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Sat 6 November, 2021. Kick Off: - 15:00
Rugby Park

Fixture Information: 

Ticketing information: 

Tickets are now available for Jags fans to purchase for this fixture.

There will be no cash gate available at Rugby Park on Saturday,

Tickets can be purchased from HERE. 

Tickets are priced as below:

  • Adult – £20
  • Concessions* – £15
  • Under 18s – £10
  • Under 16s – £5
  • Under 5s** – Free of charge

*concessions are classed as over 65, under 21 and students. Proof of ID verifying age/student status may be required at the turnstile.

**All under 5 tickets must be booked via the ticket office, these will not be available online. If you would like to book an under 5 ticket and are unable to attend at the ticket office please email   or call 01563 545311 and the ticketing team will assist you.

All ticket sales will be conducted online with no tickets at Firhill for Thistle supporters to purchase.

Supporters’ Buses:

City Centre Branch:

Pick ups:

Q Club – 12:15

Station Bar – 12:30

For seats call Duncan 07979496154 or e-mail  

 

John Lambie Jordanhill Branch:

Pick ups:

Jordanhill Station – 13:30

Thornwood Bar – 13:35

Prices:

Adults – £12

Concessions – £8

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 – 12:40

Esquire House, Anniesland – 13:00

Maryhill Community Central Halls – 13:15

Fares:

Full fare – £11

Concessions – £6.50

Please remember that the wearing of a face covering is mandatory at all times when on the North-West bus and will remain so until government guidelines are changed.

To book seats please email  

 

Virtual 50/50 Half-Time Draw

The usual virtual draw format applies with 50% of net sales going to the first prize winner, with the draw made on Saturday afternoon. A second “mystery” prize will also be on offer. Winners will be announced on the club’s social media channels.

Tickets to enter cost just £1 each with no limit on the amount of tickets you can purchase. Remember, the more tickets you purchase, the better your chances of winning!

To enter, simply click here to head over to our ticketing platform and follow the link for the virtual draw.

Entries will close at 3:30pm on Saturday 6th November 2021

Kilmarnock
1
Zach Hemming
22
Jason Naismith
24
Dylan McGowan
5
Euan Murray
18
Calum Waters
4
Stephen McGinn
19
Liam Polworth (Scott Robinson 72)
7
Rory McKenzie
11
Daniel Armstrong (Chris Burke 60)
16
Callum Hendry (Fraser Murray 72)
9
Oli Shaw
 
Subs
12
Sam Walker
14
Jack Sanders
2
Lee Hodson
17
Brad Lyons
15
Fraser Murray
29
Chris Burke
10
Scott Robinson
Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
2
Richard Foster
3
Kevin Holt
4
Lewis Mayo
6
Kyle Turner
7
Scott Tiffoney (Ross MacIver 86)
8
Stuart Bannigan
10
Zak Rudden (Brian Graham 79)
17
Connor Murray (Cammy Smith 65)
18
Tunji Akinola
23
Ross Docherty
 
Subs
12
Harry Stone
9
Brian Graham
11
Cammy Smith
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
19
Ross MacIver
32
Jake Hastie
 
Subs
12
Sam Walker
14
Jack Sanders
2
Lee Hodson
17
Brad Lyons
15
Fraser Murray
29
Chris Burke
10
Scott Robinson
 
Subs
12
Harry Stone
9
Brian Graham
11
Cammy Smith
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
19
Ross MacIver
32
Jake Hastie
Match Preview

Kilmarnock v Partick Thistle – 6th November 2021

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.

Partick Thistle’s 2021/22 Scottish Cup journey gets started this week as they take on Dunfermline Athletic at Firhill in a Friday night clash. The Jags haven’t lost since they were last in cup action, losing 2-0 to Queen of the South in the Challenge Cup eight games ago. They were 1-0 winners against Hamilton Accies last weekend, breaking the club’s record for league clean sheets on the bounce in the process. Now they prepare to do battle with a familiar foe as Dunfermline make the trip to Maryhill for the third time this season and Thistle assistant manager Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the tie:

“It’s a very happy and confident dressing room at the moment. When you’re winning games, everybody has a smile on their face when they come in and that’s definitely the case just now.

“You now can’t wait for each game and that’s a great thing. Training has been at a great level and that’s from everyone in the squad not just the guys who’ve been starting so we’re pleased with that. Now we just need to make sure we continue that and carry it into this cup game which will be a tough one.”

Dunfermline have recently changed manager with John Hughes arriving at East End Park and Archie reckons we should expect to see quite a different Pars side compared to the one we faced last month.

