Aberdeen v Hamilton

Sam Cosgrove The Saviour In Dull Dons Affair

Sam Cosgrove was the saviour in this dull encounter against Hamilton at a cold Pittodrie on Saturday.

Derek McInnes made three changes to the team that lost to Hibs last weekend.

Funso Ojo returned to the starting line-up following his hamstring injury in September.  Niall McGinn also returned and marked his 300th appearance for the Dons, and Ryan Hedges also made it into the starting eleven in place of Jon Gallagher.

Greg Leigh dropped to full back, which saw Andy Considine having to take a seat on the bench.

Craig Bryson was out due to a sickness bug and Michael Devlin also wasn’t in the squad.

There wasn’t much to get excited about and it took until the 25th minute to get our first chance, with Cosgrove hitting the ball by the far post.

That was quickly followed by Ryan Hedges sending a deflected shot into Southwood’s hands.

Hamilton went close in the 35th minute when Aaron McGowan headed wide from a free kick.

Niall McGinn then shot at goal which was saved by Southwood and James Wilson couldn’t put the ball into the net from the rebound.

Just before the break, Greg Leigh went off injured and was replaced by Andrew Considine and in stoppage time, Shay Logan had a go but was prevented by Southwood.

A half-time change came in the form of Ojo going off as a precaution and Jon Gallagher coming in for him.

It didn’t take long into the half for Aberdeen to score our opener.  In the 53rd minute, Niall McGinn crossed the ball to the back post for Sam Cosgrove to pick it up and side-foot it into the net for his 19th goal of the season.

The second half petered out after that.  George Oakley had a chance in the 64th minute but hit the ball over from 22 yards out.

Ryan Hedges was replaced by Dean Campbell in the 72nd minute.

The last real chance of the match came from James Wilson, but he fired it over in the 88th minute.

It’s a win, but a much more pre-Christmas test will come in the form of Celtic in Glasgow next weekend.


Date Time League Season Full Time Attendance
14th December 2019 3:00 pm Scottish Premiership 2019-20 90' 12,325


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoalsPossessionOutcome


1Joe Lewis Goalkeeper
2Shay Logan Defender
3Greg Leigh 4 Defender
4Andrew Considine 3 Defender
5Scott McKenna Defender
9Curtis Main Forward
10Niall McGinn Forward
11Ryan Hedges Forward
14Ash Taylor Defender
16Sam Cosgrove Forward 53'
18Connor McLennan Forward
19Lewis Ferguson Midfielder
20Tomáš Černý Goalkeeper
21Jon Gallagher 22 Forward
22Funso Ojo 21 Midfielder
24Dean Campbell Midfielder
25Bruce Anderson Forward
28James Wilson Forward


1Owain Fôn Williams Goalkeeper
2Aaron McGowan Defender
3Scott McMann Defender
5Markus Fjørtoft Defender
6Johnny Hunt Defender
7Will Collar Midfielder
8Steven Davies Forward
9George Oakley 20 Forward
11Mickel Miller Forward
14Ross Cunningham 17 Forward
17Adrian Beck 14 Midfielder
20David Moyo 9 Forward
25Scott Martin 99 Midfielder
26Sam Stubbs Defender 85'
31Luke Southwood Goalkeeper
33Reegan Mimnaugh Midfielder
40Jamie Hamilton Defender
99Marios Ogkmpoe 25 Forward