Larkhall Thistle 0 Largs Thistle 1 – 9th September 2017

With Stewart Thomson still injured, Johnny Duncan continued in goal. Also missing through injury was Hugh Kelly and David Reid was still on holiday.

Dunky started with the same line up as last week against Kilsyth Rangers.

Once again as in past weeks Thistle were slow off the mark and Largs came at them early on and soon had the home team under pressure. It was no surprise then when Largs went ahead, Adams slipped the ball to Muir who converted easily. Thistle just could not get going as an attacking force and the visitors nearly went further ahead after the dugout side assistant allowed Muir to continue when he looked to be offside. Only good work by Johnny Duncan and Liam Mushett who headed the subsequent shot over the bar kept the score at 0-1.

Thistle finally managed to put the visitors under pressure towards the end of the half when a tremendous cross from Scott Nicholl was headed narrowly past by Ryan Innes with keeper Lundy stranded. Matty Clarke then had a snap shot which was deflected for what turned out to be fruitless corner.

Largs then reminded the Jags of how dangerous they can be when Muir sent over a cross which Orr headed narrowly over when he should have done better. Johnny McStay replied with a shot which went well over when he should have at least tested keeper. Orr and Adam then combined for Largs but the big No.9 could not hit the target.

Half Time Larkhall Thistle 0 Largs Thistle 1

Thistle started the second half as in previous games with all guns blazing, and it took Mark Canning just four minutes to go close when he struck the base of the post with the keeper helpless. This was a sign of things to come with Lundy playing a big part in the rest of the game, pulling off some stunning saves and time-wasting which went totally unpunished.

Larkhall were now in control of the game and Innes went very close with a header. On the hour mark Graham Gracie replaced Mark McKeever, with Clarke moving out to the left. Canning was next to try and get the Jags level but headed over when he probably should have done better.

Lundy then produced two stunning stops from Canning and Gracie was denied a penalty when he was brought down as he weaved his way across the box. To be fair the referee was unsighted but the dugout side assistant did not raise his flag when most people thought it was a stonewaller.

A fine move involving Clarke and Gracie ended with McStay just failing to connect at the back post for what would have been a certain equaliser. In the dying minutes Thistle saw their hopes disappear when Canning was again thwarted by yet another fine safe by Lundy. The game ended with the visitors celebrating their victory.

 

Larkhall Thistle:
Johnny Duncan, Andy Brown, Liam Mushett, Scott Nicol; Josh Payne, Mark Canning, Ryan Innes, Craig Forbes, Mark McKeever (Graham Gracie), Matty Clarke, Jonny McStay.

Subs: Gary McStay, Brian Jack, Niall Reynolds, Billy Robb

Booked: Andy Brown, Scott Nicol

Largs Thistle:
Lundy; McMaster, Gilbride, Little, Fleming, Orr, Muir, Adam, Campbell, Burden, McWalter. Subs, Kasubundi, McVey, Jamieson.

 

Once again the Jags suffered for their slow start and giving the opposition too much space but the players must be credited for a spirited recovery in the second half but came across a goalkeeper in inspired form and this coupled with some bad luck resulted in defeat.

Mark Canning had a good second half as did Ryan Innes but today’s man of the match award goes to Andy Brown who was excellent for the full game.

Thistle v Albert, video clips

There are some clips of the game from last Monday uploaded to Youtube, unfortunately the Albert strike for the goal was too fast for the cameraman but Graham Gracie’s goal and the penalties are there.

See the clips of Larkhall Thistle v Royal Albert here

Larkhall Thistle v Johnstone Burgh

Thistle looked to try and put their Royal albert performance behind them and finish the season on a high note as they looked for revenge for a 3-2 defeat at Johnstone in November.

Read the full match report of Thistle v Johnstone Burgh here

Larkhall Thistle v Lesmahagow, Central District First Division

Thistle hosted neighbours Lesmahagow in this tough looking league match. As preparation for next week’s Scottish Cup second round tie, the derby promised to be as good a test as any the Jags could have had.

Read Hugh’s full match report here

Larkhall Thistle v Renfrew, Central League First Division

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After no wins in the opening three games, the last thing you would probably want is a visit from the league leaders with a 100% record but that’s what the Jags got today.

Read the match report of Thistle v Renfrew here

Thistle held a minute’s silence in memory of lifelong supporter Tommy Ferguson before today’s game.

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.

 

 

Gasworks Park staging LFDA and Churches semi finals

Tuesday 5th May 6:30pm – Dalziel v Blantyre (Under 15s)

Thursday 7th May 6:30pm -Westwood Rovers v Blantyre Yellows (Under 16s)

Saturday 9th May 10:00am – Churches Daysoft.com Fraser Cup semi-final:
Avondale FC (Strathaven) v Port Glasgow CSC

Sunday 10th May 10:30am – Aston Villa BC V Mill Unnited (Under 13s)

Sunday 10th May 1:30pm – Jervison BC V EKFC Gold (Under 15s)

Larkhall Thistle v Wishaw, Central League Division 1 – 25th April 2015

summary
Thistle had lost the reverse fixture in Wishaw just a few weeks ago and so there was no chance that they were going to underestimate today’s opponents, despite their position near the foot of the table.

See full match report of Thistle v Wishaw here

Larkhall Thistle v Vale of Clyde, Central League Division 1 – 18th April 2015

summary
Thistle had won the reverse fixture at Fullerton Park earlier in the season and looked to be well on the way to winning this one too until a great fightback by Vale saw the game end in a disappointing draw.

See full match report of Thistle v Vale of Clyde here

Some video highlights:

Larkhall Thistle v Carluke Rovers, Central League Division 1 – 4th April 2015

summaryThistle and Carluke provided an all action game that had the fans of both sides entertained until the final whistle, but once again the referee was at the centre of the action as he sent off two from Carluke as well as the almost inevitable one from Larkhall.

Match report of Larkhall Thistle v Carluke Rovers

Video now sorted