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Firhill Stadium (ATT 3,642) 1st December 2013 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: B Madden

Partick Partick Thistle vs Aberdeen Aberdeen

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Scottish Cup: Andy Considine seals 1-0 win for Aberdeen at Partick Thistle

Last Updated: 01/12/13 5:40pm

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Andy Considine's early header wins the day for Aberdeen at Firhill

Andy Considine's early header wins the day for Aberdeen at Firhill

Aberdeen recorded their third straight win over Partick this season as Andy Considine's early header secured a 1-0 win and a ticket to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup.

After their early breakthrough Derek McInnes' men were rarely troubled by a toothless Thistle, who slipped tamely to a fifth consecutive defeat.

Aberdeen forged ahead when Barry Robson's corner kick picked out Considine in the fifth minute and the defender crashed home a stooping header from six yards.

With 1,800 fans roaring them on, Aberdeen went for the jugular, Scott Fox having to claw away Peter Pawlett's dipping 25-yard volley and the Thistle keeper again showed his agility to keep out Ryan Jack's deflected effort.

Kallum Higginbotham dragged a bobbling shot across the face but is was a very rare threat to the visitors' goal, Gregg Wylde blazing wide at the other end after a lung-bursting run.

Calvin Zola headed over as the Dons again exposed Thistle's soft defensive centre before Thistle glavanised a brief - if ultimately fruitless - flurry before the break.

Aberdeen were content to hold what they had for much of the second period, and remained largely untroubled, a vain appeal for handball against Russell Anderson notwithstanding.

Niall McGinn found the side-netting from the angle before Higginbotham finally forced Jamie Langfield into his first serious save of the game with 10 minutes remaining.

Thistle pressed in vain for a late leveller, but it was Aberdeen who came closest to finding the net again, McGinn crashing one off the upright in added time.

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