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Scottish Cup Quarter-Final: Aberdeen v Partick Thistle

Rob Maclean presents live coverage of a Scottish Cup quarter-final as Aberdeen take on Partick Thistle. Kick-off at 3pm.


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From 19 years old. I was born in 1928. 94 this month. League cup

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final, 1971. That was fantastic. It has been 96 years we won the

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Scottish Cup. Aberdeen have won the Scottish Cup seven times. It is a

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big hurdle to overcome. This year it is our time. Just keep your eyes on

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it. Magical memories for Partick Thistle

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fans, can they roll back the years at Pittodrie this afternoon? It is

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40 years since they won here and there are 20 points between these

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teams in the Premiership as we speak. -- 14 years. It is cup day at

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Pittodrie. Rangers, Hibs and Celtic already through to the William Hill

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Scottish Cup semifinals. We will complete the picture this afternoon,

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or maybe a replay is not out of the question considering the form the

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jags are in at the moment. The fourth quarter-final live from a

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Pittodrie and live on the BBC. Michael Stewart is alongside me.

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This all the more youthful version to go, Aberdeen legend Willie Miller

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here as well. The Aberdeen team is a talking point. The selection of

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players. We believe this might be the formation. Absolutely, it has

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been very settled for Derek McInnis in recent weeks. He has a few injury

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problems. He will have to shuffle the pack little bit. He says there

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will be three at the back, I'm not sure. I think Johnny Hayes will be

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played on the left side of the formation and Graham Sherry through

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the middle. But Logan loves going forward, as does Hayes. I can see

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the centre-backs being asked to take care of a lone striker. It is very

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versatile and a good squad to choose from. I am doubtful that Logan will

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play at three. O'Connor 's is on the bench, he since been out of the

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picture. You would think he was perfect to play three at the back.

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He has only had the one bad game, that was the cup final, other than

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that he has been solid. That way you would get another centre-back rather

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than Shay Logan, who has not played in that position before. I think

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Partick Thistle is a lot more straightforward. This is the team

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that won at Dundee, their fourth win on the trot. You mentioned already

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they are on such a good run of form. Perhaps it might have been a

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difficult decision. Coming up to ten two, do you play the same go

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defensive. They have come to everybody's attention with the form

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they have been on. I am sure coming up here, they will be in good Vettel

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and form and believing they can pull off a victory here. It would be an

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upset. Aberdeen have been on a great run apart from the result against

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Hamilton. The third quarterfinal was a Sunday lunchtime kick-off. Celtic

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against St Mirren, a very poignant moment, a minute silence before the

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match in memory of the Lisbon Lion, Tommy Gallo.

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Lets get the story of the match. COMMENTATOR: St Mirren's Scottish

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Cup dream is at an end but the 45 minutes, they were in charge of the

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match. They went in front. Looking like they might do the impossible at

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Celtic Park. To end Celtic's unbeaten domestic run this season.

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But Celtic ran riot in the second half. Mikael Lustig headed them

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level and within a minute, Scott Sinclair had put them ahead. After

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that it was a case of how many. Mousa Dembele got his obligatory

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goal and Leigh Griffiths came on as a substitute to wrap things up with

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a fourth goal for Celtic. Ultimately a substitute to wrap things up with

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it was comfortable but credit to centre Beren for a spirited

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performance, particularly in the first area. -- St Mirren. Celtic

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still on track for the domestic treble with Brendan Rodgers in his

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first season as manager. That looked interesting for an hour. Steven

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Thomson was getting extremely excited. They did really well. Jack

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Ross had been there with Alloa and help Celtic, St Mirren did one

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better. They hit the bar is all, it could have been 2-0 but within a

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couple of minutes, Celtic went to the other end. St Mirren have to

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take confidence from that. They are in a difficult position but a

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spirited performance. It is all about building up to the BBC, coming

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your way in a matter of minutes, let us hear from the managers. Alan

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Archibald in charge of inform Partick Thistle. But first,

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Aberdeen's Derek McInnis. Your macro changes from the Hamilton game, talk

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me through the line-up and your thinking? A couple of forced

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changes, Ryan Jack in the long with Mark Reynolds. We have Johnny Hayes

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back which is a bonus. It didn't look likely. He was confident he

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could do a training session yesterday and he came through that

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with no reaction so we are delighted to have him back. Peter Pawlett is

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in to give us pace in those areas as well to try and get them the size of

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their centre-backs. And his training has been good. He can impact for us

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was utterly. Those are the changes. James scored twice against Partick

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Thistle. Playing against their big three centre-backs, we feel playing

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with one striker would be a bit unfair on Adam Rooney so we have

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that support. Three or four at the back? You will find out soon enough.

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We try to be flexible with what we do. We want to make sure we are in a

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position to apply pressure and try to get after Artic this'll and make

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sure we nullify their threat. A lot has been made about their defensive

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record, they are a tough team to break down and very solid. They have

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a definite five when they don't have the ball. We have to make sure we

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get the game moving the way we want to. There is a bit of flexibility in

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the system. You go with the same starting XI, given your form it was

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an easy decision? Won not really, Aberdeen is a bit different. We have

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a couple of guys who have caused Aberdeen problems before but we

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decided to go with the same 11. Confidence must be sky-high? Yes. We

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are in good form, the last team to beat us was Aberdeen. Since then we

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have been on a good run. We have not got a better chance than today with

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the way we have been playing. The last time Partick beat Aberdeen

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here, you played. What has to be done well to get a repeat

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performance? Everything we have done in recent weeks. Still having that

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desire and application to get up the pitch. We are by no means parking

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the bus, we have tried to play football and get in the box and it

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has worked for us recently. Good luck. They have won their last four,

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Partick Thistle, they have conceded only two in their last ten games.

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Alan Archibald saying they are organised and every player seems to

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know his job. I can't help but be impressed by Partick Thistle lately.

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They were performing quite well even when they didn't pick up results.

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This shows the work ethic. Not just the back three and the wingbacks,

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you have protection in midfield as well. It is all over the park, a

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tough unit to play against. Getting tight to players and closing them

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down. They went to Tynecastle and came here, they didn't allow the

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opposition any time with the ball. This is a prime example, not

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allowing the runners in behind you and that is how you get clean

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sheets. You look at the hard work to close the ball down, it becomes very

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difficult. Look how deep they are as well. Everybody behind the ball. I

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think that has been the source of their success in this run of late.

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Just passing the runner on, keeping the shape. A big gap in the middle

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but Barton is covering it. Very good defensive structure for Partick

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Thistle. The game at Tynecastle, they got up and at Hearts. They

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didn't allow them to get in the final third and it was man.

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Difficult to start the game and I expect similar here today against

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Aberdeen. I feel like I am interrupting Willie because he is

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giving the Royal wave to the fans beside us. If I can derail you a

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moment and speak about how Aberdeen play and have a go about their

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business. They like McGinn and Hayes heavily involved but they have other

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plans. They are the key players, absolutely. They love playing as

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wide as they possibly can. Hayes on one side and McGinn on the other.

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That changes things for Hayes. You see him again here, a great example

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of him hitting the byline. Johnny Haynes coming in from the wider

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position this time. -- Hayes. He just says shoulder and drops the

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ball in the box, not his best cross on that occasion. Graham shinny such

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an important player going forward. Making sure that he is covering in

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the midfield area. Denny Maclean, Making sure that he is covering in

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what a magnificent pass that was for Adam Rooney. He knew exactly what he

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was doing. He is a player that gets forward. Great strength. He has

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vision and ability to cross the as well. He can put a defence under

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pressure. Strength from the midfield. Young and athletic. And he

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likes a strike at goal as well. Aberdeen get through the stages of

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the park quickly. Without just dumping it. That ball from Kenny

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McLean, that is setting the striker up. They have a well drilled

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backline, Partick Thistle. The fourth quarterfinal in the William

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Hill Scottish Cup, Aberdeen going in as favourites but you cannot take

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your eyes off the recent form displayed by Partick Thistle since

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losing here at Pittodrie. They have not conceded in those four games.

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They feel they will never have a much better chance to get back to a

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Scottish Cup semifinal. It is Aberdeen against Partick Thistle,

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live on the BBC and your commentators are Stephen Thompson

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and Liam McLeod. COMMENTATOR: Stewart Milne, the Aberdeen chairman

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getting ready for the action like everyone else. Just one place left

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in the semifinals. Aberdeen and Partick Thistle will fight it out

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here at Pittodrie. Just the third time in this competition. Just a

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month after they last met here. The last time Partick Thistle lost a

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game, the loss they failed to score in a game and failed to keep a clean

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sheet. This is the Dons 400th Scottish Cup tie as they continue

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sheet. This is the Dons 400th their quest to live the trophy for

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the first time since 1990. They have been starved of success in the

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Scottish Cup. Partick Thistle even longer as we saw at the beginning of

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the programme, 1921 is the only time they have lifted it. The only other

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final was nine years later. They are in good form, they haven't conceded

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a goal in any of their last four games. Aberdeen were the last team

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to score against them. Of all of the home teams in the quarterfinals,

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there is no doubt Aberdeen with the harder job. Rangers, Hibernian and

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Celtic all through to the draw which takes place at 5:30pm.

