Aberdeen, without Main, suffered their seventh defeat of the season at Hamilton, for the Academicals beaten by 3 goals to 0. Four thousand spectators witnessed a game in which the score was more one-sided than the play merited. The Academicals owed their success to the faster and more finished play of their forwards, into the opportune ism of Kelly, the centre-forward, who accomplished the hat-trick. Aberdeen had quite a fair share of the play, but were not well led, and the defence had much more to do that should have fallen to their lot. Aberdeen got through some hefty work, but their rushing tactics, although repeatedly just failing, brought no reward. Kelly opened the scoring with quite a good goal, and Aberdeen for a time applied the pressure that deserved a score, but the close and solid defence of the home team prevailed. Before the interval Kelly added a second goal for the home team, the Aberdeen defenders failing to tackle him. In the second half Aberdeen made commendable efforts to reduce the leeway, but the lost all their good work by weak finishing and tendency to cling to long to the ball. Wyllie was prominent with some forcing work, but he failed to get through the stout defence opposed to him. Ten minutes from the close Kelly got his third goal for the Academicals, and Aberdeen, if plucky to the end, were well beaten. Archibald was the most prominent Aberdeen forward, but did not always part two advantage. Wyllie was a great force in the half back line, and the goalkeeper and backs stood up well to a terrific strain. Academicals were best served by Kelly and husband in the forward line, by McNamee at half-back, and by their back division.
Source: Aberdeen Daily Journal, 16th November 1914