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Scottish Cup
Fri 26 November, 2021. Kick Off: - 19:45
Firhill Stadium

Fixture Information: 

Ticketing Info: 

Partick Thistle season tickets are not valid for this fixture. All supporters are required to purchase a ticket for this match to gain entry. 

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

 

Partick Thistle supporters:

Tickets are available now to buy for our Scottish Cup tie 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 (26th November) 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 supporters can now purchase tickets for our Scottish Cup tie 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 Tuesday 23rd November  at 4pm. All tickets should be uplifted from Firhill by 4pm on Thursday afternoon.

Online ticket sales for Dunfermline Athletic fans will be available right up until kick-off. There will be no provision available for physical in-person ticket sales for Dunfermline Athletic supporters on matchday.

 

Live Stream

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

To find out more about buying a PPV pass, click HERE.

 

Audio Commentary

Our JagZone audio commentary service will return this Friday with audio coverage of our Scottish Cup fixture against Dunfermline Athletic.

Join our commentary team on Friday evening as they bring you comprehensive audio coverage of the match. The show gets underway at 7:15pm.

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 Friday’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 6:45pm on Friday.

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 6:45pm on Friday 26th November 2021

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
2
Ciaran McKenna
3
Stephen Hendrie
4
Tunji Akinola
5
Kevin Holt
6
Kyle Turner (Shea Gordon 73)
7
Scott Tiffoney
8
Stuart Bannigan
9
Zak Rudden (Ross MacIver 68)
10
Ross Docherty
11
Cammy Smith (Connor Murray 80)
 
Subs
13
Harry Stone
12
Ross MacIver
14
Shea Gordon
15
Ben Stanway
16
Ji Stevenson
17
Connor Murray
18
Jake Hastie
Dunfermline Athletic
1
Owain Fon Williams
2
Aaron Comrie
3
Vytas Gaspuitis
33
Mark Connolly
3
Josh Edwards
6
Kyle Macdonald
17
Graham Dorrans
26
Matthew Todd (Nikolay Todorov 69)
23
Dom Thomas (Kevin O'Hara 84)
11
Ryan Dow
14
Lewis McCann
 
Subs
5
Ross Graham
7
Kevin O'Hara
9
Craig Wighton
10
Nikolay Todorov
15
Iain Wilson
16
Dan Pybus
18
Paul Allan
28
Reece Cole
29
Deniz Mehmet
 
Subs
13
Harry Stone
12
Ross MacIver
14
Shea Gordon
15
Ben Stanway
16
Ji Stevenson
17
Connor Murray
18
Jake Hastie
 
Subs
5
Ross Graham
7
Kevin O'Hara
9
Craig Wighton
10
Nikolay Todorov
15
Iain Wilson
16
Dan Pybus
18
Paul Allan
28
Reece Cole
29
Deniz Mehmet
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic – 26th November 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.

Partick Thistle’s 2021/22 Scottish Cup journey gets started this week as they take on Dunfermline Athletic at Firhill in a Friday night clash. The Jags haven’t lost since they were last in cup action, losing 2-0 to Queen of the South in the Challenge Cup eight games ago. They were 1-0 winners against Hamilton Accies last weekend, breaking the club’s record for league clean sheets on the bounce in the process. Now they prepare to do battle with a familiar foe as Dunfermline make the trip to Maryhill for the third time this season and Thistle assistant manager Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the tie:

“It’s a very happy and confident dressing room at the moment. When you’re winning games, everybody has a smile on their face when they come in and that’s definitely the case just now.

“You now can’t wait for each game and that’s a great thing. Training has been at a great level and that’s from everyone in the squad not just the guys who’ve been starting so we’re pleased with that. Now we just need to make sure we continue that and carry it into this cup game which will be a tough one.”

Dunfermline have recently changed manager with John Hughes arriving at East End Park and Archie reckons we should expect to see quite a different Pars side compared to the one we faced last month.

“Well, they certainly seem to have got the bounce from the new manager – big wins against Inverness and then Ayr which shows you the impact John’s having already. He’s made a few changes and it seems to be paying dividends so we’ll be expecting a really difficult night.

“There are still things that we can take from the previous games we’ve had against Dunfermline but we do think they’ll be quite different coming here this time than they had been previously.”

A lot of the Jags’ recent success has been built on their defensive form and Alan is keen to see the team continue that solidity as we move into the Scottish Cup.