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Liam Sheedy knows what it is like to lift the silverware, having

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captained Inverness Caledonian Thistle a few years back. Johnny

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Hayes walking out with his Aberdeen team-mates, he has made it despite

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being all but ruled out from featuring against Partick Thistle

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this afternoon. His inclusion is a massive boost. Stockley has scored

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twice in his last two games against Partick Thistle. Captain Jack and

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defender Reynolds are injured. No reason to change things for Alan

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Archibald. This is the side that beat Dundee. Danny Devine starring

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in the Saint Ema that won the cup two years ago with Graham shinny.

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Kris Doolan always provides goals. You can see what a couple of

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injuries can do, a more inexperienced substitute bench than

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normally for the hosts. Derek McInnis and Alan Archibald are

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former team-mates at Dundee United. Scott Paterson played for Partick

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former team-mates at Dundee United. Thistle the last time they won here,

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14 years ago. Very experienced referee. Been in charge of three

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Scottish Cup finals and this is his third trip to Pittodrie this season,

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Aberdeen winning both of his previous visits. It will be Partick

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Thistle in the white, with Aberdeen in red. As they look to move into

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the semifinals. Both sides know what the prize is. It is the ninth time

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they have met in this competition. The Glasgow team only coming out on

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top once, that was in 1930 at five top once, that was in 1930 at five

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-- Firhill. Aberdeen have won the competition seven times, three times

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they have ousted Partick Thistle en route. The three favourite home

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teams of gone through but when the draw was made, this was the game

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that I thought would be the tightest. Aberdeen's home record has

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been superb, only losing to Celtic. But Partick Thistle come here in

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great form and will not have a better opportunity to reach the

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semis. Liam Lindsay, the Partick Thistle

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defender, has had another good season.

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We did wonder how Aberdeen would set up. Any real ideas, three or four at

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the back? 3-5- two, matching up against 3-5- two. Derek was talking

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about the back three, Partick go to a back five when they defend. They

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do have a presence protecting them in the midfield area with Osman and

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Barton. Derek McInnis has tried three at the back before, hasn't

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always worked. Nobody can argue with the job he has done at ten two since

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taking over almost exactly four years ago now.

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Nobody can argue about the job he is doing either. Almost unsung, Alan

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Archibald. The Partick Thistle box. Erskine scored a terrific goal here

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earlier this season, the force and they have met, Aberdeen winning all

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three but he scored a two riffing goal. Edwards, Erskine, concert I

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had to deal with it. A fantastic cross in and consider nine to

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defend. A wonderful first-time ball into the area. He will take it

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In it comes. Bubbling back of the head of Nile Keown, son of the

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown. I think he thought he was impeded, a floated

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corner, too high to get any purchase on the header.

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Stockley wins the header, he tends to. Decides to go himself, McGinlay

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with wide right. He wants to get a shot of early in the game but there

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acres of space on the right hand side.

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We mentioned Stockley scored a couple against Partick Thistle in

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his last two matches, one in Glasgow was tremendous. The lob? It was

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quite uncharacteristic but it was some finish.

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Their last four wins coming at St Johnstone in the last round, then

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Hearts and Dundee in midweek. Aberdeen losing at Hamilton, doesn't

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tell the story, utter dominance by the Dons but Hamilton defended

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stoutly. Another Partick Thistle corner, it has been a promising

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start for Alan or Archibald's team. They have started well. Erskine will

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take it. Already a bit of a legend after his previous spell at the

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club, helping them to promotion and they haven't looked back since.

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Again, not the best corner. April corner. Two poor ones. They had

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chances in the league game here last month, Aberdeen running at 2-0

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winners. Derek McInnis with a couple of changes, Stockley came on and

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scored but Partick Thistle had their chances.

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He drives forward for the Dons, Adam Rooney. A decent save. Excellent

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build-up play from Aberdeen. I think Rooney is tried to call that the far

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corner. He just didn't enough on it. Six and a half minutes in and

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Partick Thistle will be relatively content with the opening period.

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Here is Elliott. Hayes. He has been cleaned out by Osman. Look like a

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blatant bodycheck. Yes, absolutely, very cynical. You would think that

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would incur a yellow card for the Partick Thistle captain. He is lucky

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to escape that. I thought it was a yellow. Blatant bodycheck on Johnny

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Hayes. Doesn't look interested in going for the ball. Not the

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slightest. Hayes takes it. Maclean, Erskine goes.

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Clipping it through. Hayes might find himself having to come back

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more often than normal to help of the back. Set up differently than

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the games I have had success. Young not often you see Hayes as the last

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man in defence. Form is coming from the left-back area there. Did

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Scotland taking on Canada in a friendly and then Slovenia in the

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latest World Cup qualifying match. Tony Doherty has been called into

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Gordon Strachan's squad. Further indication the job the Aberdeen

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management duo have done here. Elliott was tripped. Looked soft. He

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is such a strong player, Stockley. You can see him pulling the jersey.

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Aberdeen's cup record at Pittodrie under Derek McInnis is superb. They

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have not been drawn at home all the time but they have not lost a

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domestic cup tie under Derek McInnis at Pittodrie. The only time they

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have lost was in the Europa league qualifier against Real Sociedad a

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couple of seasons back. That speaks volumes. Their home record in

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general has been incredible this season. Only Celtic beating them.

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When you have players of the size and presence in the middle, you have

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got to get deliveries in there and Aberdeen are normally so good from

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wide areas. That was a disappointing one.

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Rooney, he has been missed the goals again this season, 17 in the

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campaign. And counting. Missed the closing months of last season, it

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was a big blow in their quest to win the title last season. They lost

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Adam Rooney and Danny Ward, the goalkeeper, back to Liverpool, a

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month or two before that. It was Kenny Maclean who was

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described as a Rolls-Royce in midweek against Hamilton Academical.

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And then you know well. He is such a talented player. Talking about the

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Rolls-Royce engine, one of the fittest players I have ever played

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with. He can do the defensive side of the game well. He has grown in

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stature under Derek McInnis. Good work.

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He did really well there. It is a great run initially from into out.

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Clumsy from Taylor. You don't need to get that tight. I think he has

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bought the free that little bit, Doolan. He goes down very softly. A

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big chance now for Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan has hit double figures

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in each of the last two seasons. He will be hoping to get on the end of

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this. Better delivery from Erskine to the back post but couldn't quite

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get a head on it. A new system has been tried out. It

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is taking them a while to get into their stride. Nobody in support.

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We'll give him the benefit of the doubt because the pitch is really

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bad, there is hardly any grass on it and I'm going to give him the

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benefit of the doubt. A wild/ by Doolin. He will be disappointed with

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that. 98 goals he's got for Partick Thistle and he is such a big player

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for them. I was shown a picture of the pitch yesterday and it was

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hammering it down here in Aberdeen throughout the day yesterday and the

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pitch looked horrendous in the photograph that I saw. It is looking

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a lot better now. Always worth an effort because Nile

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McGinn has scored plenty from that kind of distance. He has got 12

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goals this season but I feel when he is in that wide area, he leans back.

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And that was the first time that Rooney and Stockley combined

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together and Paulette. They don't often play as a pairing up front,

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Aberdeen. McGinn scores aplenty and sets up as many as he scores.

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Lindsay had to deal with that because Paulette was in behind him.

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Peter Pawlett is out of contract come the end of the term.

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Rooney flicks on and it drops kindly for the visitors.

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Graeme Shinnie's brother Andrew helped Hibs through the semifinals.

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He has been penalised for that challenge, though. He just pulls him

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back, he knows he's got away from him after a misunderstanding.

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Edwards was breaking free. A definite pull.

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They are beginning to get into their stride, 16 and a half in. A drop of

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the shoulder from Niall McGinn. A lovely little goal between Pawlett

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and Logan. It is good play from Aberdeen, much better, crisp, one

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time, one touch passing. This was lovely, wasn't it? Yeah, good from

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Logan. He has overhit it but it is better from Aberdeen.

:34:52.:35:03.

They will settle for that because that Logan ball didn't look as if it

:35:04.:35:10.

was going to find the target. In the end, it has come bobbling off

:35:11.:35:17.

Keown's head. Defenders don't like it but in the end, it is the right

:35:18.:35:26.

decision. They have 21 of these in Lanarkshire on Tuesday night and

:35:27.:35:27.

Hamilton had none. A good opportunity, that. Pawlett

:35:28.:35:38.

has headed it back in. Another lovely ball. A clever enough

:35:39.:35:58.

effort from Ash Taylor. It was an inventive efforts.

:35:59.:36:06.

Just wiping out his own defender. Adam Barton has been a terrific

:36:07.:36:17.

signing. He has really impressed me. He played centre-half for a lot of

:36:18.:36:21.

the season and has been an excellent signing four Partick Thistle. He can

:36:22.:36:28.

do the job at centre-half or in the holding role at midfield. He knows

:36:29.:36:33.

Danny Devine well, they were both at Preston North End together.

