Again Ian working away so no video tonight. This was Thistle’ s 5th. game in 11 days then after Saturday no mid week games why all the rush plenty time.
DavidThomson continued in goal with Andy Brown and Josh Payne dropping to the bench.
Thorniewood opened strongly and went ahead in 11mins. through man of many clubs Keigan Parker Thistle equalised 5 minutes later with a shot by Ryan Innes which was cleared by a Thorniewood defender but the referee gave the goal saying the ball crossed the line.The visitors went ahead in 38 mins. with Welsh netting. Not to be outdone Thistle equalised in 44 mins. Niall Reynolds netting from inside the box.
Half Time 2-2.
Not much to write about for second half with Matty Clarke being replaced by Josh Payne then Mark McKeever replaced Gary McStay with both teams huffing and puffing with no real scoring opportunities at both ends. Top league now Thistle 51 pts 3 to play Cambuslang 50 pts 3 to play all away from home Roch 48 pts. with 4 to play with one of them Thistle at Larkhall on a date to be decided.
Team; David Thomson , Niall Reynolds, Liam Mushet ,Scott Nicol, Matty Clarke(Josh Payne ) Hugh Kelly, Brian Jack, Div, Reid, Graham Gracie, Gary McStay( Mark McKeever)
Subs not used Andy Brown,Declan Doyle, Stuart Thomson(gk)
Man of the Match goes to Hugh Kelly for a strong display in the middle of the park.
Thistle were missing Stewart Thomson who did not arrive until after kick off and captain Mark Canning who is working in Berwick for the week.
The first half was a bit of a non event on what was a very bumpy pitch and the home team who were only interested in lumping the ball from one end to the other.
The second half started in much the same fashion but the Vale opened the scoring in 55 mins with a shot from the edge of the box . Dunky reacted a couple of minutes later with Gary McStay replacing Mark McKeever a move which along with the change of Matty Clarke replacing Josh Payne was significant . Within a minute Thistle were on level terms with Div Reid netting across the keeper into the far corner. Ten minutes later the Jags went ahead with Div. heading in a Scott Nicol free kick.
Dunky then replaced Hugh Kelly with Niall Reynolds. Thistle were quite comfortable and held on for three valuable points.
Team, David Thomson , Andy Brown, Liam Mushet,Scott Nicol, Josh Payne( Matty Clarke), Hugh Kelly(Niall Reynold), Ryan Innes, Brian Jack , Mark McKeever (Gary McStay) Graham Gracie
Subs not used Craig Rutherford , Declan Doyle.
A stuffy performance by every player against a team battling to avoid relegation.
With every player giving their all there were many candidates for man of the match but the award goes to Liam Mushet who dealt very well with the aerial bombardment from the Vale.
With St. Rochs drawing 0-0 with the Gow the situation is that Thistle on 50 pts. with 4 to play max 62 pts. Cambuslang also on 50pts with 3 to go max. 59pts. St.Rochs 45 pts. with 5 to play max. 60pts.but have they still to come to Larkhall so somethings got give . This game now Thistle’s last home after the latest fixtures issued date still be decided.
Still a long way to go but we are very much in control of our own destiny and I am sure the players will give it their best shot.
No match report or video as Ian is working away from home. This in effect was Thistle’s game in hand on St, Rochs. Mark Reynolds opened the scoring for the Jags in 10 minutes then 7 minutes into second half Graham Gracie made it 2 . Forth pulled one back 8mins. later. Mark McKeever then added a 3rd. with Graham Gracie scoring his second of the night with 5 minutes remaining. Thistle now sit in 2nd. place with 47pts 3 in front of St. Rochs with both having 6 games to play. Cambuslang still lead with 49 pts with 4 games to play so squeaky bum time approaching for all 3 clubs. Thistle have a heavy schedule with Wishaw at home on Saturday followed by Vale of Clyde away Monday 24th. followed by Thorniewood at home on Wednesday 26th . then away to Neilston Saturday. All to play for but coaching staff and players taking it 1 game at a time.
Team – S. Thomson, Brown. Nicol[Mushet], Reynolds, Payne, Innes ,Kelly [Canning],Jack, Reid, Gracie, McStay [McKeever] ,
Sub. not used D.Thomson [GK] Clarke.
According to reports a good all round performance with every player playing his part.