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cinch Premiership Play-Off
Fri 6 May, 2022. Kick Off: - 19:45
Caledonian Stadium, Inverness

Ticket Information

Tickets for Friday’s cinch Premiership play-off quarter-final second leg against Inverness are available to buy online now or from the Caledonian Stadium ticket office.

To buy your ticket online now, click here!

The Caledonian Stadium ticket office will be open 10am-4pm on Wednesday and Thursday this week and will be open from 10am until kick-off on matchday. You can phone the Caledonian Stadium ticket office by calling 01463 222 880 during office hours.

Tickets for Friday’s game are priced as follows:

Adult – £20

Over 65s and students – £15

Under 16s – £5

Under 12s – Free (if accompanied)

Disabled Carers – Free

Junior (Under 16/Under 12s) tickets are not available online but staff in the ticket office will be happy to assist.

Thistle fans will be situated in the South Stand with sections G, H and J currently available. Further sections will be begin to open up in line with demand for tickets.

 

Live Coverage

Friday night’s game will be broadcast live on the BBC Scotland channel.

Our JagZoneLIVE audio commentary team will also be at the game providing live coverage of the game, starting at 7:15pm. You can tune in here on Friday night.

 

Supporters’ Buses:

City Centre Branch:

Pick ups:

Q Club – 14:45

Station Bar – 15:00

For seats call Duncan 07979496154 or e-mail  

 

John Lambie Jordanhill Branch:

Pick ups:

Jordanhill Station – 15:00

Thornwood Bar – 15:05

Prices:

Adults – £25

Concessions – £15

Booking is essential and priority will be given to former members and regulars. Seating will be limited and face-coverings must worn: this follows instructions from the coach company.

To make a booking phone or e-mail Alistair on 07817612563 or     Alternatively phone or e-mail Iain on 07779668357 or  

 

North-West Branch:

Pick ups:

Milngavie Railway Station – 14:15

Esquire House, Anniesland – 14:35

Maryhill Community Central Halls – 14:50

Fares:

Full fare – £25

Concessions – £15

The bus will stop at Aviemore on the way up and return straight to Glasgow immediately after the game.

While the Scottish Government has removed the mandate regarding the wearing of a face covering, we recommend that you do so at all times when on the North-West bus.

The North-West bus is now fully booked for Friday’s trip.

For general enquiries around the North-West bus please email  

Inverness CT
1
Mark Ridgers
4
Sean Welsh
5
Robbie Deas
6
Danny Devine
8
David Carson
9
Billy Mckay (Joe Hardy 79)
11
Shane Sutherland (Scott Allardice 90+2)
15
Kirk Broadfoot
17
Logan Chalmers (Cameron Harper 66)
23
Reece McAlear (Lewis Hyde 90+2)
24
Austin Samuels (Aaron Doran 66)
 
Subs
21
Cameron MacKay
3
Cameron Harper
10
Aaron Doran
18
Scott Allardice
20
Joe Hardy
28
Lewis Hyde
Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
2
Richard Foster
3
Kevin Holt (Steven Bell 66)
7
Scott Tiffoney
8
Stuart Bannigan (Kyle Turner 45)
9
Brian Graham (Juan Alegria 66)
11
Cammy Smith (Alex Jakubiak 45)
16
Tunji Akinola
22
Robbie Crawford (Connor Murray 82)
23
Ross Docherty
33
Stephen Hendrie
 
Subs
13
Andy Firth
6
Kyle Turner
10
Alex Jakubiak
15
Steven Bell
16
Ciaran McKenna
17
Connor Murray
25
Juan Alegria
30
Ben Stanway
 
Subs
21
Cameron MacKay
3
Cameron Harper
10
Aaron Doran
18
Scott Allardice
20
Joe Hardy
28
Lewis Hyde
 
Subs
13
Andy Firth
6
Kyle Turner
10
Alex Jakubiak
15
Steven Bell
16
Ciaran McKenna
17
Connor Murray
25
Juan Alegria
30
Ben Stanway
Match Preview

Inverness C.T. v Partick Thistle – 6th May 2022

The management team’s written previews and reactions are presented by The Jags Trust. You can keep up to date with the latest from The Jags Trust by visiting their website, www.jagstrust.com.