:36:34.:36:40.

They're not shy at taking shots on. That's two or three now from

:36:41.:36:55.

distance from Aberdeen players but, again, I just feel when you've got

:36:56.:36:58.

that weaponry in the middle and that size of presence, it is about trying

:36:59.:37:07.

to get balls into the box. This was the problem they had against

:37:08.:37:10.

Hamilton on Tuesday. They had loads of these kinds of efforts but the

:37:11.:37:15.

Accies' goalkeeper on the night didn't have too many saves to make,

:37:16.:37:18.

despite the fact there were over 20 shots at his gold. Partick will be

:37:19.:37:25.

more than happy for Aberdeen to be getting the shots from 25, 30 yards.

:37:26.:37:33.

... Archibald is the longest running manager.

:37:34.:37:44.

There is a man who looked knew how to upset the odds Scottish

:37:45.:38:08.

He is really good, Kenny. I didn't see too much in that at all. He will

:38:09.:38:17.

be hoping for a Scotland call-up in see too much in that at all. He will

:38:18.:38:22.

the next couple of weeks, Kenny McLean. His manager feels he is a

:38:23.:38:35.

shoo-in in Gordon Strachan's squad. They also mentioned Ryan Jack but it

:38:36.:38:38.

looks as though the Aberdeen skipper is going to miss.

:38:39.:38:50.

It was a terrific follow-up from Partick Thistle in the stands just

:38:51.:38:58.

below us. I couldn't quite believe it when I

:38:59.:39:11.

read, this is their first quarterfinal Scottish Cup since

:39:12.:39:14.

2008. It has been a long time for them.

:39:15.:39:37.

I have been on the end of a few of these in my time. I can't believe

:39:38.:40:02.

you said that. Stockley has been in and out of the Aberdeen team. There

:40:03.:40:06.

have been games where he has been preferred to Adam Rooney. He was

:40:07.:40:14.

sent off extraordinarily harshly in Slovenia in the Europa League

:40:15.:40:18.

qualifier earlier this season. He was booked for two similar

:40:19.:40:23.

challenges to the one that Q1 put in on him then. -- Nile Ciaran.

:40:24.:40:32.

How that didn't go through is anyone's guess but these things

:40:33.:40:35.

happen. A quarter of this quarterfinal has

:40:36.:41:09.

come and gone. No goals. McGinn hits its. A brilliant save. What a hit

:41:10.:41:18.

from Niall McGinn to take this first time on a half volley is superb to

:41:19.:41:23.

me. Not the best defensive header from divine but you have to say, a

:41:24.:41:24.

really smart save. A little bit more into the corner,

:41:25.:41:38.

that's probably going in. Thomas Kearney deals with it.

:41:39.:41:53.

He is having a chat with Ryan Templeton, the linesman. That is

:41:54.:42:06.

Cerney's all day and all night long. Too close to the goalkeeper.

:42:07.:42:52.

Getting the benefit of the doubt from the referee. Up and under from

:42:53.:42:57.

Erskine. Keown gets it clear. I think the

:42:58.:43:35.

referee was going to allow him to play on there but Chris Erskine took

:43:36.:43:39.

advantage of the situation. Good refereeing and the right decision. A

:43:40.:43:45.

bit of retribution from his team-mate for earlier. Similar to

:43:46.:43:49.

Jonny Hayes. An important player, the Ghanaian

:43:50.:44:02.

Osman. I was watching his old goalkeeper play for Ayr United

:44:03.:44:06.

yesterday, Greg Fleming, and they both played for Gretna. It seems

:44:07.:44:12.

like a different lifetime ago now. I think it was ten years, in fact.

:44:13.:44:38.

It is always so frustrating when you got men in the box and you got a

:44:39.:45:08.

great player, Osman in that case, to just get it in when you've got the

:45:09.:45:10.

first offender in that ball. Aberdeen haven't even reached the

:45:11.:45:21.

Scottish Cup final since 2000, let alone when it. A farcical afternoon

:45:22.:45:27.

when Jim Leighton went off early on in the piece, and no goalkeeper on

:45:28.:45:33.

the bench. Was that when Robbie Winters went in? It was. He didn't

:45:34.:45:38.

play too badly, to be fair to Robbie. Rangers won that 14-0. Went

:45:39.:45:49.

on to win both domestic cup finals last season, too.

:45:50.:46:11.

Better from Aberdeen. Good combination plate.

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McGinn has made his runs at other big chance, perhaps, from Aberdeen

:46:45.:46:50.

but Cerney holds firm. Could so easily have spilled that back out

:46:51.:46:55.

into the danger. Really clever movement and watching getting in

:46:56.:47:02.

behind the full-back. It is just too close. If he can keep track of Niall

:47:03.:47:10.

McGinn, and that is by no means certain, it would be practised

:47:11.:47:13.

really the best piece of business they could do all summer, no matter

:47:14.:47:21.

who they signed. Out of contract. There have been others who have

:47:22.:47:31.

signed new deals at Aberdeen - Jonny Hayes, Andrew Considine. They all

:47:32.:47:32.

want to be part of this club. There is a chance here for Erskine.

:47:33.:47:57.

He is going to get it back. I just wonder if Jonny Hayes fancies

:47:58.:48:29.

it against Christie Elliott today because Elliott is not a natural

:48:30.:48:35.

defensive player. He has not really had an opportunity to get at them.

:48:36.:48:43.

Good play. He tries to play in Pawlett instead of getting it in the

:48:44.:48:45.

box and he knows it. Celtic going through earlier with a

:48:46.:48:59.

4-1 win over St Mirren. Harry Davies gave the body the lead in that match

:49:00.:49:04.

and they could easily have gone numeric to-0 up. Underside of the

:49:05.:49:17.

bar. It was Mr Dembel Sall's head it came off, off his own bar. Celtic

:49:18.:49:31.

went up the pitch. Rangers and Hibs went through yesterday. Will it be

:49:32.:49:36.

Aberdeen or Partick Thistle that will join them?

:49:37.:49:43.

There has been a clash of heads in the box. I think it is Pawlett and

:49:44.:49:47.

Lindsay. Liam Lindsay, 21 years of age, he

:49:48.:50:00.

will be hoping, perhaps, to get a national call-up at some point it is

:50:01.:50:04.

a Scottish centre-half, you have got to have that other target because it

:50:05.:50:07.

is an area that is constantly being spoken of as a target. Not an

:50:08.:50:12.

abundance of good young Scottish centre halves out there.

:50:13.:50:23.

Peter Pawlett who, I think he would admit, his best spell came in Derek

:50:24.:50:39.

McInnes's first full season in charge. He had a wonderful couple of

:50:40.:50:43.

weeks. He was a superb in the League Cup semi against St Johnstone at

:50:44.:50:46.

Tynecastle and then scored the winner against Celtic but knocked

:50:47.:50:54.

the favourite out of the competition. Aberdeen would later

:50:55.:50:57.

lose out to Saint in the semi of that competition. He had to be

:50:58.:51:04.

patient. This season, he has been used sparingly but in the last few

:51:05.:51:06.

weeks has made an impact as a used sparingly but in the last few

:51:07.:51:16.

substitute and started the game reasonably well. Made his debut

:51:17.:51:17.

under Jimmy Calderwood in 2009. Excellent play a game from Aberdeen

:51:18.:51:44.

and good linkup play from Stockley and then the crossfield ball from

:51:45.:51:47.

McGinn. He should be doing better. A free

:51:48.:52:09.

header. You've got to get that untargeted docket is a free header,

:52:10.:52:15.

seven yards out. Get it down, anywhere down, but that is a big

:52:16.:52:17.

miss. Aberdeen a free kick for the

:52:18.:52:48.

handball. It was a good linkup play yet again

:52:49.:53:01.

from Stockley, flicking around the corner.

:53:02.:53:06.

He does give Aberdeen that because as good a Poaching striker as Adam

:53:07.:53:13.

Rooney is, he isn't always the hold-up man. Jayden Stockley does

:53:14.:53:17.

that better. He does, without shadow of a a doubt. Hayes and McGinn over

:53:18.:53:23.

its. The second time in just a minute or

:53:24.:53:38.

so, he heads over. Partick making a real meal of trying to clear this.

:53:39.:53:42.

Was the greatest kick into the box but slashing at it and then not

:53:43.:53:45.

playing the danger. Get it back across the face of goal.

:53:46.:54:09.

Pawlett went down there and I think Erskine might have been offside.

:54:10.:54:18.

Doolan wasn't. He has been in the war is the last few minutes. He

:54:19.:54:27.

certainly has. Abdul Osman is not endearing himself to the Aberdeen

:54:28.:54:32.

faithful. He is a strong player, I ran the playing against him. Really

:54:33.:54:37.

competitive player. Erskine has found himself on the book. Chris

:54:38.:54:46.

Erskine is one of the Partick Thistle players who would miss the

:54:47.:54:51.

semifinal, should they go through. A dangerous tackle. It is high.

:54:52.:55:12.

