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Dominant Dons dispatch nine man Jags

Partick Thistle 1

McMullan 70

Aberdeen 4

Shankland 3, 8, Smith 49, Quitongo 81
  • Tuesday, 11 November 2014
  • Firhill
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

David Brockett | YFS West Dunbartonshire Senior Reporter
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Aberdeen sit top of the SPFL Development League table having seen off nine man Partick Thistle at Firhill on Tuesday. Two penalties from Dons striker Lawrence Shankland as well as strikes from Cammy Smith and Jai Quitongo saw Paul Sheerin’s side leave Firhill with all three points in a game where Michael McMullan scored a consolation for the hosts.
With just two minutes on the clock, good link up play between Scott Wright and Lawrence Shankland saw Jags defender Matthew McInally bring Wright down inside the area. Referee Derek Crothers immediately pointed to the spot and brandished McInally a red card for preventing a goalscoring opportunity. Shankland took the resulting penalty, cooly slotting past Thistle goalkeeper Marc Waters to give the visitors an early lead.
With Thistle visibly rattled from the early events, Aberdeen went in search of a second and almost found it on the half hour mark. First, Cem Felek’s floated cross was met by the head of Shankland, but his effort flew narrowly over Waters’ crossbar. Shortly after, Waters had to again be alert to block at the feet of Scotland Under 17 star White.
Seven minutes before half time, Aberdeen were awarded another penalty and Thistle were reduced to nine men, this time Jack Hendry being sent for an early bath. Having already been cautioned for dissent in the aftermath of the first penalty decision, Hendry was dismissed after being adjudged to have brought down Wright inside the area.
Shankland stepped up to the penalty spot once more and calmly dispatched another composed penalty to double the Dons advantage.
  • Half Time:
  • Partick Thistle
  • 0-2
  • Aberdeen
At the break Jai Quitongo - son of former Hearts winger Jose - replaced Scott Wright who picked up a knock in the tackle that led to the second penalty award.
With nine men, it was Thistle who started the second half the brighter and almost halved the deficit straight from the restart. First team regular Nathan Ecclestone’s speculative effort crashed off the underside of the crossbar, only to be cleared by a somewhat hesitant Dons defence as Thistle tried to find a way back into the match. 
Despite a bright start to the second half, Aberdeen put the game beyond Thistle as Cammy Smith added a third. A great interchange of passing at the edge of the area between Smith and Shankland saw scorer turn provider, slipping the ball to Smith who tucked the ball under Waters.
Content with keeping possession, Aberdeen passed the ball well with the Jags keeping a good shape despite being depleted of two players. Their resilience was then rewarded with a consolation in the 70th minute. Former Liverpool academy striker Nathan Eccleston burst down the right and laid the ball off to substitute Michael McMullin who stroked the ball past Bryce Billington in the Aberdeen goal. 
Ten minutes later, Aberdeen’s half time substitution Quitongo restored the Dons’ three goal cushion. Going in search of his hattrick, Shankland flashed a shot across goal and Quitongo was on hand to prod the ball home from close range. A good goal from the former Hamilton player, and an even better celebration as he emulated his dad’s trademark backflip celebration. 
All in all a professional performance from the Reds who climb to the top of the Development League table. The early red card spoiled any chance of a competitive contest, but Thistle boss Scott MacKenzie can take heart from the spirited fightback and committed attitude of his side, who have now conceded ten goals in their last two games.
  • Full Time:
  • Partick Thistle
  • 1-4
  • Aberdeen


Partick Thistle

1. Waters
2. McInally
3. Keenan
4. Hendry
5. Muirhead
6. Wilson
7. Fraser
8. Leyden
9. Eccleston
10. Nesbitt 
11. McDaid

(GK). McLaughlin
14. L Gallagher
15. Docherty
16. Collina

1. Billington
2. Rose 
3. Harvie
4. Campanile
5. McKenna
6. Gibbons
7. Felek
8. Ross
9. Shankland
10. Smith
11. Wright

(GK). Mutch
14. Jones
15. S Robertson
16. Henry
17. Petrie
18. Kelly
19. Quitongo

Star Player
Partick Thistle
Aaron Muirhead's first team experience showed as he tried to organise a depleted Thistle side. McDaid and Keenan, on the cusp of the first team, reacted well to going behind and were a threat going forward.
Lawrence Shankland's twice got on the scoresheet, and only some good defending prevented him from grabbing at least a hattrick.
Magic Moment
Partick Thistle
Michael McMullin's goal showed real character from a Thistle side who were down to 9 men by this point. It was a real team goal on a difficult day for the Jags.
Jai Quitongo showed great movement to prod the ball in for his first and Aberdeen's fourth, with an emphatic celebration too.
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