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Sat 23 April, 2022. Kick Off: - 15:00
Firhill Stadium

Matchday Information:

Ticketing Information:

Tickets are now on sale for Saturday’s home cinch Championship fixture against Dunfermline AFC.

All supporters are strongly encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets ahead of matchday to avoid lengthy Firhill queues. 

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Ticket prices for this match are priced at:

Adults – £20

Concessions (Over 65s, students, disabled supporter including carer, 16-18 year olds) £15

Under 16 – £5

Purchasing before matchday 

Ticket purchases before matchday (23rd April) are available to buy through one of the methods below:

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Matchday purchases

Tickets can be purchased on matchday through online sale. The Executive Offices will not be open on matchday.

Very limited provision will be made at the Jackie Husband ticket office for home supporters, without bank cards or online access, to use cash to purchase tickets for this game.

Partick Thistle Season Ticket Holders

This fixture is on the Partick Thistle 2021/22 season ticket. Use your season ticket card, or the PTFC ticketing app at the turnstile to gain entry to Firhill. Season tickets are only valid for the stand they were purchased for with no changing between stands on a game by game basis, currently permitted.

If you are a Partick Thistle season ticket holder who is due to be self-isolating on the date of this fixture, or who develops Covid-19 symptoms between now and matchday you should not attend this fixture. In this event, please contact   to update us. We will de-activate your season card for this fixture and provide access to the live stream of the match.

Away Supporters

Away fans can purchase their ticket for this league game through one of the two methods below:

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Away supporter ticket prices for this match are priced at:

Adults – £20

Concessions (Over 65s, students, disabled supporter including carer, 16-18 year olds) £15

Under 16 – £5

Online ticket sales for Dunfermline AFC fans will be available right up until kick-off.

There will be no provision available for physical in-person ticket sales for Dunfermline AFC supporters on matchday.

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
3
Kevin Holt
4
Lewis Mayo
6
Kyle Turner (Steven Bell 89)
7
Scott Tiffoney (Robbie Crawford 45)
8
Stuart Bannigan
9
Brian Graham
10
Alex Jakubiak (Cammy Smith 65)
16
Ciaran McKenna
23
Ross Docherty
33
Stephen Hendrie
 
Subs
13
Andy Firth
2
Richard Foster
11
Cammy Smith
15
Steven Bell
17
Connor Murray
18
Tunji Akinola
22
Robbie Crawford
25
Juan Alegria
37
Kyle McAllister
Dunfermline Athletic
41
Jakub Storlarcyzk
2
Aaron Comrie (Matthew Todd 78)
3
Josh Edwards
8
Joe Chalmers
10
Nikolay Todorov
12
Rhys Breen
14
Lewis McCann (Kevin O'Hara 78)
16
Dan Pybus (Dominic Thomas 82)
21
Steven Lawless
22
Leon Jones (Liam Polworth 78)
25
Efe Ambrose
 
Subs
20
Neil Alexander
7
Kevin O'Hara
11
Ryan Dow
19
Miller Fenton
23
Dominic Thomas
26
Matthew Todd
27
Bobby Kemwa
28
Reece Cole
39
Liam Polworth
 
Subs
13
Andy Firth
2
Richard Foster
11
Cammy Smith
15
Steven Bell
17
Connor Murray
18
Tunji Akinola
22
Robbie Crawford
25
Juan Alegria
37
Kyle McAllister
 
Subs
20
Neil Alexander
7
Kevin O'Hara
11
Ryan Dow
19
Miller Fenton
23
Dominic Thomas
26
Matthew Todd
27
Bobby Kemwa
28
Reece Cole
39
Liam Polworth
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic – 23rd April 2022

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.

Dunfermline Athletic are the visitors to Maryhill tomorrow afternoon as Thistle look for the three points that will almost secure their promotion play-off space. The Pars have ideas of their own for the points and head to Glasgow looking to put space between them and the relegation slots. Assistant Manager, Neil Scally, spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the game.

“We know going into the weekend that Dunfermline will be a tough game. John Hughes has them playing well and we know that they’ve hit a bit of form recently. On top of that they are fighting to avoid finishing in those bottom two spots so we’re expecting it to be a difficult match.

“Obviously the last time we played Dunfermline we really weren’t good enough and that result really hurt especially after we go in front we should really look to build on that and put the pressure on them but they get back into the game with an unfortunate own goal and then they use that momentum to go on and win the game so we will be looking to put that result right this weekend when they visit Firhill.”

A last gasp defeat at the hands of Raith Rovers has kept the playoff race alive but Neil knows Thistle hold their destiny in their hands.

“We know that securing a playoff spot is in our hands. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to do that last week, which is obviously a disappointment, but we know that if we play well and put on a performance on Saturday we can take a big step towards finishing in those playoff positions.

“We had chances to secure our place last weekend and we probably should have taken them and then they obviously go up the other end and grab the winner so the result against Raith obviously stung but we can’t dwell on that as we have two massive games coming up that will define our season.”

With a full week of training between games, Scally reports it is an upbeat camp at Firhill who are looking forward to our last two regular season games.

