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Partick Thistle 1 - 2 Aberdeen

HT Score: Partick Thistle 1 - 1 Aberdeen

SPL Under 21
Partick Thistle scorers: Gemmell 18
Aberdeen scorers: Deloumeaux 26, Foster 59.

15/09/2003 | KO: 14:00

U21 side record first win of the season

Aberdeen U21s answered some of their critics this afternoon with a 2-1 victory over Partick Thistle in Glasgow. It meant all three Aberdeen teams claimed victory over Thistle during the weekend. The Dons went a goal behind in the first half after some slack defending but responded in a positive manner. Aberdeen got back on level terms with a spectacular free-kick from Eric Deloumeaux. The Frenchman hit an unstoppable 25 yarder into the back of the net.

After the break the Dons took control of the game. Darren Mackie had a good chance to score after fine approach work by Leigh Hinds but he shot wide. The striker though made amends shortly afterwards when he set up the winning goal. Mackie played a great through ball to substitute Richard Foster. The young striker beat the last defender and coolly finished when he was one on one with the goalkeeper.

Aberdeen had a number of chances to add to their lead but the score line finished 2:1. Coach Neil cooper was a happy man after the game. "The boys thoroughly deserved their win as they all worked really hard. It was a solid performance with a lot of positives coming from it. It was especially pleasing to get both Chris Clark and Kevin Rutkiewicz back playing again. Both players did really well and it was good for them to get 90 minutes under their belts."

Weather: Dry and Sunny
Partick Thistle Teamsheet
Arthur, Howie (Mcbride 87), Rushford, Kaczan, Ross, Waddell, Fleming, Panther (Shields 70), Bonnes (Cassidy 70), Thomson, Gemmell

Bookings:  Fleming 37,   Gennell 63
Aberdeen Teamsheet
Esson, Payne, Morrison, Deloumeaux (Souter 57), Diamond, Rutkiewicz, Mackie, Tiernan, Bird (Foster 53), Hinds, Clark.

Unused Subs: Jones, McCulloch, Hutton.

Bookings:  Bird (37).
Venue: Firhill, Glasgow
Referee: John McKendrick