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cinch Championship
Sat 4 December, 2021. Kick Off: - 15:00
Palmerston Park

Match information

Ticketing information:

Tickets will be available to purchase at the BDS Stand ticket office on Saturday priced as follows:

Adults – £18

OAP/Concession – £10*

Student – £10*

Aged 16-21 – £10*

Under 16 – £5

Pre-School Children – FREE

*proof of ID verifying age/student status may be required at the turnstile.

Please note that the BDS Stand ticket office is CASH ONLY. If you wish to purchase your ticket by card then you should use the Arena ticket office

Thistle supporters will be located in the BDS Digital Stand sections 7, 8 and 9. Use turnstiles 3 and 4 to gain entry.

Please do not try and enter the ground via turnstiles 16 and 17 as no access can be gained to the BDS Stand from those turnstiles.

Turnstiles will be open for spectator entry at 13:45hrs.

As per Scottish Government guidance it is requested that you wear a mask whilst within the ground.

 

Supporters’ Buses:

City Centre Branch:

Pick ups:

Q Club – 11:15

Station Bar – 11:30

For seats call Duncan 07979496154 or e-mail  

 

John Lambie Jordanhill Branch:

Pick ups:

Jordanhill Station – 12:00

Thornwood Bar – 12:05

Prices:

Adults – £18

Concessions – £12

Booking is essential and priority will be given to former members and regulars. Seating will be limited and face-coverings must worn: this follows instructions from the coach company.

To make a booking phone or e-mail Alistair on 07817612563 or   Alternatively phone or e-mail Iain on 07779668357 or  

 

North-West Branch:

Pick ups:

Milngavie Railway Station – 12:00

Esquire House, Anniesland – 12:20

Maryhill Community Central Halls – 12:35

Fares:

Full fare – £16

Concessions – £10

Please remember that the wearing of a face covering is mandatory at all times when on the North-West bus and will remain so until government guidelines are changed.

To book seats please email  

 

Live Stream

Queen of the South will be live streaming this weekend’s game for just £10 as we take on the Doonhamers at Palmerston Park in the cinch Championship.

Any Thistle supporter looking to watch the game can purchase a pay-per-view pass from https://www.qostv.co.uk/

Supporters who have livestreamed either of our two previous away games at Queen of the South will be able to use the same log-in to purchase their pass this weekend.

The livestream will be unavailable to fans in England or those with a card registered to an English address.

For any enquiries related to Saturday’s stream please contact  

 

Audio Commentary

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

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.

 

Virtual 50/50 half-time draw

The usual virtual 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.

Good luck!

Entries will close at 3:30pm on Saturday 4th December 2021

Queen of the South
12
Solomon Brynn
2
Alex Cooper
5
Paul McKay
6
Harry Cochrane
7
Ruari Paton
8
Josh Todd (Ruben Soares Junior 74)
10
Lee Connelly
19
Innes Cameron (Ally Roy 83)
20
Roberto Nditi
22
Max Johnston
33
Willie Gibson
 
Subs
1
Josh Rae
9
Ally Roy
15
Calvin McGrory
16
Euan East
17
Niyah Joseph
18
Kieran McKechnie
49
Ruben Soares Junior
Partick Thistle FC
Partick Thistle
1
Jamie Sneddon
2
Richard Foster
3
Kevin Holt
4
Lewis Mayo
6
Kyle Turner (Ross MacIver 83)
7
Scott Tiffoney
8
Stuart Bannigan
10
Zak Rudden (Cammy Smith 66)
17
Connor Murray (Brian Graham 45)
18
Tunji Akinola
23
Ross Docherty
 
Subs
12
Harry Stone
9
Brian Graham
11
Cammy Smith
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
19
Ross MacIver
33
Stephen Hendrie
 
Subs
1
Josh Rae
9
Ally Roy
15
Calvin McGrory
16
Euan East
17
Niyah Joseph
18
Kieran McKechnie
49
Ruben Soares Junior
 
Subs
12
Harry Stone
9
Brian Graham
11
Cammy Smith
14
Shea Gordon
16
Ciaran McKenna
19
Ross MacIver
33
Stephen Hendrie
Match Preview

Queen of the South v Partick Thistle – 4th December 2021

After a successful cup break which saw the Jags beat Dunfermline 1-0 at Firhill, Partick Thistle are back in league action this weekend as they head to Palmerston Park for a third meeting of the season with Queen of the South. The Maryhill men are unbeaten in eight games currently, however, they’re now heading back to the scene of their most recent defeat, a 2-0 loss in the Challenge Cup against Allan Johnston’s Doonhamers. Thistle assistant manager Neil Scally spoke to ptfc.co.uk ahead of the contest:

“This is another big game for us because we want to keep the positive momentum going. We’re in a really good place at the moment but we know that can change in an instant so we have to make sure we keep pushing forward and keep striving to improve each week.

