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Partick Thistle FC

SPFL Development League
Mon 3 April, 2017. Kick Off: - 18:00
Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Conor Cullen
2
Ian Stokes
3
Ross Fleming
4
Harry Granger
5
John Kelly
6
Callum Wilson
7
Mark Lamont
8
Andrew McCarthy (Matthew McInally 62)
9
Kevin Nisbet (Connor Higgins 66)
10
Neil McLaughlin
11
James Stokes
 
Subs
12
Struan Herd
14
Matthew McInally
15
Connor Higgins
16
Antony Eadie
Rangers U20
1
Robby McCrorie
2
Ross Lyon
3
Max Ashmore
4
Jamie Barjonas
5
Kyle Bradley (Jason Krones 31)
6
Aidan Wilson
7
Serge Atakayi
8
Jordan Gibson
9
Amin Abaradan (Adedapo Awokoya Mebude 86)
10
Josh Jeffries
11
Liam Burt
 
Subs
21
Kieran Wright
12
Jason Krones
14
Jack Adamson
15
Andrew Dallas
16
Zac Butterworth
17
Adedapo Awokoya Mebude
 
Subs
12
Struan Herd
14
Matthew McInally
15
Connor Higgins
16
Antony Eadie
 
Subs
21
Kieran Wright
12
Jason Krones
14
Jack Adamson
15
Andrew Dallas
16
Zac Butterworth
17
Adedapo Awokoya Mebude
93’Full Time Report

After finding themselves 2-0 down at half-time Thistle were able to raly together and bring the game back to 2-2 through Nisbet and McLaughlin. Thistle continued their improvement and looked the more likely to score a winner but some slack defending meant Dallas was able to put Rangers back in front.

That was how the game would finish with an excellent turnaround of performance  in the second half but it would bear no rewards as they suffer a second defeat on the bounce.

 
93’Full Time
 
90’+01’Thistle corner
 
90’

Stokes is played through but the 'keeper is able to block his advances but the ball falls to Higgins who has a shooting opportunity. His shot is deflected behind.

86’Rangers U20 substitution: Adedapo Awokoya Mebude replaces Amin Abaradan
 
85’Rangers U20 corner
83’Rangers U20 Booking - Robby McCrorie

The 'keeper is cautioned for timewasting.

80’Goal Rangers U20! Andrew Dallas
Thistle 2 - Rangers U20 3

A long ball from Rangers isn't dealt with by the Jags backline and Dallas latches onto it before touching it past the outrushing Cullen.

76’Thistle Booking - Mark Lamont
74’Goal Thistle! Neil McLaughlin
Thistle 2 - Rangers U20 2

Connor Higgins is tackled in the box and Lamont tries to latch on to it but his touch is too heavy, fortunately for him it falls to Neil McLaughlin who strokes home with his right foot finding the bottom corner.

 
70’

McInally gets behind his marker and passes to Higgins who lays it off to James Stokes. Stokes shoots but it's straight at McCrorie.

 
69’

A free-kick routine is used as Lamont finds McLaughlin on the edge of the box but the attacker miskicks his attempt and it goes off target.

66’Thistle substitution: Connor Higgins replaces Kevin Nisbet
 
63’Rangers U20 corner

Abaradan's shot is deflected behind for a corner.

62’Thistle substitution: Matthew McInally replaces Andrew McCarthy
60’Thistle Booking - John Kelly
 
59’

Lamont slots McLaughlin through and he has a chance to shoot. He does so and tries to pick out the far corner but McCrorie saves and it's turned behind on the rebound by a defender.

57’Goal Thistle! Kevin Nisbet
Thistle 1 - Rangers U20 2

A deep Ian Stokes cross from the right finds Nisbet perfectly and the striker has the simple task of heading home from close range at the back stick.

 
53’

Atakayi skips past two defenders before unleasing a powerful shot on goal but he blasts a couple of yards over.

 
53’

Mark Lamont shoots from 25 yards but it's an easy save for the 'keeper.

 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)

Abaradan gets the second half underway.

45’Half Time Report

A poor first half from Thistle as they go into the break 2-0 down. Goals from Atakayi and Abaradan give Rangers the lead as the young Jags fail to get on the scoresheet despite a couple of good chances.

Rangers were forced into an early substitution as Kyle Bradley was forced off and replaced by Jason Krones.

Neither team really dominated the match but Thistle will really have to step up if they want to get back in the game.

 
45’Half-Time
41’Rangers U20 Booking - Amin Abaradan

The Rangers man is booked for his fourth foul of the match.

 
40’

Atakayi is played through with an over-the-top ball. He cuts onto his right and shoots but Cullen turns the shot behind.

 
39’Thistle corner
 
36’

Burt gets past his man and shoots low at the near post but Cullen stands strong and makes the save.

 
35’

Atakayi gets in behind the Jags' backline and crosses but Burt can't get to it and in the end it's a Rangers corner.

 
34’Thistle corner
 
33’Thistle corner
31’Rangers U20 substitution: Jason Krones replaces Kyle Bradley
 
29’

After some pressure by Thistle, McLaughlin has the ball inside the Rangers box. He picks out Nisbet with a lifted pass. Nisbet controls and shoots but McCrorie makes a good save and Wilson commits a foul in the aftermath.

27’Goal Rangers U20! Amin Abaradan
Thistle 0 - Rangers U20 2

A ball is played through to Atakayi from the Rangers midfield and he touches it past Cullen. It is going in but Abaradan touches it over the line to claim the goal.

 
25’Rangers U20 corner
 
24’

Nisbet is fed the ball and he plays it wide to McLaughlin. McLaughlin then tries to pick out James Stokes at the back post but McCrorie claims.

 
21’

Jordan Gibson dispossesses Callum Wilson before shooting from 25 yards. His shot sails safely over Cullen's goal.

17’Thistle Booking - Kevin Nisbet

Nisbet is booked for a late challenge on Aidan Wilson. He seemed to get some of the ball but the referee didn't see it that way.

15’Goal Rangers U20! Serge Atakayi
Thistle 0 - Rangers U20 1

After some excellent play by Gibson, skipping past a number of challenges, the midfielder cuts the ball back to the unmarked Atakayi who slots into the far corner from close range.

 
12’

Kevin Nisbet is played the ball in the air and he uses a smart flick to lift it over his marker's head and get in behind. He opts to shoot on the bounce from outside the box and unfortunately for him, it goes well wide.

 
09’

Abaradan is played the ball inside the Thistle box and shoots towards the near post but Cullen is able to save and then collect.

 
05’Rangers U20 corner
 
03’Thistle corner

After a string of corners, the ball is cleared upfield by Rangers.

 
03’Thistle corner
 
03’Thistle corner
 
01’

Kevin Nisbet stole the ball from a Rangers man and ran into the box. He looked to have made space for a shot but a covering Gers man put the ball out for a corner.

 
00’Kick-Off

Kevin Nisbet kicks things off for Thistle.

 
00’Introduction

After losing 3-1 to Falkirk last Tuesday, Partick Thistle's Development team look to return to winning ways against Rangers at the Excelsior Stadium.

Conor Cullen starts in goals behind a backline of Ian Stokes, Harry Granger, John Kelly and Ross Fleming. Callum Wilson, Andrew McCarthy, Mark Lamont, James Stokes and Neil McLaughlin form a five-man midfield with Kevin Nisbet up front.

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