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SFL DIVISION ONE PREVIEW – SATURDAY 13TH APRIL 2013

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irnbru-sflIt’s been one heck of a week if you are a Thistle fan. They lose the Ramsden’s Cup Final and then beat Morton at home to go 5 points clear at the top with a game in hand. Morton had won their game last weekend to maintain the pressure by closing the gap to 2 points but it was not to be a glorious week for them as they lost 1-0 at a highly competitive game in front of 9,000 at Firhill. Like the chairman and manager of Morton I have to ask – where did they all come from? A quarter of them turning up every second week and Morton will get over that final hurdle because there will be money in the kitty for a better squad then!

It was also the week in which Dunfermline found out that they would be docked 15 points. It means they are now 3 points behind Cowdenbeath at the bottom but above forlorn Airdrie United. Midweek the Blue Brazil got a 2-2 draw with Livingston which followed a 4-0 thrashing from Falkirk meaning the Pars have a big ask to stay out the play offs. Hamilton won midweek to get further away from trouble adding to Dumbarton’s woes who lost both midweek and on Saturday. It has set this weekend up perfectly.

Game of the day for me is Greenock Morton v Dunfermline Athletic. Morton won 5-2 against Airdrie United whilst Dunfermline have tumbled down the division. A Peter MacDonald hat trick with a Colin McMenamin penalty and Marc Warren OG sealed the points, put pressure on Thistle but was ultimately undone by that defeat to Thistle on Wednesday. The Pars lost at home last weekend to Hamilton 3-2 as Ryan Thomson had equalised then Stephen Husband penalty equalised again but they jus couldn’t hang on. This is a fascinating tie because it places two clubs facing adversity together and will be interesting to see how each one manages to deal with that. I honestly have no idea how this one will pan out but think it may fizzle into a draw. Airdrie United v Partick Thistle ought to be a walkover. In their last 2 games Airdrie have lost 10 goals with Sean Lynch and Alan Cook finding the back of the net last Saturday in their 5-2 defeat at Morton which was followed by a midweek 5-0 loss to Hamilton. Despite their loss in the Ramsdens final, Thistle managed to bounce back and win the top of the table clash thanks to a James Craigen first half goal. I cannot see past an away win and Thistle with one hand on the trophy, however stranger things have happened.

Livingston v Hamilton Academical has two sides in form. The Lions put 3 past Dumbarton last weekend to no reply thanks to goals from Kyle Lander, Paul Watson and Daniel Mullen. Midweek they drew 2-2 with Cowdenbeath thanks to Paul Watson and Craig Barr. Hamilton managed a 3-2 win up at East End Park thanks to Jon McShane, Michael Devlin and Martin Canning before trouncing Airdrie 5-0 on Tuesday last thanks to a Stevie May hat trick, Jon McShane and Eamonn Brophy. This say tough encounter for both and I would love to see a high scoring game but an edgy draw may be likely! Finally Raith Rovers v Cowdenbeath has a home side that was idle for last Saturday and then thanks to Greig Spence and Brian Graham beat Dumbarton on Tuesday 2-1. Cowdenbeath had a see saw week as they got thumped 4-0 at Falkirk, then drew 2-2 at home to Livingston thanks to goals from Greg Stewart and Marc Mckenzie. Another draw in the making perhaps but I think Cowdenbeath may start to pick up points now they know Dunfermline are possible candidates for 9th.

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A lifelong supporter, since seeing Alex Ferguson play for them, of Ayr United he now contributes here, at KickTalk and Ringside Reports for things sporty. He is also a theatrical type and an educationalist. As an Ayr fan he clearly can explain the inexplicable, place fanatical faith in the most fantastic of dreams and deal with dark periods of depression and disappointment. Perfect as a teacher..

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