“We’re finding a way to win in tight games and that’s a great habit to get into. It’s maybe not been the best football we’ve played but when we’re winning games and picking up points in the league, that’s something we don’t mind too much.”

Last Friday’s Scottish Cup win over Dunfermline fits into the character of ‘tight games’ and despite there not being too much in it, Scally felt the Jags did deserve their victory.

“It was definitely a tough one for us. You could see Dunfermline were a bit more confident after a couple of wins and the way John Hughes sets them up made it difficult but I think we still looked the more threatening in general.

“I wouldn’t say we were the better team by miles but I think if you look at the big chances in the game, we had the best of them. Tiff hit the post, Cammy and Zak had shots saved and you’re thinking it’s going to be a replay but then Doc pops up with a fantastic goal – I can’t say I’ve seen him do that before and I’ve worked with him for a while!”

The clean sheet against the Pars made it seven in a row for the Firhill side and Scally admitted the manager now has some decisions to make on who starts in the back four this weekend.

“We’ve got a group of six defenders who have all done really well as of late and whoever misses out will be really disappointed but I suppose that’s what you want.

“The boys who were in the back four at the start of the run were doing brilliantly but Ciaran McKenna and Stephen Hendrie have both come in at different points and done well too so now we know we’ve got a group of defenders who we can trust to go out and perform for us.”

Thistle now head to Dumfries for the second time this season as they look to avenge their Challenge Cup defeat to the Doonhamers from early October and Neil is expecting another tough game at Palmerston Park.

“They’re a team who make things very difficult with their pressing. They have a lot of young players with a lot of energy and we’ll probably not get a lot of time to think on the ball. We’ve played them a couple of times at their place recently and it’s usually quite a close game so that’s what we’re anticipating again.”

To finish, Scally gave us the latest team news ahead of the return to cinch Championship action.

“We had Brian Graham, Lewis Mayo and Richard Foster all missing last Friday but I’m pleased to say they’ll all be available again having been back in training this week. As we touched on earlier, that’ll only add to the selection headache the manager will have but the fact he’s got these decisions to make tell us that we’ve got a strong squad of players which we’re delighted with.”

Exclusive video interviews with Tunji Akinola and Thistle assistant manager Neil Scally 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 Queen of the South, starting at 2:30pm – click here to tune in.

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.

92’Full Time Report

A draw is perhaps just about the right result but there is frustration for Thistle as they press for a late winner without success. 

 
92’Full Time
90’+01’Thistle corner from the right
 
90’

Tiffoney drags a shot wide of goal. 

 
90’

Into injury time. 

87’Thistle Booking - Kevin Holt
 
86’

Roy looks to have the pace to get clear of Akinola but the Jags defender recovers well. 

 
84’

Tiffoney nips ahead of Johnston but is penalised for a foul. 

 
83’

It's a great chance for MacIver but he is denied by a magnificent block by a Queens defender. 

82’Queen of the South substitution: Ally Roy replaces Innes Cameron
82’Thistle substitution: Ross MacIver replaces Kyle Turner
 
81’

It's a really poor free kick from Gibson and the ball goes out for a goal kick. 

 
81’

The corner is cleared but Queens win a free kick near the left corner of the box again. 

80’Queen of the South corner from the left
 
79’

A low shot from Bannigan forces Brynn into a save but it is a comfortable one. 

77’Thistle corner from the right

Graham spots Turner to his right and Thistle have a real chance but Turner can't find a route past Brynn. 

 
76’

Gibson drives a low ball into the Thistle box from the free kick but it hits the side netting. 

 
75’

Akinola is adjudged to have committed a foul and Queens have a free kick near the left hand corner of the Thistle box. 

 
74’

A Graham shot, after collecting a pass from Foster, fizzes over the Queens crossbar. 

73’Queen of the South substitution: Ruben Soares Junior replaces Josh Todd
 
72’

A Gibson free kick is nodded on for Connolly whose header drop wide of target. 

71’Thistle Booking - Cammy Smith
 
69’

Sneddon claws Johnston's corner away from goal. 

69’Queen of the South corner from the left
 
68’

Thistle miss a glorious chance to take the lead. Tiffoney's cross finds Graham at the back post but he can't keep his shot down 

66’Thistle substitution: Cammy Smith replaces Zak Rudden
 
65’

A Turner effort from the edge if the box doesn't quite have enough curl on it to find the net and goes narrowly wide. 

 
64’

Brynn claims a driven Docherty cross at his near post. 

 
61’

Docherty clears Johnston's corner at the front post. 

60’Queen of the South corner from the left
 
53’

Thistle can't make anything of two corners in the space of a few seconds. 

