Partick Thistle’s hopes of progressing to the fifth round of the Scottish Cup were dashed after they were beaten one nil by Aberdeen at Firpark.
Andrew Considine’s header from a Barry Robson corner put the Dons in front after just five minutes of play.
Following a minute’s silence in remembrance of those involved in the Glasgow helicoper crash, Thistle kept it tight in the first five minutes against an Aberdeen team who had put seven past them already this season.
Aberdeen had good chances to extend their lead as the first half progressed. Peter Pawlett’s speculative, dipping half-volley from about 30 yards produced a fantastic save from Fox.
The Thistle goalie went on to deny Ryan Jack’s goal-bound effort, despite a nasty deflection off Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.
Any threat Partick did pose came from Higginbotham who dragged low shots wide of either post in rare flurries towards Langfield’s goalmouth.
Wylde and Zola were dangerous near Aberdeen goal as Thistle spent more time in Dons’ territory going into the turnaround.
The second hald was more scrappy. This was summed up by Michael Hector’s ballooned shot deep into the crowd. McGinn’s left-footed drive on the turn was much closer to extending the Dons’ lead but found the side-netting.
In the final 10 minutes, Thistle forced Langfield into two good stops as they tried to equalise. The Aberdeen keeper had to beat away Higginbotham’s curler before tipping over Elliot’s rising drive.
Thistle almost levelled in injury time when Osbourne’s low shot was deflected wide by Considine.
Thistle: Fox, Taylor-Sinclair, De la Vega, Balatoni, Osbourne, Forbes (Lawless 76), Kerr (Welsh 62), Higginbotham, Craigen, Elliot, Doolan (Baird 80). Subs not used: Gallacher, Mukendi, Wilson, Meechan.