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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Latest details of the Thistle squad for the forthcoming season are now on the squad page:
Thistle were drawn away to Premier League club Glenafton Athletic, a very tough draw indeed. No date yet for this game.
The pre season friendly on Saturday 25th July has been moved to the 3g pitch at Coltness High School as Gasworks Park will not be ready at this stage.