53’Thistle corner from the right
53’Thistle corner from the right
 
50’

A Turner shot is blocked by a Queens defender. 

 
47’

Tiffoney tries to lift a Turner pass over Brynn from the edge of the box but his effort drifts harmlessly wide of goal. 

45’Thistle substitution: Brian Graham replaces Connor Murray

Thistle make a change at the break. 

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

There hasn't been much between the sides in the first half. Thistle have, perhaps, been marginally the better side but the better chances have unquestionably come the way of the home side. 

Zak Rudden was unlucky not to squeeze a shot home that Brynn smothered on his goal line  in what was the closes that Thistle came to a first half goal. 

Jamie Sneddon made a fine stop to deny Paton in what was Queens best chance until the closing stages of the half when the home side were desperately unlucky not to take the lead. 

Twice in the space of a few minutes Connolly struck the frame of the Thistle goal, firstly the post and then the bar with Sneddon making a great stop to touch Connolly's second effort onto the underside of the bar. 

 
45’Half-Time
 
44’

Queen's again a whisker and it takes a great save to touch Connolly's effort onto the underside of the crossbar. 

 
42’

Almost completely out the blue Queens come close to taking the lead when Connolly rattles a shot of Sneddon's left hand post. 

 
34’

Great play from Murray just inside his own half gives him the opportunity to slide through a pace for Rudden to chase but it is slightly overhit and Brynn gathers, 

 
31’

Turner's low cross from the right is nearly touched in but the flag is up for offside in any case. 

20’Queen of the South Booking - Ruari Paton
 
18’

Murray has the Queens defence on the back foot but his cut back doesn't find a team mate. 

 
13’

Tiffoney is able to skip away from Johnston but Murray isn't able to divert his cross towards the Queens goal. 

 
10’

It's Queens that are close this time and it takes an excellent save from Sneddon to push away Paton's effort. 

 
09’

Turner's corner is cleared. 

09’Thistle corner from the right

Thistle are so close to taking the lead. Rudden's pace gets him clear of the last defender. It looks as if he is forced too wide but squeezes in a shot that Brynn does well to block. 

 
04’

A Foster cross isn't too far away from finding the head of Rudden. 

 
02’

Thistle have the Queens defence under pressure with a couple of corners in quick succession but Brynn is required to save 

02’Thistle corner from the left
01’Thistle corner from the left

It's an ambitious long range effort from Foster but it takes a deflection and earns Thistle a corner. 

 
00’

Early threat to the Thistle goal as Connelly lobs the ball towards Sneddon's goal but it drifts wide of target. 

 
00’

Thistle get the game underway in front of a noisy travelling support. 

 
00’Kick-Off
 
00’

It's back to the search for league points this afternoon and a visit to Palmerston Park to face Queen of the South. 

Ian McCall has made three changes to the side that started against Dunfermline in the cup last Friday. 

in come Richard Foster, Lewis Mayo and Connor Murray. 

Cammy Smith, Ciaran McKenna and Stephen Hendrie are the three that drop to the bench to make way for them. 

With kick-off still over 10 minutes away the Thistle fans are already in good voice clearly enjoying their day out in Dumfries. 

Match Report

Queen of the South v Partick Thistle – 4th December 2021

After eight games unbeaten in all competitions, Partick Thistle returned to the scene of their most recent defeat looking to move closer to the top of the Championship table.

Travelling to Dumfries, where they were beaten 2-0 in the SPFL Trust Trophy in early October, the Jags were hoping to get a fifth win on the bounce against the team who they defeated on the opening day of the league season.

Ian McCall made three changes to the line-up that started in the Jags’ Scottish Cup win over Dunfermline with Lewis Mayo and Richard Foster back from injury to replace Ciaran McKenna and Stephen Hendrie. Cammy Smith also dropped out with Connor Murray coming into the first XI.

The game started at decent pace and Queens goalkeeper Sol Brynn had some work to do after ten minutes. Wullie Gibson misjudged the flight of a high ball allowing Zak Rudden to get in behind the hosts’ backline. Brynn was out quickly to block but the ball ricocheted back to Rudden who, after a sliced clearance by Paul McKay, poked the ball towards goal. Brynn had recovered sharply though and was able to make a save with his feet to keep the game scoreless.

Almost immediately thereafter it was Thistle ‘keeper Jamie Sneddon who was called into action as Ruari Paton went close for the home side. The former Stranraer forward received the ball in the Jags’ box and turned cleverly away from Richard Foster before curling an effort towards the far post. The shot was bound for the bottom corner but Sneddon got a strong left hand to it and pushed the ball away from goal.