“Well, they certainly seem to have got the bounce from the new manager – big wins against Inverness and then Ayr which shows you the impact John’s having already. He’s made a few changes and it seems to be paying dividends so we’ll be expecting a really difficult night.

“There are still things that we can take from the previous games we’ve had against Dunfermline but we do think they’ll be quite different coming here this time than they had been previously.”

A lot of the Jags’ recent success has been built on their defensive form and Alan is keen to see the team continue that solidity as we move into the Scottish Cup.

“It’s something that the players should be very proud of because it’s never easy to keep a clean sheet in the Championship so to get six in a row is brilliant. Everyone plays their part too, from the guys up front all the way back to Jamie in goals, it’s a team effort.

“Looking at the game at the weekend for example, earlier in the season we might have struggled as Hamilton put balls into the box late on but now we have that confidence and composure in defence to hold out as we did and I can’t remember Jamie really having a save to make.”

As the Maryhill men seek progression against the Pars, Archibald says there’s still a considerable excitement among the players about competing in Scotland’s oldest cup tournament.

“The Scottish Cup always brings that buzz. Its early days of course so no one’s dreaming of Hampden quite yet but the boys are still looking forward to it. The fact that it’s a Friday night game also gives it a bit of a unique feeling.

“You want to go as far as you can. Cup runs tend to bring a lot of great moments for the players and the fans and, of course, there’s prize money to be won for the club with each round so that’s a bonus as well.”

Exclusive video interviews with Kyle Turner and Thistle assistant manager Alan Archibald 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 Dunfermline, starting at 7:15pm – click here to tune in.

We will be providing a pay-per-view option, priced at £12, for any supporter who wishes to watch our livestream of the match – click here for more info.

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

Article Copyright © 2021. Permission to use quotations from this article online is only granted subject to appropriate source credit and hyperlink to ptfc.co.uk.

93’Full Time Report

The locals are unhappy but that is, despite some late pressure and one heart stopping moment, a deserved win for Thistle. 

 
93’Full Time
 
90’+02’

Thistle clear the ball down field. 

90’+02’Kilmarnock corner from the right
90’+02’Kilmarnock corner from the right
 
90’+01’

Heart stopping moment as Sneddon gets enough of a hand to a header to take it on to the post. 

90’+01’Kilmarnock corner from the right
 
90’

Into injury time. Would expect a good few minutes of that. 

 
90’

Murray gets the ball beyond the Thistle defence but it is straight at Sneddon who safely saves. 

 
89’

Kilmarnock have a free kick about 30 yards from the Thistle goal in a position slightly to the left of centre. 

89’Thistle Booking - Lewis Mayo
 
88’

Sneddon needs a couple of attempts to grab hold of a Murray cross at his front post but is successful in preventing a corner. 

 
87’

Sneddon catches a bouncing ball at the edge of his penalty box. 

 
86’

Shaw makes a near post run to reach a cross from the left but he can't keep his shot down and Thistle have a goal kick. 

 
85’

With the rain lashing down and the wind swirling Thistle are getting forced back and made to defend. 

84’Thistle substitution: Ross MacIver replaces Scott Tiffoney

Tiffoney is another player who has contributed much today and he is replaced by Ross MacIver. 

83’Thistle Booking - Brian Graham
 
83’

Thistle do a good job of defending the corner and play will restart with a Jags goal kick. 

82’Kilmarnock corner from the left

More Kilmarnock appeals for handball and a penalty but they have to settle for a corner. 

 
80’

We're into the final ten minutes here at Rugby Park. Thistle still leading by a goal to nil. 

 
79’

Murray's cross is far too close to Sneddon who grabs the ball close to his body. 

78’Thistle substitution: Brian Graham replaces Zak Rudden

It's been a fantastic shift from Rudden but his afternoon is now at an end. 

 
77’

There is a strong shout for handball against Holt and a Kilmarnock penalty. Looked a good shout from our angle. 

 
75’

We'd normally be reaching the full-time mark about now but there are still 15 minutes, plus injury-time, to be played after the late start to the second half. 

 
73’

Tiffoney finds Smith at the edge of the box but Smith can't find a route past Hemming who makes a comfortable save. 

71’Kilmarnock substitution: Fraser Murray replaces Callum Hendry
71’Kilmarnock substitution: Scott Robinson replaces Liam Polworth
 
70’

Turner's attempted pass for Rudden is just overhit allowing Hemming to gather. 

 
69’

The Kilmarnock fans shout for a penalty for what is unclear though. 

 
68’

Rudden is able to evade a Kilmarnock challenge but from the edge of the box his shot is blocked and spins clear. 

