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SPFL League One
Tue 4 May, 2021. Kick Off: - 19:00
Links Park, Montrose

In line with Scottish Government guidelines, this match is a closed doors match. It is imperative that all fans support the club and protect the squad by staying away from the stadium and enjoying all content safely from home.

Matchday Coverage:

Live Stream

Our hosts, Montrose, are offering a live stream option for away fans priced at £12.50.

For full information on how to purchase your pay-per-view pass, click here.

 

Audio Commentary

Audio Commentary will be available for supporters on JagZone.

Starting at 6:30, tune in to hear our commentary team take you through the ninety minutes of action, with thirty minutes of comprehensive build up before the game.

You will be able to access the audio coverage by clicking here on Tuesday evening.

 

Match Previews:

Written Management Preview: Alan Archibald

Written Player Preview: Zak Rudden

JagZone Management Preview: Alan Archibald

 

 

In Game Coverage

There will be text commentary available on ptfc.co.uk. Key updates will also be available via our Twitter channel – @PartickThistle

 

Post Match

JagZone: JagZone subscribers will be able to watch an exclusive chat with Thistle gaffer Ian McCall shortly after the full time whistle.

A full game replay and comprehensive highlights package will also follow on JagZone.

Free To Read: Read the written thoughts of a member of the Thistle management team shortly after the full time whistle.

 

As we head towards the conclusion of the League One season we are looking forward to bringing you extensive matchday coverage through the conclusion of the campaign. Due to the current exceptional circumstances, our coverage may change or be impacted if a member of our media team is required to self-isolate at short notice. We thank you for your understanding and patience around this situation.

Montrose
1
Allan Fleming
2
Cammy Ballantyne
23
Martin Rennie
4
Matty Allan
17
Aidan Quinn
14
Sean Dillon
7
Graham Webster
11
Lewis Milne
10
Russell McLean
6
Terry Masson
22
Cammy F Ballantyne
 
Subs
5
Stuart MacFarlane
24
Robbie McGale
15
Ross Campbell
16
Craig Johnston
19
Chris Antoniazzi
9
Lewis Hawke
20
Chris Mochrie
18
Iain Campbell
21
Aaron Lennox
Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
12
Kieran Wright
2
Ryan Williamson
3
James Penrice
7
Joe Cardle
11
Blair Lyons
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
18
Charlie Reilly
21
Mouhamed Niang
22
Richard Foster
31
Ross MacIver
 
Subs
1
Jamie Sneddon
24
Mason McCready
10
Zak Rudden
17
Connor Murray
19
Scott Tiffoney
20
Gospel Ocholi
24
Billy Owens
26
James Lyon
28
Andy Rodden
 
Subs
5
Stuart MacFarlane
24
Robbie McGale
15
Ross Campbell
16
Craig Johnston
19
Chris Antoniazzi
9
Lewis Hawke
20
Chris Mochrie
18
Iain Campbell
21
Aaron Lennox
 
Subs
1
Jamie Sneddon
24
Mason McCready
10
Zak Rudden
17
Connor Murray
19
Scott Tiffoney
20
Gospel Ocholi
24
Billy Owens
26
James Lyon
28
Andy Rodden
92’Full Time Report

It's a rare defeat for Champions Thistle as Montrose wait anxiously for confirmation that they have pipped Falkirk to the final play-off spot. 

 
92’Full Time
 
90’

Deep into injury time and Montrose have a free kick midway inside the Thistle half. They make a mess if it and Thistle might have ne last chance to get the ball forward. 

86’Goal Montrose! Cammy F Ballantyne
Montrose 3 - Thistle 2

Montrose look to have snatched the points. McLean drills in a low cross that Ballantyne fires home from close range. 

85’Montrose corner from the left
 
84’

Murray's cross hits the junction of bar and post and somehow doesn't drop into the net. 

 
83’

Thistle should be in front. Fleming does well to save Murray's initial effort but the ball rolls back to Murray who slides the ball wide rather into the far corner of the nt. 

82’Montrose substitution: Ross Campbell replaces Lewis Milne
 
82’

Murray takes a quick free kick to Tiffoney who sends the ball into a hedge outside the ground. 

76’Thistle substitution: Billy Owens replaces Shea Gordon
76’Thistle substitution: Scott Tiffoney replaces Ross MacIver
76’Thistle substitution: Connor Murray replaces Joe Cardle
 
76’

Cardle's corner is cleared. 

75’Thistle corner from the left

Great save from Fleming to deny MacIver who had been set up by clever play from Rudden. 

 
74’

Thistle are never able to properly clear the ball from the edge of their box but when Montrose do manage a shot Dillon's effort is way too high. 

71’Montrose substitution: Chris Antoniazzi replaces Martin Rennie
 
68’

Milne's shot deflects off a Thistle defender but Wright gets his body behind the ball to complete a routine save. 

