Aberdeen progressed in the Betfred League Cup with a 1-0 win away to Hamilton Academical at the SuperSeal Stadium.
It was a scrappy night on Accies’ plastic pitch, with both teams struggling to hold on to possession throughout the contest.
The difference came in the 43rd minute. Scott Wright, who was industrious down the left-hand side, squared to Graeme Shinnie. The midfielder’s shot was blocked but bounced to Kenny McLean, who fired low into Gary Woods’ bottom corner.
Both sides could have won the contest, with neither starting the game particularly well.
The most significant early incident was a nasty one. Joe Lewis’ head clattered by Steven Boyd’s feet as the striker chased a Dougie Imrie through ball.
Rakish Bingham looked dangerous for the hosts early on too, and he was causing the Dons’ defenders a problem with his physicality.
Aberdeen were unlucky on 28 minutes, a poor Woods’ touch dropped to Maynard, who squared to Christie and the keeper somehow recovered to tip the on-loan Celtic player’s effort round the post.
Similarly, Hamilton should have scored on 29 minutes when Ali Crawford blocked a low Boyd shot on the line, and McLean’s strike came not long after.
Lewis stopped a top corner-bound effort from Greg Docherty on 44 minutes to ensure the Dons went in with the lead.
In the second half, the game was still a messy affair, with Boyd denied again on 52 minutes by Reynolds.
Both teams made changes and one of the Dons’, Greg Stewart, fired over twice when he should have extended his side’s lead. One of the chances was an excellent low cross from Miles Storey, the other a square pass from Greg Tansey.
Crawford also went close for Accies, with a low shot that looked certain to go in just shaving the bottom of Lewis’ far post.
Hamilton: Gary Woods, Scott McMann, Xavier Tomas (Massimo Donati 71), Grant Gillespie, Dougie Imrie, Greg Docherty, Rakish Bingham (Louis Longridge 63), Ali Crawford, Darian Mackinnon (Danny Redmond 67), Steven Boyd, Georgios Sarris.
Subs not used: Ryan Fulton, Ioannis Skondras, Darren Lyon, Ronan Hughes.
Aberdeen: Joe Lewis, Shay Logan, Anthony O’Connor, Mark Reynolds, Andy Considine; Greg Tansey, Graeme Shinnie; Ryan Christie (Greg Stewart 69), Kenny McLean, Scott Wright (Gary Mackay-Steven 67); Nicky Maynard (Miles Storey 71).
Subs not used: Danny Rogers, Kari Arnason, Jayden Stockley, Daniel Harvie.