Divine for a goal kick. Divine decided to nod it awaited. Aberdeen

:55:13.:55:33.

have been the better side in the opening half for me. Partick started

:55:34.:55:36.

well in the opening five minutes but Aberdeen are going into the game

:55:37.:55:37.

now. Thistle players who have been booked

:55:38.:55:48.

previously are divine, Lindsay and Sean Welsh, who is not involved.

:55:49.:56:06.

That one won't be going on the show real! I think that was the pitch

:56:07.:56:13.

this time. I think it bobbles up just as he was about to hit it.

:56:14.:56:21.

Sends it into the stands. While we are on the subject of yellow cards,

:56:22.:56:28.

Aberdeen had a player in danger but he is injured. And they don't need a

:56:29.:56:38.

new ball. Someone will be up to get that later. I don't fancy that job!

:56:39.:56:47.

The roofs have seen better days here. Aberdeen are hoping to be in a

:56:48.:56:53.

new ground in the next few years. A big week last week. Final lodgings

:56:54.:57:05.

were made for and against the proposal. It will take Aberdeen

:57:06.:57:13.

about seven miles away from here. It is something the club simply has to

:57:14.:57:18.

do. They cannot redevelop this place. Well, they can but they would

:57:19.:57:21.

only be at a capacity of about 12,000.

:57:22.:57:37.

Christie Elliott has been one of those players for Partick Thistle

:57:38.:57:44.

who is right down the middle, he has started half the games and been a

:57:45.:57:47.

sub on the other half. He is not always a fixture.

:57:48.:58:16.

Thistle standing firm against Aberdeen and they've only conceded

:58:17.:58:23.

three in their last ten. One was at home to St Johnstone, and two here a

:58:24.:58:30.

month ago. I haven't really offered anything in this game so far

:58:31.:58:37.

defensively. Neither team is likely to get a chance.

:58:38.:58:49.

Thistle haven't really managed to get Callum Booth down the left-hand

:58:50.:59:40.

side. I remember watching booth as a youngster at Hibs.

:59:41.:59:53.

He gets forward so well down the left side and he has not been

:59:54.:59:57.

involved, really, in the game going forward.

:59:58.:00:02.

Adam Rooney has had a couple of headers for Aberdeen.

:00:03.:00:11.

Finally going tough, the Dons, as they did here against Ross County

:00:12.:00:14.

last week. That's Shinnie. A brilliant goal!

:00:15.:00:43.

Graeme Shinnie break the deadlock and the man who lifted the cup with

:00:44.:00:50.

Inverness a couple of years ago has given Aberdeen a shot at the semis,

:00:51.:00:57.

potentially. They are in front. A magnificent finish from Graeme

:00:58.:01:01.

Shinnie. Good linkup play by Stockley and when the ball comes

:01:02.:01:07.

into him, he shifted onto his left foot well, curls it into the bottom

:01:08.:01:13.

corner. A magnificent finish and Aberdeen deserved to be in the lead.

:01:14.:01:17.

A good recent history in this competition and how he would love to

:01:18.:01:23.

lift the cup again with his hometown team. The Aberdeen fans think he is

:01:24.:01:28.

one of their own. He has endeared himself even more to a support that

:01:29.:01:36.

already love him. It has come just before the break. That is a good

:01:37.:01:43.

time to do it. Aberdeen have been the better team, without a doubt. As

:01:44.:01:47.

the half is gone, they have created the better opportunities. That will

:01:48.:01:54.

have stung the Jags. That is their clean sheet

:01:55.:02:19.

dine he was just trying to win a corner there. Jo Lewis has managed

:02:20.:02:28.

15 clean sheets this season, it is his 30th match. Aberdeen starting

:02:29.:02:34.

their season so early. They would hope to finish the end of May in the

:02:35.:02:37.

Scottish Cup final but they will be back a couple of weeks after that.

:02:38.:02:44.

For the latest tilt at the Europa league. For Partick Thistle to do

:02:45.:02:53.

that, they would need to win the FA Cup. One minute of added time has

:02:54.:03:01.

been added. Kenny Maclean has been very tidy in

:03:02.:03:20.

the first half, hardly given the ball away. Quite obvious yellow card

:03:21.:03:27.

coming up for Ryan Edwards. Too clever for him. Too clever and

:03:28.:03:48.

too quick. A change in team talk for Alan Archibald. Logan in. Here is

:03:49.:03:59.

Hayes, right on half-time here. A useful ball in and Aberdeen have a

:04:00.:04:02.

corner but they won't have time to take it. Craig Thomson blows for

:04:03.:04:08.

half-time. The Dons supporters won't moan about that because their team

:04:09.:04:16.

are in front. Derek McInnis goes up the tunnel before everyone else.

:04:17.:04:20.

Graham Shinnie scoring just two second of the season but it could be

:04:21.:04:25.

his most important of the season if he doesn't score another one. A

:04:26.:04:29.

wonderful finish from outside the box. Curling into the bottom

:04:30.:04:35.

left-hand corner. That means at half-time in the Scottish Cup

:04:36.:04:38.

quarterfinal, it is 1-0. The favourites have won the first

:04:39.:04:53.

three Scottish Cup quarterfinals, is it going to be Aberdeen joining them

:04:54.:05:01.

in the last four, Nile McGinn was denied what looked like the

:05:02.:05:04.

highlight of the first half at one point but that has been overtaken by

:05:05.:05:07.

this from Graham Shinnie. Scoring a couple of minutes before half-time

:05:08.:05:16.

to make it 1-0. I hope you have been enjoying it. If you are and Aberdeen

:05:17.:05:23.

fan, you will feel your team is halfway there. Let us get the

:05:24.:05:25.

half-time thoughts of Willie Miller and Michael Stewart. It hasn't had

:05:26.:05:32.

your pulse racing. Identifying there has been a great deal of quality in

:05:33.:05:35.

the game. It is a very tactical game. Eric McInnis is playing the

:05:36.:05:41.

long game, they will be more than relieved to get the very good goal

:05:42.:05:46.

from Graham Shinnie. The tactics have been restricting. Hayes in

:05:47.:05:51.

particular, we really haven't seen him as an attacking force at all in

:05:52.:05:56.

the game. But if you are Derek McInnis, he would say that the

:05:57.:06:00.

tactics have worked. If you are a fan watching it, you would say

:06:01.:06:04.

Aberdeen are better than that. They have been restricted in terms of the

:06:05.:06:08.

freedom. The most important thing for them is they have the first

:06:09.:06:18.

goal. It has been blunt fair, no doubt but they won't get a jot, a

:06:19.:06:21.

tight game like this, have managed to make down a side that have been

:06:22.:06:26.

very resolute of late, a great time to score, just before half-time and

:06:27.:06:32.

it changes the dynamic of the game. There have been a few moments of

:06:33.:06:36.

quality but this was certainly one, the 43rd minute, Graham Shinnie

:06:37.:06:39.

getting the space he was looking for outside the box. He is such an

:06:40.:06:45.

important player for Aberdeen. Not a great pass, a lot of work to do.

:06:46.:06:51.

They pay close attention but they managed to dig it out. A little

:06:52.:06:57.

chink of space. Into the far corner, he really well taken goal. Nile

:06:58.:07:04.

McGinn picks it up in the central area. And he manages to change the

:07:05.:07:12.

thought process for Partick Thistle. He is ahead of the ball, the

:07:13.:07:15.

majority of the game, he has been behind. Get that first touch out of

:07:16.:07:20.

his feet and guide it into the far corner. Absolutely fantastic time to

:07:21.:07:28.

get the goal. At that time we were struggling for highlights to show

:07:29.:07:33.

you during the half-time interval. There were highlights we had before

:07:34.:07:37.

that may all featured Aberdeen. I did think there is much doubt that

:07:38.:07:42.

the home team deserve to ahead. This is a sticky surface are getting your

:07:43.:07:48.

technique right is not that easy. He catches it really well on the half

:07:49.:07:53.

volley. McGinn as well, he can be so dangerous. Not a great clearing

:07:54.:07:59.

header. A decent save but an excellent strike. I think Aberdeen

:08:00.:08:03.

have had the bulk of the play in what has not been an exhilarating

:08:04.:08:07.

game. This is one of the few occasions they have managed to get

:08:08.:08:12.

in behind the defence. He draws the wingback out, Callum Booth. And it

:08:13.:08:17.

is one of the few chances where they have managed to penetrate the back

:08:18.:08:21.

line of this all. That is a free header and you would expect Aberdeen

:08:22.:08:25.

to get that on target and do a lot better. Adam Rooney would be

:08:26.:08:28.

disappointed, normally very accomplished with his head. At that

:08:29.:08:35.

stage of the game where it is tight, I am pretty sure Derek McInnis would

:08:36.:08:38.

have been frustrated they did not do better with that chance. They have

:08:39.:08:44.

been deployed in a much deeper role than normal. And they have not

:08:45.:08:48.

really got in behind Aberdeen a whole lot. It is a definite tactic.

:08:49.:08:55.

Eric Monnin is has sacrificed their forward play a little bit in the

:08:56.:08:59.

hope of dragging the wingbacks out to allow space for the midfield. For

:09:00.:09:07.

