Saturday 7th. May Dunipace Juniors Away k.o.2pm
Monday 9th. May Royal Albert at home k.o. 7.15 2nd. rd. Euroscot Central League Cup in the event of a draw after 90 Minutes straight to penalty kicks.
This leaves one home league game against Johnstone Burgh to be played and should the Thistle beat the Albert they face an away 3rd. round tie at either St.Rochs or Blantyre Vics.
Both clubs hoped this fixture would only be remembered for the football on the pitch and nothing else and that’s how it turned out in a thrilling high scoring encounter.
Thistle made a couple of changes with Brian Jack returning to the starting line up and Bryan Felvus on from the start on what was a bumpy and fiery pitch.
The visitors took the lead after seven minutes when a cross cum shot from Niall Reynolds deceived the home keeper going into the net via the post. The Roch equalised in 10 mins. via the penalty spot after Brian Jack brought down no. 19 Musa who took the spot kick himself and sent Stewart Thomson the wrong way to equalise. The home team now had the upper hand putting the Jags under pressure and it was no surprise when a ball over the top of the Thistle defence allowed no. 88 (yes that is his no. ) McLuskey to nip and dink the ball past the helpless Stuart Thomson . At this stage very little was seen from Thistle apart from a couple of shots which did not trouble the home keeper. Stark in the home goal then fumbled a Felvus shot and Niall Reynolds was unlucky not to net the rebound. Worse was to follow for the visitors when the no. 19 Mousa netted after Stewart Thomson saved but could not hold a net bound shot from the Roch no.3 Jarvis. Half time arrived with the visitors struggling to stay in the game 3-1 down.
Worse was to follow 2 minutes into the second half when a Mcluskey shot cannoned of the post Roch no. 11. Irvine netted the rebound. At this point things looked bleak for the Jags but after 53 Mins they got back into the game when Ryan Innes crashed the ball into the net from a corner. The Roch came back strongly and Stewart Thomson had a series of fine saves. Dunky then replaced Scot Nicol with Josh Payne . In 61 minutes Div. Reid gave the Jags real hope with a fine header at the back post from a pinpoint cross. Gary McStay and Graham Gracie then replaced Bryan Felvus and Matty Clarke as the Jags went all out to get back on level terms . Div. Reid then had a great opportunity for his second goal when a fine Graham Gracie pass put him through on the keeper but after rounding the keeper he found the angle to tight and the ball went harmlessly past. Stewart Thomson then had another two fine stops as the home team tried to put the game beyond their visitors .With four minutes remaining Thistle equalised when Graham Gracie latched onto a through ball rounded the home centre half and struck a fine shot past Stark in the home goal. The game ended with the home defence clearing a Nial Reynolds free kick.
Team : Stewart Thomson, Niall Reynolds, Jordan Marshall, Andy Brown, Paul Burns, Div. Reid, Ryan Innes, Brian Jack, Scot Nicol, Bryan Felvus , Matty Clarke Subs. Declan Doyle , Josh Payne, Gary McStay, Graham Gracie Sub. Keeper David Thomson.
Like Monday at the Gow another fantastic comeback from what looked an impossible position. One thing for sure no one can question the spirit and character of the players. Paul Burns had one of his best games in the jersey and Brian Jack put in another hard shift in the middle of the park but the M.O.M. award goes to Stewart Thomson who had some fine stops at final times during the game. Everyone in the jersey today stuck to the task to secure a well earned point.
Monday 2nd May Thorniewood United Home k.o. 7pm
Wednesday 4th. May Rossvale home k.o. 7pm.
No detailed match report from this game as myself and Ian were not at tonight’s game.
Thistle were soon 2 goals down inside 15 minutes and then proceeded to miss a series of chances to at least level the score before half time.
Different story in the second half with the Jags again creating chances the difference being Bryan Felvus, Div. Reid and Ryan Innes all scoring to give the Jags a well deserved victory.
Team S. Thomson,Doyle, Reynolds, Brown, Burns,McKeever, Marshall, Innes, Reid, Gracie, Clarke.
Subs. Kelly, Jack, Felvus
Young keeper David Thomson was ill , Josh Payne was Injured , Scott Nicol was on holiday and Gary McStay was working away from home.
Tonight’s Man of the Match was selected by the guys in the mini bus who chose Andy Brown.
Thistle made their first visit to Renfrew’s new ground, another fine old junior stadium gone and replaced by a soulless astroturf community facility on the edge of a retail park. It’s all about survival though and Renfrew have secured their future for a few years at least even though the only familiar thing was the sight of the planes taking off and landing.
Read the match report of Renfrew v Thistle here
After Saturday’ s draw at Neilston with a much depleted squad only Ryan Innes and Gary McStay were missing due to work commitments .
The Jags started strongly and were soon buzzing around the visitor’s goal . After Graham Gracie and Div. Reid had tested the visiting keeper the home team took the lead after tremendous pass from Scott Nicol found Graham Gracie on the edge of the box who took a fine first touch and then laid the ball off to Matty Clarke who took the round the Wishaw keeper to open the scoring. At this stage very little had been seen of Wishaw as an attacking force . The Wishaw goal then had a charmed life with a Graham Gracie shot being saved by Thomson in the visitors goal with the subsequent shot from the rebound being cleared somewhat luckily of the line by a Wishaw defender. David Thomson in the home goal then had a fine stop from the Wishaw no.9. The referee then lectured young Thomson about time wasting which was quite frankly ludicrous as the ball was lost in the area behind the goal. Half time arrived with the Thistle’s lead intact.
The second half started with Wishaw pressing for the equaliser but Thistle broke away and Graham Gracie went clear only for the referee who at this stage was at least 30 yards behind the play to give offside despite the fact that the Wishaw defender having the last touch with Graham clearly on side when the ball was played. As often happens the visitors went up the other end of the park and were awarded a free kick for a foul by Andy Brown with the resulting shot taking a deflection past the keeper. Wishaw now had their tails up and Thomson in the home had a couple of fine stops as the visitors applied the pressure. The visitors went ahead with a tremendous shot by the Wishaw no. 9 gave young Thomson no chance. Josh Payne then replaced Mark McKeever as the home team tried to get back into the game. For the remainder of the game Thistle huffed and puffed but just could not get back on even terms.
Team ; D. Thomson, Reynolds, Marshall, Brown,Nicol, McKeever , Kelly, Jack, Reid, Gracie and Clarke.
Subs. S, Thomson, Doyle, Burns, Payne, Felvus.
Same old story again Thistle starting well and taking the lead but either not adding to or defending their lead has cost them.
Graham Gracie had one of his best games for a while but Andy Brown, Jordan Marshall defended well but the man of the match award goes Niall Reynolds who put in a great shift up and down the right hand side .
There was some late season snow in Neilston as the two teams fought out a tightly contested game with little frills or much to satisfy the purists.
Read the match report of Neilston v Thistle here
Joe’s funeral will take place at THE LINN CREMATORIUM on Thursday 21st April at 10 am. Anyone who wishes to attend please contact Hugh Kerr on 07746875347 if we have sufficient numbers we will hire a min bus.
THISTLE were drawn at home to local rivals ROYAL ALBERT in the 2nd. round of the Central league Cup always a difficult game. Lets hope it is played on a Saturday but more than likely to be mid-week. Whoever is victorious play the winners of St. Rochs/Blantyre Vics in the 3rd Round if we beat our neighbours no doubt where we want to go to next !!!