Thistle will face Arniston Rangers at Gasworks Park on Saturday 24th. October k.o 2 .30pm . The draw was made by Scotland Manager Gordon Strachan and coaches Mark McGhee and Stuart McCall. Without doubt another tough tie for the Jags Arniston are in the same league as our previous opponents Haddington Athletic.
Thistle travelled to Viewpark their confidence boosted by a fine Scottish cup win last Saturday. As expected Dunky fielded and unchanged for the third game running against the joint league leaders who had exited the Scottish last week to Bonnyrigg Rose.
The home team started brightly down the slight slope and soon had the Jags under pressure and it was no surprise when they took the lead after slack play by the Thistle defence. The visitors then went further ahead through their no 11 who at this stage was causing the Jags problems. This goal seemed to wake the visitors up and Matty Clarke after a brilliant run failed to convert with just the keeper to beat. He was then put through again with just the keeper to beat and again failed to convert. This was just a taste of what was to be tremendous afternoon for the home keeper. The visitors finally opened their account when Matty Clarke forced home a Div Reid corner. Thistle finished the half strongly which was a sign of what was to come in the second period. Half time 2-1 to the home team.
As expected the visitors came storming out in the second half and were soon swarming around the home goal with Thistles’s two full backs overlapping at every opportunity with Scot Nicol really forcing the play with Div. Reid down the left side. The Wood keeper then had a string of top class saves from Matty Clarke ,Josh Payne , Ryan Innes before Ryan equalised again from a Div Reid corner. The jags now had their tails up with the keeper again excelling himself with a fine stop from Graham Gracie. A great ball from Div. Reid ran tantalisingly across the goal line with a Thistle player unable to connect the ball just clearing the far post. Little was seen of the home team as an attacking force with the main danger coming from big high balls into the Thistle half which Neill Schoneville, Jordan Marshall dealing with everything thrown at them. After all the missed chances and fine stops by the home keeper it would have been a gross injustice if the Jags had not secured the three points. The winner duly arrived in the first minute of injury time when Graham Gracie cooly netted a through pass to seal the three points.
Team; Colquhoun,Reynolds, Marshall, Schoneville, Nicol,Payne,Jack,Innes, Reid, Clarke,Gracie. Subs; Mckeever,Burns,Mcstay, Kelly,Doyle, gk. David Thomson
On a day when once again the fantastic team spirit showed through and everyone on the park contributed the Man of the Match award this week goes to Scot Nicol who was outstanding both in defence and going forward one of his best displays in the jersey.
Thistle travel to New Cumnock on 10th. October to face Glenafton in the West of Scotland Cup. The bus will leave Gasworks Park at 11.30 am. Anyone wishing to travel please contact Hugh Kerr on 07746875347 to book a seat.
Gasworks Park housed a good crowd for what both teams hoped would be a good run in the Holy Grail of junior football.
The game was preceded by a minutes silence for Thistle supporter John Russell who passed away earlier in the week. The visitors started strongly and it was no great surprise when they took the lead no.9 Wayne Sproule finishing off a fine passing movement. At this stage of the game the home team were struggling to get to grips with the passing style of Haddington team which was nice to watch but Alan Colqhoun in the home was not under any great pressure. As half time approached their was a shout for a penalty when Josh Payne went down in the penalty box after a tackle by the Haddington no.5 however the referee quite correctly gave a goal kick. Half time arrived with the Jags huffing and puffing but not really threatening the visitors goal.
Thistle came out in the second half in determined fashion and were soon putting the Haddington defence under pressure and in the 50th. minute equalised through Matty Clarke who finished of a fine passing movement involving Josh Payne and Graham Gracie. This goal settled the home team and with Brian Jack and Ryan Innes getting to grips with the middle of the park, for the first the visitors started to gradually fall out of the game. The Jags started to apply pressure to the Haddington defence and shots from Graham Gracie and Div Reid went close with a tremendous drive from Scot Nicol being pushed away to safety by visiting keeper Amos. Gasworks park erupted in 72 minutes when the Jags were awarded a penalty after the Haddington no 4 handled the ball in the penalty box and Graham Gracie expertly converted sending the keeper the wrong way. The visitors were stunned and the home team tried to press home their advantage and were awarded another penalty for a push on Neil Schoneville. Graham Gracie was the coolest person in the ground again sending the keeper the wrong way. Josh Payne was withdrawn at this point and replaced by the experienced Mark McKeever. With the prospect of exiting the Scottish Haddington redoubled their efforts and were awarded a penalty in the 2nd. minute of injury time . Paterson duly converted but it was too little to late and the Jags emerged victorious.
Team ; Colqhoun, Reynolds,Marshall,Schoneville,Nicol,Payne,Innes,Jack,Reid, Clarke,Gracie. Subs. Doyle,Brown, McKeever, Felvus, D.Thomson .G.K.
On a day when every single player stepped up the plate it is only right and proper to award the man of the match award to the entire team.
After no wins in the opening three games, the last thing you would probably want is a visit from the league leaders with a 100% record but that’s what the Jags got today.
Thistle held a minute’s silence in memory of lifelong supporter Tommy Ferguson before today’s game.
There was no video for the Sectional League Cup game at Lesmahagow due to battery failure but a minute of the early actoin has survived, including one of the best team goals Thistle have scored this season.
Thistle have been drawn at home to Haddington Athletic in the first round of the Scottish Cup. Haddington play in the East Premier League, the division below the Superleague and are currently sitting sixth after five games. It will be a stiff test for the Jags as the two teams look fairly evenly matched on paper.
As commented by regular poster Exiled, Thistle lost 3-1 there in the Scottish Cup in 1970 when they had a very good team and a massive support, the round after beating Preston Athletic (now a Senior team) 4-0 at Prestonpans.
The tie takes place on Saturday 26th September at Gasworks Park.
Larkhall Thistle have great pleasure in announcing they have agreed a two year sponsorship deal with Igloo, Lanarkshire’s number one estate agent. As part of the deal Igloo’s name and logo will appear on all Thistle jerseys and rain jackets. Igloo will also have advertising space in the match programme and at the ground. The club would like to thank Kevin and his team for their support in what we trust will be a beneficial partnership over the two years.
Thistle failed to qualify for the quarter finals by 1 goal with Lanark United going through to the quarter finals after beating Royal Albert 6-0 at Stonehouse.
Thistle have noone to blame but themselves with a poor display at Lanark and many missed chances at Lesmahagow.
On to the league with a tough start away to Rossvale at Petershill’s Park on Saturday.