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cinch Championship
Sat 23 October, 2021. Kick Off: - 15:00
Firhill Stadium

Ticketing Info:

Partick Thistle supporters

Any Jags fan who doesn’t have a 21/22 season ticket can purchase tickets for cinch Championship matches on a game by game basis.

Tickets are available now to buy for our cinch Championship match against Dunfermline Athletic.

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 October) are available to buy through one of the three methods below:

  • Purchase online here
  • Calling 0141 579 1971, selecting option 1
  • Visiting the Executive Offices at Firhill Stadium.

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.

 

Away Supporters 

Dunfermline Athletic supporters can now purchase tickets for this Saturday’s cinch Championship encounter from the Firhill offices.

Away fans can purchase their ticket for this weekend’s match through one of the three methods below:

  • Purchase online here
  • Calling 0141 579 1971, selecting option 1
  • Visiting the Executive Offices at Firhill Stadium.

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

Last phone orders for delivery is Wednesday at 4pm. All tickets should be uplifted from Firhill by 4pm on Friday afternoon.

No ticket sales for Dunfermline Athletic fans will be available on matchday.

 

Live Stream

We’ll be providing a livestream of the game which you can watch with a PPV pass, priced at £12.

For information on buying a pass, click here.

 

Audio Commentary

Our JagZone audio commentary service will be back this weekend with audio coverage of our cinch Championship match against Dunfermline.

Join our commentary team on Saturday afternoon as they bring you comprehensive audio coverage of the match. The show gets underway at 2:30pm.

To listen to the broadcast, simply log in to your Jagzone account, click on the audio commentary tab and press the play button on the player.

 

50/50 Half-Time Draw

There are a couple of ways to enter Saturday’s draw with entries from both methods going into the draw for the cash prize jackpot.

Purchasing Online

Tickets can be purchased online through our ticketing platform until 2pm on Saturday.

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

Purchasing at Firhill

Tickets will also be available to buy in-person at Firhill from our sellers who will be located around the ground. As Firhill moves towards becoming a cashless stadium, we encourage fans who can to use contactless payment when entering the draw. Supporters will be issued with a physical ticket upon their purchase.

The winner of the 50/50 draw will be announced at half time and will be contacted by the club next week.

Online entries will close at 2pm on Saturday 23rd October 2021

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
2
Richard Foster
3
Kevin Holt
4
Lewis Mayo
7
Scott Tiffoney
8
Stuart Bannigan
9
Brian Graham (Ross MacIver 83)
10
Zak Rudden (Jake Hastie 70)
11
Cammy Smith (Connor Murray 64)
18
Olatunjo Akinola
23
Ross Docherty
 
Subs
28
Mason McCready
6
Kyle Turner
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
17
Connor Murray
19
Ross MacIver
32
Jake Hastie
Dunfermline Athletic
1
Owain Fon Williams
2
Aaron Comrie
33
Mark Connolly
13
Vytas Gaspuitis
3
Josh Edwards
11
Ryan Dow (Iain Wilson 60)
18
Paul Allan
16
Dan Pybus
23
Dom Thomas
7
Kevin O'Hara (Kai Kennedy 72)
9
Craig Wighton (Nikolay Todorov 80)
 
Subs
6
Kyle Macdonald
8
Kai Kennedy
10
Nikolay Todorov
12
Rhys Breen
14
Lewis McCann
15
Iain Wilson
29
Deniz Mehmet
 
Subs
28
Mason McCready
6
Kyle Turner
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
17
Connor Murray
19
Ross MacIver
32
Jake Hastie
 
Subs
6
Kyle Macdonald
8
Kai Kennedy
10
Nikolay Todorov
12
Rhys Breen
14
Lewis McCann
15
Iain Wilson
29
Deniz Mehmet
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic – 23rd October 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.

