Rutherglen Glencairn 1 Larkhall Thistle 2 – 1st June 2016

Clyde Gateway Stadium, Rutherglen
Rutherglen Glencairn v Larkhall Thistle
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Rutherglen Glengairn 1 Larkhall Thistle 2 - 2

Thistle made their second visit to the Clyde Gateway Stadium in Rutherglen in what might have been their last game of the season. The stadium is probably the pick of the new built junior parks as it at least is a grass playing surface but it does have a slope and the Jags started the game kicking up it.

Only Ryan Innes was missing from what would probably have been the first choice team, Hugh Kelly started in his place in centre midfield. Glencairn had former Thistle player Brian Eadie at left back and it was good to see him back fit and well.

Rutherglen Glengairn 1 Larkhall Thistle 2 - 4

The game started with Glencairn pressing the Jags goal and the first chance of the game came after seven minutes when David Reid sliced the ball high into the air and it was met on the volley, the shot going wide. Larkhall should have taken the lead in 11 minutes when Matty Clarke squared to Brian Jack in acres of space only 8 yards out but he over-deliberated and curled his shot wide. Clarke was involved again when he laid the ball right onto Josh Payne’s head in the same spot but again the chance went begging.

Rutherglen Glengairn 1 Larkhall Thistle 2 - 1

Thistle took the lead in 31 minutes when Graham Gracie latched on to a knock-on and broke free. The striker, on a great scoring run, never looked in danger of missing and slotted easily inside the left post from 10 yards. Just before half time Jack sent Gracie away again and after some nice footwork he played it back to Jacko who again shot wide from the same spot as he had earlier.

Half time: Glencairn 0 Larkhall Thistle 1

Glencairn got off to a quick start and a break in the first minute nearly caught the Thistle defence out, only desperate defending resulting in strong penalty claims prevented the goal. The Jags replied immediately, Payne ran on to a pinpoint lobbed pass from Clarke and played the ball across the box just too close to the keeper for Gracie to reach.

Thistle’s next real attempt at goal came after 62 minutes when Scott Nicholl almost caught the keeper out from a free kick with a cheeky lob and that was followed up by Payne hitting a decent effort across the keeper from the edge of the box.

Rutherglen Glengairn 1 Larkhall Thistle 2 - 5

The Jags had a let-off midway through the half when an attempted clearance came back off the bar, then the Glens No 6 had a great run through the middle with a shot that went just past the post.

Reid picked up another needless booking to cap a disappointing evening for him and could well have got himself sent off for a petulant foul moments later.

Glencairn equalised from a disputed free kick ten minutes from the end, Thomson made a good stop but the rebound was poked home by Dunnachie. It looked like it was game on and with the distinct possibility of penalties looming, Thistle were awarded a penalty for handball that the referee spotted though a clump of players.

Rutherglen Glengairn 1 Larkhall Thistle 2 - 3

Gracie stepped up and coolly rolled the ball into the net to put the Jags back in front. Matty Clarke had a golden opportunity to seal the tie when he got possession with the keeper stranded out of his goal, however he decided not to take the shot on and the chance was lost.

A great win for Thistle that puts them into a semi-final for the first time in a long while, on the back of a long unbeaten end to the season. They will now travel to Pollok in what looks to be a real test but hopefully the Jags can carry on the good work.

Full time: Glencairn 1 Larkhall Thistle 2

Scorer: Gracie 2

Booked: Nicholl, Reid, Clarke, Gracie

S Thomson; Reynolds, Marshall, Brown, Nicholl; Jack, Innes, Payne, Reid; Gracie,  Clarke. Subs: D Thomson (GK), McKeever, Doyle

Website MoM:A very difficult task tonight with seven or eight players at or near their best, the whole defence was excellent and Josh Payne impressed again but Matty Clarke did a great job all night of holding the ball up and playing his team mates in, as well as delivering all Thistle’s best balls in an attacking sense.

Bellshill Athletic v Larkhall Thistle 29th March 2014

After an early scare when it looked like Thistle might have been overrun by a well fancied Bellshill team, the Jags came back strongly and finished the game by far the stronger team in the proverbial game of two halves.

See full match report of Bellshill v Thistle here

Larkhall Thistle v Shettleston 2nd March 2014

Brown and Canning scrap for the ball
Thistle produced a spirited return to form against a good Shettleston team today and were desperately unlucky not to take something from a game that they had fought so hard to get back into.

See full match report of Thistle v Shettleston here

Larkhall Thistle v Cambuslang Rangers 15th March 2014


Thistle hosted struggling Cambuslang Rangers today, probably expecting to pick up all three points. But games between the teams in recent years have always gone with the team who finished lower in the league so this was a potential banana skin – and so it proved to be.

See full match report of Thistle v Cambuslang Rangers here


Larkhall Thistle v Glasgow Perthshire 22nd February 2014


Thistle romped to a big win today against struggling Perthshire. After a first half performance that saw the Jags in front but not entirely set the heather on fire, they blew the Shire away with a tremendous second half showing.

See full match report of Thistle v Perthshire here

Lanark United v Larkhall Thistle 11th January, 2014

Lanark United v Larkhall Thistle 11th January, 2014

2014 started well for Thistle as they came from behind to record an important away win. The result lifts the Jags to third in the league and is a good boost before next week’s Scottish Cup tie at home to Hurlford.

See full match report of Lanark United v Thistle here

Larkhall Thistle v Bellshill 14th December 2013

Jags players troop off

Thistle were once again without several key players, this week’s new casualties were keeper Davie McEwan who hurt himself at work and Mark Canning who was sick as they took on league leaders Bellshill in atrocious conditions. The wind and rain made it impossible to play any real football and in the end the visitors coped better with the circumstances.

See full match report of Thistle v Bellshill

Carluke Rovers v Larkhall Thistle 7th December 2013

Carluke Rovers v Larkhall Thistle

Larkhall Thistle went into this game minus several key players and with three trialists as their only substitutes – but in the end came away with their fourth consecutive away win, a result that leaves them handily placed for a real promotion push.

See full match report of Carluke Rovers v Thistle here

Glasgow Perthshire v Larkhall Thistle 30th November 2013

Glasgow Perthshire v Larkhall Thistle – 30th November 2013

Thistle came from two goals down to turn this fixture around and come away from Possil with a hard-fought win. Spaniard David Agulera Garcia made his full debut and showed why he is highly regarded at the club.

See full match report of Glasgow Perthshire v Thistle here

Larkhall Thistle v Neilston 16th November 2013

summary1Thistle produced their best performance of the season to come from a goal down and a man down to beat second top Neilston at Gasworks Park today. The desire, commitment and effort of the ten men meant that there was only ever going to be one winner in this keenly contested match.

See full match report of Thistle v Neilston here