“It’s something that the players should be very proud of because it’s never easy to keep a clean sheet in the Championship so to get six in a row is brilliant. Everyone plays their part too, from the guys up front all the way back to Jamie in goals, it’s a team effort.

“Looking at the game at the weekend for example, earlier in the season we might have struggled as Hamilton put balls into the box late on but now we have that confidence and composure in defence to hold out as we did and I can’t remember Jamie really having a save to make.”

As the Maryhill men seek progression against the Pars, Archibald says there’s still a considerable excitement among the players about competing in Scotland’s oldest cup tournament.

“The Scottish Cup always brings that buzz. Its early days of course so no one’s dreaming of Hampden quite yet but the boys are still looking forward to it. The fact that it’s a Friday night game also gives it a bit of a unique feeling.

“You want to go as far as you can. Cup runs tend to bring a lot of great moments for the players and the fans and, of course, there’s prize money to be won for the club with each round so that’s a bonus as well.”

Exclusive video interviews with Kyle Turner 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 7:15pm – 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.

93’Full Time Report

Ross Docherty's late goal is enough to see Thistle through to Monday's draw for the next round of the Scottish Cup as Jamie Sneddon keeps yet another clean sheet. 

 
93’Full Time
90’+01’Dunfermline Athletic Booking - Graham Dorrans
90’+01’Thistle Booking - Shea Gordon
 
90’

Into injury time. 

 
88’

Sneddon is down quickly to save Todorov's low drive. 

 
87’

MacIver's chipped pass nearly finds Murray but Fon Williams is there to collect. 

 
86’

MacIver and Murray link up well with Murray's fiercely driven cross cleared. 

85’Thistle Booking - Ross Docherty
 
83’

Connolly can only glance Dorrans' corner away from goal and out for a goal kick. 

83’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the right

Chance for Dunfermline but Todorov's effort is deflected wide. 

83’Dunfermline Athletic substitution: Kevin O'Hara replaces Dom Thomas
81’Goal Thistle! Ross Docherty
Thistle 1 - Dunfermline Athletic 0

It's a wonderful finish from Ross Docherty that has broken the deadlock here. His shot from the edge of the box flying past Fon Williams. 

80’Thistle Booking - Ross MacIver
79’Thistle substitution: Connor Murray replaces Cammy Smith

Last throw of the dice from Thistle as this game looks more and more likely to be heading to an East End park replay. 

 
76’

It's a terrible corner from Tffoney that goes straight out for a goal kick. 

75’Thistle corner from the left
 
74’

A Smith shot thumps off a Dunfermline defender. 

72’Thistle substitution: Shea Gordon replaces Kyle Turner
 
71’

A Turner free kick isn't too far away from finding a Thistle head but the ball goes out for a goal kick. 

67’Dunfermline Athletic substitution: Nikolay Todorov replaces Matthew Todd
67’Thistle substitution: Ross MacIver replaces Zak Rudden
 
63’

Tiffoney looks to be fouled as he tries to cut into the box but there is no free kick for Thistle. 

 
60’

Fon Williams claims Turner's corner. 

60’Thistle corner from the right
59’Thistle corner from the left
56’Dunfermline Athletic Booking - Ryan Dow
53’Thistle corner from the right

Tiffoney leaves Comrie for dead, cuts the ball back for Smith whose shot is touched behind by Fon Williams. 

51’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the right
 
49’

The referee ignores what looks like two quick fouls on Turner and it is fortunate that when a cross comes into the Thistle box there is no Dunfermline player on the end of it. 

 
48’

Dunfermline want a free kick right in front of the Thistle goal but the referee has already signalled for an earlier Dunfermline free kick. 

 
45’

Turner is able to steer a Hendrie cross towards goal but without the power or direction to trouble Fon Williams. 

 
45’

Thistle get us underway again. 

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

It's goalless at the break. 

Thistle were a shade fortunate to survive an impressive opening 10 minute salvo from Dunfermline but for all their early pressure Jamie Sneddon was only required to make one save and that from Thomas' low shot was fairly routine. 

It took Thistle a bit of time to get going but once they did they were unfortunate not to take the lead. 

Ciaran McKenna forced Fon Williams into a save low to his left and the Dunfermline keeper made another good stop to deny Zak Rudden. 

He was beaten, however, by Scott Tiffoney's shot but his effort crashed off the post. 

 
45’Half-Time
 
38’

McKenna gets his head to Turner's free kick but there in no power in his header and Fon Williams saves easily. 

 
37’

Dunfermline can't cope with Tiffoney at the moment and he is fouled wide on the right. 