Pawlett in particular to get in behind but it hasn't worked well. We

:09:08.:09:12.

haven't seen Hayes as an attacking force. And if you haven't seen him

:09:13.:09:17.

going forward, that takes a lot away from Aberdeen. Nile McGinn in

:09:18.:09:24.

particular got some good build-up play here and almost got in behind.

:09:25.:09:30.

But look how deep he is, Pawlett makes the run into the hole that has

:09:31.:09:35.

been vacated but they have been infrequent in the first half. Far

:09:36.:09:39.

too seldom that it has happened. They are playing very deep. You

:09:40.:09:46.

heard before the game how they are a definite five at the bank when they

:09:47.:09:49.

are defending so it is quite clear that what has happened is they have

:09:50.:09:53.

sacrificed the attacking threat to pull the wingbacks out but they have

:09:54.:09:58.

not had enough penetration into the gaps they have made. I just think if

:09:59.:10:04.

they get a few other players, that haven't got the same attacking

:10:05.:10:09.

threat, to be the decoys and then have them in a central area for

:10:10.:10:14.

Pawlett and they can burst into the wide areas where the gap is. At the

:10:15.:10:18.

moment it seems a bit dead. And you're threatening players have been

:10:19.:10:24.

pulling off the full-backs. Will be goal mean Partick Thistle have the

:10:25.:10:30.

rip up the script at this point? They game has been built on

:10:31.:10:34.

containment and maybe taking it back for a replay. I think it is still on

:10:35.:10:40.

to take it back for a replay. It is still only one goal. I then think

:10:41.:10:46.

they rip up their tactics. They have been playing that formation for some

:10:47.:10:50.

time with a lot of success. They have to get one back. It is more

:10:51.:10:53.

important from an Aberdeen point of view that Derek McInnis, now they

:10:54.:10:59.

have the lead, does he change it a little bit? I would like to see

:11:00.:11:05.

Hayes getting further up the park. I would like to see Nile McGinn with

:11:06.:11:09.

more freedom. I think he is much better when he comes in the park.

:11:10.:11:15.

But Hayes needs to take part in this game and he hasn't so far. The first

:11:16.:11:20.

ten or 15 minutes, Partick Thistle were on top. Implementing their

:11:21.:11:25.

game. Driving Aberdeen back. They did not get goals but they were the

:11:26.:11:32.

more dominant side. There is no doubt that as the game went on,

:11:33.:11:36.

Aberdeen have gained more control. But it is only 1-0. Will they be

:11:37.:11:42.

confident enough they can get a chance and if they are able to take

:11:43.:11:45.

it, they are in a good position to get a draw from the game. 1-0, the

:11:46.:11:53.

second half coming up live very shortly. Let us look back on the

:11:54.:11:56.

Saturday story in the Scottish Cup quarterfinals. Hibs against a united

:11:57.:12:01.

coming up after Rangers win against Hamilton. I don't think many would

:12:02.:12:06.

have seen this emphatic scoreline coming. A lot of debatable decisions

:12:07.:12:13.

for the referee. This was more the linesman, he should have been able

:12:14.:12:15.

to call that, but it does happen quickly. A yellow strip with a

:12:16.:12:21.

yellow ball, it is difficult to see. This was eventually given a penalty

:12:22.:12:25.

but I don't think there is enough in it. A lot of the big games -- big

:12:26.:12:33.

calls went the wrong way for Hamilton. But Rangers thoroughly

:12:34.:12:35.

deserved the victory and to get through to the semifinal. Penalty

:12:36.:12:42.

given against the challenge on 33 minutes. Rangers in front, no debate

:12:43.:12:48.

about the quality of that goal, his 14th of the season. Some of the

:12:49.:12:54.

defending was appalling. You can't understand how a team defence so

:12:55.:12:59.

well just a few days earlier against Aberdeen and then go to Ibrox. Why

:13:00.:13:06.

was that not a red card? Any commentator would say that would be

:13:07.:13:11.

a red card. It is reckless, he is not in control. It is a big call.

:13:12.:13:18.

But then Hamilton disintegrated. They lost the fight they had in

:13:19.:13:22.

midweek against Aberdeen. You talk about perhaps the fact they got a

:13:23.:13:27.

goal against Aberdeen, something to hang onto. They felt they could get

:13:28.:13:31.

something from the game but you see the pictures here, they were gone at

:13:32.:13:35.

that point, when the second goal went in. Psychologically they were

:13:36.:13:43.

defeated. They certainly were, even when a gamble and went off and

:13:44.:13:46.

Rangers went down to ten men, it made no impact. I thought they gave

:13:47.:13:53.

up the tight too early but the defending was dreadful. Martin

:13:54.:13:57.

Gannon knows that. He will be more than delighted but very fortunate to

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stay on the part. 6-0 Rangers, through to the semifinal. Hibs are

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there, still on track to do two in a row after ending that 114 new weight

:14:11.:14:19.

in Hampden Park in May. Wonderful finish with his right foot, similar

:14:20.:14:22.

to what we saw with Graham Shinnie. Although they are both left footed,

:14:23.:14:26.

he's managed to stick it in with his right. There is no doubt this was a

:14:27.:14:33.

penalty. I think at that point it was a difficult game for them to

:14:34.:14:40.

come back from. Hibs, you get to the stage in the tournament and they are

:14:41.:14:46.

building in confidence. When you get a goal like that. What a finish. It

:14:47.:14:52.

gave them an opportunity but at the window as soon as this. Nothing to

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do with me. I have watched Scott McKenna coming through the youth

:15:02.:15:06.

system. That was a cringing tackle. No matter what angle you see it

:15:07.:15:14.

from. It was a sore one. This was a wonderful cross from David Gray and

:15:15.:15:19.

a neat finish. That epitomises the difference in the championship. Hibs

:15:20.:15:24.

have a squad that are capable of bringing James Keegan off the bench

:15:25.:15:30.

but a united, threadbare at times. They put up a good show. You wonder

:15:31.:15:35.

how it might have played out, they just got that with that wonderful

:15:36.:15:36.

how it might have played out, they goal, if they have got 11 players in

:15:37.:15:39.

the pitch, they might have got something from the game. It does

:15:40.:15:45.

test the mettle of Hibs. They have a good record against Hibs this season

:15:46.:15:49.

as well. A goal like that lives everyone but then you are down to

:15:50.:15:53.

ten men and there is no way you're going to come back, it was a very

:15:54.:15:56.

rash challenge from the youngster but I still believe he has a good

:15:57.:16:02.

future ahead of him. Two teams through to the semifinals of the

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competition yesterday. As of today, Celtic are there as well. They went

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a goal down against St Mirren but came back to win in the end. The

:16:11.:16:13.

draw for the quarter-finals will take place -- the draw for the

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semifinals will take place I should say after this quarterfinal is

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finished. A special Scottish cups highlights

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programme this evening. The fourth quarterfinal still to be settled but

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Graham Shinnie has certainly struck an important goal for the Dons,

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firing them in front a couple of minute before the interval. We'll

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Partick Thistle comeback in the second half? They are playing a

:16:55.:16:59.

familiar shape and team. With Chris Erskine, a pretty impressive player.

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I spoke about earlier, the first ten or 15 minutes, Partick Thistle were

:17:06.:17:09.

on top and he was the centre of that. He is a link up play. As a

:17:10.:17:13.

midfielder, he is someone you would love to play with. He links the game

:17:14.:17:20.

well. It just seems Partick Thistle is the club that fits in well. He is

:17:21.:17:24.

a big player for them. If we going to get back into the game, he needs

:17:25.:17:28.

to be at the centre of what they do. What would you like to see from

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Aberdeen in the second half? I think the Aberdeen supporters will be more

:17:35.:17:38.

than happy. They wed be impressed with the performance but Aberdeen

:17:39.:17:42.

have the goal. I would like to see more forward play. But Italy from

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Johnny Hayes. If they get the opportunity to change the tactics a

:17:49.:17:52.

little bit, allow the two most important players a bit of freedom.

:17:53.:17:57.

I think that would give more entertainment but I am sure Derek

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McKinney was to get into the semifinal. So I'm not anticipating

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too many changes. Some entertainment would be nice. This was the key

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moment a couple of minutes before the interval, Graham Shinnie on his

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left foot. Curling the shot into the bottom corner. Thomas journey made

:18:17.:18:20.

some good saves but he was not going to stop that one. Aberdeen with a

:18:21.:18:25.

1-0 lead halfway through. The teams are out, Partick Thistle are at

:18:26.:18:30.

least come at the start of the second half. Back to our commentary

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team. COMMENTATOR: Aberdeen will be held

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pretty sharply I would have thought. Partick Thistle getting ready and

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they will be keen to get back under way having been dealt that blow just

:18:46.:18:48.

before the interval with Graham Shinnie's second of the season. Last

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time Aberdeen won the cup, they defeated Partick Thistle, 6-2 at

:18:57.:19:04.

