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SPFL Development League
Tue 12 September, 2017. Kick Off: - 18:00
Excelsior Stadium

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Trialist
2
Lee Duncanson
3
Ross Fleming
4
Ian Stokes
5
John Kelly
6
Antony Eadie
7
Mark Lamont (James Stokes 64)
8
Callum Wilson
9
Kevin Nisbet
10
Neil McLaughlin
11
Connor Higgins (Aidan Fitzpatrick 64)
 
Subs
12
Sam Kerr
14
Aidan Fitzpatrick
15
James Stokes
Motherwell U20
1
Peter Morrison
2
Ross MacLean
3
Adam Livingstone
4
Jordan Armstrong
5
Dylan King
6
Liam Brown
7
Ellis Plummer
8
David Turnbull
9
Alex Fisher (Dylan Falconer 65)
11
Craig Tanner(James Scott 65)
14
Trialist
 
Subs
12
Dylan Falconer
15
James Scott
16
Alfredo Agyeman
17
Jamie Semple
18
Shaun Bowers
 
Subs
12
Sam Kerr
14
Aidan Fitzpatrick
15
James Stokes
 
Subs
12
Dylan Falconer
15
James Scott
16
Alfredo Agyeman
17
Jamie Semple
18
Shaun Bowers
 
91’Full Time
 
90’

Kevin Nisbet fires a powerful strike over the bar from 25 yards.

 
87’Thistle corner
86’Thistle Booking - Kevin Nisbet

The young forward is booked for dissent.

 
79’Thistle corner
 
79’

Callum Wilson slots the ball to Kevin Nisbet in the box and the striker fires a shot across goal. Unfortunately, it rebounds off the post and beats the Thistle men in the box looking for a tap-in. It comes back to Nisbet 20 seconds later and he once again shoots across the 'keeper. This time it's saved and the ball goes for a corner,

 
77’Thistle corner
 
77’

The ball flies into the air and Jame sStokes touches it to Neil McLaughlin on the edge of the box. Neil tries a volley from 20 yards but it's turned behind by Peter Morrison.

 
73’

James Scott is fed the ball on the edge of the Jags box and jinks onto his right foot. The number 15 unleahses a rasping shot but it skips just past the near post.

 
71’

A speedy Jags break sees substitutes link up as Fitzpatrick slots Stokes through. Stokes takes his time but gets a shot away. Unfortunately, it's saved and collected by Morrison in the Motherwell nets.

 
70’Motherwell U20 corner
 
66’

Ross Fleming lifts a deep cross towards the back post. Kevin Nisbet runs onto the looping delivery and heads on goal but clears the bar with his effort.

65’Motherwell U20 substitution: James Scott replaces Craig Tanner
65’Motherwell U20 substitution: Dylan Falconer replaces Alex Fisher
64’Thistle substitution: James Stokes replaces Mark Lamont
64’Thistle substitution: Aidan Fitzpatrick replaces Connor Higgins
 
64’Motherwell U20 corner
 
63’

Mark Lamont goes on a confident run, breaking forward into the final third. He attempts a shot as he moves wide and fires a shot on target. It's fairly powerful but is easy enough for the 'Well goalie to save.

61’Thistle Booking - Antony Eadie

The number six goes into the book for a challenge from a few minutes ago.

 
61’Motherwell U20 corner
 
59’

A Motherwell cross comes in and find Tanner. It bounces up off Tanner into Fisher's path and he heads on goal but his attempt is weak and easily collected by the trialist goalkeeper.

 
58’Thistle corner
 
57’

Motherwell break after aquick turn of possession. The trialist is played through and he unselfishly squares to Fisher. The striker has an open goal to aim at but somehow misses from a matter of yards.

 
56’

Connor Higgins breaks for Thistle and slots a short pass to Mark Lamont. Lamont tries to control and shoot but gets it stuck under his feet and the ball goes well wide of the far.

 
54’

Jordan Armstrong fires a long range effort wide of the near post from 30 yards.

50’Goal Motherwell U20! Trialist
Thistle 0 - Motherwell U20 3

Motherwell's trialist bursts past his man on the right flank and shoots powerfully on goal. The shot is towards the far post and beats Thistle's trialist 'keeper despite him getting a hand to it.

 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)

Motherwell start the second half.

 
45’Half-Time
 
40’Thistle corner
 
40’Thistle corner
 
30’

Neil McLaughlin tries a shot from 20 yards after some decent passing but floats his attempt high and wide.

27’Goal Motherwell U20! Alex Fisher
Thistle 0 - Motherwell U20 2

Fisher sends the goalkeeper the wrong way.

26’Penalty Motherwell U20

John Kelly in a bit of a tustle with the trialist and he goes down so the ref points to the spot. Seemed soft.

 
24’Thistle corner
 
20’

A high ball is played forward to Fisher and he chests it down to a teammate. David Turnbull is the man to latch onto it but he blazes a half-volley over from 25 yards.