 
36’

Holt's header from Turner's free kick goes narrowly over the bar but the flag was up for offside in any case. 

 
36’

Thistle win a free kick just in from the left touchline. 

 
31’

Turner's corner is cleared. 

31’Thistle corner from the right
 
31’

Thistle are even closer to a goal with Tiffoney's effort from the left side of the box coming off the post with the keeper well beaten. 

 
31’

Tiffoney is able to skip past a challenge and gets the ball to the feet to Rudden who is denied a goal by an excellent block from Fon Williams. 

 
26’

There is going to be a break in play as Tiffoney goes down. It doesn't look as if he needs the attention of the physio though. 

 
23’

Dorrans nearly twists his way through on the Thistle goal but his route is eventually blocked and the ball cleared. 

 
18’

A Smith cross nearly drops for Rudden inside the Dunfermline 6 yard box. 

 
16’

The ball is touched to McKenna and he forces Fon Williams into a smart save low to his left with a first time shot. 

 
12’

Thistle are seen as an attacking force for the first time as Smith advances into the box but can't find Tiffoney to his left and the ball is cleared. 

 
07’

It's a poor corner that goes straight into the side netting. 

06’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the right
 
05’

It's all Dunfermline early on and Macdonald is able to advance to the edge of the Thistle box but his shot goes high over the bar. 

 
04’

Thomas tests Sneddon at his right hand post with a shot from outside the box but Sneddon gets his body behind the ball and makes a comfortable stop. 

 
02’

The second of Dorrans' two corners comes off the face of the crossbar as Dunfermline make a bright start to the game. 

01’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the right
01’Dunfermline Athletic corner from the left
 
00’

Dunfermline get the game underway. Thistle are shooting towards the John Lambie Stand in the first half. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’Introduction

Focus tonight turns to the Scottish Cup and a visit of fellow Championship side Dunfermline Athletic to Firhill. 

Ian McCall's team selection on a cold, crisp evening shows two changes to the side that started against Hamilton in the league last weekend. 

Lewis Mayo and Brian Graham sit this one out with Stephen Hendrie and Cammy Smith starting. 

Match Report

Partick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic – 26th November 2021

Partick Thistle’s remarkable run of clean sheets continued as they beat Dunfermline 1-0 in the Scottish Cup 3rd round to reach the club’s 17th straight fourth round.

The Jags came into the game against the Pars on a run of three straight wins and six straight shutouts having last conceded a goal exactly six weeks prior, against Hamilton Accies in a 6-1 win.

Ian McCall was forced to make two changes to his team as Lewis Mayo and Brian Graham missed out. Stephen Hendrie was drafted into the defence as Kevin Holt moved into central defence while Cammy Smith came in up front to play just off Zak Rudden.

Dunfermline came to Firhill with a renewed confidence under new manager John Hughes and Thistle found themselves under a bit of pressure in the opening minutes from two corner kicks. The first set piece was dropped right on top of Jamie Sneddon and, with a few Dunfermline bodies lurking, the goalkeeper wasn’t able to hold onto the delivery. Fortunately for the hosts, the ball didn’t drop to any of the nearby Pars but rather skipped away from goal.

The second corner kick was also an in-swinger from the opposite side as Dom Thomas sought to catch Sneddon out. This one went a bit deeper into the box and looked like it was going to drop into the goal at the far post, however, the ball crashed down off the bar before being cleared.

Thistle’s first serious venture forward came in the 17th minute as Ciaran McKenna looked for his first Jags goal. Mark Connolly made a poor headed clearance which Zak Rudden touched on to Cammy Smith. The number 11 then quickly slotted a pass across the edge of the box towards McKenna who struck it first time with his right foot. The defender did well to keep his effort low and on target but Owain Fon Williams was able to get down and hold the shot.

The Maryhill men were even closer to an opener on the half hour mark as Zak Rudden and Scott Tiffoney both had sights of goal. Tiffoney picked the ball up just inside the attacking half and moved away from two defenders before feeding the ball to Rudden in the box. After a slightly fortuitous bounce, Rudden was able to get a shot away, however, Fon Williams was able to close the angle sharply and make the save.

When the ball was then cleared following Rudden’s shot, it came to Ross Docherty just outside the box. He took a shot on which deflected towards Cammy Smith and the midfielder was able to control well before playing it to Scott Tiffoney. The number seven quickly let fly with a curling shot towards the far post but saw his attempt ricochet back off the woodwork, onto a defender and away for a corner.

