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SPFL Development League
Tue 3 October, 2017. Kick Off: - 18:00
Excelsior Stadium

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Trialist
2
Trialist
3
Ross Fleming (Aidan Fitzpatrick 75)
4
Harry Granger
5
John Kelly
6
Callum Wilson
7
Mark Lamont
8
Antony Eadie (Ian Stokes 76)
9
Neil McLaughlin
10
Connor Higgins
11
James Stokes
 
Subs
12
Jamie Sneddon
14
Ian Stokes
15
Aidan Fitzpatrick
16
Lee Duncanson
Aberdeen U20
1
Archie Mair
2
Ryan Harrington
3
Toby Wells
4
Dean Campbell
5
Harlaine Mbayo
6
Sam Roscoe
7
Ethan Ross (Jack MacKenzie 84)
8
Seb Ross
9
David Dangana
10
Bruce Anderson (Lewis Hutchison 72)
11
Chris Antoniazzi (Connor McLennan 61)
 
Subs
20
David Craddock
14
Connor McLennan
15
Lewis Hutchison
16
Jack MacKenzie
17
Jack Chesser
 
Subs
12
Jamie Sneddon
14
Ian Stokes
15
Aidan Fitzpatrick
16
Lee Duncanson
 
Subs
20
David Craddock
14
Connor McLennan
15
Lewis Hutchison
16
Jack MacKenzie
17
Jack Chesser
 
94’Full Time
 
90’+03’

Wells' late corner finds a Dons player but its headed wide by the Aberdeen head.

 
90’+02’Aberdeen U20 corner
90’+01’Thistle Booking - Neil McLaughlin
84’Aberdeen U20 substitution: Jack MacKenzie replaces Ethan Ross
 
83’

A deep Aberdeen finds a free McLennan. He heads on goal but it loops high and wide.

 
78’Aberdeen U20 corner
 
77’

Dangana hits a half-volley from the edge of the box but its straight at the goalkeepeer.

76’Thistle substitution: Ian Stokes replaces Antony Eadie
75’Thistle substitution: Aidan Fitzpatrick replaces Ross Fleming
 
73’

Connor Higgins finds Neil McLaughlin with a pass into the box. Neil takes a touch away from goal and bends a dipping shot on target.It comes off the underside of the bar and bounces back out. Unclear whether it crossed the line but it sure was close.

72’Aberdeen U20 substitution: Lewis Hutchison replaces Bruce Anderson
71’Aberdeen U20 Booking - Harlaine Mbayo

The defender is booked for dissent.

 
67’

Ross Fleming drives inside from the left and unleashes a right-footed shot on goal from 25 yards. He catches it well but the Aberdeen 'keeper makes a save at the near post.

 
65’

Mark Lamont's long-range shot is parried by the Dons' goalkeeper and held at the second attempt.

 
64’Aberdeen U20 corner

McLennan's shot is deflected over.

 
62’Thistle corner
61’Aberdeen U20 substitution: Connor McLennan replaces Chris Antoniazzi
 
59’Aberdeen U20 corner

Antoniazzi back heels the ball to Anderson in the box and he leathers a shot on goal but its deflected behind from close range.

 
50’Aberdeen U20 corner
 
49’

The defender on trial here with the dev side found Antony Eadie with a forward ball. Eadie controlled and moved into the box, shooting as he moved wide. The opposition goalie caught safely.

 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)

Aberdeen get the second 45 started here in Airdrie.

 
45’Half-Time
 
44’

Callum Wilson is dispossessed in the midfield and Bruce Anderson gets the chance to shoot. He does but his attempt flies well off target.

 
33’

Callum Wilson's lifted through ball finds McLaughlin in space in the box. He tries to stretch out a leg and direct it on goal but can't meet it how he may have liked and his effort goes a few yards wide.

 
32’Thistle corner

Neil McLaughlin's powerful shot forces the Dons' goalie to turn it behind.

30’Goal Thistle! Neil McLaughlin
Thistle 2 - Aberdeen U20 1

McLaughlin bags his second of the night as Mark Lamont's cut-back from the byline on the right wing found the number nine. He proceeded to slot it calmly home back across goal.

 
27’Thistle corner
 
26’

Callum Wilson's long-range effort from 25 yards sails well over the bar.

