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Partick Thistle 2-1 Queen of the South: Not a Classic but a vital three points

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A late goal from Christie Elliot gave Jackie McNamara’s side their first win of the season and a vital three points. Kris Doolan opened the scoring for the home side, after the ball ricocheted off Doolan and Doonhamers keeper Robinson gifting the striker an open goal.

Into the Second Half and the Doonhamers equalised through Mark Campbell after Jags keeper Scott Fox was in no man’s land as he came to collect a cross and was duly punished for it. Despite the Doonhamers greater percentage of possession in the Second Half, Thistle secured all three points against the run of play as Christie Elliot scored the winner.

The last time these two sides faced off against one another at firhill it ended 0-0, both teams saw themselves at the wrong end of Division One, with Thistle chasing their first win of the season in all competitions, while the Doonhamers despite their cup wins, were still waiting for their first win in the league.

The first real chance of the game fell to Queen of the South ten minutes in, a cross ball was allowed to bounce inside the Jags six yard box by defender Paul Paton and Scott McLaughlin stretched over the full back but could only head wide.

Four minutes later and the Jags players were claiming for a penalty. Scott Robertson picked up the ball from twenty yards out and made his way into the Doonhamers box, however the ball got stuck between his feet, giving Robinson the Doonhamers goal time to close him down and gather the ball. Robertson fell over the keeper claiming for a penalty, but referee John McKendrick waved play on telling the player to get up.

Slack defending by Paul Paton on the byline let the Doonhamers get in a free cross into the box, but the Dumfries side could not capitalise on the chance.

The deadlock was finally broken twenty minutes in and it was the home side who took the lead. Christie Elliot closed down Robinson who was rushing out to clear the ball, however the keeper could only kick the ball off Elliot and it fell kindly to Kris Doolan who coolly slotted the ball into the open goal.

Robertson again made his way through the Doonhamers defence, but he was quickly closed down and tumbled to the ground in the box, despite some weak protests from the home crowd for a penalty, the referee awarded a corner.

All in all the first half was a poor affair, with slack passing and poor touches galore.

Partick were awarded a free kick within a minute of the restart when Flannigan was brought down just a yard outside the box, but Sinclair could only strike the wall with his free kick and the ball spinned into the keepers arms.

New signing Christie Elliot, who only moved to Firhill last week from Whitley Bay, was clean through on goal after a defensive error by Chris Higgins, but the Geordie striker saw his shot saved by Robinson. From the resulting corner Doolan saw his goal bound header cleared off the line.

15 minutes into the second half Queen of the South were level. The Doonhamers were awarded a free kick after Scott McLaughlin was brought down by Balatoni, who was booked for his troubles. Higgins took the resulting free kick, but Jags keeper Scott Fox was found in No Man’s Land as he came for the ball and Mark Campbell punished the young keeper heading home.

Soon after both sides had penalty claims denied by referee McKendrick, however the Doonhamers should have taken the lead when substitute Nicky Clark pounced on a loose ball and rounded Fox in the Jags goal, but his touch let him down knocking the ball far enough away from him to give Alan Archibald time to get back and deny Clark an almost certain goal.

Thistle were lucky not to see themselves down to ten men when Paul Cairney, who had already been booked, went in late on Stephen Simmons. But McKendrick awarded the Doonhamers a free kick and kept his cards in his pocket.

Queen of the South were made to pay for their missed chances when David Rowson picked up the ball on the left-wing, he sent in a ball to Doolan who laid the ball off into the path of Elliot to strike it home to give Jackie McNamara’s the lead.

But again the Doonhamers threatened the Jags goal, with substitute Nicky Clark seeing his superb strike cannon off the post and away from danger.

Despite further pressure from the Doonhamers, the Jags held on to secure all three points and their first win of the season.

Match Information

Partick Thistle: Fox, Paton, Sinclair, Robertson, Balatoni, Archibald, Cairney, Rowson, Doolan, Elliot, Flannigan.
Subs: Scully, Erskine, Lindsay, O’Donnell, Stewart.

Queen of the South: Robinson, C. Reid, A. Reid, Simmons, Campbell, Higgins, Johnston, McKenna, Smith, McLaughlin, Carmichael.
Subs: McKenzie, McGuffie, Clark, Brighton, McShane.

Referee: John McKendrick
Attendance: 2,045

Scotzine Man of the Match: Nicky Clark – came on in the Second Half and changed the whole game.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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