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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


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


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


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


it. Magical memories for Partick Thistle


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


match in memory of the Lisbon Lion, Tommy Gallo.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


it was comfortable but credit to centre Beren for a spirited


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Archibald in charge of inform Partick Thistle. But first,


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


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


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


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


could do a training session yesterday and he came through that


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Alan Archibald saying they are organised and every player seems to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


backline, Partick Thistle. The fourth quarterfinal in the William


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


your eyes off the recent form displayed by Partick Thistle since


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


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


Scottish Cup semifinal. It is Aberdeen against Partick Thistle,


live on the BBC and your commentators are Stephen Thompson


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


captained Inverness Caledonian Thistle a few years back. Johnny


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


being all but ruled out from featuring against Partick Thistle


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


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


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


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


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


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


injuries can do, a more inexperienced substitute bench than


normally for the hosts. Derek McInnis and Alan Archibald are


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


semis. Liam Lindsay, the Partick Thistle


defender, has had another good season.


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


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


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


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


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


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


taking over almost exactly four years ago now.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


acres of space on the right hand side.


We mentioned Stockley scored a couple against Partick Thistle in


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


quite uncharacteristic but it was some finish.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


scored but Partick Thistle had their chances.


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


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


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


Partick Thistle will be relatively content with the opening period.


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


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


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


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


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


slightest. Hayes takes it. Maclean, Erskine goes.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


wide areas. That was a disappointing one.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


stature under Derek McInnis. Good work.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


a lot better now. Always worth an effort because Nile


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


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


And that was the first time that Rooney and Stockley combined


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


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


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


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


Rooney flicks on and it drops kindly for the visitors.


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


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


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


Edwards was breaking free. A definite pull.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Hamilton had none. A good opportunity, that. Pawlett


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


effort from Ash Taylor. It was an inventive efforts.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


... Archibald is the longest running manager.


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


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


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


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


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


looks as though the Aberdeen skipper is going to miss.


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


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


read, this is their first quarterfinal Scottish Cup since


2008. It has been a long time for them.


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


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


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


sent off extraordinarily harshly in Slovenia in the Europa League


qualifier earlier this season. He was booked for two similar


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


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


happen. A quarter of this quarterfinal has


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Erskine. Keown gets it clear. I think the


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


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


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


Jonny Hayes. An important player, the Ghanaian


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Better from Aberdeen. Good combination plate.


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


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


into the danger. Really clever movement and watching getting in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


it against Christie Elliott today because Elliott is not a natural


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Aberdeen or Partick Thistle that will join them?


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


Lindsay. Liam Lindsay, 21 years of age, he


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


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


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


abundance of good young Scottish centre halves out there.


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


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


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


Tynecastle and then scored the winner against Celtic but knocked


the favourite out of the competition. Aberdeen would later


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


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


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


substitute and started the game reasonably well. Made his debut


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


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


McGinn. He should be doing better. A free


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


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


miss. Aberdeen a free kick for the


handball. It was a good linkup play yet again


from Stockley, flicking around the corner.


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


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


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


its. The second time in just a minute or


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


now. Thistle players who have been booked


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


only be at a capacity of about 12,000.


Christie Elliott has been one of those players for Partick Thistle


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


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


Thistle standing firm against Aberdeen and they've only conceded


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


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


defensively. Neither team is likely to get a chance.


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


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


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


involved, really, in the game going forward.


Adam Rooney has had a couple of headers for Aberdeen.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


have stung the Jags. That is their clean sheet


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


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


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


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


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


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


been added. Kenny Maclean has been very tidy in


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


wonderful finish from outside the box. Curling into the bottom


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


disappointed, normally very accomplished with his head. At that


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


calls went the wrong way for Hamilton. But Rangers thoroughly


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


semifinals will take place I should say after this quarterfinal is


finished. A special Scottish cups highlights


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


team. COMMENTATOR: Aberdeen will be held


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


No changes for either team at the interval.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


the Logan. This is his third spell at Partick


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


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


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


happened for them today. That is something you will be


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


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


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


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


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


breaks favourably for Erskine. Doolan bombing forward.


