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Sat 18 December, 2021. Kick Off: - 15:00
Firhill Stadium

Match Information: 

Ticketing Information: 

 

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers – Saturday 18th December.

 

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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 (18th December) 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.

 

Matchday purchases

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

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 cinch Championship fixture through one of the three methods below:

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

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

 

Socially distanced section 

Our socially distanced section, which has proven to be quite popular over the past few home fixtures, will remain in operation for this upcoming match.

It will continue to be located within sections 8 and 9 of the Jackie Husband Stand. In this space, social distancing of 2 metres will be observed and the wearing of face masks will be required. This area will be stewarded to ensure fans are kept safe.

Should you wish to be in this area, please purchase a socially distanced ticket on our ticketing platform.

Any season ticket holders who wish to utilise this section are requested to contact the ticket office in advance – this will allow us to ensure all season ticket holders who wish to be situated in this area will be accommodated.

You can contact the ticket office by calling 0141 579 1971, selecting option 1 or by emailing  

 

Other matchday info 

50/50 tickets will be available to purchase online (online purchases will close at 2pm on matchday) and around Firhill on matchday. The winner of the 50/50 draw will be announced at half time and the winner will be contacted by the club within the week following the fixture.

No match programme will be produced for this fixture.

Matchday information will be emailed to all season ticket holders and registered email addresses on our mailing databases on the morning of the game. Sign up to our mailing list here to ensure you receive our matchday information on the morning of the game.

 

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 weekend with audio coverage of our cinch Championship match against Raith Rovers.

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

The usual draw format applies with 50% of net sales going to the first prize winner, with the draw made on Saturday afternoon. A second “mystery” prize will also be on offer. Winners will be announced on the club’s social media channels.

Tickets to enter cost just £1 each with no limit on the amount of tickets you can purchase. Remember, the more tickets you purchase, the better your chances of winning!

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

Entries will close at 2pm on Saturday 18th December 2021

Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
2
Richard Foster
18
Tunji Akinola
4
Lewis Mayo
3
Kevin Holt
11
Cammy Smith (Ross MacIver 72)
23
Ross Docherty
8
Stuart Bannigan
7
Scott Tiffoney
9
Brian Graham
10
Zak Rudden (Kyle Turner 64)
 
Subs
6
Kyle Turner
12
Harry Stone
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
19
Ross MacIver
32
Jake Hastie
33
Stephen Hendrie
Raith Rovers
1
Jamie MacDonald
2
Reghan Tumilty
6
Kyle Benedictus
5
Christophe Berra
3
Liam Dick
8
Ross Matthews
15
Dylan Tait
25
Aaron Arnott
7
Aidan Connolly
22
Ethan Ross
11
Dario Zanatta
 
Subs
4
Frankie Musonda
17
Robbie Thomson
26
Kieran Mitchell
29
Greig Young
 
Subs
6
Kyle Turner
12
Harry Stone
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
19
Ross MacIver
32
Jake Hastie
33
Stephen Hendrie
 
Subs
4
Frankie Musonda
17
Robbie Thomson
26
Kieran Mitchell
29
Greig Young
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers – 18th December 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 nine-game unbeaten run was ended last weekend as Arbroath defeated the Jags 2-0 at Firhill and now Ian McCall’s side look to bounce back as Raith Rovers visit Glasgow. The Kirkcaldy side are in the midst of a terrific run of their own having gone 15 games without losing, the first result of which was a 3-2 win over Thistle. However, the Maryhill men will be looking to end that streak and bring themselves to within two points of their Fife adversaries. Thistle assistant manager Alan Archibald spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the match:

“It’s a chance for us to bounce back after a really disappointing game last week where we didn’t perform to our best. After such a good run, you’ve set a standard that you need to go and meet and we didn’t do that at all last week so we just have to try to get back on track this weekend.”

Looking back on the loss to Arbroath further Archie said the Red Lichties were deserved winners despite a bright start from Thistle.

“I actually thought we were doing alright for the first 20 or 30 minutes but after that they started to control things and dictate the pace. At that point we were looking to battle back into it but at the end of the day we didn’t do enough in the game to warrant a point even.

“They had their chances from open play and we probably got away with it a couple of times but they then score two from set pieces and you’re thinking if we could have just defended the set plays properly then we might have got a point without playing well. That’s all irrelevant now though and we’re preparing for another difficult game.”

