Dunfermline 5 Partick Thistle 1Saturday, 30th Nov 2019
Ladbrokes Championship: Ashcroft, Beadling and Kiltie return. Kevin Nisbet (4 pen.) 1-0: Lewis Martin (10) 2-0: Kevin Nisbet (22 pen.) 3-0: Kevin Nisbet (31) 4-0: Kevin Nisbet (49) 5-0: Reece Cole (75) 5-1
The undersoil heating ensured that in the face of minus seven overnight temperatures that this Championship match went ahead. On the back of defeat at Stranraer Stevie Crawford’s starting eleven showed four changes. Cammy Gill, a first half sub for Ryan Scully the previous week, continued in goal while Greg Kiltie, Lee Ashcroft and Tom Beadling came into the side at the expense of Josh Edwards, Lewis McCann and Kyle Turner.
Partick Thistle manager Ian McCall made two changes from the side he fielded against Alloa Athletic on Tuesday night. He brought in Stuart Bannigan and Steven Saunders favoured in place of Cammy Palmer and Sean McGinty. No Ryan Williamson however, out injured.
Andy Ryan got the match underway after Thistle won the toss and elected to defend the goal at the McCathie Stand end. It was there in front of the home support where the first drama of the match was played out.
In the fourth minute Kiltie dispossessed Tam O’Ware out on the right side and as he was about to put the trigger on his shot eight yards out, O’Ware took him down. Referee Mike Roncone pointed to the spot and then produced a red card for the Thistle captain. Kevin NISBET stepped up and tucked the ball to Jamie Sneddon’s left. 1-0
Ian McCall’s reaction to losing a player was to withdraw Joe Cardle and bring on McGinty to patrol the vacancy in central defence. The lead was to double just six minutes later. Martin passed through Nisbet to Kiltie and despite Ryan calling for the lay off, the on loan Killie man slipped the ball left for MARTIN to slot past Sneddon at his near post. Lewis’ first goal since January 2015 made it 2-0.
Dunfermline continued to attack and after a surging run Aaron Comrie crossed for Ryan to head wide of target. Kiltie returned the ball but the Jags sub headed clear.
Then just before the midpoint of the first half, Martin gathered the ball down on the left and from near the corner flag sent in a cross that no one could either finish nor clear. Nisbet was deemed to have been taken down by Reece Cole as he tried to control the ball and the referee was pointing to the spot again. NISBET stepped up again and this time buried the ball on the bottom left. 3-0
The Pars striker was to complete his hat trick in 31 minutes. Two corners from the left preceded it. The first was expertly flicked behind by Bannigan after Nisbet had connected with Ryan’s delivery at the near post.
The second corner was defended but then returned by Ashcroft. Kakay headed the ball back out but it dropped for NISBET on the right side of the box and he drilled the ball into the far side of the net. 4-0
A Nisbet effort was blocked to bring the Pars a 39th minute corner on the right but Thistle closed down Ashcroft when taken short by Kiltie and although a cross went in Sneddon held.
The final chance of the half came with a Ryan free kick from the left but the offside flag was up and the referee brought the half to a close.
It was only half time but the contest was over, four goals, two penalties and one red card saw to that.
Half time: Dunfermline 4 Partick Thistle 0
One substitute for Dunfermline at the start of the second half, Paul Paton replaced by Harry Cochrane and another for the visitors - Tommy Robson on in place of Dario Zanatta.
A Ryan cut back from the right byline headed wide right by Nisbet before the first half’s hat trick hero scored the Fifers fifth. It was just the fourth minute of the half when Dow’s cross from near the right corner flag was cleverly turned back by Beadling for NISBET to convert from six yards. 5-0
The Jags supporters who remained must have been delighted to see Nisbet substituted by Gabby McGill in 56 minutes. Seven minutes later Joe Thomson was given a warm welcome by East End Park crowd when he came on to replace Ryan Dow.
Kiltie did all the hard work to create a 65th minute chance but from an acute angle sent the ball over the Thistle bar. The ten men struggled to hold possession and when they did gave the ball away all too easily. Martin got up for a good cross and then Cochrane spotted his run and set him up for another shot but his 71st minute attempt cleared the crossbar.