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


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


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


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


Hearts. Aberdeen have won the Scottish Cup


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


1990. Stockley, Pawlett. Again, an


absolutely brilliant touch from Stockley. His linkup play has been


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


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


saw in the bottom left tells the story.


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


something and that was here against Inverness Caledonian Thistle. They


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


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


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


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


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


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


opportunities he has missed, probably more than any other player


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


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


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


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


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


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


creative player a positive substitution, taking off a defensive


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Premiership. Also a vast the superior goal difference advantage.


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


twice. The positives are, they managed to


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Another change coming up for the Jags.


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


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


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


This competition represents a chance for redemption for Aberdeen because


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


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


Danny Devine started the Scottish Cup final with Danny Warren


suspended. Graeme Shinnie played right back that day at Aberdonian


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


is more a midfielder than striker. Another positive substitution from


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


Well done, Adam Rooney, closing down divine.


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


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


there was enough time in this tied to redeem themselves.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Consett iron made his Aberdeen debut 13 years ago.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


They have certainly dominated this match today.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


bit. So the Aberdeen chairman just before


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


already made changes. Diviner struggling but look how much


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


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


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


sung by the Partick Thistle supporters who appreciate the job he


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Derek McInnes was looking for captains to bring to the Aberdeen


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Disagreed with that decision. Players are struggling with the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


second half. Good play from Jonny Hayes, showing


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


Aberdeen banged 17 past Motherwell here.


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


Niall McGinn. A decent ball in, which Cerney


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


opportunities he will probably be disappointed with.


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


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


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


the autumn. Hayes was just a bit short with the


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


peg from Jonny Hayes. A definite obstruction.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


dying they are becoming regulars the semifinal stage of competitions.


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


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


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


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


Pressley could have a big so, if they meet Celtic, he would not be


able to play against his parent club. Taylor has conceded a corner.


Partick Thistle have an opportunity with two left. A needless corner to


give away. An opportunity now for Partick Thistle. Can they force a


replay? To be played on the 14th of March? Edward's corner. Lewis


commands his box. That is exactly what you want from your goalkeeper.


Brilliant goalkeeping. The pressure when it goalkeeper comes to claim


it, it was a brilliant take. Really good goalkeeping from a top player,


Jo Lewis. Into the semifinals of the Scottish Cup a times, Partick


Thistle. The Dons on the verge of dumping them out in the quarters.


Hayes, Stockley. Could not find the target. A clever free kick from


Aberdeen. Hayes taking the opportunity, seemed to take forever


to get his shot off and drags it wide of the post.


Maclean. The Partick Thistle fans wondering how much injury time will


be added at the end, you would imagine it would be at least three.


It is going to be five minutes added on at the end of this one. Partick


Thistle are still breathing. 90 minutes have come and gone. Here is


confirmation. It hasn't gone down well with the natives. Partick


Thistle's number five will take this throw. Lewis holds on. I wonder if


Taylor was pulling on the vine there. He was calling for it.


One minute of stoppage time is away. Partick Thistle how everyone in the


Aberdeen half here. Lawless has got his team a free kick. A cheap free


kick to give away in a dangerous area. Hayes bulling his arm back. A


big chance for Partick Thistle. It really is. Derek McKinney 's will be


furious with how cheap they free kick that is to give away. They will


not get too many more chances. Can they take advantage of this one that


has been presented to them? In from food. It is headed just over. Big


chance. Abdul Osman. Their best chance of the match. A free header


at the back post. He headers it over the bar. He has got to hit the


target. He has to score, it is a sitter. He has to force a replay


with that. He knows it. The Aberdeen fans with a rendition


of the Northern lights. It will be a yellow card here as well. A second


one for Danny Devine. He will make it to the bath just before the rest


of his team-mates. That sums up the afternoon. Smashed into the boards


here. It does look painful. Less than two to play of the injury


time. We'll Partick Thistle be left with regret? They have not laid a


glove on Aberdeen. Christie happy to try and run down the clock. That


Osman chances the only real chance in the match for Partick Thistle. A


massive chance. They haven't really deserved anything from this game.


