-line taken by Paul Hartley.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Douglas Imrie. Mark Howard takes the indirect free kick.
Gary McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Sone Aluko. Paul Hartley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
Sone Aluko fouled by Simon Mensing, the ref awards a Penalty. Power penalty scored by Paul Hartley. Aberdeen 1-0 Hamilton.
Unfair challenge on Zander Diamond by Flavio Paixao results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Hartley.
Gavin Skelton produces a cross, clearance by Jerel Ifil.
Inswinging corner taken by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jerel Ifil.
Paul Hartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kyle Wilkie. Martin Canning restarts play with the free kick.
David Buchanan has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner taken left-footed by Douglas Imrie from the right by-line, clearance made by Jerel Ifil.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Hartley on Marco Paixao. Tomas Cerny takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Sone Aluko played to the near post, clearance made by Gary McDonald.
Yoann Folly fouled by Gary McDonald, the ref awards a free kick. Sone Aluko fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick,
The official flags Marco Paixao offside. Mark Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gavin Skelton by Josh Magennis. Simon Mensing takes the free kick.
Rory McArdle challenges Marco Paixao unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary McDonald takes the direct free kick.
Effort on goal by Kyle Wilkie from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
The ball is swung over by Douglas Imrie, Zander Diamond makes a clearance.
The game kicks-off.
The first half comes to an end.
The referee gets the second half started.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Foster banned for Accies clash
Aberdeen full-back Richard Foster is suspended for the Clydesdale Bank Premier League visit of Hamilton.
However, Mark McGhee has an otherwise full squad after Sone Aluko, Andrew Considine and Peter Pawlett all recovered from the injuries that hampered them towards the end of last season.
Former Hearts midfielder Paul Hartley is among the players hoping to make their debuts.
McGhee is satisfied he has done everything possible to improve the side over the summer - but he has little idea whether it will be enough to meet the demands of the Pittodrie fans.
McGhee endured a difficult debut season in the Aberdeen hot-seat, bowing out of the cup competitions to Dundee and Raith rovers before finishing ninth in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.
He has since embarked on a major rebuilding job with Northern Ireland pair Rory McArdle and Josh Magennis, English forward Scott Vernon, Scotland midfielder Hartley, former Plymouth midfielder Yoann Folly and back-up goalkeeper Mark Howard all coming in.
Hartley has claimed he came to Aberdeen to win trophies but McGhee is unable to share quite the level of confidence as his new captain.
"I don't know this year because I don't know how good they are going to be," McGhee said.
"We have done as much as we could this summer with regards to recruitment and we'll continue to do that.
"There will be players who are going out of contract and coming in demand at the turn of the year and there will be more change.
"And I would hope that the change will keep improving us to the point where we would have enough to start winning trophies again. Whether that's now remains to be seen."
Hamilton will be without Alex Neil and Mark McLaughlin.
Skipper Neil continues his recovery from a hip operation and could be out for another six weeks while McLaughlin has an ankle knock.
Long-term injured James Gibson is still out as he recovers from a cruciate ligament operation.
Hartley spot on as Dons down Accies
Paul Hartley scored three penalties in a dream debut to give Aberdeen their first opening-day home win in 16 years with a 4-0 defeat of a poor Hamilton Accies at Pittodrie.
The former Bristol City and Celtic midfielder netted twice from the spot in the first half after winger Sone Aluko had been fouled in the penalty area by first Simon Mensing and then Jack Ross.
Defender Zander Diamond added a third six minutes after the break with a clinical finish to put the result beyond doubt before Hartley sealed his hat-trick from the spot after 65 minutes following a foul by Ross on Chris Maguire.
Dons boss Mark McGhee handed competitive debuts to new skipper Hartley, defender Rory McArdle, Togolese midfielder Yoann Folly and former Cardiff City striker Josh Magennis.
Former St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Howard also started with Jamie Langfield, who had missed most of the Dons' pre-season after scalding his foot, named on the bench.
Hamilton, who won on both of their visits to the Granite City last season, also featured a few fresh faces with summer signings Jack Ross, Gavin Skelton and David Buchanan all starting.
Midfielder Gary McDonald also made his debut against his former club following his summer switch to the Accies.
Aberdeen, eager to start the season on a positive note after finishing a disappointing ninth in the SPL last term, almost broke the deadlock in spectacular fashion after seven minutes.
Aluko's curling free-kick from 30 yards was only kept out by a combination of the crossbar and Tomas Cerny, with the Czech keeper also managing to prevent Magennis turning home the rebound.
But the Dons did open the scoring after 18 minutes when Hartley coolly converted from the spot after Aluko had been bundled over in the box by Mensing.
McArdle received the first booking of the match from referee Dougie McDonald for a late challenge on Marco Paixao after 29 minutes before Aluko's low drive from distance was well gathered by Cerny.
The Dons were awarded a second penalty five minutes before the break when Aluko was again felled in the box, this time by a tug from debutant Ross.
Hartley again stepped up and sent Cerny the wrong way to double the home side's lead to the delight of the vocal home support.
Hamilton withdrew Kyle Wilkie for French striker Joel Thomas before the break as a frustrated Billy Reid searched for a way back into the game.
Things got even better for McGhee's men six minutes into the second half when Diamond managed to volley the ball past Cerny following a goalmouth scramble sparked by a Hartley corner, with Folly and Magennis both having shots blocked in the build-up to the goal.
Buchanan, who had endured a torrid first start for the Accies, was replaced by Jordan Kirkpatrick after 55 minutes with Aberdeen's Peter Pawlett making way for Fraser Fyvie.
Hartley was given the rare opportunity to score a hat-trick of penalties after 65 minutes when Maguire was brought down in the box by Ross and the Scotland international made no mistake once again to put the Dons further ahead.
The midfielder was given a standing ovation when he was replaced by Derek Young a minute later.
Aberdeen were inches away from goal number five when Andrew Considine crossed for Magennis, whose header struck the crossbar.
Hamilton never looked like threatening in the closing stages as the Dons held out for an emphatic opening-day victory.
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