Following defeat in the first leg, Partick Thistle head to Inverness this Friday night looking to turn their cinch Premiership play-off quarter-final on its head. The Caley Jags came from a goal down to win on the night at Firhill on Tuesday and now it’s the Maryhill men who must overturn a one-goal deficit as they travel to the Highlands. Jags boss Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the clash:

“It’s half-time in the tie so it’s still all to play for in the second leg – there’s only one goal in it so we still believe. If you think about it as a one-off game where we have to go and win to keep it alive, we completely believe we’re capable of going there and getting that result.

“The last time we went up there, it was one of our best attacking performances since Christmas and, a bit like Tuesday, there were a few poor defensive moments at key points which cost us the result. We know we’ve got that type of attacking performance in us though so hopefully we see that for this huge game.”

Having had time to reflect on the first leg loss to the Caley Jags, McCall said his view of the game had changed ever so slightly in retrospect.

“I’ve had time to think back on things and I spoke to Billy Dodds after the game and, honestly, a draw probably would have been the fairest result. After the game I said I thought we shaded it but Inverness had their chances too and will have felt they didn’t deserve to lose but it was just frustrating from our point of view that we concede two avoidable goals and miss a big chance all in the last 20 minutes which make things more difficult for us in the second leg.”

Although the result was disappointing, the gaffer doesn’t feel the defeat at Firhill has dented the belief of his squad as they prepare for a big 90 minutes, and possibly more, at the Caledonian Stadium.

“The guys know themselves that there wasn’t much in it on Tuesday. This squad has always been one that believes in itself and we’ll need that going up to Inverness. The players know we need to win but they also know Caley are only a goal ahead so it doesn’t have to be all guns blazing from the first whistle.

“We’ve given them a pretty light workload over the past couple of day of training so we’re looking for plenty of energy in the game. We’ve got 90 minutes to go and get the goal we need but a good start would be massive for us.”

In terms of injury news, the manager gave us the latest on Kyle McAllister, Kyle Turner and Lewis Mayo who all missed the first leg.

“Kyle McAllister won’t make it in time unfortunately but we expect Kyle Turner to be in the squad. As for Lewis Mayo, he’s a maybe at this point so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Exclusive video interviews with Ciaran McKenna and Thistle manager Ian McCall will be available for JagZone subscribers to watch today – log in to view.

JagZone subscribers will be able to tune in to live audio commentary for our clash with Inverness, starting at 7:15pm – click here to tune in.

The game at the Caledonian Stadium will be broadcast live on the BBC Scotland channel.

We’ll have extended highlights and a full game replay of the fixture on JagZone following the game.

Article Copyright © 2022. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to ptfc.co.uk.

92’Full Time Report

Thistle's season is at an end as Inverness win this play-off quarter-final 3-1 on aggregate. 

 
92’Full Time
90’+01’Inverness CT substitution: Lewis Hyde replaces Reece McAlear
90’+01’Inverness CT substitution: Scott Allardice replaces Shane Sutherland
 
90’

Into whatever additional time the referee decides to play. 

 
89’

Tiffoney's touch to a low Turner free kick takes the ball over the bar but the flag is up for offside in any case. 

88’Inverness CT Booking - Danny Devine
87’Inverness CT Booking - Reece McAlear
 
85’

A burst of speed gets Jakubiak into the box but his attempted cut back for Tiffoney is poor. 

83’Inverness CT corner from the right

It's another great save from Sneddon, this time denying Sutherland, that keeps Thistle hanging on. 

83’Inverness CT corner from the left
80’Thistle substitution: Connor Murray replaces Robbie Crawford
 
79’

Turner's corner is cleared and Inverness break but Sneddon is swiftly off his line to collect as Inverness near the Thistle goal. 

79’Thistle corner from the left
78’Inverness CT substitution: Joe Hardy replaces Billy Mckay
 
77’

A Tiffoney shot drifts wide of goal and Ridgers is understandably in no hurry to take the goal kick. 

 
75’

Just 15 minutes left. Thistle need to find two goals in those 15 minutes to take this to extra-time. 

 
73’

Good skill from Jakubiak gives him the space for a shot but it is blocked by a defender. 

 
71’

Ridgers is off his line to claim a Turner free kick. 