“The players know that they can be confident heading into the game because ultimately where we finish in the league is dependent on us and how we finish the season. We know we don’t need any favours and the deciding factor for our season is how we finish it. The squad know that they can give the supporters plenty to cheer about on Saturday if we finish the final home league game of the season with all three points.”

Finally, Neil provided us with the latest team news.

“The squad of players we have available for Saturday’s game is much the same as last weekend so it’s good have the core group of players back together and training regularly again and that can only stand us in good stead as we head into the final two games of the season.

“Obviously, we had a couple of weeks where we were missing some players and that really hampered us in terms of the depth of the squad but with those guys back training and back in for contention it will really boost us for these final two matches.”

Exclusive video interviews with Stuart Bannigan and Thistle assistant manager Neil Scally 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 2:30pm – click here to tune in.

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

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

Article Copyright © 2022. 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

Thistle pick up another three points and head into the final day of the season in pole position for the last promotion play-off slot.

88’Thistle substitution: Steven Bell replaces Kyle Turner
 
87’

Thistle get the corner clear but can't make it stick up the park. Eventually Robbie Crawford wins a free to Thistle as the seconds tick down.

 
86’Dunfermline Athletic corner
 
83’

Brian Graham goes on a solo run turning Ambrose inside out. His shot from the edge of the box is always rising and it clears the bar.

 
77’

A Thistle free kick bounces inches wide of goal.

77’Dunfermline Athletic substitution: Matthew Todd replaces Aaron Comrie
75’Dunfermline Athletic substitution: Liam Polworth replaces Lewis McCann
75’Dunfermline Athletic substitution: Kevin O'Hara replaces Leon Jones
 
72’

A free kick routine ends with Holt's effort blocked by a Dunfermline defender. 

 
69’Dunfermline Athletic corner
64’Thistle substitution: Cammy Smith replaces Alex Jakubiak
 
62’

Edwards tries to catch out Sneddon but the goalkeeper is alert and claims the ball comfortably.

 
61’

Another poor Pars corner as it reaches the near post and is flicked behind. Thistle will take that all day long.

 
61’Dunfermline Athletic corner
 
59’

Dunfermline try a short corner routine - it's terrible and Thistle are able to block it and clear without the ball getting anywhere near the box.

 
58’Dunfermline Athletic corner
 
47’

Ross Docherty has a shot parried away by Stolarczyk. The rebound falls to Jakubiak who can't hit the target as the ball falls to him.

45’Thistle substitution: Robbie Crawford replaces Scott Tiffoney

Scott Tiffoney, who passed a late fitness test to start today's match, is replaced by Robbie Crawford.

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

Thistle lead at the break. We've had the chances to add to our lead but Dunfermline missed the clearest opportunity during the half when a mix up presented Lewis McCann with an open goal - Steven Hendrie with a vital sliding block.

 
45’

Comrie clears the John Lambie Stand with a stretching effort on the corner of the six yard box.

 
40’

A mix up at the back almost gifts Dunfermline an equaliser but wonderful defending from Hendrie blocks an open goal. The Pars keep the pressure on but Thistle defend well and win a goal kick, 

 
32’

Turner's free kick is cleared with a few Jags lurking ready to pounce. The Pars get the ball forward but clever defending from McKenna gives Sneddon the chance to clear. 

 
25’

Thistle get the corner scrambled clear and break on the Pars. McKenna has a strong run down the right hand side and his cross finds Jakubiak who is penalised for a harsh hand ball,

 
24’Dunfermline Athletic corner
 
18’

Dunfermline with their first intent in front of goal. McCann fizzwes a low cross which is missed by everyone. Lawless retrieves it and tees up Chalmers who has a shot blocked by Turner.

 
16’

Jakubiak does tremendously well to beat Breen. His cross to Graham sees the striker struggle to get the ball out of his feet. He tees up Tiffoney who fires inches wide of target.

14’Goal Thistle! Ross Docherty
Thistle 1 - Dunfermline Athletic 0

A well worked corner from Thistle gives us the lead. A low delivery from Turner is met by Ross Docherty at the front post and he gives it the deftest of flicks to guide it into the net. 

 
13’Thistle corner
 
12’

Docherty gets the ball into the feet of Graham who shoots under pressure. It's a fantastic save by the feet of Stolarczyk

 
03’

A flick from Graham finds Jakubiak inside the box but the flag is up for offside. Thistle are shooting towards the City End in the first half this afternoon,

 
00’Kick-Off

It's a gloriously sunny afternoon at Firhill today with a huge three points at stake for both sides. 

 

 

Match Report

Partick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic – 23rd April 2022

For the second week in a row Partick Thistle had the chance to secure a spot in the cinch Premiership play-offs as Dunfermline visited Firhill this afternoon.

The Jags missed the chance to confirm a fourth place finish a week ago as Raith won late in Maryhill but they came into a clash with the Pars knowing that even if Raith win, a win of their own would all but book their play-off spot due to their superior goal difference.

Ian McCall made one change to the side which lost to Raith with Tunji Akinola being replaced by Kyle Turner meaning a return to central defence for Lewis Mayo who had started in midfield the previous weekend. Scott Tiffoney passed a late fitness test to take his place on the left wing while Richard Foster was back in the squad after injury, taking a place on the bench.

