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.
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.