Firhill. Back in 1990. Grant Mason scored but a hat-trick for Vander

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Ark. They have only lost one of their 18 home games all season in

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all competitions, have the Dons. You can forgive them that one given it

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was against the undefeated Celtic. Who like Rangers and to Bernie, are

:19:27.:19:32.

already in the semifinals. Will it be Aberdeen Partick Thistle or will

:19:33.:19:36.

we have a replay? Still 45 minutes left with Aberdeen in the box seat.

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And the last 15 is, only Dunfermline on a penalty shoot out and Raith

:19:43.:19:45.

Rovers have beaten Aberdeen in Scottish games at the tawdry. -- at

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Pittodrie. They will attack the beach and, as they tend to do here

:20:02.:20:03.

in the second half. How difficult the team talk did Alan

:20:04.:20:21.

Archibald have? He would ask his team to offer more in an attacking

:20:22.:20:25.

sense. A couple of shots from distance that weren't on target or

:20:26.:20:30.

anything near on target. As the match went on, it was all Aberdeen

:20:31.:20:36.

and now they have conceded. In cup games, performance doesn't matter,

:20:37.:20:41.

it is all about results. They are still in the game at 1-0 but they

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will need to offer more than they did in the first half.

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No changes for either team at the interval.

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Good tenacity by Peter Paulette. Eventually got it under control.

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Pawlett was bodychecked. Good player initially, winning a couple of

:21:27.:21:28.

challenges and then gets the ball back from Hayes and that is a

:21:29.:21:38.

definite bodychecked. His old man did all right, three in the Premier

:21:39.:21:42.

league titles, three FA Cup Hall, European Cup winners cup, Martin

:21:43.:21:50.

Keown. He is on loan here from Reading. Part of the Irish

:21:51.:21:59.

International setup. A decent free kick, great save by journey to deny

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concert I'm. -- concert I'm this it looks like it will go in the

:22:03.:22:18.

front corner but a brilliant save. That has kept Partick Thistle in it,

:22:19.:22:25.

wonderful save. Made an equally could save in the first half. Should

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the Logan. This is his third spell at Partick

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Thistle, Chris Erskine, back on loan from Dundee United who he left after

:23:03.:23:04.

Thistle, Chris Erskine, back on loan a successful time. He has been

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combining in recent matches well with Doolan but it has just not

:23:12.:23:13.

happened for them today. That is something you will be

:23:14.:23:29.

reminding him about after the game. I'm not sure I've ever seen that in

:23:30.:23:36.

a game. That is new. He was playing on the ground for his throwing.

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He was a terrific centre-half, Alan Archibald, in his time.

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Aberdeen have a free kick here. Not too much in the challenge on

:24:21.:24:28.

Stockley but an opportunity to flight the ball into the box. It

:24:29.:24:41.

breaks favourably for Erskine. Doolan bombing forward.

:24:42.:24:55.

They are struggling to string any passes together. They have really

:24:56.:25:03.

not manage to get any, nation play at all in the match. Very scrappy

:25:04.:25:11.

from Partick Thistle. A much better season in the cups for Aberdeen.

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They went out at the first hurdle of both last season. Hibs and then

:25:18.:25:18.

Hearts. Aberdeen have won the Scottish Cup

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seven times but most of them were bunched up in the 80s and up to

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1990. Stockley, Pawlett. Again, an

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absolutely brilliant touch from Stockley. His linkup play has been

:26:50.:26:53.

superb. Look at that touch, he should hit the target. Takes a good

:26:54.:27:00.

first touch but then slashes at it. Side netting. I think the graphic we

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saw in the bottom left tells the story.

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Only once this season have they been in front and ended up dropping

:27:20.:27:24.

something and that was here against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. They

:27:25.:27:29.

were 1-0 but conceded a world of a goal.

:27:30.:27:36.

Good play again from Aberdeen. Just taking too heavy a touch. Interested

:27:37.:27:50.

to see how long it takes far too good to make the changes. Partick

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Thistle offering nothing going forward in this game. As these would

:27:55.:28:04.

ring them something different up front but two goals in 28 games. But

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he should have at least ten more than that. You look at the

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opportunities he has missed, probably more than any other player

:28:15.:28:22.

in the league this season. It looks like Steven Lawless will be coming

:28:23.:28:30.

on. A problem here for Stockley. Caught by Keown. He seems to be in

:28:31.:28:44.

some discomfort. The change has happened, Adam Barton has come off

:28:45.:28:50.

and Steven Lawless, he scored an amazing goal against Aberdeen last

:28:51.:28:58.

season at Firhill. They want. But Aberdeen won that one, unbeaten in

:28:59.:29:00.

their last nine against Partick Thistle. He's a talented and

:29:01.:29:07.

creative player a positive substitution, taking off a defensive

:29:08.:29:10.

minded player and bringing an lawless who can create problems. The

:29:11.:29:22.

towering Barton is. Partick Thistle have to open up at some point.

:29:23.:29:32.

Stockley is back on. Dazed and confused, Adam Rooney.

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He has been a fabulous signing for Aberdeen, what an impact he has made

:29:43.:29:48.

on this club. The honour of scoring the winning penalty that ended the

:29:49.:29:53.

long run without a trophy, that league cup triumph, three years ago

:29:54.:30:02.

now. Almost exactly three years ago. They have not managed to add to it

:30:03.:30:12.

yet. A good ball. Rooney's header. Must have clicked the outside of the

:30:13.:30:16.

post. That was his hardest header in the match, which are members all by

:30:17.:30:22.

Pawlett. He does well to get it back across and I think it does come off

:30:23.:30:27.

the upright. Yes, a difficult opportunity. Aberdeen in total

:30:28.:30:34.

control of this match. But still just 1-0.

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The Dons when 6-point clear of Rangers at the top end of the

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Premiership. Also a vast the superior goal difference advantage.

:31:10.:31:13.

Their next match of the Celtic Park. They still have to play Rangers

:31:14.:31:17.

twice. The positives are, they managed to

:31:18.:31:56.

get three or four passes together and get a ball in the box, albeit

:31:57.:32:03.

not a very good one. Logan scored the winner in the last round up at

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Dingwall. A great ball if Rooney gets onto it, which he has. Yeah,

:32:12.:32:19.

it's a corner. A great run from Rooney.

:32:20.:32:26.

Winning his team a corner kick. Adam Rooney has 74 goals in 139

:32:27.:32:36.

appearances, I think it is. It is frightening. A really good record.

:32:37.:32:43.

He has done all right in the Gulf states himself here. -- goal stakes.

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A good ball in but he has been not closely all the way in.

:32:52.:33:01.

Another change coming up for the Jags.

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Aid Azeez is going to come on in a moment for Thistle.

:33:37.:33:52.

Much better from Jonny Hayes. He was quiet in that first half but doing

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what he is good at. Stockley manages to get a shot off on the turn.

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This competition represents a chance for redemption for Aberdeen because

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they didn't really turn up in that League Cup final against Celtic,

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well beaten on the day. Pawlett just couldn't get it.

:34:23.:34:35.

Danny Devine started the Scottish Cup final with Danny Warren

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suspended. Graeme Shinnie played right back that day at Aberdonian

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Thistle. Off goes Erskine. A more natural front of a pairing. Erskine

:34:51.:34:57.

is more a midfielder than striker. Another positive substitution from

:34:58.:35:01.

Alan Archibald as he tries to get his team back into the cup tied.

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Well done, Adam Rooney, closing down divine.

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Over the last eight games Partick Thistle's two defeats have been a

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Pittodrie. There is no shame or disgrace in that. You still feel

:36:25.:36:27.

there was enough time in this tied to redeem themselves.

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The flick is a good one. His control wasn't. A prolific Partick striker.

:36:38.:36:56.

Look how quickly they close down the Partick Thistle players and snuff

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out any danger. Shinnie again getting over as that protection in

:37:03.:37:10.

doubling up. Skippering the Dons this afternoon, of course, in the

:37:11.:37:20.

absence of Ryan Jack. He has a team full of captains, Derek McInnes. He

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does. He spent last summer filling his squad full of skippers. Paul

:37:26.:37:35.

Quinn back at Ross County came here. Graeme Shinnie skippering Cally

:37:36.:37:41.

Thistle. Shinnie and Maclean are still at the club and they are first

:37:42.:37:43.

picks for Derek McInnes. I didn't think there was that much

:37:44.:38:27.

in that one. Pawlett's header. Another fantastic ball, isn't it? He

:38:28.:38:34.

is much more of a threat in the second half. Pawlett should probably

:38:35.:38:35.

do better with that second header. He is unlucky, Peter Pawlett. He has

:38:36.:38:55.

added good match, Peter Pawlett. He is working ever so hard for the

:38:56.:39:00.

team. I think he is unlucky here. Just a little stumble. Otherwise

:39:01.:39:05.

he's getting there. A decent ball in from Edwards,

:39:06.:39:16.

causing problems in the Aberdeen backline. I think it may be Rooney

:39:17.:39:21.

who eventually gets a touch on it and puts it out for a corner.

:39:22.:39:54.

Consett iron made his Aberdeen debut 13 years ago.