After the frustration of Saturday, Archie says the squad have come back in for training determined to put things right against Raith.

“They knew on Saturday that they weren’t good enough. I think that’s one of the best things about the team we’ve got at the moment; they all demand a lot of themselves and each other and they also know when they’ve fallen short of expectations.

“We weren’t getting too carried away when we were on our unbeaten run and we’re also not getting too down now that we’ve lost a game. We’ve got back to training and back to working extremely hard as we always do to make sure we’re in the best possible position come kick-off on Saturday.”

Raith were 3-2 winners the last time they played Thistle and Archie says the Jags are going to have to be at their best to get a result against them this time round.

“They’re recent record speaks for itself really. I think they’ve only lost two league games all season and they’ve done that by playing good football too. They move the ball really quickly and we saw how incisive they can be when we played them in September.

“That game was a bit of a strange one because we felt like we were very much in it throughout but we found ourselves 3-0 down in the second half. At that point we were still struggling a bit defensively and that’s one area where we’ll hopefully be able to deal with them a bit better this time.

“Keeping the game tight is always important. Even if you’re not at your best in attack, if you can stay solid defensively then you’re always one moment away from a point or a win so hopefully this time round we can make sure the game doesn’t get away from us in the way it did at their place.”

Archie finished by giving us the latest team news ahead of our clash with the Rovers at Firhill.

“We’ve got a couple of doubts but we’re hopeful they’ll make it. Cammy Smith obviously came off injured last Saturday but he’s trained this week which is good. Also, Steven Bell got 90 minutes in the Glasgow Cup in midweek which means he’s getting closer to a return.”

Exclusive video interviews with Richard Foster 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 Raith Rovers, 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.

Match Report

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers – 18th December 2021

Partick Thistle looked to bounce back from their unbeaten run having been ended by Arbroath as Raith Rovers came to Maryhill looking to extend an unbeaten run of their own. John McGlynn’s side arrived in Glasgow without defeat in their last 15 games, a run which began with a 3-2 win over Thistle at the end of September.

Ian McCall made just one change to the side which lost 2-0 to Arbroath with Zak Rudden back from injury to take the place of Kyle Turner in the starting line-up Cammy Smith, who came off injured against the Red Lichties, was fit enough to start on the right hand side of the Jags’ midfield.

Thistle were on the front foot from the off on a foggy afternoon at Firhill and had a good chance to go in front within the first minute or so. A Tunji Akinola free-kick from the half-way line was flicked on by Ross Docherty towards Scott Tiffoney. The ball dropped right in front of the unmarked winger but as he looked to apply the finish, he miskicked the ball and saw it bounce wide of target.

Playing without a recognised striker due to a number of absences, Raith were limited in terms of attacking moments with their best chance of the opening stages coming from an Aidan Connolly free-kick. The ex-Dundee United man took aim from 30 yards out but his effort skipped comfortably wide of Jamie Sneddon’s left-hand post.

Thistle continued to look the more likely to score as the half went on and Scott Tiffoney went close once again in the 22nd minute. In the second phase of a corner kick, Richard Foster played a lofted ball back towards the set piece taker Cammy Smith who in turn laid it off to Kevin Holt. The defender then curled a terrific ball into the Raith box which Tiffoney headed towards goal and that would have been the goal to break the deadlock had it not been for a strong hand from Rovers ‘keeper Jamie MacDonald who was able to tip it over the bar.

There was another golden opportunity for the Maryhill men to hit the front in the 25th minute as Cammy Smith was presented with a great chance to get his second goal for the club. A Ross Docherty chip into the box was met by Reghan Tumilty, though his clearance went straight to Smith. The former Aberdeen man controlled it well on his chest before trying to pick out the bottom corner with his left foot. The number 11 was slightly off-balance as he struck the ball and that had a telling effect on the finish as the ball flashed marginally wide of the upright and out for a goal kick.

There was a rare forage forward for the visitors 10 minutes into the second half. The ball was worked nicely from the left to the right where full-back Reghan Tumilty had taken up an advanced position. He cut infield before playing a reverse pass into the path of Aaron Arnott. The number 25 fizzed a ball across the six-yard box but saw his delivery fly all the way through the box and out for a throw-in.

Just four minutes later Raith’s hopes of winning the game, and potentially going top of the table, were dealt a serious blow as Christophe Berra was sent off. Ross Docherty played a free-kick into the Raith half which Berra miscontrolled, leading to a loose ball that he and Cammy Smith both went for. Smith got there first and Berra went slamming into the Thistle man with his leg raised above waist height. That was enough for referee Steven Kirkland to brandish the red card and reduce the away side to 10 men.

