Royal Albert 1 Larkhall Thistle 3 – 22nd October 2016

Gasworks Park, Larkhall
Royal Albert v Larkhall Thistle
Scottish Cup 1st Round

Thistle went into today’s game with Andy Brown on honeymoon, Ryan Innes not having trained for two weeks due to illness and David Thomson just back from injury. On the bright side club catain Mark Canning was fit again and took his place in midfield.

Liam Mushett was replaced by Declan Doyle at right back and Matty Clarke was also rested, Gary McStay taking his place up front.

Albert started the game looking like they were determined to have a real go and might well have taken an early lead with a couple of good early moves.

However it was the Jags who got the opener and again it came from a corner on the right taken by David Reid. The ball came out to Mark Canning just outside the box and he swept it forward to Graham Gracie who let the ball run across him then was a bit lucky to get a break off an Albert defender to get the ball back, when he did there was no mistake as he rattled it high into the near corner.

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Albert came back again but it was Thistle who looked to have put themselves through to the next round with a second in the 26th minute. Reid picked up the ball in midfield and played it out to Josh Payne on the left. He continued his run into the box and when he got the return ball he hit it low and hard hard across the face of the goal only for the unfortunate Stobie to deflect it into his own goal.

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The rest of the half petered out without much in the way of incident with Thistle seeming to have done enough, even at this early stage.

Half time: Royal Albert 0 Larkhall Thistle 2

The second half continued where the first had left off with the Jags cruising and they made a substitution after an hour when McStay came off to be replaced by Matty Clarke, followed shortly after by Ryan Innes coming on for Brian Jack.

It seemed that the only thing that could get in the way of a home win was the self destruct button and it was pushed not once but twice in a mad two minute spell. Firstly Scott Nicholl got himself involved with an Albert player when it looked like he had won the foul anyway and saw a straight red, then Reggie Innes flew into a challenge that looked to be at least a booking but probably a red card was a bit harsh.

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With a two man advantage for Albert,  the last fifteen minutes was always going to be backs to the wall for Thistle but the nine men produced the best football of the game with a fast flowing break down the left wing that resulted in Reid setting up Gracie for an easy finish – only for the striker to fluff his lines and hit the ball staight at the keeper.

The game turned in Albert’s favour with a substitution when they brought on Barry Murdoch to give them a much needed steadiness in midfield and they pulled a goal back from one of his excellent balls into the box. Jags keeper Stuart Thomson only managed to parry his free kick right on to the head of former Thistle man Alan Campbell who nodded into the net past him.

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Albert nearly took the game to a replay with an almost identical move minutes later, again Thomson made a great diving save to his left and the ball dropped to an Albert player but this time the keeper got up brilliantly and showed great reflexes to touch the ball over the bar.

Thistle put the game beyond doubt a minute into injury time with a third goal, Gracie made a lung-bursting run down the left past the defence and got a shot in that keeper Smith managed to block but it fell right at the feet of Canning who tapped the ball home.

A great cup tie that had a bit of everything in it, with credit being due to Albert for taking the game all the way to the last seconds. Thistle could have been out of sight but again showed a soft side when holding a lead.

Full time: Royal Albert 1 Larkhall Thistle 3

Website man of the match: Stuart Thomson had a bit of the jitters in the early stages but recovered well to pull off a great save that kept Thistle ahead but Niall Reynolds was solid at the back and dealt with most things well so is this week’s Man of the Match.

Larkhall Thistle:
S. Thomson; Doyle, Reynolds, Nicholl; Kelly, Payne, Jack (Innes 65), Canning, Reid; McStay (Clarke 60 (Burns 77)), Gracie. Subs: McKeever, D.Thomson (GK), Stewart

Royal Albert:
Smith; Howson, M.Anderson, Stobie, Rinn, Hamilton; J.Anderson, Baptie, Campbell, Scott, O’Kane. Subs: Haley, Rennie, Murdoch, Clark, Brennan, Neill

Booked: Reynolds, Reid, Gracie
Sent off: Nicholl, Innes

Video highlights, sorry battery ran out so last goal is missing

Match Sponsor – Royal Albert v Larkhall Thistle (Gasworks Park)

The club have great pleasure in announcing that Frank B Craig your local electrical goods retailer will be the match sponsor for Saturday’s game in the Scottish against local rivals the Albert.

We are sure Frank and his party will enjoy their day and Larkhall Thistle wish to record their appreciation for his support.

Arniston Rangers v Larkhall Thistle, Scottish Cup

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Thistle made the Halloween trip to Gorebridge to conclude their second round Scottich Cup match with Arniston Rangers, and as events unfolded one travelling Jags supporter was heard to enquire who the guy in the middle was dressed as a referee.

Full match report of Arniston Rangers v Thistle here

Scottish Cup 1st Round Draw

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 v Darvel 25th October 2014

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Thistle began their Scottish Cup campaign in the second round today after getting a bye in the first. The two teams looked fairly evenly matched on paper and the bookies couldn’t separate them either, but the Jags had gone out of the cup to Ayrshire opposition in each of the last three seasons so this was going to be a difficult task.

See full match report of Thistle v Darvel here

Larkhall Thistle v Hurlford United 18th January 2014

Hurlford on the attack in the first half

Thistle went down to the latest money men from Ayrshire, but not before putting up a fantastic first half showing and restricting Hurlford to goals from set pieces – one of them straight out of the comic capers category.

See full match report of Thistle v Hurlford here

Banks o’ Dee v Larkhall Thistle 23rd November 2013

Banks o' Dee v Larkhall Thistle, Scottish Cup Third Round 23rd November 2013

Thistle produced a performance of grit and determination to emerge from this Scottish Cup tie with a win against the odds. The Jags had been 100/30 outsiders in the per-match betting but were the equal of their higher league opponents in every department.

See full match report of Banks o’ Dee v Thistle here

 

Aberdeen bus – seats left for Scottish Cup game

Thistle travel to Aberdeen to play Banks o’ Dee in the Scottish Cup on Saturday 23rd November and there are still  9 seats available on the bus. The cost is £15 and the details are as follows:

Bus leaves Thistle club house at 7:30am, stopping at Luncarty FC at 9:00am for an hour for breakfast.
Bus leaves Aberdeen at 5:30pm

Note kick off for this game is 1:45 and not 2:30 as previously stated.

 

 

Banks o’ Dee Bus – Booking now

Anyone interested in travelling to Aberdeen on 23rd November for Scottish Cup tie please contact Hugh Kerr on 0774683547 or Chris Lenson on 07878468937.

Departure time still to be confirmed, will depend on whether we decide to stop on the way up. Cost of bus will be £15.