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One thing we've learned about Aberdeen under Derek McInnes is that

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they are pretty good at seeing out games just like this, when they are

:40:17.:40:22.

1-0 up and they have something to defend, they normally do.

:40:23.:40:27.

Absolutely. Resolute when they get in front. I think it has only been

:40:28.:40:29.

on one occasion when they have taken in front. I think it has only been

:40:30.:40:35.

the lead. They have thrown it away and are in complete control of this

:40:36.:40:43.

match. You can't argue with Derek McInnes's record, really. Looking to

:40:44.:40:53.

lead Aberdeen to a semi for the 25th time. He has won two of them and

:40:54.:41:00.

lost two to Dundee United. They really have been in unbelievable

:41:01.:41:06.

form. Albeit they lost on Wednesday night but it dominated that match.

:41:07.:41:12.

They have certainly dominated this match today.

:41:13.:41:25.

Thistle have seen more of the ball in the Aberdeen half as we get

:41:26.:41:31.

towards the final quarter. Haven't done anything with it, though.

:41:32.:41:44.

Just to underline the job that Derek McInnes has done here, he will

:41:45.:42:05.

celebrate four years imposed on March 25, three full seasons, and

:42:06.:42:11.

has collected 68, 75 and 71 points respectively. They are currently on

:42:12.:42:16.

52 and in the three seasons prior to Derek McInnes's full campaign, they

:42:17.:42:22.

collected 31 and 48. A stark improvement. Stuart Mills grimacing

:42:23.:42:30.

because of what has just happened to Peter Pawlett. There are two Thistle

:42:31.:42:41.

players. We heard it from up here. I think the referee is going to pull

:42:42.:42:47.

out the yellow card. Pawlett just using his pace and getting their

:42:48.:42:59.

half a second before him. He ends up picking the underside of Pawlett's

:43:00.:43:07.

route right at the top of his foot. Just before that, you saw the

:43:08.:43:16.

previous collision. Both players look as though they are toiling a

:43:17.:43:17.

bit. So the Aberdeen chairman just before

:43:18.:43:35.

that... A nice stylish pair of shades. They have a few of them over

:43:36.:43:47.

in the box today. They need them. You've no protection on the

:43:48.:43:49.

underside of the boot, it is straight the bone in the front of

:43:50.:43:55.

your foot. Is that Stewart Milne or Bono? Brilliant! It is definitely

:43:56.:44:05.

your foot. Is that Stewart Milne or Stuart Milner. He has had some hard

:44:06.:44:08.

times here but nobody was happier than he when they lifted the League

:44:09.:44:12.

Cup in 2014. The post-match radio interviews told that. Archibald has

:44:13.:44:24.

already made changes. Diviner struggling but look how much

:44:25.:44:29.

discomfort he is in. I have had this when you lift for a stud right on

:44:30.:44:31.

the top of your foot. I'm sure Alan Archibald would have

:44:32.:44:42.

wanted... Look at something else here. His name has been frequently

:44:43.:44:52.

sung by the Partick Thistle supporters who appreciate the job he

:44:53.:44:59.

has done. As I mentioned earlier, he and Scott Paterson have done it.

:45:00.:45:17.

Aberdeen still leading. Divine has hobbled back on. It has not been a

:45:18.:45:25.

pretty second half, that's for sure. It has been scrappy, it really has.

:45:26.:45:30.

Partick Thistle have struggled to create anything and Aberdeen's best

:45:31.:45:35.

play has come down the left-hand side, through Jonny Hayes.

:45:36.:46:08.

I think he had as it back. There are going to be a few bruises in the

:46:09.:46:24.

morning for Thistle players. You could just go to about four and

:46:25.:46:29.

still have the two centre-half. They could bring on another midfielder. I

:46:30.:46:35.

think Anthony O'Connor is getting ready for Aberdeen. It is very

:46:36.:46:49.

bitty. It is scrappy. Attention being provided to Nile Key on. That

:46:50.:46:55.

is why Derek McInnes started Jayden Stockley. I mentioned last summer

:46:56.:47:00.

Derek McInnes was looking for captains to bring to the Aberdeen

:47:01.:47:04.

squad and the summer past, he wanted to bolster the squad. He had a very

:47:05.:47:14.

strong starting XI but wanted to add more presence and Jayden Stockley

:47:15.:47:25.

provided that. Generally his strength and depth is a key element

:47:26.:47:30.

for their success this season. He will be able to bring changes in and

:47:31.:47:35.

bring players off the bench. Only 17 minutes left for Partick

:47:36.:48:01.

Thistle. You do sense that Partick Thistle will be able to force at

:48:02.:48:05.

least an opportunity before the end of this type. A free kick. Lead.

:48:06.:48:20.

Disagreed with that decision. Players are struggling with the

:48:21.:48:23.

balls in the air because of the sun. You can see them shielding their

:48:24.:48:31.

eyes with their hands. We are not going to complain about the weather!

:48:32.:48:38.

Certainly not. It was horrendous here yesterday, by all accounts. You

:48:39.:48:44.

can see Anthony O'Connor getting ready to come on for Aberdeen.

:48:45.:48:52.

Lindsay is moving a bit freer now. Nobody in the middle so they are

:48:53.:49:05.

going to have to hold it up for a bit. Stockley's linkup play today

:49:06.:49:18.

has been superb and as much as he goes for it, his linkup play at

:49:19.:49:25.

times be better. Three goals away from the 20 mark, Adam Rooney. He is

:49:26.:49:33.

staying on and Peter Pawlett is coming off. Pawlett and be happy

:49:34.:49:37.

with his performance today. He has worked hard for the team. He has

:49:38.:49:46.

linked up well with the front, too. He was 26 last month, Peter Pawlett.

:49:47.:49:49.

It has got to the stage of his career where he is not the promising

:49:50.:49:55.

youngster. A big few months, as I mentioned, coming up for him. Here

:49:56.:50:01.

is McGinn for the hosts. That was unfortunate. He just

:50:02.:50:26.

stumbled as he was about to take his touch. You can see just here, he

:50:27.:50:36.

loses his footing. They brought on O'Connor just to see the match out.

:50:37.:50:44.

In amongst the centre-half. Jonny Hayes has moved into the central

:50:45.:50:52.

position, where Pawlett was. Back to a back four, you could say.

:50:53.:51:08.

Thistle trying to put some pressure on, just 14 minutes left. Trying to

:51:09.:51:15.

stay in the Scottish Cup and they had a very impressive win in the

:51:16.:51:24.

last round at St Johnstone. Not decisive by concert I'm.

:51:25.:51:39.

half his matches when he has played. half his matches when he has played.

:51:40.:51:47.

-- kept a clean sheet. Edwards, we haven't seen much of him in the

:51:48.:51:48.

second half. Good play from Jonny Hayes, showing

:51:49.:52:03.

the desire of this Aberdeen team, fighting to win the ball back.

:52:04.:52:12.

Aberdeen banged 17 past Motherwell here.

:52:13.:52:21.

The games since then have been very different. A good strong play by

:52:22.:52:28.

Niall McGinn. A decent ball in, which Cerney

:52:29.:52:35.

manages to get half way. He has had a couple of them

:52:36.:52:53.

recently, bicycle kicks, Adam Rooney. He has, but that was the

:52:54.:53:00.

wrong decision. When he's onside, it looks maybe just a yard. But

:53:01.:53:05.

initially, he should have just laid it off to Stockley and might have

:53:06.:53:10.

been able to get a shot off instead of trying a bicycle kick. It was

:53:11.:53:16.

never set up for a bicycle kick. Both teams are going to make changes

:53:17.:53:24.

now. Kris Doolan won't be scoring today. Kevin Nisbet is his

:53:25.:53:31.

replacement and Miles Storey is going to be on for Aberdeen shortly.

:53:32.:53:55.

Another free kick which goes Partick Thistle's waited all various Miles

:53:56.:54:01.

Storey. Largely frustrating first season at Aberdeen for him. Again,

:54:02.:54:07.

another player who has made an impact in recent weeks, going off

:54:08.:54:12.

the bench. He did well when he came on against Ross County last

:54:13.:54:13.

Saturday. Rooney is coming off. It was he who scored the winner

:54:14.:54:40.

against County last week. He has worked hard for the team. Couple of

:54:41.:54:43.

opportunities he will probably be disappointed with.

:54:44.:54:52.

He is hero worshipped around these parts. Little wonder. Miles Storey

:54:53.:55:06.

impressed last season, largely. Pretty much a sub for Aberdeen,

:55:07.:55:13.

though. He had a too high from one win here against Partick Thistle in

:55:14.:55:15.

the autumn. Hayes was just a bit short with the

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past. 30 yards of the pitch to put it in, full story to chase but story

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does well. The final ten minutes of this William Hill Scottish Cup

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quarterfinal. Rangers, Hibernian and Celtic already in the draw. As

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things stand, they will be joined by Aberdeen. The draw coming up in

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about 50 minutes time and it will be live on BBC Radio Scotland. You can

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get it on digital television and digital radio as well as medium

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wave. Logan for Aberdeen. Thistle are running out of time. They've

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still not really tested Joe Lewis. No, they haven't.

