Aberdeen U20s won their third straight League game in a row after a very hard fought victory over an impressive Hamilton side by three goals to one. It was a strong looking Aberdeen line up with Nicky Weaver in goal and Joe Shaughessy given a run out in central defence. The other two over age players were Masson and Low. The young Dons lined up then with Weaver, then it was Campanile was at right back with Rose and Shaughnessy in central defence and McKenna at left back. The midfield three were Storie, Low and Masson with O'Neill and Wright in the wide areas and Shankland upfront. After a slow and very even opening period, where there had been few chances, the Dons opened the scoring after 19 minutes. Stephen O'Neill picked in the ball up in a central area about 40 yards out. He looked up and played a quite superb through ball on the deck to Shankland. The striker took the ball on the run and with one touch controlled it before slotting it past the keeper. A very good finish from a player who gets better every week and was deservedly given a spot on the bench last night. Aberdeen then dominated the rest of the half but Hamilton continued to battle well and there were few chances. Shaughnessy had a header which went over the bar, Low forced the keeper into a block and the rebound fell at the feet of Masson but from the edge of the box and with the keeper out of position he hurried his shot and ballooned it over. Then a minute before the break Low did really well down the left and cut the ball back to Shankland. The striker was about seven yards out and seemed destined to score but the Hamilton keeper Currie made a brilliant point blank save. It was not all Aberdeen in the first half and the visitors did threaten from a couple of corners and they had the ball in the net at one point but it was ruled out for offside. Docherty also hit a fine effort which went just wide although it looked as though Weaver had it covered.
At the start of the second half Hamilton came out very strongly and put the Dons under some real pressure. The Dons defence did not look altogether comfortable from set plays and from a free kick Hamilton had the ball in the net again. Whilst the players celebrated they failed to notice the assistant lineman's flag was raised and the goal was chalked off. It looked a very close call. Masson went close for the Dons after another great O'Neill through ball but Hamilton deservedly got back on level terms on 55 minutes. From a throw in the ball was laid back to Armstrong and from inside the box the striker finished well. At this stage the game looked very even but the Dons went ahead again on 62 minutes. Shankland laid the ball into the path of Nicky Low who picked it up on the half way line. The little midfielder ran forward with the ball, running at defenders who backed off. Nicky kept going before beating a couple of players at the edge of the area and drilling the ball low past the keeper. It was quite a goal! After that Shankland had another effort very well saved by Currie and Hamilton also had a couple of decent openings in the box. The game could still have gone either way but on 84 minutes Low made the game safe with another superb goal. Weaver threw the ball to O'Neill who played it infield to Low. He picked the ball up inside the Accies half before going on another mazy run. He played the ball to Shankland who did a lovely little back heel back to Nicky and he dispatched the ball into the net. Over the years Nicky has scored some sensational goals for the youth side. These two were up there will some of his best and he was the difference between the sides today.