Thistle had been dominant through the first hour of the game and were even more so now that Raith were a man down. Within a minute of the dismissal they were creating chances again. The ball was played in from the right wing towards Zak Rudden, however, the striker couldn’t make good contact at the first or second attempt. It then ricocheted towards Cammy Smith but his low effort was blocked in the six-yard box by Rovers captain Kyle Benedictus.

What had been essentially one-way traffic in the first half was now a never-ending bombardment of the Raith box as Thistle launched attack after attack. Jamie MacDonald was required for a second time with 67 minutes on the clock as Brian Graham broke the offside line to get on the end of a Stuart Bannigan pass. The number nine pivoted before drilling a low ball across goal. It deflected the way of Kyle Turner and the substitute rifled a half-volley goalwards which MacDonald got two strong hands to, turning it away.

Turner had another opportunity to find the back of the net in the 87th minute courtesy of some fantastic wing play from Scott Tiffoney. The number seven sped away from two Raith defenders and rolled a low ball into the heart of the box. Turner ran onto it, eight yards from goal, but could only lift a left-footed shot over the bar as Thistle’s time seemed to be running out.

Thankfully for the Jags, however, it was a case of third time lucky for Kyle Turner as the midfielder netted his first competitive goal as a Jag in the 95th minute. Again, Tiffoney was the creator as he cut inside from the left this time and floated a cross towards the back post. There it found Ross MacIver who climbed above Liam Dick to head the ball back across goal where Turner met it with a well-controlled volley. The shot flew past Jamie MacDonald and into the back of the net to secure Thistle a massive three points.

The win moved the Jags up to fourth place and to within three points of the top of the table. Next up for Ian McCall’s side is a boxing day trip to face Inverness, one of the three teams above them in the league. That one is a 3pm kick-off at the Caledonian Stadium.

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers – 18th December 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.

It took Partick Thistle every second of the 95 minutes played at Firhill today to find their winner against Raith Rovers. The Jags put on a dominant display against John McGlynn’s side but struggled to find that clinical edge to open the scoring until Kyle Turner popped up with his first Thistle goal deep into stoppage time. The win brings Thistle back to within three points of the top four and two points of today’s opponents. Jags boss Ian McCall spoke to ptfc.co.uk following the final whistle:

“I thought we were excellent today, I really did. We were up against a good team but we took the game to them and thoroughly deserved to win I thought. We had chances early on and felt we should have been ahead at half-time and then that continued into the second half.

“It probably suited us a bit more when it was 11 v 11 because it was more open. Obviously, when they get the red card the emphasis is on us to go and create but it was difficult because they were defending well. That being said we still had more chances and the finishing just wasn’t there.

“You get into injury time and it’s looking less and less likely that something’s going to happen but we kept believing and kept pushing and we got our reward. As I said, I thought the performance deserved three points.”

Heading into a spell of three games in eight days starting on Boxing Day at Inverness, McCall says the momentum gained from today’s win could be massively important.

“We wanted to bounce back after a disappointing game last week and that’s exactly what we’ve done. It tightens things up at the top again and Raith have been on a brilliant run but we’re only a couple of points behind them so that tells you that we’re not doing too bad ourselves.

“We now head to Inverness in good spirits. It’ll be a really tough game but Hamilton won there today so we have to go there with plenty of belief that we can get another huge result.”

For a long time during the game it looked like Thistle were going to have to settle for a point and the gaffer he felt elated when the Jags finally found a breakthrough.

“Those kind of games are really frustrating at times but it felt absolutely fantastic when that moment came. We could have easily been going home with one point and with everyone frustrated but you get that goal and everyone’s leaving with a smile on their face. When you get moments like that here at Firhill, it’s a very special place.”

Two of Thistle substitutes linked up to produce the winning goal and Ian was pleased for both of them to have a say in winning the match.

“It was great to see Ross MacIver get the assist. He missed a good chance last week but that’s how you want players to bounce back and, for Kyle, he dropped out the team but didn’t sulk and when he came off the bench he made a real difference to the team overall. That’s the attitude I want to see from my players because, as we saw today, it can win games.”

Further reaction from Thistle manager Ian McCall and match-winner Kyle Turner 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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