Tiffoney was involved once again in the 53rd minute as Fon Williams was given more work to do. The winger got the ball on the left flank, bursting into the box after evading the challenge of Aaron Comrie and cutting the ball back to Cammy Smith. The ex-Aberdeen man took a good first touch before trying to pick out the top right-hand corner of goal, however, just as Zak Rudden was in the first half, he was denied by the goalkeeper as Fon Williams tipped it over the bar.

The breakthrough would eventually come in the 82nd minute as Thistle skipper Ross Docherty provided a moment of pure cup magic. A Jamie Sneddon punt fell to the feet of Graham Dorrans who was immediately pestered by Ross Docherty and forced to dribble back towards his own goal. A loose touch then allowed Ross MacIver to win the ball for the Jags as he poked the ball towards Docherty. The captain then opened his body up and bent a teasing shot towards the top corner. Owain Fon Williams, who had been Thistle’s bane all game long, stretched out his arm to tip the ball over the bar but Docherty’s shot had enough height on it to get past the Welshman and find the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

A couple of minutes later there was a chance for the away side to draw level as Nikolay Todorov tried to emulate his Firhill goal-scoring exploits from the opening day of the competitive season when he bagged a brace in Maryhill. The ball bounced into Ryan Dow’s path and the number 11 tried a low shot which only found his teammate Todorov, giving the Bulgarian the opportunity of a shot at goal from 10 yards. He tried to rifle an effort past Jamie Sneddon at the near post, however, Tunji Akinola was across swiftly to make the block and deflect the ball away for a corner.

With that, Thistle were able to see the game out and book their place in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup. Now the Jags turn their attentions back to league action and a trip to Palmerston Park to take on Queen of the South. Kick-off for that one is 3pm on 4th December.

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Dunfermline Athletic – 26th November 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.

Ross Docherty produced a bit of Scottish Cup magic this evening as his fantastic strike from 20 yards proved enough to beat Dunfermline under the Friday night lights at Firhill. A game which had a dearth of goalmouth action seemed to be heading towards a replay when the skipper popped up in the 82nd minute to curl a beauty into the top corner, past the outstretched arm of Owain Fon Williams. After watching his side claim their fourth consecutive win and their seventh straight clean sheet, Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk to reflect on the match:

“It’s a great win for us. We were expecting a very tough game and that’s exactly what we got against a Dunfermline side who you could see were playing with more confidence than the last time they were here.

“Drawing a Championship side in the third round is always going to be tough but I thought the boys dug deep. Like last week it wasn’t the prettiest of games but we did the simple things well and I think we deserved to win.”

Off the back of a very successful run of league games, the gaffer said it was important to keep that positive feeling going.

“When you’re on a good run you do start to build up momentum. We’re in a really good place at the moment in the league and we didn’t want that to end tonight because that momentum could be important for us going into December when we’ve got some really big games.”

Ross Docherty’s goal is one that will live long in the memory for the Jags fans in attendance but McCall couldn’t believe his eyes when the captain picked out the top corner.

“I can’t say I’ve seen Doc do that too often! To be fair to him, it’s his pressure that forces the mistake and then when it falls back to him it’s a great hit. Sometimes you need a bit of something special to win a tight game like that and thankfully we got that from Doc tonight.”

It was an historic night for Jamie Sneddon as he became the first goalkeeper in Partick Thistle history to keep seven clean sheets in a row and the manager paid compliment to everyone who played a part in the record-breaking run.

“Jamie didn’t actually have all that much to do tonight. He came to gather a couple of things late on and had one save that I can remember but it was fairly comfortable overall. That’s credit to the shape and organisation of the rest of the team who didn’t let Dunfermline get through.

“The string of clean sheets has been remarkable though. It’s been a real team effort with an incredible work rate from each and every player who’s been on the pitch. Although Jamie didn’t have much to do tonight, we’ve needed him a few times in this run in huge moments too so he definitely deserves a special mention but everyone has done their bit.”

McCall finished with a message to the fans who came along to the game tonight to watch their side book a spot in the Scottish Cup fourth round.

“It wasn’t a nice night and, as I said earlier, it wasn’t a spectacle so credit to all the supporters who did come out in the freezing cold to support the team. Obviously, our end goal this season is to succeed in the league but I think the fans always like a bit of a cup run and they can now look forward to seeing who we’ve got in the next round.”

Further reaction from Thistle manager Ian McCall and Ross Docherty 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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