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Sat 26 June, 2021. Kick Off: - 14:00
New Central Park, Kelty

Ticket Information:

Kelty Hearts have announced that a limited number of supporters will be allowed into the stadium to watch this Saturday’s pre-season friendly.

There will be 200 tickets available for sale for Partick Thistle supporters, priced at £10 for adults and £6 for concessions.

To purchase a ticket for Saturday’s friendly please visit the Kelty Hearts website by clicking here

Tickets will be sold through Kelty’s ticketing supplier – fanbase. 

ALL TICKETS FOR THIS MATCH WILL BE SOLD THROUGH KELTY HEARTS. PARTICK THISTLE WILL RECIEVE NO TICKETS TO SELL AT FIRHILL OR THROUGH OUR CHANNELS. 

Kelty Hearts
1
Darren Jamieson
2
Scott Hooper
3
Reis Peggie
4
Thomas Reilly
5
Douglas Hill
6
Jordan Forster
7
Joe Cardle
8
Michael Tidser
9
Nathan Austin
10
Jamie Barjonas
11
Kallum Higginbotham
 
Subs
12
Cameron Russell
14
Robbie McNabb
15
Ross Philp
16
Andrew Black
17
Jay Bridgeford
18
Tyler McKenzie
19
Owen McGinty
21
Josh Davidson
Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
2
Richard Foster
3
Kevin Holt
5
Darren Brownlie
6
Kyle Turner
9
Brian Graham
14
Shea Gordon
15
Steven Bell
17
Connor Murray
19
Ross MacIver
23
Ross Docherty
 
Subs
28
Mason McCready
4
Trialist
16
Ciaran McKenna
21
Mouhamed Niang
26
Gospel Ocholi
27
Billy Owens
28
James Lyon
 
Subs
12
Cameron Russell
14
Robbie McNabb
15
Ross Philp
16
Andrew Black
17
Jay Bridgeford
18
Tyler McKenzie
19
Owen McGinty
21
Josh Davidson
 
Subs
28
Mason McCready
4
Trialist
16
Ciaran McKenna
21
Mouhamed Niang
26
Gospel Ocholi
27
Billy Owens
28
James Lyon
92’Full Time Report

Thistle begin their pre-season build-up with a hard fought win over league new boys Kelty twice coming from behind to claim a 3-2 win. 

Kyle Turner, Shea Gordon and Brian Graham, via the penalty sspot, being the Thistle scorers. 

 
92’Full Time
 
90’+01’

Just for a second McGinty looks as if he might be in behind the Thistle defence but Holt is across quickly with the flag going up for offside in any case. 

 
86’

Niang's strength allows him to win the ball inside the Kelty box. He lays the ball back to Lyon who leans back a little as he tries to find the top corner with the result that his shot is a little too high. 

83’Kelty Hearts substitution: Owen McGinty replaces Jamie Barjonas
81’Kelty Hearts substitution: Robbie McNabb replaces Michael Tidser
 
80’

A Russell shot goes well over the Thistle crossbar. 

 
79’

Tidser's free kick hits the Thistle wall and spins away from goal. 

79’Thistle substitution: Billy Owens replaces Kyle Turner
 
78’

Kelty have a free kick about 30 yards out but in a central position. 

 
77’

McKenna does well to get a cross over from the right but can't get enough height on the cross to find MacIver lurking at the back post. 

76’Kelty Hearts Booking - Thomas Reilly
71’Thistle substitution: Gospel Ocholi replaces Brian Graham
71’Thistle substitution: Mouhamed Niang replaces Ross Docherty
70’Kelty Hearts substitution: Ross Philp replaces Douglas Hill
70’Goal Thistle! Brian Graham
Kelty Hearts 2 - Thistle 3

It's Brian Graham that takes the penalty and he slams the ball home. 

69’Penalty Thistle

MacIver has the legs taken from him for an obvious penalty. 

65’Kelty Hearts substitution: Cameron Russell replaces Joe Cardle
65’Kelty Hearts substitution: Josh Davidson replaces Darren Jamieson
65’Thistle substitution: James Lyon replaces Shea Gordon
65’Thistle substitution: Ciaran McKenna replaces Richard Foster
 
64’

Thistle open up the Kelty defence with some slick passing. Graham squares the ball to Gordon who really should score but he looses his balance and slices the ball away from goal. 

 
61’

Reilly tries an effort from fully 40 yards out but can't catch Sneddon out who claims the ball underneath his crossbar. 

60’Kelty Hearts substitution: Andrew Black replaces Nathan Austin
59’Goal Thistle! Shea Gordon
Kelty Hearts 2 - Thistle 2

It's a second Thistle equaliser. Docherty lays a pass into the path of Gordon at the right side of the box and his powerful shot goes high into the back of the Kelty net. 

 
58’

Foster puts the ball through a defender's legs before drilling in a low cross from the right that is cleared. 

52’Goal Kelty Hearts! Nathan Austin
Kelty Hearts 2 - Thistle 1

The ball is played into the feet of Austin inside the box and showing some real sharpness the Kelty striker buries a shot past Sneddon. 

 
52’

Higginbotham gets the free kick beyond the Thistle wall but Sneddon is well placed to save. 

51’Thistle Booking - Trialist

The Trialist is short with a headed pass back and his nudge on Austin wins Kelty a free kick and earns him a booking. 

49’Kelty Hearts corner from the left
 
47’

An excellent cross from the right from Turner is just a shade too high for Graham at the back post. 

45’Thistle substitution: Trialist replaces Darren Brownlie
 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’Half Time Report

It's all square at the break in what has been a keenly contested friendly. 