 
25’Aberdeen U20 corner
 
24’Aberdeen U20 corner
15’Goal Aberdeen U20! Toby Wells
Thistle 1 - Aberdeen U20 1

The Aberdeen number three steps up to take a central free-kick from 25 yards. He curls it relatively low on goal but it takes a big deflection on its way through, wrong-footing the goalkeeper and finding the net.

13’Goal Thistle! Neil McLaughlin
Thistle 1 - Aberdeen U20 0

The Jags' trialist defender slots an excellent ball through to Neil McLaughlin. The number nine then reverses the ball slotting it under the 'keeper, finding the net from a tough angle.

 
11’

The corner comes in, and as it swings towards the far corner of the goal, Thistle's trialist 'keeper claws it back and away before claiming it when it came back in.

 
11’Aberdeen U20 corner
 
02’Aberdeen U20 corner
 
00’Kick-Off

Connor Higgins gets things started here at the Excelsior Stadium.

Match Report

Partick Thistle U20 v Aberdeen U20 – 3rd October 2017

After picking up their second league win of the season against Hamilton at the SuperSeal Stadium, Partick Thistle’s development side returned to the Excelsior Stadium to take on Aberdeen.

The Jags line up with a back five similar to last time out. In goals was the same trialist as last week while another trialist filled the rightmost centre-half slot of the three. The other two centre-backs were Harry Granger and John Kelly while Ross Fleming and James Stokes filled the wing back positions. Antony Eadie, Callum Wilson and Mark Lamont filled the centre of the park and Connor Higgins played alongside Neil McLaughlin up top.

The match started slowly but burst into life in the 13th minute when Neil McLaughlin found the net. The Jags’ trialist defender slotted a fine ball forward into Neil’s path and the number nine reversed it, guiding past the goalkeeper and into the net to give his side the lead.

Thistle’s jubilation was cut short though as the Dons pulled one back just two minutes later. Aberdeen won a free-kick in a central position, 25 yards out. The visitors’ number three Toby Wells stepped up to take and attempted a low curling effort. It would have been a routine save for Thistle’s trialist ‘keeper had it not taken a sizeable deflection on the way through, wrong-footing the goalie allowing the ball to squeeze past him.

The hosts were not deterred however as they retook the lead with their next clear-cut chance. After some Thistle possession Mark Lamont took the ball to the byeline on the right flank and cut the ball back into the danger area. His pass found the prolific Neil McLaughlin who slotted home coolly past the goalkeeper grabbing his tenth goal of the season in all competitions and putting the young Jags ahead again.

McLaughlin had the chance to complete his hat-trick in the 32nd minute when he got his shot away in the box. McLaughlin let fly from a tough angle, finding the target with a powerful shot. Aberdeen’s goalkeeper was on hand however to turn the attempt away from goal for a corner.

Things stayed at 2-1 going into the break with the young Jags just edging things. Chances were few and far between in the opening 45 minutes but on the balance of opportunities the home side probably deserved the lead.

The first big chance of the second period fell one minute short of the hour and it came for the away team. Dons attacker, Antoniazzi, rolled a back-heel into the path of Bruce Anderson. He proceeded to leather a shot on goal but it deflected behind off a Jags’ body as the chance went begging for Aberdeen.

Neil McLaughlin found himself coming close to a hat-trick goal once again in the 73rd minute. Connor Higgins found the 18-year old with a pass into the box. Neil then took a touch away from goal before bending an effort towards the goal. His shot came off the underside of the bar before bouncing out. The ball seemed to be on the very edge of crossing the line but the referee gave nothing and the play went on.

Scott McKenzie made a double sub with 15 minutes left as he looked to hold the lead his side had. Aidan Fitzpatrick and Ian Stokes replaced Ross Fleming and Antony Eadie.

Aberdeen pushed for the final ten minutes with half-chances falling to Dangana and McLennan but their efforts were futile in the end as the referee blew the final whistle to secure Thistle’s first home league win of the season. Neil McLaughlin added to his goal tally as he continues to impress in the Development League while giving his all on loan with Stirling Albion.

The young Jags now turn their attentions to next Tuesday’s clash with Kilmarnock. Kick-off is at 19:00 from Rugby Park.

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