The sun setting behind the stand. It is setting on the Scottish Cup hopes


of Partick Thistle here. At the wrong end of the park and only one


minute left. Pushed forward by Edwards. That will


do from an Aberdeen point of view right now. They have not been at


their flamboyant best, Aberdeen, but they know how to win games of


football. As I said earlier, it is not about performance in the latter


stages of the cup, only the result matters. It was a difficult tie this


afternoon against Partick Thistle. They deserve a semifinal place


should they get there and they are almost there. This has gone Partick


Thistle's way. Will we get one last chance? I didn't think that was a


foul. I think Craig Thomson thinks he has the ball trapped under his


legs. Both teams were at it. We have played the five minutes of stoppage


time, added time in added time now. Callum Booth has a good set piece in


him. Goalkeeper has come up for it as well, Christie can't get there.


Taylor blasted home, Hayes will chase it down but the referee blow


for full-time before Hayes can get onto it. He was sure he would be in


for a second goal, but one will do. Scored by Graham Shinichi McRae


minutes before half-time. Derek McKinney 's has guided Aberdeen back


to the semifinals of the Scottish Cup. They will have that opportunity


potentially to lift the trophy for the first time since 1990. For the


eighth time overall. Alan Archibald applauds the Partick Thistle fans


who came up in good numbers but an afternoon of frustration for him and


his players. Although they have been in fine form. Graham Shinichi is the


hero and may end up facing up to his brother Andrew when the draw is made


later. It finishes with Aberdeen marching on. STUDIO: What a chance


of the Partick Thistle Captain Abdul Osman at the end. Graham Shinichi


the Aberdeen captain gets the only goal of the game which sends them


into the last four. You would be hard pushed to say they did not


deserve it. They thoroughly deserved it. The second half performance,


created a number of chances. The only thing lacking was finishing


those chances. Graham Shinnie was immense today, wonderful goal and


his all-round play was fantastic. His energy and determination. His


physicality was superb. The goal was just wonderful use of skill from


him. But Derek McInnis got the tactics absolutely right. He won


that battle. Not the best of games, better second half but Aberdeen


thoroughly deserved to be in the semis. Partick Thistle will be


disappointed it took till stoppage time before a serious chance of


scoring. You saw Alan Archibald walking down the touchline and he


will be disappointed. Two microseconds before it happened, you


always expect the side to get an microseconds before it happened, you


opportunity. We going to interrupt duty took the Graham Shinnie.


Congratulations. Was that a hard-fought victory? Yes,


definitely. We have played Partick Thistle a couple of times recently


and we knew what we would get. They have been on a great run of form. So


have we come up until Tuesday. It was always going to be a hard battle


and luckily we came out on top. Your goal, you knew you were hitting it?


It opened up nicely for me. In training, that is what we practice


every day. They normally go in during training but not in the game.


So it was nice. Congratulations, you are the Man of the Match. It is a


great story, Andrew Shinnie Man of the Match for Hibs and now his


brother here. An exciting semifinal line-up. It is top-notch. Looking


forward to the draw. Rangers, Celtic, Aberdeen, Hibs. It doesn't


matter who gets who, the quality will be there. I am sure there will


be better quality than we saw today will be there. I am sure there will


but it should be exciting. Partick Thistle will be very disappointed


that it took to injury time to get a real opportunity. Osman will be


devastated he didn't do better. It was a scrappy game. Aberdeen were


not great to watch either but there was no doubt they thoroughly


deserved it. A lot of it was down to Graham Shinnie. He was the centre of


everything that was good from Aberdeen. The draw around 5:30pm,


highlights the night from 10:30pm on BBC Scotland. From all of us,


goodbye for now. They... They just wiped


their hands of us.


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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