Darvel v Larkhall Thistle Sat 1st. August

Today’s friendly was switched to the 3G pitch at Loudon Academy Galston. Thistle started this game without ,Stewart Thomson, Andy Brown, Niall Reynolds, Mark McKeever, Jordan Marshall, Matty Clarke and Barry Daly all missing due to holidays,weddings and work commitments. The game once again started in a downpour which along with a strong wind made conditions difficult with Darvel adapting better to the conditions and it was no surprise when they  they took the lead with a fine finish. Thistle fought back and Ryan Innes headed against the bar when it seemed easier to score the midfielder was to go and repeat this on another two occasions. The Jags were now in control but could not get back on equal terms. Darvel increased their lead with a perfectly struck free kick by their no8 giving Alan Colquhoun no chance. Ryan Innes then stuck the woodwork for a second time. However they did get one back when Gary McStay split the Darvel defence with an inch perfect pass to Graham Gracie who tucked the ball past the Darvel keeper.

The rain had now stopped and we at last had some sunshine Thistle started the second period strongly with Neil Schoneville heading over from a Brian Jack corner. Declan Docherty then replaced David McPhee and Thistle continued to press and once again Ryan Innes headed against the post.Ryan finally got his name on the scoresheet after fine play by Gary Mcstay whose cross was headed back across goal by Graham Gracie and Ryan finished of the move.Scott Nicol was then replaced by Josh Payne and Graham Gracie with Liam Thomson. Thistle thought they had taken the lead when a driven cross by Div. Reid was turned into is own net by a Darvel defender but the referee chalked the goal of seemingly for offside which was a bit of a mystery to everyone. Darvel then in the dying seconds of the game grabbed the winner for a 3-2 win.

Again a worthwhile exercise in a game that Thistle should have won but for poor finishing and bad luck.

Team; Colquhoun, McPhee, Burns,Schoneville, Nicol, Innes,Jack,Kelly,McStay,Gracie,Reid.

subs; Docherty, Payne, Thomson,Felvus.



Larkhall Thistle v Darvel Saturday 1st. August

Due to Thistle’s and Darvel’s pitch being waterlogged in places this friendly will now be played at Loudon Academy 3G pitch k.o. 2pm. The academy is easy to find follow A71 until you pass Loudon Gowf Club at roundabout take 3rd.exit on right you will find the academy on your right.

Blackburn United v Larkhall Thistle Wed.29th. July

Like Saturday’s game this friendly started in a downpour which gradually got worse as the game progressed with puddles starting to make conditions dangerous for the players. The home team in were adapting better to the conditions and it was no surprise when they opened the scoring after Stuart Thomson made a fine save but a Blackburn player followed up to score. The ball was now sticking in puddles all over the park and the referee spoke to both managers with about 15 mins. to go till the interval. Thistle equalised when Mark McKeever was fouled in the box and Div. Reid duly converted the penalty. The half ended with a superb one handed save by Stewart Thomson with the Blackburn no 9 unable to net the loose ball. The referee then made the correct decision and abandoned the game Again  nothing but praise for both sets of players for their efforts in terrible conditions.  Team  Thomson, Doyle,Reynolds, Schoneville,Burns, Payne ,Jack ,Kelly, Reid, McKeever, McStay Subs; Mcphee, Daly,Colquhoun,Innes,Nicol.

Andy Brown and Graham Gracie were carrying injuries, Bryan Felvus had work commitments while Jordan Marshall and Matty Clarke were on holiday.


Electric Bar v Larkhall Thistle Sat 25 th July

Conditions for this game were horrendous with heavy some times monsoon like rain from start to finish which very much effected the play. The final score was 3-2 to thistle with goals by Div Reid and 2 by Graham Gracie his second an exquisite chip from the edge of the box. Credit to both sets of players for what turned out to be an entertaining game.

sponsorship 2015/2016

Larkhall Thistle are delighted to announce that their warm up tops for next season will be sponsored by Forever Living Healthy with Lisa Schoneville . The club would like to thank Lisa and Neill for their support.

Ashfield v Larkhall Thistle Wed.22nd July

Thistle visited Ashfield for this friendly in a stadium which had been completely revamped from the old one. Dunky once again started with a much changed team from Saturday with Declan Doyle, Joshua Payne and Brian Felvus on from the start with Andy Brown returning from holiday also in the eleven . Thistle like Saturday started very well playing attractive football and controlling the game so it was no surprise when they took the lead through Brian Felvus who netted after a Mark McKeever corner had only been partially cleared . Thistle continued to control the game and the Ashfield keeper did well to stop shots from Graham Gracie and Brian Felvus  with a header from Josh Payne being scrambled off the line. Ashfield then came into the game with a 15 minute spell but did not really trouble Stewart Thomson. Unlike Saturday the same eleven started the game but it was not long into the second half when Dunky started making changes with Graham Gracie and Brian Felvus being replaced by  Matty Clarke and Gary Daly . Thistle continued to push forward and the keeper had excellent stops from Ryan Innes and Matty Clarke. Further substitutions were then made with Brian Jack being replaced by Hugh Kelly and Josh Payne being replaced by Div. Reid and Declan Doyle being replaced by David McPhee and Andy Brown replaced by Neill Schoneville. The game continued in the same fashion with the Jags pushing forward and after an Ashfield defender had handled the ball in the box Matty Clarke despatched the perfect penalty into the left corner of the net. At this stage the home keeper made first a class stop again from Ryan Innes and had one on one saves from Matty Clarke and Div. Reid although this one looked like a penalty. Ashfield then put some pressure on the thistle goal and Stewart Thomson received a bloody nose after he managed to stop a net bound shot with his face. Like Saturday the game left the management team with much to ponder over.

Now on to Saturday against the Electric Bar at Dalzell. Please note kick off now 1pm and not 2 as originally shown.

Abbey Vale 1 Larkhall Thistle 4

Thistle  travelled to Dumfries for their annual friendly with Southern League team Abbey Vale the game being played at Palmerston Park the home of Queen of the South. After a fairly even start Thistle eventually gained the upper hand and went in at the interval  3 goals up through Neilly Schoneville , Brian Jack and Div Reid.

Dunky as promised made 6 changes at half time replacing David McPhee with Declan Doyle, Div Reid with Mark McKeever , Ryan Innes with Joshua Payne, Scott Nicol with Paul Burns, Matty Clarke with Barry Daly and Graham Gracie with Brian Felvus.

Abbey Vale came more into the game due to the number of changes made by the visitors at half -time. Brian Felvus increased the Jags lead with well taken goal. Abbey vale rallied after this and scored what turned out to be a consolation goal. Overall a good exercise and once again the hospitality from our good friends at Abbey Vale was excellent.

Starting eleven ; Thomson,McPhee, Reynolds, Schoneville (capt) Nicol,Innes, Kelly, Jack,Reid, Clarke, Gracie.

Marshall, McStay and Brown were on holiday. Next friendly Ashfield away Wednesday k.o. 7.15

Bus for Abbey Vale away

The bus for the Abbey Vale game at Palmerston, Dumfries leaves the clubhouse on Saturday 18th July at 11am. Kick off is 2:00pm.

Anyone wishing to travel please contact Hugh Kerr on 07746875347 or Stevie Johnston on 07523153713 to book a seat