The Jags came into this game having failed to score in their previous three home games, however, they showed plenty of attacking zeal from the off today with Brian Graham going very close in the 12th minute. Ross Docherty managed to force the ball towards Graham after a battle at the edge of the Pars box and the big striker managed to wriggle past his marker for a clear shot at goal. Polish goalkeeper Jakub Stolarczyk was out quickly though and was able to block Graham’s effort with his legs.

The home side didn’t have to wait too much longer for the opener though as Ross Docherty struck with 15 minutes on the clock. It came from a Kyle Turner corner as he spotted Docherty’s run to the front post and picked out the captain who flicked the ball goalwards with the outside of his boot. Stolarczyk had started moving across to his near post but couldn’t do enough to keep the ball out as Docherty recorded his fourth goal of the season against Dunfermline.

Just two minutes later there was nearly a second goal for the Maryhill men as Alex Jakubiak worked his way down the right before picking out Brian Graham with a cross. The striker couldn’t control quickly enough to shoot but was able to lay it off for Scott Tiffoney who fired a shot narrowly wide of the target.

The chances then dried up for both teams with Dunfermline controlling more of the possession without posing a serious threat on the Thistle goal and, as such, it was a Thistle mistake which presented them with their first real opening of the game. A bouncing ball and a bit of miscommunication led to Jamie Sneddon and Kevin Holt getting in each other’s way as they sought to make a clearance. Consequently, the ball fell to Lewis McCann with Jamie Sneddon well out of position but Stephen Hendrie was across quickly to make a goal-saving block.

Coming out for the second half, Thistle had the first clear sight of goal. It came following a Ross Docherty shot from 20 yards out which Jakub Stolarczyk parried down towards Alex Jakubiak. The Englishman took the shot on first time with his left foot but sent his effort high over the bar.

Then the game settled into a similar pattern as the first half – a good amount of possession for the away side but without much end-product. In fact, the only other notable effort on goal of the second half came from the hosts in the 83rd minute. Brian Graham got the ball on the left flank and took on Efe Ambrose, getting past the former Celtic man. Graham then tried a right-footed shot from the edge of the box which flew comfortably over the target.

So despite throwing plenty at Thistle, including a four up front formation, Dunfermline weren’t able to trouble Jamie Sneddon much less find an equaliser meaning the Jags claimed all three points.

With Raith winning elsewhere, that means Thistle are three points ahead of the Kirkcaldy side going into the final day with a goal difference which is eight goals better than them. Ian McCall’s men face Ayr United in the regular season finale which is a 7:45pm kick-off at Somerset Park on Friday night.

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic – 23rd April 2022

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.

Ross Docherty proved to be the match-winner this afternoon as his 15th minute strike earned Partick Thistle earned a crucial three points against Dunfermline Athletic at Firhill. The win means that the Jags will be in the promotion play-offs barring a huge goal swing in Raith’s favour on the final day of the season. Brian Graham, Scott Tiffoney and Alex Jakubiak all had chances over the course of the 90 minutes but they couldn’t convert meaning the home side had to defend stoutly to fight off late Dunfermline pressure and claim the three points. Thistle manager Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk after the game:

“It was another game which wasn’t very easy on the eye but I thought we thoroughly deserved the win. We started the game well and got in front through Ross Docherty’s goal and could have potentially been further ahead.

“Dunfermline threw plenty at us in that second half and they were playing with four or even five up front at times so we really had to work for it late on. Last week we conceded a costly goal late on but we did a good job of limiting the chances they had on goal as we saw it out today.”

The gaffer had particular praise for the goalscorer Ross Docherty who netted his seventh goal of the season and his fourth against Dunfermline to decide the contest.

“Doc took his goal brilliantly and the delivery was effective from Kyle Turner. I thought Doc’s overall performance was fantastic too and he was so important to the way we defended in the second half. He put in tackles, won headers and kept taking the pressure off the defence which was invaluable.”

Scott Tiffoney came off at half-time as Robbie Crawford replaced the winger and the manager explained that change of personnel.

“Tiff was struggling a bit with a muscle problem. He had to do a fitness test a couple of hours before the game and we could see from his numbers in the first half that he wasn’t his usual self so we felt it was better to bring Robbie on. Now we’ll assess him next week and hopefully he’ll be ready for Friday, and if not then the Tuesday after that.”

The victory all but confirms Thistle’s place in the cinch Premiership play-offs and McCall feels his side have warranted fourth place this season.

“We know it’s not technically done yet but it would take something incredible to miss out. At the start of the season we were aiming for the top four and to be this close to reaching that is a great feeling. It hasn’t been straightforward; it’s been a bit up and down at times but I think we’ve deserved it based on what we’ve done this season.

“We now go to Ayr next week with a bit of pressure off and we might rest a player or two but we still want to go and win that game. It would be ideal if we can go into the play-offs on a positive note so that’s the aim next week.”

Further reaction from Thistle manager Ian McCall and captain Ross Docherty will be available to watch on JagZone tonight – log in to view.

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

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