67’Thistle Booking - Joe Cardle
 
65’

Masson shoots from distance but it is an easy save for Wright to make. 

65’Montrose substitution: Chris Mochrie replaces Craig Johnston
64’Thistle substitution: Zak Rudden replaces Charlie Reilly
 
64’

Webster isn't too far away with a shot from the edge of the box. 

61’Goal Thistle! Joe Cardle
Montrose 2 - Thistle 2

Young James Lyon is at the centre of the second Thistle equaliser. With the ball at his feet he shows poise and confidence as he strides forward before finding Cardle with a perfectly weighted pass. Cardle provides the finish that Lyon's play deserved. 

 
54’

McLean has space in front of him after he collects a Ballantyne pass. He decides to shoot for goal and sends his shot over the Thistle crossbar. 

 
52’

A long throw comes into the Thistle box and McLean's header goes wide. 

 
51’

Cardle whips over a great cross from the left. MacIver either doesn't make contacr or gets the merest of flicks to the ball but at any rate the ball goes wide. 

 
50’

Lyon picks up the ball in midfield and finds Reilly to his right. Reilly shoots but Fleming makes an easy save. 

45’Thistle substitution: James Lyon replaces Blair Lyons
 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’+01’Half Time Report

Thistle trail by two goals to one to an eager Montrose side at half time. 

Neither defence has looked overly secure, the opening Montrose goal a real gift, and you suspect that there are more goals to come. 

 
45’+01’Half-Time
 
39’

Gordon does really well to get the ball out to Cardle to his left. Cradle turns to get the ball onto his right foot and curls a shot just wide of the far post. 

 
38’

MacIver manages a shot from the edge of the box but his low effort doesn't trouble Fleming. 

36’Goal Montrose! Russell McLean
Montrose 2 - Thistle 1

The home side are back in front. McLean does well to find space for a shot inside the box and it is an excellent finish across Wright and into the corner of the net. 

 
32’

A Cardle shot is half blocked and spins into the path of MacIver but his header is poor and Fleming gathers. 

 
32’

Penrice takes the free kick and his low effort evades the wall but there isn't enough pace on his shot to trouble Fleming. 

 
31’

Lyons is fouled and Thistle will have a free kick near the right hand corner of the Montrose box. 

29’Thistle Booking - James Penrice
 
25’

Montrose have a good chance to almost immediately regain their lead but Ballantyne drags a shot wide for a good position inside the Thistle box. 

24’Goal Thistle! Ross MacIver
Montrose 1 - Thistle 1

Thistle are back on level terms and Charlie Reilly deserves a lot of credit for this one. His run takes him deep into the Montrose box. He is denied what would have been an excellent goal by a fine Fleming save. Fleming saves MacIver's effort from the rebound too but at the second time of asking MacIver slams the ball home. 

 
21’

Fleming comes off his line to make a comfortable catch from Cardle's corner. 

21’Thistle corner from the left
 
20’

Rennie tries his luck from distance again. This time though his effort drifts well wide of target. 

 
20’

Montrose have their tails up and they have another chance when Milne shoots over the bar. 

18’Goal Montrose! Martin Rennie
Montrose 1 - Thistle 0

It's a moment to forget for Kieran Wright he lets a Rennie shot slip through his arms and if not into the back of the net then certainly well over the line. 

 
17’

Cardle's corner is flicked on and reaches Penrice but he leans back as he shoots ad sends the ball over the crossbar. 

17’Thistle corner from the left
 
13’

McLean lifts a cross to the back post where Milne can't quite connect with the ball. 

 
11’

Montrose have the ball at the left hand corner of the Thistle box but Niang makes a well timed challenge to remove any danger. 

 
09’

MacIver flicks the ball back to Gordon who sees his shot blocked. Thistle starting to get into their stride after a slow start. 

 
07’

Great chance for Thistle. Lyons gathers a through ball and takes the ball round Fleming. His touch takes him to the bye line where the ball does look to go out. There is no flag though and play continues but Lyons can't squeeze the ball home. 

 
01’

Early chance for the home side as the ball sits up nicely for Ballantyne at the edge of the box but his shot flies straight into the arms of Wright. 

 
00’

After being given a guard of honour onto the pitch from the home side, Thistle kick the game off. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

It's a sunny but breezy and distinctly cool evening at Links Park as Thistle round off a triumphant League One campaign. 

Thistle may have clinched the title on Thursday evening but tonight's match is still a vital one with the home side still harbouring hopes of claiming the final play-off position albeit they require a favour from Airdrie as well as victory tonight. 

As expected Ian McCall has made significant changes to his side with those players that have been carrying injuries over the hectic period given a well deserved night off. 

It is still a strong line-up as befitting the potential importance of the match to both Montrose and Falkirk.

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