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SPL 
10/05/2003
 
Aberdeen 2 - 1 Partick Thistle
Kick Off:  3:00 PM   Hinds 46, McGuire 59.       Burns (16)  
Attendance: 9,960 (Visitors: 443)
Venue: Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen
Dons come back to grab the points
Match programmeA second half fightback by Aberdeen gave the Dons all three points at Pittodrie today. A first half spot kick had left the Dons trailing at the interval, but keeper Kenny Arthur gifted Leigh Hinds an equaliser within a minute of the restart and when the keeper could only parry a Sheerin effort, McGuire was on hand to fire home the winner. Scott Morrison made an impressive debut and Richard Foster was also handed his first start when he replaced Darren Mackie late on.

Thistle kicked off and it was the visitors who threatened early on with Deloumeaux having to clear a Burns free kick as early as the 3rd minute as Aberdeen struggled with their control and passing. Morrison looked confident and dumped Craigan to the ground in the 5th minute as he tried to break forward. But with ten minutes on the clock Kenny Arthur's only contribution had been that of spectator.

Aberdeen finally won their first corner of the match (a deflected Sheerin cross) and from this play a free kick was awarded when Sheerin was taken out of the play by a wild challenge from Britton. However the Jags easily coped with the delivery. The Dons cause was not helped when Russell Anderson had to be replaced by Stephen Payne in the 15th minute and before the defence could reorganise Thistle had won a penalty. Steve Tosh bundled Mitchell to the ground and was booked for his trouble. Alex Burns then sent Kjaer the wrong way to fire the Jags in front.

 
Aberdeen started to press for the equaliser, but it wasn't until the 24th minute that they carved out a decent chance. Sheerin intercepted a poor clearance and hit a powerful volley which went inches over Arthur's cross bar. McGuire tried his luck from long range three minutes later, but it caused the keeper little concern. There were screams for a spot kick in the 28th minute when Whyte appeared to trip Mackie on the edge of the box, but Mr Thomson was not interested much to the consternation of the home support.

The 36th minute saw the Jags defence under pressure again as Payne fired in a dangerous cross, which was almost turned into his own net by Archibald. The defender was thankful to see the ball scrape over the bar. A minute later Tiernan had a strike from 20 yards, which Arthur collected at the second attempt. With a minute left in the first half Hinds went close when his low shot scraped past Arthur's left-hand post.

Aberdeen were gifted an equaliser in the 46th minute when Arthur was forced into an error as Mackie closed him down. The ball fell to Hinds and he had the easiest of tasks to roll the ball into the empty net. This break appeared to give the Dons a much-needed boost of confidence and not surprisingly unsettled the Jags defence. McGuire had a pot at goal in the 53rd minute, but the effort was too high. Then in the 59th minute a short corner by Sheerin found Morrison and his fierce shot was deflected wide.

 
The second corner produced the second goal when Arthur could only parry a Sheerin shot into the path of Phil McGuire. The defender wasted no time in firing the loose ball into the net from close range. The Dons almost added a third in the 65th minute when Hinds swung in a dangerous cross that Payne headed inches wide with Arthur well beaten. The visitors were not beaten yet and a shot by Mitchell in the 68th minute was followed by a timely interception by McNaughton a couple of minutes later.

The 72nd minute saw the Dons produce some of the best football of the game. Some neat passing play on the edge of the box set up Sheerin and his short was scrambled round the post by Arthur. A minute later Morrison fired in another dangerous cross, but the ball wouldn't sit down for the Aberdeen front men and the chance was cleared. Five minutes later the ball scraped the post again as Mackie tried to convert a Payne corner.

With eight minutes remaining Richard Foster was handed his first team debut, replacing Darren Mackie and two minutes later McGuire was booked for something he said to the referee. Thistle forced the Dons back as they looked for an equaliser and Craigan blasted well over in the 89th minute before Mitchell went close deep into injury time. The Dons held on and collected a welcome three points from Thistle for the first time this season.

Aberdeen Teamsheet:  Kjaer, Deloumeaux, Anderson (Payne 15), McGuire, McNaughton, Tiernan, Tosh, Morrison, Sheerin, Hinds, Mackie (Foster 82).

Unused Subs:

Bookings: Caution Tosh (16), Caution McGuire (84).

Partick Thistle Teamsheet:  Arthur, Lilley, Archibald, Craigan, Whyte, Rowson, Ross, Buchan, Burns, Mitchell, Britton.

Unused Subs: Hardie for Britton (69), Fleming for Rowson (74), Waddell for Ross (79)

Bookings:

Referee: Craig Thomson, Paisley

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