Bannigan and Miller combined to set up a rare Thistle shot but Reece Cole blasted that into the McCathie Stand. Then Devine held Miller and COLE struck the 75th free kick from 35 yards out sweetly into the bottom left of the home net. 5-1
Six minutes from the end Cole had a similar situation to the one he scored from but this time hit the ball into the two man Pars wall.
Dunfermline gave a good reaction to their dismal day in Stranraer and hopefully they have come over that ‘bump in the road’ stronger. With Ayr United’s home match against Arbroath postponed due to a frozen pitch and a Stephen Dobbie double for Queen of the South defeating Dundee, there would be a chance to get into the top four if they can win their game in hand at Somerset Park on Tuesday.
SUBS NOT USED: Kyle Turner, Josh Edwards, Lewis McCann, Ben Swinton (GK).
SCORERS: Nisbet (4 pen. 22 pen., 31, 49), Martin (10)
PARTICK THISTLE: Jamie Sneddon: Osman Kakay, Tom O`Ware (c), Steven Saunders (Cammy Palmer 52), James Penrice: Stuart Bannigan, Reece Cole, Craig Slater, Joe Cardle (Sean McGinty 6), Kenny Miller, Dario Zanatta (Tommy Robson HT)
SUBS NOT USED: Alex Jones, Gary Harkins, Raffaelle De Vita, Luke Scullion (GK).
SCORERS: Cole (75)
REFEREE: Mike Roncone
WEATHER: Dry 1C
NEXT MATCH: Ladbrokes Championship: (away) v Ayr United, Tuesday 3rd December 2019, kick off 7.45pm at Somerset Park
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Preview Partick ThistleSaturday, 30th Nov 2019
Ladbrokes Championship (home) v Partick Thistle, Saturday 30th November 2019, kick off 3.00pm at East End Park.
Impressive wins at Inverness and Dundee means that two thirds of Partick Thistle’s league points this season have come from away games. As the next visitors to East End Park they will be hoping to continue their successes on the road. Their hosts will be hurting from the disappointment of a Scottish Cup exit at Stranraer last weekend and both management and fans will be watching for a reaction from the Pars players.
Now under the leadership of former Pars player Ian McCall, Thistle still at the foot of the table, arrive on the back of a midweek 1-1 home draw against ninth placed Alloa Athletic.
Milestones Partick Thistle (home)
Last League Victory | 26/02/19 | 3-0 | Championship
Last League Defeat | 02/03/18 | 0-4 | First Div
Best League Victory | 18/04/59 | 10-1 | Div One*
Worst League Defeat | 07/01/28 | 1-7 | Div One*
Last Goalless Draw | 14/10/10 | 0-0 | First Div
*Pre league reconstruction
In the previous 88 league meetings Dunfermline have won 37, Partick 27 and 24 have been drawn. The Pars recorded a 3-0 win at the Energy Check Stadium earlier this season at the time when Thistle were under the interim management of Gerry Britton.
Dunfermline v Partick Thistle: The Full League Record
P | W | D | L | For | Agst
45 | 22 | 14 | 9 | 76 | 57 | At East End Park
43 | 15 | 10 | 18 | 55 | 73 | At Firhill
5 | 3 | 1 | 1 | 9 | 4 | Championship
88 | 37 | 24 | 27 | 132 | 129 | TOTALS
Last Meeting at East End Park
Ladbrokes Championship, Tuesday 26th February 2019
Dunfermline 3 Partick Thistle 0
After a goalless first half Kallum Higginbotham won a corner after only 80 seconds of the restart and when Ryan Blair sent that in from the right Danny Devine got the knock down and Bruce ANDERSON stabbed the ball home from inside the six yard box. His second goal for Dunfermline after just one minute 45 of the second half. 1-0
In 74 minutes Blair found DEVINE and his header soared into the visitors’ net for 2-0. The Pars increased their lead when a fine link up by Aidan Connolly and James Craigen let the latter in for a cut back from the left. That was touched on by Matty Todd playing in his league debut, towards ANDERSON for a relatively easy finish at the far post. 3-0
DUNFERMLINE: Ryan Scully: Ryan Williamson, Lee Ashcroft (c), Danny Devine, James Craigen: Kallum Higginbotham (Matthew Todd 84), Tom Beadling: Joe Thomson, Ryan Blair: Louis Longridge (Aidan Connolly 75), Bruce Anderson (Robbie Muirhead 90+1)
SUBS NOT USED: Mark Durnan, Stuart Morrison, Callum Smith, Cammy Gill (GK)
PARTICK THISTLE: Conor Hazard: Steven Anderson, Jack McMillan, Steven Saunders (Aidan Fitzpatrick 56): Christie Elliott, Craig Slater, Blair Spittal (c), Gary Harkins, James Penrice: Scott McDonald (Lewis Mansell 66), Kris Doolan (Soulemayne Coulibaly 66)
SUBS NOT USED: Ally Roy, Sean McGinty, Shea Gordon, Jamie Sneddon (GK)
Last Twelve League Matches v Partick Thistle
The last dozen league games between the teams have seen Dunfermline win three, drawn four and lost five. Those three wins have come in the last five matches.