The game then went through a period of meagre attacking play from both sides with the next bit of serious goalmouth action coming in the 43rd minute. It came through Lee Connelly, who opened the scoring the last time these sides met, as the number 10 picked the ball up 30 yards from goal and drove towards the corner of the box. He tried a shot as soon as he entered the 18-yard box but saw his powerful effort crash back off the near post before Tunji Akinola cleared the loose ball.

The Doonhamers hit the frame of the goal again right on the stroke of half-time, with Jamie Sneddon required to tip it onto the woodwork this time. Josh Todd won a shoulder-to-shoulder battle with Richard Foster and slotted a pass into the path of Lee Connelly. Once again, the midfielder tried a shot from around 16 yards but Sneddon was able to swing an arm up to the ball, tipping it onto the cross bar and subsequently gathering.

Despite the home side’s strong end to the first half, it was Thistle who dominated proceedings as the game moved into the second 45 minutes. Nevertheless, it took until the 65th minute for the Jags to create a decent shooting opportunity. That came at the end of a good passing move as the Maryhill men worked it from the left wing with Scott Tiffoney all the way over Kyle Turner on the right via Zak Rudden and Brian Graham. With Richard Foster on the overlap, Turner cut infield and tried a curling effort towards the far post, however, it drifted just wide of goal and the search for the opener continued.

Three minutes later, Brian Graham had a big chance to break the deadlock. Stuart Bannigan fed the ball wide to Scott Tiffoney on the Thistle left and the winger whipped a delicious ball into the danger area which found Brian Graham in space. The striker met it with his right foot on the volley but fired the first-time shot over the bar from six yards out.

Brian Graham was involved once again as he set up Ross MacIver for a chance in the 83rd minute. MacIver played the ball out to Graham on the left flank and continued his run forward to receive the return pass. He surged into the box and tried a shot from 12 yards out, however, Paul McKay was across quickly to make a key block.

That was the final big chance of the game as the contest finished 0-0 with the points shared. In the process, Thistle set a new club record for consecutive clean sheet as they secured their eighth on the bounce. The draw means the Jags stay in fourth place, three points off top spot ahead of next week’s home clash against Arbroath. Kick-off for that one is 3pm on Saturday, 11th December.

Match Reaction

Queen of the South v Partick Thistle – 4th 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.

The points were shared at Palmerston Park this afternoon as Queen of the South and Partick Thistle battled to a goalless draw in Dumfries. It was a game that both sides could have won with chances at both ends but it wasn’t to be as the Jags’ unbeaten run extended to nine games and their streak of clean sheets reached eight; a new club record. Thistle assistant manager Neil Scally spoke to ptfc.co.uk after the final whistle:

“I think as we went back into the dressing room at the end there, we felt disappointed because we had chances in that second half. It was a difficult game and it took us a while to get going but eventually we were putting them under pressure and we maybe could have won it.

“There were three or four good openings for us in that second half and although you can’t expect to take them all, we thought we maybe should have got at least one.”

Despite feeling like they could have beat the Doonhamers, Scally recognises that there will probably be a similar feeling in the home dressing room.

“They had a couple of big chances towards the end of the first half and we were maybe a bit lucky not to be behind. From our point of view, we were struggling to create early on and Zak had one moment where the ‘keeper makes a good save but we still thought we should have been doing more based on the amount of times we were getting into good positions.

“With their chances, we really needed Jamie Sneddon. He made a great save earlier on but the one just before half-time was incredible. It came at a key time as well because if they get a goal going into the break then it changes the game completely.”

Partially thanks to Jamie’s heroics, the Maryhill men secured a history-making shutout and Neil says the run is a result of a lot of hard work from the players.

“The boys have been absolutely fantastic and they deserve the records they’ve been breaking. At the start of the season we were throwing away games with sloppy goals but the team have worked really hard to become more organised and more composed and you’re seeing the fruits of that work on the pitch at the moment.

“What these clean sheets mean is that when we have a day where we just can’t find that goal like today, we still come away with a point. We know that it won’t last forever but we’re delighted with how things are going at the moment.”

On a cold, windy afternoon in Dumfries it was the travelling Thistle support who were making most of the noise and Scally gave a special mention to those who turned out in the away end.

“The fans were absolutely fantastic today as they have been for a while now, especially on the road. We really appreciated the backing they gave us and just wish we could have got them the win they deserved.”

Now the team look ahead to two big homes games over the next two weekends with Arbroath and Raith Rovers visiting Firhill.

“We have to take it one game at a time. We know we’ve got some very important games coming up but you can’t get too far ahead of yourself. It’s Arbroath next and we know how good they are from our previous game against them so we’ll be looking to get a better result this time round at home and hopefully there’s a good atmosphere at Firhill like there was at Palmerston today.”

Further reaction from Thistle assistant manager Neil Scally and Tunji Akinola 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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