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Ramsdens Cup
Sun 9 September, 2012. Kick Off: - 16:05
Firhill Stadium, Glasgow

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Partick Thistle
1
Scott Fox
2
Stephen O'Donnell
3
Stuart Bannigan
4
Paul Paton
5
Aaron Muirhead
6
Alan Archibald (Conrad Balatoni (16), 64 mins)
7
Steve Lawless
8
Sean Welsh
9
Steven Craig (Christie Elliott (14), 71 mins)
10
Hugh Murray (Aaron Sinclair (15), 64 mins)
11
Chris Erskine
 
Subs
12
Ryan Scully
14
Christie Elliott
15
Aaron Sinclair
16
Conrad Balatoni
17
James Craigen
Raith Rovers
1
Allan Fleming
2
Jason Thomson
3
Reece Donaldson
4
Grant Murray
5
Eddie Malone
6
Stuart Anderson (Ross Callachan (15), 73 mins)
7
Grant Anderson (David Smith (14), 64 mins)
8
Allan Walker
9
Brian Graham
10
Pat Clarke (Greig Spence (12), 75 mins)
11
Joe Hamill
 
Subs
12
Greig Spence
14
David Smith
15
Ross Callachan
16
Laurie Ellis
17
Alasdair Adams
 
Subs
12
Ryan Scully
14
Christie Elliott
15
Aaron Sinclair
16
Conrad Balatoni
17
James Craigen
 
Subs
12
Greig Spence
14
David Smith
15
Ross Callachan
16
Laurie Ellis
17
Alasdair Adams
Match Preview

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers – 9th September 2012

A 100% league record sees Thistle currently top the First Division but tomorrow afternoon attention shifts to the Ramsdens Cup and a quarter-final meeting with Raith Rovers at Firhill.
The Ramsdens Cup is not a competition that either side has done well in previously; indeed neither has contested a Final far less won the tournament.
Both naturally hope that that is all about to change this season and now that we have reached the last eight of the competition the glint of silverware is just that bit closer.
It’s a game that manager Jackie McNamara is looking forward to;
“The players have a real winning attitude at the moment. They want to win games in training and they obviously want to beat Raith Rovers on Sunday. Rovers were a bit of a bogey side for us last season, if not in terms of the passage of play then certainly in terms of results. We are keen to improve upon our record against them and keep our momentum this season going.”
In our last match against Hamilton Accies both Alan Archibald and Kris Doolan came off injured and the manager was able to provide us with an update on their progress.
“Kris Doolan is still struggling. By Friday he still hadn’t trained. We’ll take another look at him on Saturday and see how he is. Alan Archibald meantime did a bit of training on Thursday and we’re hoping that he will be okay.”
Those two players aren’t the only players on the injury list at present.
“Mark McGuigan is also out injured. Although he will miss Sunday’s game it’s nothing too serious. David Rowson is still injured. He did a bit of running on Thursday but missed training on Friday. That though was more to do with him feeling unwell than it was his injury and he did some work in the gym.”
Raith Rovers meantime have their own selection problems ahead of tomorrow’s game with goalkeeper David McGurn and defender Dougie Hill missing out due to suspension.
Partick Thistle Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
4              0              1              13           5
Scorers Season 2012-2013
Kris Doolan 4
Chris Erskine 4
Steven Lawless 4
Stuart Bannigan 2
Steven Craig 2
Christie Elliott 1
Aaron Sinclair 1
Sean Welsh 1
Last Game
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday September 1st 2012
Partick Thistle 4, Hamilton Accies 0
Raith Rovers Stats
Current Form – Last Five Games
W            D             L              F              A
3              1              1              12           6
Scorers Season 2012-2013
Brian Graham 10
Pat Clarke 4
Douglas Hill 2
Greig Spence 2
Allan Walker 2
Grant Anderson 1
Last Game
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday September 1st 2012
Dunfermline Athletic 3, Raith Rovers 1
Last Meeting
Irn-Bru Scottish League First Division
Saturday April 14th 2012
Partick Thistle 1, Raith Rovers 1
Teams
Thistle: Fox, O’Donnell, Bannigan, Paton, Balatoni, Archibald, Cairney, Welsh, Doolan (Elliott), McGuigan, Erskine.
Raith Rovers: McGurn, Thomson, Dyer, Ellis, Hill, Murray, Williamson (Stewart), Walker, Graham, Clarke (Walker), McBride (Baird)
Scorers
Thistle: Welsh (64)
Raith Rovers: Paton – Own Goal (74)
Crowd: 1,832
Match Highlights
Match Details
Ramsdens Cup Quarter-Final
Sunday September 9th 2012
Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers
Kick-off: 4:05pm
(extra-time and penalties if required)
Prices
Adults – £15
Concession – £7
Parent & child U 12 – £20
Programme £2.50
Match Arrangements
Match Officials
Referee: Craig Charleston
Assistant Referees: Francis Andrews and Sean Carr
Fourth Official: Des Roache
Other Fixtures
Ramsdens Cup Quarter-Final
East Stirlingshire v Cowdenbeath
Arbroath v Stenhousemuir

