Match Preview: Larkhall Thistle v Shettleston

After having completed the double against St Anthony’s last time out, we will be hoping to do so again today. We won the opening league game of the season at Greenfield Park 1-0 and another result like that would do very nicely.

With the weather taking its toll on fixtures throughout the Central region in the last few weeks it is a minor victory in itself just to get the game on today and raise some much needed revenue for the club.

Shettleston have been having a tough time of it this season but as we have found out there are no easy fixtures in this league and today once again we will be expecting a hard game.

Christmas Dance

Tickets are still available for this year’s Christmas Dance and Cabaret, to be held in the Larkhall Thistle clubrooms on Friday 28th December. This year’s cabaret is by James Grant and top local vocalist Keri Taylor (below)

keri taylor
keri taylor

Click here for more information about Keri Taylor

Tickets are just £5.00 for what promises to be a great night and are available from Stevie Johnston on 07523153713.

 

Forthcoming Fixtures

The fixtures are out for the next four games, weather permitting of course.

8th December
East Kilbride Thistle v Larkhall Thistle

15th December
Larkhall Thistle v Shettleston

22nd December
Larkhall Thistle v Port Glasgow Juniors

29th December
BENBURB v Larkhall Thistle **

** Note this fixture has been changed due to Port Glasgow’s facitity being closed for the Christmas period.

 

All kick off times 1:45pm

Thistle a bogey team for Greenock?

In an interview with the Greenock Telegraph, Greenock manager Stevie Mooney has thrown out accusations that Thistle are their bogey team – although the Jags have been the only team to beat Greenock in the league this season. Not only that but both of last season’s matches between the teams were drawn.

Fate has also thrown up a strange quirk in the run up to today’s game at Port Glasgow. Thistle went to St Anthony’s on the Saturday before the 5-2 win against Greenock in September and won the game 3-2 and last week the Jags once again beat the Ants 3-2 on the Saturday before playing Greenock.

So is fate set to repeat itself today? Mooney says “We mustn’t look too far ahead and need to fully focus on the game. It was certainly a bad day at the office for us when we lost at Larkhall in September.

“They were well up for it then and it will no doubt be the same again tomorrow, so we will need to be on our toes.”

Greenock v Larkhall Thistle 1st December 2012

Thistle travel to play Greenock on Saturday looking to do the double on the league leaders. The Jags produced their best performance of the season so far in the corresponding fixture at home in September, running out 5-2 winners. Read report of Larkhall Thistle v Greenock.

After back to back home wins Thistle are sitting handily placed in fourth and level on points with third placed Carluke Rovers, a win would see the Jags only three points from the top of the table.

Greenock are sharing Port Glasgow’s new ground at Parklea, just off the roundabout on the A8, while Ravenscraig Park is being upgraded for the Commonwealth Games. Kick off is 1:45pm

Match Preview: Larkhall Thistle v St Anthony’s

We played St Anthonys in the third game of the season at McKenna Park and came away with a very good 3-2 win in blustery conditions, so this is our first chance of the season to do the double over one of our league rivals.

The Ants were on Scottish Cup duty last week and although they went down 4-1 at home to Irvine Meadow, by all accounts the score didn’t really reflect the game against what is one of the top sides in junior football. Since our last meeting, they have lost their star striker Chris Mackie to Beith, Mackie caused the Jags defence all sorts of problems in the previous game and he will be missed by the Glasgow club.

Thistle’s win against St Roch’s last week brought their terrible run of six defeats in a row to an end. We had of course been badly hampered by a fixture list that saw us play four consecutive away league games, as well as an away Scottish Cup tie at Super Premier League side Cumnock. The only home game was the 5-3 loss in the West of Scotland Cup to Rutherglen Glencairn, also a league above us.

St Anthony’s are in fine league form at the moment and had a great start, but lost their way a bit in the middle. They started the season with three straight wins before our win at McKenna Park started a run of four games without a win. The Ants bounced back though and have now won their last three league games and are sitting second top in the league.
They had a good run in the Sectional League Cup going unbeaten and just losing out to Pollok. They also had a couple of wins in the Scottish Cup before losing to Irvine Meadow last week.

It’s sure to be another hard game for Thistle today against a team who are on a three game winning run in the league.

Some info about St Anthony’s:

Name: St Anthony’s (The Ants)

Founded: 1902 or 1904

Ground: McKenna Park, Cardonald

Manager: James McKenna

Colours: Green and white
Honours:
Central League Division Two Winners: 2002–03
West of Scotland Cup winners: 1937–38
Glasgow Junior Cup: 1918–19, 1921–22, 1940–41, 1945–46
Glasgow Charity Cup: 1917–18, 1918–19, 1922–23

St Anthony’s have had a long and chequered history, beginning life in Moore Park in the shadows of Ibrox before falling on hard times and re-emerging with their move to their present home at McKenna Park. Moore Park was bombed by the Gemans in the Second World War, suffered many burglaries, arson attacks and acts of vandalism but finally fell to the developers in 1999.

In season 2003 – 2004 St Anthony’s achieved what many consider to be among the most remarkable set of results seen in junior football history. The competition was the curtain raiser for the season – the Sectional League Cup and the Ants were in a seven team section that included Super Premier giants Pollok, Arthurlie, Neilston and Johnstone Burgh, as well as Super League Renfrew and Benburb whilst the Ants had just been promoted out of the bottom league. The Ants shocked the junior world by pulling off one of the greatest feats ever – they won all six of the games, a record. They had never even qualified before!