Kenny McLean’s strike gave Aberdeen the win in a frantic but entertaining League Cup tie at Hamilton.
The midfielder’s first-half finish owed much to brilliant skill in the build-up by exciting prospect Scott Wright.
Hamilton contributed to a riveting contest that was not awash with chances, but still managed to provide an enjoyable spectacle.
Referee Nick Walsh had his work cut out with plenty of minor infringements to call.
The Dons will visit Motherwell in the last eight.