Thistle’s first league game of the season was a potentially difficult looking tie against Renfrew. The visitors had spent a few seasons in the Superleagues and would be looking to try and bounce straight back.
With Lesmahagow’s ground being out of action due to last year’s flooding, Thistle were the visitors to their own park in this group decider. Home advantage probably played a part in the end as the Jags ran out decisive winners.
The quarter final will now be against Cumbernauld at Gasworks Park, this coming Wednesday 27th at 6:30pm
The club learned today that Martin was admitted too hospital yesterday. The club would like to send Martin our best wishes for a speedy recovery and hope to see him back in his usual spot at Gasworks.
This is a winner takes all game as whoever eventually wins, whether it be on Saturday or in the event of a draw a play off on Monday night, will then face Cumbernauld at home on the Wednesday night with a 6.30 pm kick off.
Thistle have problems with Scott Nicol, David Reid and Jordan Marshall on holiday and Ross McGeachie and Andy Brown injury doubts.
Dunky and Tam took advantage to try out potential signings against Glencairn who play in the Premier first, the league above us. The Jags started very well with trialists at right back and in mid-field and it was no surprise when Ryan Innes headed in a precise Brian Jack corner in 12 minutes. Not long after going ahead Andy Brown was forced to leave the field with what looked like a mouth injury after an accidental clash with Glencairn forward with Niall Reynolds replacing him.
The pattern of play continued with Thistle looking dangerous every time they attacked the Glens defence. Glens winger Downan was causing problems on the Thistle right flank but his final balls were not causing the Jags defence any problems. Graham Gracie then put Thistle two up after chasing down the Glens centre half and winning the ball and slotting past Hutcheson in the Glens goal. Half time 2-0
Much the same in second half with Graham Gracie adding to the tally to put Thistle three up. The game became a bit ragged with both teams using rolling subs. Graham should have had his hat trick when clean through but Hutcheson made a good block. Glens then scored from the penalty spot after Niall Reynolds brought down a Rutherglen player.
The game finished with Thistle comfortable winners. The trialists on view certainly gave the coaching staff food for thought.
Thistle team: Moss (Price) L Brown (McKee) A Brown (Reynolds) Schoneville, McKeever, Innes, Jack (Canning), Kidd, Gracie, Clarke, Cowan
Thistle play the Gow on Saturday in the final game of the Sectional League Cup with the teams going into the game dead level on points – and goals for and against. Lesmahagow’s park is still out of action due to last year’s flooding so the game has been switched to Larkhall. In the event of a draw, the teams will replay on Monday night and toss a coin for choice of venue.
If the Gow win the toss it could be Carluke, Stonehouse or even Gasworks Park again!
It’s winner takes all on Saturday and it should be a cracking cup tie with the Jags out to avenge last season’s 3-2 defeat at home in the decider.
Next week’s game with Lesmahagow who beat Lanark today will now decide the outcome of the group.
The club is sorry to announce that our iconic goalkeeper Davie McEwan has left by mutual agreement. Davie played 90 plus games over 4 seasons, injury preventing him from playing another 30 plus games.
At our level of the game, work and domestic arrangements will always come first. We thank Davie for his service both on and off the field wish him all the best for the future and look forward to welcoming him to Gasworks Park on any occasion.
Just a quick reminder for anybody who is going to tomorrow’s game with the Albert that it is being played at Tileworks Park in Stonehouse, where Albert are playing their home games this season.
It could well be the first time the fixture has ever taken place outside Larkhall.