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Scottish Premiership: Partick Thistle 1-2 Aberdeen

By Richard WilsonBBC Scotland at Firhill

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.


Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

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


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


Formation 4-2-3-1

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


  • 8Flood
  • 14Smith
  • 15Robson
  • 19Collin
  • 27Wright
  • 29Harvie
  • 31Ross
Alan Muir

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamAberdeen
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Aberdeen 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Aberdeen 2.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Hayes (Aberdeen).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Aberdeen. Daniel Harvie replaces Barry Robson.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Graeme Shinnie.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Antonio German replaces Steven Lawless.

  13. Post update

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

  14. 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.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Mathias Pogba.

  17. Goal!

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Barry Robson (Aberdeen).

As It Stood

4Ross County29123144446-239
6St Johnstone28106124346-336
8Partick Thistle2897122835-734
9Inverness CT2789103439-533
12Dundee Utd2855182951-2220
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