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OK. That is the second blatant bodycheck of the match. Abdul Osman.

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I was surprised he wasn't booked for the first one. Out it comes. A nice

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peg from Jonny Hayes. A definite obstruction.

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Aberdeen are going to bring on another Scottish Cup winner, Ryan

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Christie. In just a moment. It is McGinn's free kick. Just over from

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O'Connor and it clipped the back. The quality of the ball is

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magnificent but again, a free header and I think it ends up coming off

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his shoulder. Got to hit the target. He and Miles Storey have both scored

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against Partick Thistle this season. It was the night Stockley logged a

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player who was signed for Partick Thistle for a short period. There is

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still time for the visitors and they are only 1-0 down. They have not had

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an effort in built it up they have been so toothless in attack.

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Well done, Graeme Shinnie. So often, he senses danger and snuffs it out.

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It is perplexing as to why he hasn't been in more Scotland squad and he

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has. I would agree with that. He doesn't necessarily have to go in as

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a left-back, he could go into the squad as a midfielder, where he

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plays most of his games here. Yeah, absolutely. Tommy Docherty, as I

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mentioned in the first half, part of the Scotland coaching setup for the

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double-header coming up. Perhaps his presence will lead to a couple of

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Aberdeen players leaving the squad. Man of the Match for me would be

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Graeme Shinnie, not only because he scored an excellent goal but because

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of the work he does for Aberdeen and how he leads the team as a captain

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and today he is my Man of the Match. Graeme Shinnie's Big Brother Andrew

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and today he is my Man of the Match. was Man of the Match at Easter Road

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yesterday. Thistle looking to ruin it. For Graeme Shinnie, that voice

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never really threatened to find anyone. He has taken a wee knock.

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I'm not sure who the next player to come on is going to replace but

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perhaps they will take no chances with Shinnie. I think they have gone

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over to see if Shinnie is all right to continue, which I think he is.

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It was the late, late show for Aberdeen against Partick Thistle

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last month. It is the same again, this time in their favour. Such a

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lack of quality for Partick Thistle. They have not managed to string

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anything together creative at all. Really slack in the possession of

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the ball, as well. Into the final 3.5 minutes of the 90.

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dying they are becoming regulars the semifinal stage of competitions.

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This is Callum Booth. Lawless. He is capable. A warning for Aberdeen that

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Partick Thistle are not done yet. They will now make the substitution.

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He has had an excellent match. Four goals this season. In the first half

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he was absolutely superb. He has worked hard for the team. Wayne

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Pressley could have a big so, if they meet Celtic, he would not be

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able to play against his parent club. Taylor has conceded a corner.

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Partick Thistle have an opportunity with two left. A needless corner to

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give away. An opportunity now for Partick Thistle. Can they force a

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replay? To be played on the 14th of March? Edward's corner. Lewis

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commands his box. That is exactly what you want from your goalkeeper.

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Brilliant goalkeeping. The pressure when it goalkeeper comes to claim

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it, it was a brilliant take. Really good goalkeeping from a top player,

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Jo Lewis. Into the semifinals of the Scottish Cup a times, Partick

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Thistle. The Dons on the verge of dumping them out in the quarters.

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Hayes, Stockley. Could not find the target. A clever free kick from

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Aberdeen. Hayes taking the opportunity, seemed to take forever

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to get his shot off and drags it wide of the post.

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Maclean. The Partick Thistle fans wondering how much injury time will

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be added at the end, you would imagine it would be at least three.

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It is going to be five minutes added on at the end of this one. Partick

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Thistle are still breathing. 90 minutes have come and gone. Here is

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confirmation. It hasn't gone down well with the natives. Partick

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Thistle's number five will take this throw. Lewis holds on. I wonder if

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Taylor was pulling on the vine there. He was calling for it.

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One minute of stoppage time is away. Partick Thistle how everyone in the

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Aberdeen half here. Lawless has got his team a free kick. A cheap free

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kick to give away in a dangerous area. Hayes bulling his arm back. A

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big chance for Partick Thistle. It really is. Derek McKinney 's will be

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furious with how cheap they free kick that is to give away. They will

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not get too many more chances. Can they take advantage of this one that

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has been presented to them? In from food. It is headed just over. Big

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chance. Abdul Osman. Their best chance of the match. A free header

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at the back post. He headers it over the bar. He has got to hit the

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target. He has to score, it is a sitter. He has to force a replay

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with that. He knows it. The Aberdeen fans with a rendition

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of the Northern lights. It will be a yellow card here as well. A second

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one for Danny Devine. He will make it to the bath just before the rest

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of his team-mates. That sums up the afternoon. Smashed into the boards

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here. It does look painful. Less than two to play of the injury

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time. We'll Partick Thistle be left with regret? They have not laid a

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glove on Aberdeen. Christie happy to try and run down the clock. That

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Osman chances the only real chance in the match for Partick Thistle. A

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massive chance. They haven't really deserved anything from this game.

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The sun setting behind the stand. It is setting on the Scottish Cup hopes

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of Partick Thistle here. At the wrong end of the park and only one

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minute left. Pushed forward by Edwards. That will

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do from an Aberdeen point of view right now. They have not been at

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their flamboyant best, Aberdeen, but they know how to win games of

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football. As I said earlier, it is not about performance in the latter

:09:28.:09:30.

stages of the cup, only the result matters. It was a difficult tie this

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afternoon against Partick Thistle. They deserve a semifinal place

:09:44.:09:46.

should they get there and they are almost there. This has gone Partick

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Thistle's way. Will we get one last chance? I didn't think that was a

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foul. I think Craig Thomson thinks he has the ball trapped under his

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legs. Both teams were at it. We have played the five minutes of stoppage

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time, added time in added time now. Callum Booth has a good set piece in

:10:11.:10:17.

him. Goalkeeper has come up for it as well, Christie can't get there.

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Taylor blasted home, Hayes will chase it down but the referee blow

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for full-time before Hayes can get onto it. He was sure he would be in

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for a second goal, but one will do. Scored by Graham Shinichi McRae

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minutes before half-time. Derek McKinney 's has guided Aberdeen back

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to the semifinals of the Scottish Cup. They will have that opportunity

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potentially to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990. For the

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eighth time overall. Alan Archibald applauds the Partick Thistle fans

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who came up in good numbers but an afternoon of frustration for him and

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his players. Although they have been in fine form. Graham Shinichi is the

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hero and may end up facing up to his brother Andrew when the draw is made

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later. It finishes with Aberdeen marching on. STUDIO: What a chance

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of the Partick Thistle Captain Abdul Osman at the end. Graham Shinichi

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the Aberdeen captain gets the only goal of the game which sends them

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into the last four. You would be hard pushed to say they did not

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deserve it. They thoroughly deserved it. The second half performance,

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created a number of chances. The only thing lacking was finishing

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those chances. Graham Shinnie was immense today, wonderful goal and

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his all-round play was fantastic. His energy and determination. His

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physicality was superb. The goal was just wonderful use of skill from

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him. But Derek McInnis got the tactics absolutely right. He won

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that battle. Not the best of games, better second half but Aberdeen

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thoroughly deserved to be in the semis. Partick Thistle will be

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disappointed it took till stoppage time before a serious chance of

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scoring. You saw Alan Archibald walking down the touchline and he

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will be disappointed. Two microseconds before it happened, you

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always expect the side to get an microseconds before it happened, you

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opportunity. We going to interrupt duty took the Graham Shinnie.

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Congratulations. Was that a hard-fought victory? Yes,

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definitely. We have played Partick Thistle a couple of times recently

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and we knew what we would get. They have been on a great run of form. So

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have we come up until Tuesday. It was always going to be a hard battle

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and luckily we came out on top. Your goal, you knew you were hitting it?

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It opened up nicely for me. In training, that is what we practice

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every day. They normally go in during training but not in the game.

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So it was nice. Congratulations, you are the Man of the Match. It is a

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great story, Andrew Shinnie Man of the Match for Hibs and now his

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brother here. An exciting semifinal line-up. It is top-notch. Looking

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forward to the draw. Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen, Hibs. It doesn't

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matter who gets who, the quality will be there. I am sure there will

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be better quality than we saw today will be there. I am sure there will

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but it should be exciting. Partick Thistle will be very disappointed

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that it took to injury time to get a real opportunity. Osman will be

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devastated he didn't do better. It was a scrappy game. Aberdeen were

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not great to watch either but there was no doubt they thoroughly

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deserved it. A lot of it was down to Graham Shinnie. He was the centre of

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everything that was good from Aberdeen. The draw around 5:30pm,

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highlights the night from 10:30pm on BBC Scotland. From all of us,

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goodbye for now. They... They just wiped

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their hands of us.

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Introduced by Rob Maclean.

Kick-off 3pm.

Live coverage of the Scottish Cup quarter-final between Aberdeen and Partick Thistle. Aberdeen will look to make home advantage count in their quest for a first Scottish Cup success since 1990. It's 96 years since Thistle last got their hands on the trophy and they may need to win at Pittodrie for the first time in 10 visits to keep the dream alive.


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