 
70’

Thistle aren't giving up the fight but you do get the sense of this running away from us. There has been a lull too in the travelling support who has been right behind the side tonight. A spark of inspiration is needed. 

65’Inverness CT substitution: Cameron Harper replaces Austin Samuels
65’Inverness CT substitution: Aaron Doran replaces Logan Chalmers
65’Thistle substitution: Juan Alegria replaces Brian Graham
65’Thistle substitution: Steven Bell replaces Kevin Holt
 
64’

 A Turner shot is blocked in the box as Thistle continue to press and fight. 

61’Inverness CT Booking - David Carson
 
60’

Deas tries a shot from fully 35 yards out but Sneddon can watch it go wide of target. 

 
57’

Tiffoney collects a pass at the corner of the box but Ridgers is able to get his body behind the ball and makes the save. 

 
54’

It's an absolutely outstanding save from Sneddon that keeps Thistle, just, in this tie. 

53’Inverness CT corner from the right
 
45’

Ridgers can't claim Hendrie's corner and the ball breaks off Holt and goes wide.

45’Thistle corner from the left

Jakubiak almost has an immediate impact and he forces a corner within seconds of the restart. 

45’Thistle substitution: Alex Jakubiak replaces Cammy Smith
45’Thistle substitution: Kyle Turner replaces Stuart Bannigan
 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’Half Time Report

Thistle are more than a shade unfortunate to be trailing at the break but it was a moment of carelessness that allowed Inverness to lead on the night and double their aggregate advantage. 

It's not quite game over yet but Thistle simply have to be the team that scores next. There has been enough about the first half performance to suggest they can do that but a huge 45 minutes is required if Thistle's season isn't to end here and now. 

 
45’Half-Time
 
45’

Into additional time at the end of the first half. 

 
42’

Graham stretches to try and reach Hendrie's header but can't quite get there. 

41’Thistle corner from the left
 
40’

A second Inverness goal would surely kill Thistle and Mckay isn't too far away with a glancing header that goes wide of Sneddon's left hand post. 

 
39’

Akinola is able to knock the corner goal wards but Ridgers collects. 

38’Thistle corner from the right

Thistle and Graham are so close once more. This time it is a Foster cross and a Graham header with Ridgers making an excellent save at his left hand post. 

 
37’

Thistle break quickly through Tiffoney. He finds Smith with a pass. His shot though is half blocked by a defender taking all the pace off it making it an easy save for Ridgers. 

 
34’

Hendrie's free kick is cleared. The ball is picked up by Crawford but he forced back. 

 
34’

Tiffoney is fouled wide on the right hand side and Hendrie is coming over to take the free kick. 

 
32’

Thistle need a quick response and they nearly get it. Hendrie's corner is flicked on by Docherty to Graham whose effort comes off the crossbar and bounces clear. 

31’Thistle corner from the left
28’Goal Inverness CT! Austin Samuels
Inverness CT 1 - Thistle 0

It's a cheap goal to lose and one that leaves Thistle with a mountain to climb. On a few occasions Thistle have been slack in possession and this time it is Holt that gives the ball away to Samuels who takes full advantage with a powerful shot that beats Sneddon. 

 
27’

Hendrie and Tiffoney work a short corner. Tiffoney takes the ball to the edge of the box where his shot trickles wide of goal. 

26’Thistle corner from the left
 
26’

It's a poor corner from McAlear in keeping with that brief passage of play. 

25’Inverness CT corner from the left

Cheap corner conceded by Thistle as Docherty's header back to Sneddon goes out of play. 

 
22’

Hendrie's corner is headed by Broadfoot back towards his own goal where this time Inverness clear more decisively. 

21’Thistle corner from the left
 
19’

Docherty plays a short pass to the feet of Graham who has his back to goal. Graham turns sharply giving him a shooting chance but sends his shot wide. Promising from Thistle all the same. 

 
15’

It's a clever corner from Inverness that finds Welsh at the edge of the box and his fierce drive is blocked by a defender. 

14’Inverness CT corner from the left

A Mckay shot takes a deflection on its way wide of goal. 

 
10’

The referee stops play with Tiffoney down and holding his face. Looks as if we won't need the physio on though. 

 
09’

It's so nearly first blood on the night for Thistle. Tiffoney has the ball on the left and swings over a cross that Crawford reaches but can't direct on target. 

