Scottish Premiership
Partick Thistle0Aberdeen1

Partick Thistle 0-1 Aberdeen

  • Aberdeen's fourth 1-0 win in five games
  • Adam Rooney's 14th goal of the season
  • Dons four points off top spot in Premiership

Adam Rooney's first-half penalty at Firhill strengthened Aberdeen's grip on fifth spot in the Premiership.

With Partick Thistle protesting the award of a corner, the spot-kick was given when Mark Reynolds' header struck the arm of Abdul Osman.

A great stop from Paul Gallacher kept out a Rooney header after the interval.

James Craigen and Stuart Bannigan were guilty of glaring misses for the hosts, with visiting keeper Scott Brown not called upon to make a single save.

The Dons have won four of their last five matches, with each of those successes settled by the same 1-0 scoreline, and Derek McInnes' side were very well organised and disciplined.

The only away win in the Premiership this weekend also meant the top five teams were all victorious, with just four points separating Aberdeen from leaders Celtic.

Aberdeen's Jonny Hayes was asked to fill in at left-back but that did not stop the Irishman from bombing forward at every opportunity.

Careless play from Steven Lawless allowed Hayes to drill in an early cross, with Dan Seaborne blocking Cammy Smith's shot and then sticking out a leg from a prone position to divert Rooney's close-range effort.

Niall McGinn had two shots repelled before Rooney hooked the ball into the net but the striker was penalised for an over-zealous barge.

Paul Gallacher was much the busier of the two goalkeeper at Firhill
Paul Gallacher was much the busier of the two goalkeeper at Firhill

The hosts struggled to find any fluency in the first half but were presented with a golden chance on 10 minutes when Craigen shot wide following a headed knock-down from Kris Doolan.

Gallacher, deputising for flu victim Scott Fox, pushed away a sharp shot on the turn from Rooney and did the same when McGinn curled a free-kick beyond the wall.

The veteran keeper was then central to the controversial corner that led to the opening goal.

Waiting for an offside decision against David Goodwillie that never came, Gallacher reacted late to push away a bouncing, volleyed delivery from Smith.

From the set-piece, Reynolds' header hit the arm of Osman and Rooney tucked away the spot-kick for his 14th goal of the season.

Andrew Considine, in an unfamiliar right-back role due to Shay Logan's suspension, then stung the palms of Gallacher with a fierce shot from the edge of the area.

Thistle continued to struggle after the break, with their tendency to surrender possession cheaply suddenly mirrored by the visitors.

Despite the increasingly ragged nature of play, the Dons continued to do most of the pressing and Gallacher needed to make a great reflex save to keep out a Rooney header.

Substitutes Kallum Higginbotham and Ryan Stevenson injected some much-needed urgency for the home side in the latter stages.

And a wonderful opportunity came the Jags' way when Stevenson curled in a cross for Bannigan to meet six yards out but the midfielder mis-timed his header and the ball cannoned wide via his shoulder.

Osman then glanced a header from similar range high over the top from a flashing Stephen O'Donnell cross, leaving Thistle in ninth place in the standings.

Adam Rooney had an early effort disallowed for a push
Adam Rooney had an early effort disallowed for a push
Paul Gallacher went the right way but could not reach Adam Rooney's firmly struck penalty
Paul Gallacher went the right way but could not reach Rooney's firmly struck penalty
Niall McGinn and Adam Rooney celebrate
Niall McGinn and Rooney celebrate the game's only goal

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 3Seaborne
  • 17Carroll
  • 18OsmanBooked at 33mins
  • 8Bannigan
  • 14ElliottSubstituted forStevensonat 72'minutes
  • 7CraigenSubstituted forFraserat 55'minutes
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forHigginbothamat 62'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 6Balatoni
  • 10Stevenson
  • 15Higginbotham
  • 22Fraser
  • 23Wilson
  • 28McDaid
  • 40Basalaj

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 5Taylor
  • 6Reynolds
  • 3ConsidineBooked at 64mins
  • 11Hayes
  • 22Jack
  • 16Pawlett
  • 14SmithSubstituted forGibbonsat 86'minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forShanklandat 89'minutes
  • 9Rooney
  • 17GoodwillieSubstituted forMonakanaat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Langfield
  • 7Monakana
  • 25Shankland
  • 27Murray
  • 32Gibbons
  • 39Wright
  • 46McKenna
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
4,145

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home0
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Aberdeen 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Aberdeen 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Lawrence Shankland replaces Niall McGinn.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Kieran Gibbons replaces Cameron Smith.

Attempt missed. Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jeffrey Monakana (Aberdeen).

Foul by Jake Carroll (Partick Thistle).

Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt missed. Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Jeffrey Monakana replaces David Goodwillie.

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Rooney (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ryan Stevenson replaces Christie Elliott.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Jonny Hayes.

Booking

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) is shown the yellow card.

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kallum Higginbotham replaces Steven Lawless.

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Gary Fraser replaces James Craigen.

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt blocked. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Second Half

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Aberdeen 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Aberdeen 1.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic139222791829
2Inverness CT1492322121029
3Dundee Utd1491425151028
4Hamilton1483327141327
5Aberdeen148152017325
6Dundee145541917220
7Kilmarnock146261619-320
8St Johnstone145271217-517
9Partick Thistle134361717015
10Motherwell143110924-1510
11St Mirren1422101025-158
12Ross County1422101331-188
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