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Aberdeen 2-0 Partick Thistle

By Cheri BurnsBBC Scotland

Aberdeen came away deserved winners after a pulsating Scottish Premiership clash with Partick Thistle.

Nicky Low put the Dons in front with a stunning drive from the edge of the box early in the second half.

And, the goal that sealed their victory came in equally impressive fashion as Niall McGinn powered home past Paul Gallacher.

The result means the hosts jump to eighth place in the table, leapfrogging their opponents.

Going into the match, Derek McInnes's men were looking to kick-start their season after a sluggish start, including last week's 1-0 defeat away to St Johnstone.

Thistle were also coming off the back of a defeat, following Hamilton Academical's 2-1 victory at Firhill.

And, it was the hosts who started brighter, zipping the ball around nicely through McGinn.

With barely enough time for fans to get comfortable in their seats, the Dons had the first effort on goal through David Goodwillie, but he could only drag a shot wide.

With the game stretched and being played at a frenetic pace, Stuart Bannigan gave the Pittodrie faithful a scare when he fired just past the post.

From then, it was all Aberdeen and they passed up three opportunities before the break.

First, a well-worked corner brought a teasing cross from Low that was met by the head of Goodwillie, but stopper Gallacher was equal to it.

Mark Reynolds must have thought he had got the elusive opener after finding himself in space and powering in a header but the defender's effort was cleared off the line.

Niall McGinn
McGinn (far left) celebrates his goal

And then McGinn tamely shot into the arms of Gallacher from a Jonny Hayes delivery.

The beginning of the second half followed the same pattern as the first, with Aberdeen taking the game to their rivals.

Their persistence paid dividends when Low's sizzling strike nestled in the corner of the net.

That lead could have been doubled almost instantly as Shay Logan's header whistled just beyond the post.

As the rain lashed down in the Granite City, the home side continued to press.

That was until Thistle finally stamped some authority on the game through Kallum Higginbotham's drilled shot but experienced keeper Jamie Langfield dispelled the danger and made an assured save.

McGinn then put the result beyond doubt when he unleashed a powerful shot from the right-hand side of the box.

Although Jags new boy Jake Carroll looked lively and Gary Fraser forced Langfield into action late on, Alan Archibald's charges were unable to break down a strong Aberdeen.

And, they could have been further behind at the death, as Barry Robson struck a thunderous free-kick from 25 yards that would have found the goal but for a magnificent touch from Gallacher.

Line-ups

Aberdeen

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Langfield
  • 3Considine
  • 5Taylor
  • 2Logan
  • 6Reynolds
  • 22Jack
  • 16PawlettSubstituted forRooneyat 88'minutes
  • 18LowSubstituted forSmithat 79'minutes
  • 11HayesSubstituted forRobsonat 75'minutes
  • 10McGinn
  • 17Goodwillie

Substitutes

  • 9Rooney
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 19Robertson
  • 20Brown
  • 21Shaughnessy
  • 39Wright

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gallacher
  • 6BalatoniSubstituted forMuirheadat 78'minutes
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 31mins
  • 17Carroll
  • 3Seaborne
  • 15HigginbothamBooked at 41mins
  • 18OsmanBooked at 60mins
  • 22Fraser
  • 8Bannigan
  • 14ElliottSubstituted forDoolanat 62'minutes
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forLawlessat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 5Muirhead
  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 11Lawless
  • 23Wilson
  • 30Keenan
Referee:
Brian Colvin
Attendance:
11,003

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away1
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Aberdeen 2, Partick Thistle 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, Partick Thistle 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Adam Rooney replaces Peter Pawlett.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Barry Robson (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

  9. Post update

    Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Danny Seaborne.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Ryan Stevenson.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Nicky Low.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Aaron Muirhead replaces Conrad Balatoni because of an injury.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Barry Robson replaces Jonny Hayes because of an injury.

  17. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! Aberdeen 2, Partick Thistle 0. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.