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Last night, John Henry took his Under-19s squad to Battery Park to face a big and strong Morton side, coached by Alan McManus and former Thistle star James Grady, in a friendly match.

John took this opportunity to experiment with the formation, and this paid off when right wing back Ross McGeough, normally centre half, took a free kick from just inside the Morton half and with a slight wind at his back, he scored!

The second half and the Jags were awarded a penalty late on, but unfortunately the keeper saved well from Scott Tully. Paul Maguire then ensured a good night when he netted the second.

Plus points was the defence, started in goal by Grant Weir, which was well-marshalled by Alan Vezza, who played just behind the influential pairing of Ciaran McDermott and Michael Robertson, with Ross McGeough and Calum Sellars up either wing. Phillip Middlemiss took up the position of centre midfield with Jordan Cleland and the overage Pedram Ardallany, while up front Scott Tully and Under-17 star Kieran Burns, who put in a very good shift.

Next up for the 19s is the SFA Youth Cup game on Sunday at Central Park, Cowdenbeath, 1pm kick-off, while the 17s have now organised a friendly at Beith Juniors against Queens Park with a 1.00pm kick-off.

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