After back-to-back away games, Partick Thistle are back in Maryhill this Saturday for a very special weekend. The club is celebrating 50 years since our 1971 League Cup win when we beat Celtic 4-1 in the final with the legends who played on that historic day coming to Firhill for the festivities. The current Jags squad will be hoping to mark the occasion with a win as they take on Dunfermline Athletic in the cinch Championship, hoping to make it three league wins in a row. Thistle boss Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the match, beginning by looking back on last week’s 6-1 win over Hamilton:

“It was a special performance. The way we attacked, particularly in the second half, was fantastic and we looked a threat just about every time we got the ball. There was a bit of extra attention on the game with it being the Friday night pick on the TV and hopefully any Thistle fans who didn’t make the trip were able to watch it because it really was a great game for us.”

McCall’s Jags are the current top scorers in the Championship with six more goals scored than the second best attacking team and the gaffer says that’s something he’s been trying to implement for a while in the squad.

“That was one of my main aims when I came back here – making the team exciting to watch. It’s something that’s taken a lot of time to build going all the way back to when we signed Zak Rudden and Brian Graham last January but I think you’re seeing the results now. We’ve got confident attacking players and it shows with 10 goals in our last two league games.”

Despite such a brilliant performance and victory against Accies last time out, McCall knows his team will have to be right at it again if they want to get another three points this week.

“Once you start training for the next week you have to forget the last game whether you’ve won or lost. Once we get to the game against Dunfermline, winning 6-1 last week won’t count for anything so you have to prepare properly for each game.

“I’ve got a feeling that Dunfermline will turn things around. They’ve got some quality players and we saw what they’re capable of when we played them in the cup, albeit our team was very different that day. You need to be focused to get results in this league and Saturday will be no different.”

With members of Thistle’s 1971 League Cup winning side in attendance for the game against the Pars, Ian is hopeful of putting on a show for those legends although he doesn’t want to put any extra pressure on his players.

“It’s a very significant weekend for the club as a whole and we’ve got events planned that the fans should enjoy. That includes Saturday’s game and it would be fantastic to put on a performance befitting of the anniversary but we’ll just take a win of any kind.

“At the end of the day, it’s just another league match for us. It’ll be great to have some true club legends in attendance but we need to make sure we approach the game itself like any other and then everything else will take care of itself.”

Exclusive video interviews with Ciaran McKenna 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 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 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.

94’Full Time Report

Thistle are held to a goalless draw by a battling Dunfermline side. 

 
94’Full Time
 
90’+02’

MacIver is penalised for a push as he tries to get on the end of a Tiffoney cross.

 
90’+01’

Kennedy has the ball wide on the right for Dunfermline but his cross is poor and Sneddon collects. 

 
90’+01’

Tiffoney's corner is cleared 

90’Thistle corner from the left
 
90’

Into injury time.

 
89’

A quick Thistle break nearly has Hastie through on goal but a defender gets back to clear. 

 
88’

Bannigan plays the free kick up to the feet of Tiffoney but again there is no way through for the Thistle player. 

 
87’

Thistle have a free kick wide on the left. 

 
86’

Tiffoney tries to wriggle his way into the Dunfermline box but he finds his route blocked at the edge of the area. 

 
84’

Tiffoney's corner is cleared. Thistle continue to press through Hastie but there is no way through for Thistle. 

83’Thistle corner from the left
82’Thistle substitution: Ross MacIver replaces Brian Graham
 
80’

We're into the last ten minutes. You wouldn't bet against a winner but that is as likely to be for Dunfermline than it is Thistle on the balance of play at the moment.

79’Dunfermline Athletic substitution: Nikolay Todorov replaces Craig Wighton
 
75’

Thistle can't clear the lines and Thomas fizzes over a cross that only needs a touch to provide a goal. 

71’Dunfermline Athletic substitution: Kai Kennedy replaces Kevin O'Hara
 
70’

Graham is able to poke the ball towards goal when Bannigan's corner is only partially cleared but it is an easy save for Fon Williams to make. 