Match Report

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers – 9th September 2012

Thistle this afternoon marched into the last four of the Ramsdens Cup. Three goals in 13 second half minutes sending Thistle on their way to the last four.
Manager Jackie McNamara’s team selection showed just one change from the side that defeated Hamilton Accies; the injured Kris Doolan being replaced by Steven Craig, who scored twice when he came off the bench to replace Doolan against Hamilton.
The first 45 minutes of the game failed to produce a goal but there was plenty of action to keep the crowd’s attention. It was Thistle that had the better of the early exchanges with Rovers in the first 15 minutes or so hard pressed to keep the score at 0-0.
The game’s first effort on goal came from the boot of Paul Paton in the 4th minute, but Paton could only drag his effort from outside the box wide of goal .
It was the signal, however, for Thistle to put the Rovers goal under some sustained pressure with stand-in keeper Allan Fleming looking less than confident. At one corner his completely missed an attempted punch but no Thistle player was able to take advantage of the unexpected opportunity. Minutes later Fleming did connect with a punch, but he could get it no further than Chris Erskine who, from the edge of the box, sent a shot high over the bar.
The Rovers keeper would have been happy to see a Sean Welsh effort in the 19th minute just clear the bar as Thistle tried to find the goal that their play at this stage clearly merited.
It took Rovers a bit of time to get going but once they did they were able to cause more than a little anxiety to the Thistle defence. In the 25th  minute Alan Archibald had to across sharp to block a Brian Graham shot after Grant Anderson had spotted his run to his right.
Scott Fox, with five clean sheets to his name this season before this game, underlined his importance to Thistle with an excellent save low to his right in the 38th minute as Rovers threatened from a corner.
Thistle had at times played some good football in the first half but they hadn’t make Fleming in the Rovers work anywhere near often enough but Stephen O’Donnell did test him with a left foot drive just before half-time that Fleming did well to parry away.
There had been plenty signs of the potential threat that Raith Rovers carried during the first half and there were just inches away from the game’s opening goal in the 47th minute. Joe Hamill had time and space inside the Thistle box and his effort just crept wide of goal.
Within five minutes of that goal though Thistle were two goals in front.
The first arrived in the 50th minute. Steven Craig had had a fairly uneventful game until this point but he got clear down the left hand side before sending over a cross to Chris Erskine. Erskine took a touch to steady himself before drilling a shot past Fleming and into the net.
Three minutes later it was 2-0 and Craig had his third Thistle goal in two games. Chris Erskine was the provider this time with Craig bundling his cross over the line from close range.
There were appeals for a Thistle penalty when Aaron Muirhead looked to be barged in the box but a rampant Thistle side added a third goal in the 58th minute. A wonderful sweeping move ended with Chris Erskine curling a beautiful shot away from the reach of Fleming and into the net.
From being very much in the game at half-time, Rovers werer now struggling to contain the power and pace of Thistle’s play. There were further appeals for a Jags penalty when Steven Craig went to ground near the bye line but again the referee was again uninterested.
With the Thistle fans really responding to the excellent football that their side were producing, Sean Welsh burst into the Rovers box only to see Fleming come off his line and block.
There would be no further Thistle goals but nor would raith Rovers find a way past Scott Fox who made is six clean sheets this season. It took an excellent save from the Jags keeper, however, to prevent Rovers finding the net. Fox tipping an Allan Walker effort over the bar as the game drew near to a close.

Match Reaction

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers – 9th September 2012

Today was another highly satisfactory afternoon for Thistle today. After a goalless first half, three rapid fire goals in the second half gave Thistle a 3-0 win over Raith Rovers and a spot in the semi-final of the Ramsdens Cup.
Manager Jackie McNamara was certainly a contented man when www.ptfc.co.uk spoke to him after the game.
“I think the first goal was crucial. I think the fantastic save that Scott Fox made at a corner in the first half gave us a lift. First half I thought was very scrappy. When we did things a little quicker we caused them some wee problems. They had a couple of players booked when we broke at them.”
“Second half we seemed to have a bit more momentum and confidence once we scored the first goal. We seemed to relax and were able to make more passes and look dangerous.”
The manager drew satisfaction from the display at both ends of the park.
“We’ve scored three goals and not conceded any. Simon Donnelly is delighted about the three goals that we’ve scored and I’m delighted about the fact that we haven’t conceded any. Last season I thought that we struggled to find the kind of clinical edge that we had today. I thought that Chris Erskine took both of his goals fantastically well on his so called weaker foot. It was a great tackle from Paul Paton at the third goal and a great ball from him. I thought he was excellent today.”
The youthfulness of the squad is another factor that the manager derives pleasure from.
“A pleasing thing is that we have, with the exception of a couple, that we have a relatively young team. If they are good enough then they are good enough. That’s the way it is in football.”
Was the substitution of Alan Archibald anything to be concerned about?
“No, not at all. He took that bang last week against Hamilton so we took him off just a precaution. We wanted too to give Conrad Balatoni some game time. I thought that he did well. It’s really through no fault of his own that he isn’t in the side at the moment. The players that are on bench or sitting in the stand are aware that those playing are performing well week in week out at the moment and that they will need to be patient and wait until they are called upon.”
Raith Rovers manager Grant Murray meantime admitted that Thistle deserved their win.
“It turned out to be a very difficult game for us. First half went well and managed to prevent Partick from creating the number of chances that they probably have been; they’ve been scoring a lot of goals. We felt that we were right in the game at that stage. Their keeper had one good save from a corner, although to be fair they’ve had a few chances as well.”
Murray continued;
“It was obviously very disappointing to lose the first goal and some of the players are saying that it wasn’t a Partick throw in, but that’s just one of those things. We kind of felt sorry for ourselves and crumbled. Losing the second goal was key; when you go two behind in a cup-tie it becomes very very difficult. Partick at that stage started to pick us off. They are a good team, they are good at using the ball and good at using the pitch. They were worthy of their win.”

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