Tidser gave the home side the lead after 27 minutes with a shot that evaded the reach of Sneddon before Kyle Turner levelled things just three minutes later with his own effort from the edge of the penalty box. 

 
45’Half-Time
 
42’

The referee spots an infringement as Cardle's corner comes over and Thistle have a free kick. 

42’Kelty Hearts corner from the right
 
38’

Brownlie does well to head clear Cardle's cross from the left. 

 
32’

Murray has the chance for a shot inside the Kelty box but delays too long and the ball is cleared. 

30’Goal Thistle! Kyle Turner
Kelty Hearts 1 - Thistle 1

Thistle aren't behind for long. MacIver does well to hold the ball up for Turner whose low shot from the edge of he box beats Jamieson. 

29’Thistle corner from the right

Holt takes the free kick and it clips the top of the wall earning Thistle a corner. 

 
29’

Graham does well to win the ball back and then earns Thistle have a free kick near the edge of the box when he has his feet taken from under him. 

27’Goal Kelty Hearts! Michael Tidser
Kelty Hearts 1 - Thistle 0

When Thistle are unable to make anything of the corner, Kelty come forward and when the ball is worked to the feet of Tidser a yard or so outside the Thistle his  shot evades the reach of Sneddon and finds the bottom corner. 

26’Thistle corner from the left
 
25’

It's an excellent ball in from Cardle that Thistle are hard pressed to clear. 

 
21’

Turner takes the free kick and although MacIver is able to flick the ball on it is an easy catch for Jamieson. 

 
20’

Graham is caught late and Thistle will have a free kick wide on the left. 

 
16’

The free kick is perhaps a shade too wide for a direct effort on goal and Tidser delivers it towards the back post where Austin is unable to prevent the ball going out for a goal kick. 

 
15’

Kelty win a free kick about 30 yards or so from the Thistle goal. 

 
13’

Turner collects a poor clearance but his shot from just outside the Kelty Box goes wide of Jamieson's left hand post. 

09’Thistle corner from the right

Murray's shot from the left hand corner of the Kelty box is touched round the post for the game's first corner kick. 

 
05’

Foster's cross from the right is headed clear as Thistle string a series of passes together. 

 
00’

Thistle get the game underway. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

There may just be a couple of hundred Thistle fans inside New Central Park, Kelty for this afternoon's pre-season friendly but it is a wonderful sight all the same. 

On the pitch there are plenty of familiar faces, on both teams. 

Thistle start with 9 of the team that formed part of last season's title winning squad with starts also for new signings Kyle Turner and Kevin Holt starting although Ross MacIver is also, technically, a new signing. 

The Kelty side includes three former Partick Thistle players, Joe Cardle, Kallum Higginbotham and Jamie Borjanas. 

Match Report

Kelty Hearts v Partick Thistle – 26th June 2021

Just short of two months on from the end of their title-winning League One campaign, Partick Thistle got their 2021/22 pre-season friendly schedule underway against Kelty Hearts this afternoon at New Central Park.

Taking on Kevin Thomson’s SPFL new-boys, Thistle set out with both of their brand new signings in the first XI as Kevin Holt lined up in defence and Kyle Turner started in the midfield. Steven Bell and Ross MacIver both also featured from the start having made their loan moves permanent over the summer.

Thistle carved out the first opportunity of the game as Connor Murray received the ball on the Jags’ left flank and cut in onto his right foot. He took aim from around 20 yards out and forced Darren Jamieson into a save via a deflection with the Kelty ‘stopper getting down to his left to turn the ball behind.

The two teams took turns controlling possession throughout the opening stages but it was the hosts who eventually made the breakthrough with 27 minutes gone. After the second phase of a Thistle corner was cleared, Kallum Higginbotham picked the ball up around the half way line before spreading the play out to the left hand side where Michael Tidser was advancing. The ex-Morton man took a few quick touches before picking out the bottom corner with a well-placed finish to put his side ahead.

The red and yellow response was sharp as Ian McCall’s side restored parity within four minutes of the opener. Ross Docherty lofted a ball towards Brian Graham in the Kelty box and the number nine flicked it on to Kyle Turner at the edge of the box. Thistle’s number six took a touch on his chest before rifling a half-volley into the bottom corner of the net to make it 1-1.

The home side hit the front once again in the 50th minute when Nathan Austin struck. The goal came from some good work by ex-Thistle loanee Jamie Barjonas who moved swiftly towards the Jags box before feeding the ball through to Austin. The former East Fife forward wasted no time in firing a left-footed shot past Jamie Sneddon at the near post, putting Kelty in control again.

It took the visitors a bit longer to bounce back this time around but, nevertheless, a leveller was forthcoming with an hour gone. It came through some very patient build-up play that concluded with Kyle Turner feeding Ross Docherty who in turn knocked the ball around the corner to Shea Gordon who emphatically struck the ball past Darren Jamieson.

Gordon could have had another five minutes later when Brian Graham teed him up with a square pass across the six-yard box, however, as the midfielder sought to knock the ball into the net, he got his legs tangled and wasn’t able to make proper contact.

The third did eventually come though for Thistle and it was from the penalty spot. Substitute Ciaran McKenna found Ross MacIver with a low cross and after a couple of touches, the striker was taken down by Michael Tidser with the referee in no doubt as he pointed to the spot. Brian Graham stepped up to take the spot kick and confidently scored from 12 yards, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.

That proved to be the winner as Thistle got their pre-season fixtures underway with a win. Next up for the Maryhill men is an away friendly against East Kilbride next Saturday.

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