70’Thistle corner from the right
69’Thistle substitution: Jake Hastie replaces Zak Rudden
 
68’

Sneddon tries to launch a quick Thistle counter attack when he claims Thomas' corner but the ball goes out of play. 

68’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the right
 
66’

The best chance of the game comes the way of Dunfermline. Wighton is on goal but Sneddon spreads himself and makes himself a big target to beat and makes an excellent block. 

 
65’

Rudden does really well to work the ball wide to Tiffoney on the right. His low cross finds Graham who takes a touch before seeing his shot blocked. 

63’Thistle substitution: Connor Murray replaces Cammy Smith
 
62’

Before any change can be made Smith hangs a cross into the Dunfermline box that Fon Williams claims ahead of Graham. 

 
62’

Thistle are getting ready to make a change. Cammy Smith's afternoon looks as if it might be over. 

 
61’

Foster has just enough pace to get the ball away from O'Hara. 

59’Thistle corner from the right

Tiffoney nearly profits from an Edwards error but his shot, with the aid of a deflection, hits the side netting. 

59’Dunfermline Athletic substitution: Iain Wilson replaces Ryan Dow
 
58’

There is further evidence of a Dunfermline threat with a Wighton effort from the edge of the box that isn't too far wide of Sneddon's left hand post. 

 
57’

There is a hint or two that Dunfermline, who have offered very little as an attacking force up to now, could be a threat. 

 
55’

Foster touches the ball to Tiffoney wide to his right. Tiffoney twists himself into a position to send over a cross that Rudden heads wide. 

 
54’

Sneddon takes charge and is off his line quickly to claim the corner. 

54’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the right

Some slack Thistle play almost lets Wighton and then Dow in for a chance. 

 
53’

Connolly and the Dunfermline fans looks for a penalty as free kick is delivered into the Thistle box but the referee isn't interested. 

 
52’

Attendance: 3,333

 
51’

Bannigan's corner goes deep. Tiffoney steals round the back to meet it but can't keep his shot down. 

50’Thistle corner from the right

Fon Williams makes an excellent one handed save to deny Docherty. 

 
49’

It's been a promising start to the second half from Thistle. 

 
48’

It's a better corner this time and the ball is headed back towards goal where Graham turns and shoots and is a little unfortunate to see his effort go over the bar. 

48’Thistle corner from the left
47’Thistle corner from the left
 
47’

Although he is fouled in the process of doing so Tiffoney is able to find Holt to his left. Holt's shot is saved at his near post by Fon Williams. 

 
45’Kick-Off (2nd half)
45’+04’Half Time Report

It's goalless at the break. 

Thistle have had the better of things but aside from Tiffoney effort that Fon Williams saved but couldn't hold haven't created too much in front of goal. 

 
45’Half-Time
 
45’

Thomas thumps the free kick low towards the Thistle goal. It gets past the wall but it is an easy save from Sneddon. 

 
45’

Thomas thumps that free kick goalwards. It gets through the wall but it's an easy save for Sneddon. 

 
44’

Looks as if the half will finish with a Dunfermline free kick about 25 yards from the Thistle goal and in a central position. 

 
44’

There's a bit of Dunfermline pressure for the first time as half time nears. Docherty heads a corner clear at the front post. 

43’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the left
42’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the right
 
41’

A Bannigan free kick finds the head of Holt but his header drops over the Dunfermline crossbar. 

 
38’

A headed clearance drops to Foster but he leans back as he shoots and the ball goes over the crossbar. 

 
37’

It's all got a bit untidy in the last few minutes. 

31’Thistle corner from the right
 
30’

Thistle break quickly from the Dunfermline corner but Tiffoney's touch is poor and a promising position comes to nothing. 

30’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the left

Akinola does well to nip the ball away from the advancing O'Hara. 

 
26’

Smith takes this corner. It's a poor one though and is cleared at the front post. 