 
67’

Burke is able to collect a quickly taken Kilmarnock throw but he doesn't get enough bend on his shot and drifts wide of Sneddon's right hand post. 

 
65’

Smith gathers a Rudden flick and advances to the edge of the box where he shoots wide of goal. 

64’Thistle substitution: Cammy Smith replaces Connor Murray

Thistle make their first change of the afternoon. 

 
61’

Tiffoney is able to work the ball to Turner to his right but the ball won't sit for Turner to manage a shot on goal. 

 
60’

We've reached the hour mark with Thistle still a goal ahead. Don't forget we are running 16 minutes late in the second half. 

59’Kilmarnock substitution: Chris Burke replaces Daniel Armstrong
 
54’

Hendry has a shot from 15 yards that goes over Sneddon's bar. Sneddon is warned by the referee over the time it is taking him to take the goal kick. 

 
53’

McGinn lifts the free kick high into the Thistle box where it seems to hang in the wind making it difficult to clear. Foster does eventually step in to clear. 

 
52’

Docherty clips the heels of McKenzie and Kilmarnock have a free kick on the left hand side. 

 
51’

A Tiffoney shot is blocked at the edge of the box. 

 
49’

Docherty is fouled midway inside the Kilmarnock half. 

 
47’

Akinola's knock down from Turner's corner doesn't drop in front of a Thistle player and is cleared. 

47’Thistle corner from the right
46’Thistle corner from the right
46’Thistle corner from the left
 
45’

A full 16 minutes late, due to an injury to one of the assistant referees and time to prep a replacement, we are finally back underway. 

 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’+01’Half Time Report

Thistle lead at the break courtesy of Zak Rudden's early goal. 

A real threat on the counter attack Thistle can count themselves not to be further ahead, Hemming twice making important saves to deny Bannigan. 

At the other end the home side came closest to an equalising with a curling effort from Polworth that went just wide of Sneddon's right hand post. 

 
45’+01’Half-Time
 
45’

Into first half injury time. 

 
42’

Docherty is back on. 

 
41’

Docherty has to go off for treatment for a cut to his face. Thistle down to ten men for now. 

 
39’

Kilmarnock look for a free kick but the referee waves play on and Polworth collects the ball near the edge of the box and his shot just curls wide of Sneddon's right hand post. 

37’Kilmarnock Booking - Liam Polworth
36’Kilmarnock corner from the right
 
34’

Thistle again open up Kilmarnock on the counter attack. Rudden has the ball inside the penalty box and has two options, to shoot for goal, himself or cut back for Tiffoney. He opts for the latter but his execution is poor and the ball goes behind Tiffoney. 

 
32’

Polworth floats a free kick into the Thistle box that McKenzie sticks a foot out at but that takes the ball over Sneddon's bar though not with much to spare. 

 
29’

Armstrong's corner is far too deep and goes out for a throw on the far side. 

29’Kilmarnock corner from the right
 
26’

It's a decent corner from Turner that finds the head of Holt but his header drops a yard or so wide of goal. 

25’Thistle corner from the left
 
25’

Turner's corner is cleared by the home side though the ball is sliced out of play for a Thistle throw. 

24’Thistle corner from the left

A superb Thistle counter attack nearly produces a second goal. Murray threads a pass through to Bannigan whose shot is saved by Hemming. 

 
22’

Tiffoney whips over a cross that is only partially cleared as far as Docherty at the edge of the box. His shot breaks to Turner who shoots but it is an easy save for Hemming low to his left. 

 
21’

Rudden forces Naismith into an error but can't find a Thistle player with his low cross across the face of the Kilmarnock goal. 

 
20’

Armstrong has space on the ball inside the Thistle box but his touch is poor and Thistle are able to clear. 

 
15’

Murray shows excellent close control and draws a foul winning Thistle a free kick on the right hand side. 

 
11’

It's been anything but an uneventful start to the game but this corner is easily enough dealt with. 

11’Thistle corner from the right
 
10’

It takes a fine stop from Hemming to keep out Bannigan's low free kick. 

09’Kilmarnock Booking - Calum Waters

It's only a yellow card for Waters for his foul on Rudden. With Rudden looking set to have a clear sight of goal he is lucky to escape a red and point that Rudden makes to the far side assistant. 

 
09’

Rudden looks to set to be clean on goal again and is fouled about a yard outside the box. 

 
07’

Kilmarnock work a low corner to the very edge of the Thistle box but it is cleared and Murray tries to break down the right hand side. 

07’Kilmarnock corner from the right
 
06’

Mayo makes an important clearance from a dangerous cross from Naismith. 

