Sun 14 March, 2021. Kick Off: - 13:00
Thistle open the scoring through Shea Gordon but are pegged back by Euan Henderson's equaliser just before half-time wit Christophe Berra heading a winner for Hearts in the second half.
Despite the defeat this was a more than useful exercise ahead of Thistle's return to competitive action next Saturday against Cove Rangers.
Erskine lifts a pass into the direction of Murray in space in behind the Hearts defence but the pass is overhit slightly.
The free kick is a poor one as Hearts waste a chance to put the Thistle defence under a bit of pressure. As the rains starts to fall heavily, this game is drifting towards its conclusion.
Hearts will have a free kick on the Thistle right after afoul from Niang.
Henderson sends a shot high over the Thistle crossbar.
Murray's corner is headed clear at the front post.
Thistle elect not to go direct for goal and from the free kick and the ball is worked quickly out to Murray on the left. His low cross is touched home by Niang butthe flag goes up for offside thus denying Thistle the equaliser.
Murray is fouled and Thistle are going to have a free kick in a central position about 10 yards outside the Hearts box.
Thistle are looking a bit ragged at the back and Sneddon makes a good stop to prevent Henderson netting a third Hearts goal.
Rodden shoots from an angle inside the Hearts box but Stewart makes a comfortable stop.
Thistle don't look too convincing as Walker's corner cokes over but Hearts can't, initially, make anything of the situation. Kastaneer does gather the ball on right though and this time Berra is able to head the cross beyond Penrice and into the net.
White powers forward down the Hearts right ad tries to curl a shot beyond Sneddon but like Geggan's effort at the other end there just isn't enough curl on the ball and it goes wide of target.
The free kick is delivered to the edge of the Thistle 6 yard box where it is headed away by Geggan.
Hearts have a free kick in from the right hand touchline
Berra gets his head to Walker's corner but it is a comfortable catch for Sneddon.
Geggan tries his luck from just outside the Hearts box but doesn't get enough curl on the ball and it goes out for a goal kick.
Sneddon marks his return to action with a smart save with his leg to deny Henderson after Penrice had been careless with possession of the ball.
It's all square at the break.
Thistle have had the better of the chances and while there is certainly some understandable rustiness to their play there has been enough positives to feel encouraged about.
It's a poor corner and Thistle clear.
Henderson has a shade too much room inside the Thistle box and he cuts in from the left before sending a low shot past Wright who might feel he could have done a little better.
Hearts make a mess of the free kick and Gordon clears.
Hearts have a free kick near the right hand corner of the Thistle box.
Hearts look for the offside flag as Graham's flick finds MacIver but the Thistle striker lifts his shot over the bar avoiding further controversy.
Kastaneer whips over a cross from the left that Foster steers to safety with his head.
Wright is well positioned and is able to make a comfortable save from Kastaneer's long range effort after he collects a pass from Logan to his left.
Walker's corner drifts right across the Thistle six yard box and out for a goal kick at the far post.
Gordon clears a Frear cross at the expense of the game's first corner.
Niang misjudges a long ball forward from Hearts which presents Henderson with a chance but Wright blocks with the ball coming off the Hearts player for a Thistle goal kick.
Midway through the first half and Thistle are good value for their one goal lead.
Thistle do take the lead. Graham threads through a perfectly weighted pass for Gordon who slides the ball past the advancing Stewart and into the corner of the net.
Thistle should be in front. Graham sends over an excellent cross from the left that finds MacIver unmarked six yards out. He dives to reach the ball and heads downwards with the bounce taking the ball over the bar.
MacIver is involved again this time collecting a neat pass from Cardle but his cross is poor.
Bannigan and MacIver link up well and MacIver gets the ball out wide to Cardle on the right hand side but his cross drifts away from Graham at the back post and out of play for a goal kick.
Wright has to come outside his box to make a neat clearance ahead of Henderson. The game, for a friendly, is being played at a brisk tempo.
Hearts are quickly on the attack and when Foster doesn't get enough distance on a clearance Walker has a shot from the edge of the box but his effort is well wide of target.
Hearts kick the game off and Thistle will be shooting towards the John Lambie Stand in the first half.
Hearts provide the opposition for this friendly ahead of Thistle's return to action in six days time.
Of Thistle's additions to the squad since the last outing way back on Boxing Day only Ross MacIver starts this afternoon.
Steven Bell, Chris Erskine, Adam Devine and Andy Geggan are all listed among the ten Thistle substitutes.