26’Thistle corner from the left
 
24’

Bannigan steps over the free kick allowing Tiffoney to take it. He goes for placement more than power but his aim is a foot or so out and the ball goes over the bar. 

 
23’

Thistle win a free kick just outside the box and just left of centre. 

 
22’

Foster sends over a great cross from the right that Graham stretches for but can't reach. 

 
19’

Bannigan's corner goes deep to the back post. Graham tries to keep things alive and is able to direct the ball back towards goal but it is cleared. 

19’Thistle corner from the right
 
19’

Tffoney is the first player to truly threaten either goal with a fierce drive that Fon Williams saves but can't hold. 

 
18’

Thistle can't seem to find their range with their passing so far. Bannigan is the latest player to overhit his pass. There is a decent tempo to Thistle's game even if the end product isn't there yet. 

 
16’

Wighton turns and shoots inside the Thistle box. Sneddon saves but the flag was up for offside in any case. 

 
14’

A lovely pass from Akinola finds Graham inside the box but Comrie is there is nudge the ball away. 

 
12’

Mayo is a little short with a headed pass back and Sneddon has to be sharp to clear. 

 
12’

More by accident than design Holt nods a Dow cross into the waiting arms of Sneddon. 

 
09’

The game hasn't settled into any kind of pattern yet. Thistle have seen more of the ball but there hasn't been even the merest hint of a chance at either end yet. 

 
04’

Smith and Foster combine well down the right. Foster's cross is blocked at the expense of a Thistle throw. 

 
02’

The first couple of minutes have been spent almost exclusively in the Dunfermline half although nowhere near the visitors' penalty box. 

 
00’

Dunfermline get the match underway. Thistle will be shooting towards the John Lambie Stand in the first half. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

Much of this weekend is a celebration of the Partick Thistle League Cup Winning side of 1971 and it is an honour to have that group of players inside the old stadium this afternoon. 

The day is about much more than looking back on an incredible day in our history. 

It's about the here and now and a league meeting with Dunfermline Athletic. 

There is little surprise that having scored ten goals in our last two league games that Ian McCall has said same again and selected the starting eleven and seven substitutes for the third game in a row. 

Dunfermline are also unchanged after snatching a draw against league leaders Kilmarnock last weekend. 

The pitch is looking perfect and there is a palpable sense of excitement in the air as kick-off nears. 

Match Report

Partick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic – 23rd October 2021

Partick Thistle were back at Firhill this afternoon as they looked to make it three league wins in a row, against Dunfermline Athletic.

A 4-0 win over Ayr followed by a 6-1 victory over Hamilton Accies had propelled the Jags back into the top four and Ian McCall’s side were now looking to solidify their spot in the play-offs against  Peter Grant’s struggling Pars. The Fife side came into the game winless in their nine Championship games this season though they had managed draws in four of their last five.

Despite coming into the game off the back of a 6-1 win, Thistle’s start to the game was markedly tepid. It took 19 minutes for the Firhill side to carve out any sort of real opportunity as the visitors looked to sit in and contain them.

That first chance came through Scott Tiffoney as the winger picked the ball up on the left wing and drove infield. He evaded a couple of challenges before eventually unleashing a right-footed shot from 20 yards. His shot was on target but came at a good height for Dunfermline goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams who batted it away.

Thistle were close again in the 23rd minute as the Richard Foster to Brian Graham connection almost produced another goal. The ball was moved out to Foster on the right flank before the right-back swung it into the goalmouth area. Graham was stretching to get on the end of the delivery but couldn’t quite reach the ball to tap it home from close range and it carried through for a goalkick.

Coming out for the second half, the Maryhill men were on the front foot and very well could have been in front with 53 minutes on the clock. The ball came to Ross Docherty 25 yards out and the Thistle skipper brought it down excellently before lifting past his marker. He then managed to dig out a shot which was headed for the top corner before Fon Williams touched it over the crossbar.