 
08’

Welsh clips the free kick into the box where Graham heads clear. 

 
07’

Inverness win a free kick about 30 yards from the Thistle goal and just right of centre. 

 
06’

It's certainly Inverness that have started the better and a shot from Deas swerves wide of the Thistle goal. 

 
03’

First chance of the game comes the way of the home side. Chalmers intercepts Fosters pass and strides forward but from outside the box he sends his shot high over Sneddon's crossbar. That was careless from Thistle who can ill afford to lose an early goal. 

 
00’

Inverness get the game underway. Thistle will be defending the goal that the travelling Thistle support is behind. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

It's advantage Inverness from the first leg but the task in front of Thistle is, in theory at least, a straightforward one. A Thistle win of any kind takes the tie to extra-time. A Thistle win of two or more will take us through the play-off semi-final. 

Straightforward in theory but unlikely to be so in practice. 

Ian McCall's team selection shows two changes from Tuesday night. 

Into the Jags starting eleven come Richard Foster and Cammy Smith with Ciaran McKenna and Alex Jakubiak dropping to the bench where there is also a slot from Kyle Turner now recovered from the injury that kept him out in midweek. 

Match Reaction

Inverness C.T. v Partick Thistle – 6th May 2022

The management team’s written previews and reactions are presented by The Jags Trust. You can keep up to date with the latest from The Jags Trust by visiting their website, www.jagstrust.com.

The 2021/22 season came to an end for Partick Thistle this evening as they lost 1-0 to Inverness at the Caledonian Stadium, bowing out of the cinch Premiership play-offs 3-1 on aggregate. The Jags came into the game knowing they needed a win to have any chance of progressing but, despite some good first half chances, an Austin Samuels goal saw them trail going into the break. They threw plenty at it in the second half but couldn’t find a goal to bring them back into things and the home side moved on to the semi-final stage. Thistle boss Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk after the game:

“It’s really disappointing to go out of course. I felt like there wasn’t much in it over the two legs but they were clinical and we weren’t so we can’t complain. We had probably five or six good chances today which we just didn’t take.

“I thought in the first half we were the better team and I think Billy Dodds would probably admit, having spoken to him, that but then we make a poor mistake through Kevin Holt and gift them the lead. From there, they did the simple stuff well and made it really difficult for us to create more chances.

“Over two legs, we’ve conceded three goals and all three of them we feel were avoidable. Inverness and ourselves are probably pretty well matched overall but when you make the mistakes we made, you can’t expect to get away with them.”

Reflecting on the season as a whole, McCall gave us his candid thoughts on the 2021/22 campaign.

“Well, the first two thirds of the season were good and we felt like everything was moving in the right direction but then the final third of the season wasn’t good enough and ultimately that’s my responsibility.

“I think since we got those two wins against Inverness and Queen of the South we’ve found things a lot more difficult. We’ve missed some important players but even considering that the performances have been sub-par at times.

“Look, we set the target of reaching the play-offs at the start of the season and we’ve achieved that. There’s no doubt that it could have been better especially late in the season but I think it’s been a good season for us.”

Now, the Gaffer looks ahead to next season with preparations already well underway for the 22/23 term.

“We’ve now got to push ourselves and challenge ourselves to be better. I know I’ve got a core of players in that dressing room who can help us go even further and finish higher but there are still areas we need to improve.

“We’ll speak to players over the next week or two and we’ll have to make some tough decisions but that comes with the job. The aim for us is to put together a squad that can improve on what we’ve done this season.”

Ian finished by thanking the Jags fans, both the ones who travelled to Inverness for the second leg and any others who have backed the team this season.

“The fans were great here in Inverness tonight. They were singing all game long and we went over to thank them for that at the end. I think they recognised the effort put in by the team tonight and hopefully they appreciate that the team gave it everything.

“The support of the Thistle fans has been terrific all season long and it means a lot to me and the players. It isn’t always easy but they keep coming back and I look forward to seeing them all again next season.”

A video interview with Thistle manager Ian McCall is available to watch for free now – click here to view it.

We’ll have extended highlights and a full game replay of the fixture on JagZone later.

Article Copyright © 2022. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to ptfc.co.uk.

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