Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 0-6 Aberdeen

Teenager Scott Wright scored a hat-trick as Aberdeen ended their Scottish Premiership campaign by thumping Partick Thistle.

The 19-year-old pounced twice in six first-half minutes after Ryan Christie's opener, and completed his treble after the break.

On-loan Celtic player Christie bagged a second on the stroke of half-time.

The midfielder's goal came after Jonny Hayes finished a sumptuous attacking move to score the Dons' fourth.

The Firhill rout means Aberdeen have recorded their highest-ever top-flight points tally, finishing on a total of 76, 30 behind champions Celtic in second place.

After their midweek dismantling by Brendan Rodgers' men, Thistle have now conceded 11 goals in their final two league fixtures.

Delightful Dons

Aberdeen could have been forgiven for going through the motions in a final league match that paled in significance compared to next week's Scottish Cup final meeting with Celtic.

But it soon became apparent they had no intention of finishing the league season in anything but the style that has propelled them comfortably to the runners-up spot once again.

Ryan Christie celebrates scoring for Aberdeen against Partick Thistle
Ryan Christie fired home two goals in the final game of his loan spell from Celtic

From the moment Christie fired past the beleaguered Thistle keeper Mark Ridgers, they had the bit between their teeth, playing with energy, drive and no little skill.

Wright took his first goal well but Aberdeen's third was hugely impressive as Kenny McLean played a perfectly-weighted pass for Wright to smash home.

The fourth and fifth were also a joy to watch - Adam Rooney's clever dummy allowing Hayes to slide in and Christie superbly hammering Andrew Considine's cross past Ridgers.

Cup final competition

Derek McInnes probably had a pretty good idea of his team for Saturday's Hampden finale before this match, but Wright's performance may just have given him additional food for thought.

By the time the 19-year-old had notched his third via the aid of a deflection, his pace, trickery and eye for goal had already bamboozled Thistle.

Jonny Hayes celebrates scoring for Aberdeen against Partick Thistle
Jonny Hayes slotted Aberdeen's fourth goal after excellent build-up play

Granted Celtic are a different proposition and Wright is unlikely to keep Niall McGinn out of the starting line-up on such a big occasion, but McInnes knows he has an exciting option in the young forward.

Ryan Jack's return to action off the bench, along with Peter Pawlett, means McInnes will have as close to a full-strength squad to pick from as possible, but the enforced absence of Christie is a blow, albeit one the manager will have long prepared for.

Thorny issues for Thistle

Thistle have faced both cup finalists in successive games and have shipped 11 goals with no reply.

Alan Archibald's squad has run out of steam in dramatic fashion since clinching a top-six spot, with no wins in their final six matches.

Alan Archibald
It has been a tough week for Alan Archibald, who has watched his beleaguered Thistle side ship 11 goals in four days

With 10 first-team players unavailable to Archibald for this match, the manager was forced to list only five players on the bench, with all four outfield players inexperienced youths.

Ross Fleming, Mark Lamont and Neil McLaughlin were all thrown on in an unforgiving environment and should not be damaged in the long-term despite a humiliating defeat, which got no worse primarily because Aberdeen eased off in the final half-hour, preserving their energy for the biggest match of the season.

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "We'd 10 key first-team players out and I think it showed. There were a couple of guys playing out of position and didn't handle it very well and we were playing a good side as well.

"Our fans have been outstanding. You heard them singing throughout the game. I think they recognised today that we were up against it but it does leave a bit of a bad taste in the way we've finished the season.

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Interviews - Archibald and McInnes

"It lets us reflect over the summer. We won't be thinking we're this or we're that, there's realisation there we've got a lot of work to do."

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: "We scored some really fantastic goals, got some really strong individual performances, the clean sheet, minutes into players and real positives with young Scott Wright getting the hat-trick.

"I'm really pleased to come through without any injuries, which was the most important thing. To get 76 points and break our own record for a team outwith the Old Firm, I've been delighted with what the players have given me this league campaign, they deserve so much credit.

"Every day is an opportunity. We just said to Scott (Wright) go and play the way you've been training, which is really positive, and the way the game was, we managed to get that first pass into him and made it a running game for him and when he can run at people he lights the game up."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 35Ridgers
  • 17Keown
  • 13Barton
  • 5Lindsay
  • 7AmooSubstituted forFlemingat 30'minutes
  • 10Erskine
  • 30McCarthySubstituted forMcLaughlinat 78'minutes
  • 19EdwardsBooked at 34mins
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forLamontat 68'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 9Doolan
  • 16Azeez

Substitutes

  • 12Scully
  • 26McLaughlin
  • 32Lamont
  • 38Fleming
  • 41Wilson

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Logan
  • 5Taylor
  • 6ReynoldsSubstituted forJackat 45'minutes
  • 4ConsidineBooked at 44mins
  • 15O'Connor
  • 7McLeanSubstituted forPawlettat 45'minutesBooked at 56mins
  • 11HayesSubstituted forRossat 65'minutes
  • 8Christie
  • 26Wright
  • 9Rooney

Substitutes

  • 3Shinnie
  • 10McGinn
  • 16Pawlett
  • 22Jack
  • 25Alexander
  • 27Ross
  • 39Storey
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
3,924

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home9
Away20
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Aberdeen 6.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Aberdeen 6.

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

Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frank Ross (Aberdeen).

Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Frank Ross (Aberdeen).

Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Christie (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Ryan Christie (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Neil McLaughlin replaces Andrew McCarthy.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Anthony O'Connor.

Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Wright (Aberdeen).

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

Attempt saved. Frank Ross (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle).

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Adam Barton (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Frank Ross (Aberdeen).

Attempt missed. Frank Ross (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Mark Lamont (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Lamont (Partick Thistle).

Scott Wright (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Mark Lamont replaces Steven Lawless.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Frank Ross replaces Jonny Hayes.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Ryan Edwards.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anthony O'Connor (Aberdeen).

Foul by Adam Barton (Partick Thistle).

Andrew Considine (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Niall Keown (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic3834401062581106
2Aberdeen382441074353976
3Rangers381910956441267
4St Johnstone38177145046458
5Hearts381210165552346
6Partick Thistle381012163854-1642
7Ross County381113144858-1046
8Kilmarnock38914153656-2041
9Motherwell38108204669-2338
10Dundee38107213862-2437
11Hamilton38714173756-1935
12Inverness CT38713184471-2734
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