The Pars finally came into the game around about the hour mark and Craig Wighton wasn’t far away from the deadlock breaking goal 58 minutes in. Kevin Holt stepped out from defence to make a good tackle five yards outside the Thistle box but, unfortunately for the number three, the ball fell straight to Wighton who quickly fired for goal. His effort was bending towards the top corner but narrowly went past the post.

Jamie Sneddon was called into serious action for the first time of the afternoon with 23 minutes left as Wighton threatened once again. The Pars’ number nine was able to nip in front of Tunji Akinola as the Thistle defender dallied on the ball in the box. Wighton then tried to apply the finish from relatively close range but Sneddon was out sharply to close down the angle and make the save with his body.

Ian McCall made some changes as the game drew closer to a finish and his side regained control of the ball as they pushed for a winner. Probably the best chance of the closing stages was when Scott Tiffoney lifted a ball over the top for substitute Jake Hastie but the Rangers loanee couldn’t control the ball and it skipped through to Owain Fon Williams.

With that, the game finished goalless and Thistle’s run of 11 league games without a draw ended. The point was enough for the Jags to maintain fourth place ahead of a midweek trip to face Greenock Morton at Cappielow. That game is a 7:30pm kick-off against the Ton.

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic – 23rd October 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.

As the club welcomed the legends of 1971 back to Firhill to celebrate 50 years since their historic League Cup triumph, Thistle were held to a goalless draw by Peter Grant’s Dunfermline Athletic. The Jags had scored ten goals in their previous two Championship matches but couldn’t find a way past the Pars with Ross Docherty coming closest as Owain Fon Williams touched his goal-bound effort over the bar. At the other end, Jamie Sneddon also had some work to do as he denied Craig Wighton from close range after the Dunfermline number nine stole the ball off the toes of Tunji Akinola. In the end, the points were shared as Thistle drew their first match of the 2021/22 season and maintained fourth position in the league table. Jags boss Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk following the final whistle:

“I didn’t think we really hit the levels of the last couple of games to be completely honest but we still dominated most of the game. We lacked something in the final third; the crossing was poor and we were slack with passes but it still felt like one we could have just nicked.

“They came here and seemed to be playing for a point, certainly in the first half, but we could have done more to break them down. Scott Tiffoney had a couple of moments where he looked like he was going to break through but they always closed the gaps pretty quickly and they were throwing their bodies on the line to make blocks.”

Thistle’s best opportunity of the game probably came through Ross Docherty as the Jags skipper sought to pick out the top corner from 20 yards, seeing his effort well tipped over by Pars ‘keeper Owain Fon Williams, and the gaffer felt the team should have got more shots on goal.

“We got into the final third plenty but, as I said earlier, that final ball was missing which wasn’t the case against Hamilton or against Ayr. They were very compact and we just didn’t test the goalkeeper as much as we wanted to. The one time we did get a good shot in, the ‘keeper makes a sensational save to turn away Doc’s shot.”

The clean sheet means Thistle have only conceded once in their last three league games and McCall says he’s been impressed with the backline recently.

“I think there’s a lot potential in Tunji and Lewis Mayo as a partnership. Tunji was excellent today apart from one moment where he gave the ball away in our box but then Jamie Sneddon steps up and makes a huge save.

“It was great to see Jamie make that save. He made some mistakes earlier in the season and I’ve spoken to him about that but recently he’s been more consistent. He came and caught a few difficult crosses as well in that second half so we’re just hoping he continues at his current level.”

Thistle now move on to a game against Greenock Morton at Cappielow on Tuesday night and the manager thinks the draw now puts a bit more pressure on the trip to face the Ton.

“Well, we wanted to go and get two wins in these games but now we’ve only taken a point today, we really need to go and get three in midweek. We need to be picking up points if we want to stay up in the top four but it’s not going to be easy against Morton, it’s rarely an easy game at Cappielow so we’ll need to make sure we prepare properly for that one.”

Further reaction from Thistle manager Ian McCall and Richard Foster 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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