 
04’

There's a half chance for Kilmarnock when the ball spins to Armstrong at the edge of the box but his shot is too high. 

02’Goal Thistle! Zak Rudden
Kilmarnock 0 - Thistle 1

What a start for Thistle! Kilmarnock look frantically for an offside flag that doesn't come and Rudden is clear inside the box and he deftly beats Hemming and Thistle have an early lead. 

 
00’

Kilmarnock get the game underway. Thistle will be shooting towards the travelling army of Thistle fans in the first half. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

Ian McCall has made two changes to his starting eleven for today's visit to league leaders Kilmarnock. 

Kyle Turner and Connor Murray start this afternoon with Cammy Smith and Brian Graham dropping to the bench. 

On the bench there is a welcome return from injury for Harry Stone. 

Match Reaction

Kilmarnock v Partick Thistle – 6th November 2021

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.

Partick Thistle ended their goal drought this afternoon as they picked up a massive three points against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. After three full games without scoring, it took the Jags just three minutes to break the deadlock in Ayrshire as Zak Rudden latched onto a lofted through ball from Ross Docherty before lobbing the ball over Zach Hemming and into the back of the net. Thistle could have been two up later in the first half when Connor Murray played in Stuart Bannigan on the left side of the Killie box but this time Hemming was able to make the block to deny the Maryhill men a second. The hosts dominated the game in the second half but failed to carve out many decent openings though they very well could have snatched a point thanks to an injury time chance for Oli Shaw. A high ball in the Thistle box dropped to the ex-Hibs striker and he flicked a header towards goal which looked like it might find the bottom corner. However, as the case has been on a few occasions recently, Jamie Sneddon performed some heroics to keep the shot out and secure the point for the Firhill side. Jags boss Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk following the final whistle:

“It’s a great three points for us, we’re all delighted. To go away from home and beat the league leaders is no easy task but I thought we were excellent today. Everyone did their job from back to front and we were good value for the win in the end.

“We knew after losing to the other teams near the top in the first quarter that we’d have to improve on that the second time round. We managed that against Inverness with a decent point and we’ve done it again here with a great win against Kilmarnock so that’s extremely pleasing.”

Zak Rudden got the goal for Thistle in the opening three minutes and McCall reckons the early goal really settled his team down.

“Our struggle to score over the last three games was well-documented so we were really keen to get a goal today and I think to get one so early on was a massive boost for us. It gave the front players more confidence to go and attack and press with and I think we looked a real threat in that first half.”

The gaffer singled out the goalscorer for praise, not just because of his decisive third minute strike but also the rest of his performance.

“Zak led the line brilliantly today. He was up there as the lone striker which isn’t a role he’s played much here at Thistle but I thought he was outstanding. His running, his link play, his energy – he was terrific.

“We brought Connor Murray into the team to play off him and he was fantastic as well. He helped with the press and used the ball well which is exactly what we asked of him at the start of the game.”

He also paid tribute to his substitutes who came on towards the end of the game and helped the team see the game out.

“Cammy, Brian and Ross all played a big part for us in the closing stages. We knew we were going to be under pressure but they all did a great job. Cammy was first on and he did well to carry the ball up the pitch and give the defence a break at times.

“I’ve always said Brian is a very important player for us in both boxes when it comes to set pieces. When you’ve got corners and free-kicks coming in, he goes and attacks the ball and it’s a great asset for us. It was a real team effort this afternoon.”

The McCrea Financial Services Player of the Month for October was announced as Jamie Sneddon this morning but the goalkeeper had a pretty quiet day at Rugby Park until the 92nd minute when he had to save a goal-bound header from Oli Shaw and McCall was delighted to see the 24-year-old come up big in another important moment.

“Jamie’s performing well when we need him most at the moment which is a great attribute to develop. Last weekend he won us a point against Inverness and he made sure we got all three with that save right at the end.

“It was quite similar to the Dunfermline game in that we defended well for the majority but Jamie was needed for that one big opportunity and once again he was there to make the save so credit to him although I have to say, I was very impressed with the back four again. There are a lot of talented attackers in that Killie team but they kept them quiet for most of the game.

“It was just a great result for us and hopefully all the fans that made the trip, who helped keep the ball out of the net, and all the supporters who watched from home really enjoyed it and can enjoy the rest of their weekend.”

Further reaction from Thistle manager Ian McCall will be available for JagZone subscribers to watch tonight – log in to view.

We’ll also have extended highlights and a full game replay of today’s match on JagZone tonight.

Article Copyright © 2021. 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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