Date | H/A | F-A | Scorers
21/09/19 A 3-0 [1-0] Nisbet, [2-0] Dow, [3-0] Turner
06/04/19 A 2-2 [1-0] Beadling: [2-0] Anderson: [1-2] Blair (og): [2-2] McDonald.
26/02/19 H 3-0 [1-0] Anderson, [2-0] Devine, [3-0] Anderson
08/12/18 A 0-2 [0-1] Spittal, [0-2] Storey.
28/09/18 H 1-0 [1-0] Connolly
27/04/13 A 3-3 [0-1] McMillan, [1-1] Wallace, [2-1] Thomson, [3-1] Thomson, [2-3] Erskine, [3-3] Lawless.
02/03/13 H 0-4 [0-1] Craig, [0-2] Forbes, [0-3] Craig, [0-4] Craig.
10/11/12 A 1-5 [0-1] Lawless, [1-1] Muirhead og, [1-2] Balatoni, [1-3] O`Donnell, [1-4] Forbes, [1-5] Lawless.
18/08/12 H 0-1 [0-1] Lawless
26/03/11 H 0-0
29/01/11 A 0-2 [0-1] Erskine, [0-2] Doohlan.
14/12/10 H 0-0
Form Last Six Matches
Dunfermline have won their last three home matches and coupled with three away defeats means three wins in their last six matches. Partick have also won three of their last six matches, two in cup competitions, but have only taken four points from their last five league games.
Stranraer (A) L 0-1
Alloa Athletic (A) L 1-2
Queen of the South (H) W 2-0
Arbroath (H) W 2-0
Dundee United (A) L 0-2
Ayr United (H) W 3-2
Alloa Athletic (H) D 1-1
Penicuik Athletic (H) W 1-0
Stenhousemuir (A) W 4-1
Morton (H) W 2-1
Ayr United (A) L 1-4
Dundee United (A) 0-1
Current League Stats
League Position: 6th
League Points: 16
Goal Difference: +1
League Record: P13 W4 D4 L5 GF16 GA15
Last Six League Match Form: DWLWWL
League Position: 10th
League Points: 10
Goal Difference: -8
League Record: P14 W3 D3 L8 GF18 GA26
Last Six League Match Form: WLLLWD
DUNFERMLINE v Stranraer): Ryan Scully (Cammy Gill 23): Aaron Comrie, Danny Devine, Lewis Martin, Josh Edwards: Ryan Dow (Tom Beadling 75), Paul Paton (c), Kyle Turner, Lewis McCann (Joe Thomson 56): Kevin Nisbet, Andy Ryan.
SUBS NOT USED: Gabby McGill, Matty Todd, Miller Fenton.
PARTICK THISTLE (v Alloa Athletic): Jamie Sneddon: Osman Kakay, Tom O`Ware, Sean McGinty, James Penrice: Cameron Palmer, Reece Cole, Craig Slater, Joe Cardle: Kenny Miller, Dario Zanatta.
SUBS NOT USED: Alex Jones, Steven Saunders, Gary Harkins, Tommy Robson, Lewis Mansell, Raffaelle De Vita, Luke Scullion (GK).
Other Championship fixtures
Alloa Athletic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle
Ayr United v Arbroath
Dundee v Queen of the South
Morton v Dundee United
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