17’Goal Motherwell U20! Alex Fisher
Thistle 0 - Motherwell U20 1

Motherwell's trialist whips a cross in from the right and Alex Fisher gets on the end of it to nod past the 'keeper.

 
14’

A cutback from the right comes to Craig Tanner. The midfielder sets himself onto his left and he tries to beat the goalie at the near post but curls it wide.

 
10’

Mark Lamont fires a 20 yard free-kick low to the goalkeeper's side. The ball kicks up off the wet, artificial surface but it's saved fairly easily in the end.

 
06’Thistle corner
 
03’

Craig Tanner drilled the free kick low and got it past the wall. The trialist 'keeper was going across goal but got down to stop the drive.

02’Thistle Booking - Ian Stokes

The defender is booked for taking Craig Tanner down on the edge of the box.

 
00’Motherwell U20 corner
 
00’Kick-Off

Kevin Nisbet gets the game underway here in Airdrie.

Match Report

Partick Thistle U20 v Motherwell U20 – 12th September 2017

Coming off the back of an impressive 3-2 victory over defending Development League champions Ross County, Partick Thistle hosted Motherwell at the Excelsior Stadium in their fourth league match of the season.

The Jags started with a trialist in goals behind a makeshift back four of Lee Duncanson, Ian Stokes, John Kelly and Ross Fleming. Callum Wilson and Antony Eadie sat at the base of the midfield with Mark Lamont, Connor Higgins and Neil McLaughlin forming a three in behind the lone striker, Kevin Nisbet.

The first action of the match came just three minutes into the match. Ian Stokes gave away a free kick on the edge of the Thistle box and the man who won it, Craig Tanner, stepped up to take the set piece. He drilled it low, beating the wall, and finding the target. It had plenty of power behind it but Thistle’s trialist ‘keeper got down well to turn it away from goal.

Motherwell’s early chance set the tone for the first half as the ‘Well dominated the opening stages of the clash and were rewarded for their dominance in the 17th minute. A cross from a Motherwell trialist found the towering Alex Fisher in the box. The ex-Inverness man directed his header across goal and found the far corner making it 1-0 to the visitors.

The away side then doubled their lead in the 27th minute from the penalty spot. They won the spot kick when the ‘Well trialist fell to the ground while under some pressure from John Kelly. The Motherwell man tried to break past Kelly and went down when the centre-half leant into him. It seemed a soft penalty to give but the referee pointed to the spot nonetheless. The man who opened the scoring for Motherwell took the penalty and Alex Fisher dispatched it confidently sending the ‘keeper the wrong way.

After that goal, there were only half chances for the sides and the score was 2-0 as the interval arrived. It had been a disappointing opening 45 for the young Jags and a performance that they would have to improve on if they were to pull themselves back into the game.

Thistle would have been looking for a positive start to the second period so they could drag themselves back into contention but it was the opposite that happened when the Steelmen made it 3-0 in the 50th minute. The trialist was at the centre of things again as he used quick feet to beat his man, coming inside from the right wing. He broke into the box and smashed a shot across goal, beating the goalkeeper despite the ‘stopper getting something to it and putting the game out of Thistle’s reach.

Motherwell had done well and deserved their three goals but it should have been made four in the 57th minute. The Motherwell trialist was slotted in on goal and moved into the box with pace. He then unselfishly squared the ball to Alex Fisher so the forward could complete his hat-trick. Fisher had an open goal to aim at but somehow skewed the ball wide of the near post.

In the 64th minute, Scott MacKenzie made a double substitution as Aidan Fitzpatrick and James Stokes replaced Connor Higgins and Mark Lamont.

The young Thistle side had their first opportunity of the second half in the 66th minute through Kevin Nisbet. After an initial cross found no one and bounced right through the Motherwell box, Ross Fleming looped a deep cross to the back post finding Nisbet. The young striker headed on goal at the far stick but cleared the bar with the attempt.

The hosts had another chance to pull a goal back in the 71st minute. Aidan Fitzpatrick broke quickly with the ball and slotted it through to the pacey James Stokes. Stokes took his time before shooting but got his shot away in any case. His attempt was saved by the ‘keeper and the danger was gone.

In the 79th minute the Jags had a couple of quick-fire opportunities. Callum Wilson slotted the ball to Kevin Nisbet in the box and the striker fired a shot across goal. Unfortunately for Nisbet, it rebounded off the post and beat the Thistle men in the box looking for a tap-in. It then came back to Nisbet 20 seconds later and he once again shot across the ‘keeper. This time it was saved and the ball was eventually cleared for a corner on a night where nothing was going in for Scott MacKenzie’s side.

That was the last meaningful attack for either team on the night as Thistle fell to a 3-0 defeat. It’s their second league defeat of the season and leaves them on four points from four games. The young Jags now look to a meeting with Hamilton at the Superseal Stadium on the 26th of September. Kick-off is 18:00 against Accies.

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