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.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Aberdeen

  • 01 Langfield
  • 03 Considine
  • 05 Taylor
  • 02 Logan
  • 06 Reynolds
  • 22 Jack
  • 16 Pawlett (Rooney - 88' )
  • 18 Low (Smith - 79' )
  • 11 Hayes (Robson - 75' )
  • 10 McGinn
  • 17 Goodwillie

Substitutes

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

Partick Thistle

  • 12 Gallacher
  • 06 Balatoni (Muirhead - 78' )
  • 02 O'Donnell Booked
  • 17 Carroll
  • 03 Seaborne
  • 15 Higginbotham Booked
  • 18 Osman Booked
  • 22 Fraser
  • 08 Bannigan
  • 14 Elliott (Doolan - 62' )
  • 10 Stevenson (Lawless - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Fox
  • 05 Muirhead
  • 07 Craigen
  • 09 Doolan
  • 11 Lawless
  • 23 Wilson
  • 30 Keenan
Ref: Brian Colvin
Att: 11,003

Match Stats

Shots

16 5

On target

6 1

Corners

12 1

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Aberdeen 2, Partick Thistle 0.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Aberdeen 2, Partick Thistle 0.

90:00 +1:30

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

88:50

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Shaleum Logan.

87:53 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Adam Rooney replaces Peter Pawlett.

87:30

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

84:58

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

84:28

Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

84:28

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

83:59

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

83:43

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

79:43

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Danny Seaborne.

78:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Ryan Stevenson.

78:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Aberdeen. Cameron Smith replaces Nicky Low.

77:16 Substitution

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

74:16 Substitution

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

69:15

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

65:36 Goal scored

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.

65:22

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

65:04

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

64:01

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

61:51

Attempt saved. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

61:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Christie Elliott.

61:01

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

60:04

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

60:04

Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

59:31 Booking

Booking Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

59:27

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

59:27

Nicky Low (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:46

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

56:46

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

54:15

Attempt blocked. David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:27

Hand ball by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

50:47

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Conrad Balatoni.

48:10

Attempt missed. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

47:38

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

47:38

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Aberdeen 1, Partick Thistle 0. Nicky Low (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

45:21

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:21

Foul by Ash Taylor (Aberdeen).

45:00

Second Half begins Aberdeen 0, Partick Thistle 0.

45:00 +0:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Aberdeen 0, Partick Thistle 0.

43:43

Foul by Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle).

43:43

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:19

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

41:19

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

40:13 Booking

Booking Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

40:00

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

40:00

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

39:14

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

37:55

Attempt blocked. Nicky Low (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

37:16

Attempt blocked. Nicky Low (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

35:45

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

35:45

David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:54

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Abdul Osman.

33:23

Foul by Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle).

33:23

Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

32:47

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

32:29

Attempt saved. Ash Taylor (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

32:09

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

31:00 Booking

Booking Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

25:47

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

25:47

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

25:21

Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Aberdeen) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

22:27

Jake Carroll (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:27

Foul by Ryan Jack (Aberdeen).

20:17

Attempt missed. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

18:55

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

18:28

Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

18:28

David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:00

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

16:58

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

16:16

Attempt blocked. Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

16:07

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.

15:48

Attempt saved. David Goodwillie (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

15:09

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

14:40

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

12:47

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

12:47

Foul by Peter Pawlett (Aberdeen).

9:22

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

4:16

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

4:16

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

2:39

Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:39

Foul by Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen).

0:43

Foul by Shaleum Logan (Aberdeen).

0:43

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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