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Scottish Premiership: Partick Thistle 1-2 Aberdeen

Aberdeen moved to within a point of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic as two goals in three minutes gave them victory at Partick Thistle.

The spirited home side took the lead at Firhill with a stunning Steven Lawless strike from 25 yards.

Aberdeen refused to fold and Andrew Considine equalised with a far-post header from Johnny Hayes' cross.

Simon Church headed home a Barry Robson corner to seal Aberdeen's fifth win in seven league games.

Aberdeen, who host Kilmarnock on Saturday, have played one more game than Celtic, who travel to eighth-placed Partick in the game's early kick-off.

Hayes, making his return from injury, was a lively presence in the early stages with his direct running, and also lashed a shot over the crossbar.

Aberdeen's Simon Church heads the winner
Simon Church headed the winning goal for Aberdeen at Firhill

Graeme Shinnie delivered a perfectly weighted through ball for Kenny McLean, who failed to make strong enough contact with his weaker foot as he tried to lob Patrick goalkeeper Tomas Cerny.

There was little hesitancy on display in a free-flowing game and, moments after Hayes pulled the ball just past the upright, play swung upfield and Gary Fraser lifted a shot over from Sean Welsh's delivery.

Chances continued to be traded and, when Hayes sent a free-kick into the penalty area, Mark Reynolds headed the ball down and Church steered over as he stretched.

Fraser cut in from the left and curled a shot narrowly wide of Aberdeen's far post.

David Amoo, in particular, was a constant threat for Thistle whenever he could take on Considine on the right wing.

The home side also pressed the ball relentlessly and one period of pressure resulted in Lawless gathering the ball and firing left-footed into the top corner beyond Aberdeen keeper Scott Brown.

Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless sends his drive into the Aberdeen net
Steven Lawless fired Partick Thistle into the lead

Moments later, Brown blocked Mathias Pogba's header from close range.

The appearance of Robson as a substitute stiffened Aberdeen's resolve, and their fighting spirit was evident as they played their way back into the game.

Having worked the ball out to the left, Hayes crossed for Considine to head home.

Two minutes later, Robson's corner reached Church, who angled a header past Cerny.

Patrick's Kris Doolan pulled a shot wide late on, but Aberdeen had the defensive resolve to secure victory.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 14Elliott
  • 17Lindsay
  • 3Seaborne
  • 5BoothBooked at 31mins
  • 6OsmanBooked at 37mins
  • 4Welsh
  • 7Amoo
  • 22FraserSubstituted forEdwardsat 68'minutes
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forGermanat 81'minutes
  • 99PogbaSubstituted forDoolanat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Miller
  • 9Doolan
  • 10German
  • 12Scully
  • 13Frans
  • 19Edwards
  • 27Nisbet

Aberdeen

  • 20Brown
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6ReynoldsBooked at 41mins
  • 4Considine
  • 22Jack
  • 3Shinnie
  • 23StorieSubstituted forRobsonat 66'minutesSubstituted forHarvieat 90+1'minutes
  • 7McLean
  • 11Hayes
  • 18Church

Substitutes

  • 8Flood
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 19Collin
  • 27Wright
  • 29Harvie
  • 31Ross
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
3,915

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Aberdeen 2.

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

Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Daniel Harvie replaces Barry Robson.

Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

Simon Church (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Antonio German replaces Steven Lawless.

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Aberdeen 2. Simon Church (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Barry Robson.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Mathias Pogba.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Aberdeen 1. Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) header from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Attempt missed. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

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

Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simon Church (Aberdeen).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Scott Brown.

Attempt saved. Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ryan Edwards replaces Gary Fraser.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Craig Storie.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt blocked. Kenny McLean (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, Aberdeen 0. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Abdul Osman.

Hand ball by David Amoo (Partick Thistle).

Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

Attempt blocked. David Amoo (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Graeme Shinnie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Second Half

Second Half begins Partick Thistle 0, Aberdeen 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic28196370224863
2Aberdeen29195549311862
3Hearts28158550262453
4Ross County29123144446-239
5Dundee2881284042-236
6St Johnstone28106124346-336
7Motherwell29105143444-1035
8Partick Thistle2897122835-734
9Inverness CT2789103439-533
10Hamilton2979133249-1730
11Kilmarnock2977152951-2228
12Dundee Utd2855182951-2220
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