Premier Sports Cup
Sat 17 July, 2021. Kick Off: - 15:00
The hosts have a small number of tickets left on sale which are available to Jags supporters and are unallocated seating. Stenhousemuir have advised that supporters will be asked to sit on seats with a green tick when inside the ground.
Tickets, which cost £12 for adults and £6 for concessions (over 65s and full-time students) and under 16s, can be purchased here: https://app.fanbaseclub.com/Fan/Dashboard
The home side are offering a livestream option for fans who aren’t coming to the game. A PPV pass costs £10 and can be purchased here: https://stenhousemuirfc.univtec.com/event/60e61792ef509c0910237bc3
Our JagZoneLIVE show will also be available to listen to with the build-up getting started at 2:30pm. The commentary team will bring you audio coverage of the full 90 minutes.
Live updates will be available on our Twitter page throughout the game.
Entries will close at 3:30pm on Saturday 17th July 2021
Following the game, we’ll have reaction from the Thistle camp available to watch on JagZone.
There will also be match highlights and a full game replay on JagZone later.
Thistle come from behind to claim their first win of season 2021-2022.
An Orr penalty after 31 minutes gave the home side a half time lead but an early second half goal from Zak Rudden, from a Tiffoney assist, and a Brian Graham header from a Richard Foster cross was enough to turn things around for The Jags.
Thistle are under a bit of pressure before Tiffoney nips in to take the ball before he is fouled at the edge of the Thistle box.
Docherty sends a cross into the box after the second of Turner's corners is cleared. He finds the head of Holt but Marshall is well placed to save.
The corner goes all the way to the back post and Forbes but he snatches at the chance and the ball goes wide.
Stenhousemuir win a free kick near the right Thistle corner flag as tempers get frayed just for a second.
Turner and MacIver combine well but MacIver's shot is just a little too direct at Marshall who is able to push the ball away.
Bell is able to usher Forbes' back post corner out for a goal kick.
Thistle are in front. Foster, who switched from right to left back at half time, crosses from the left and Graham's applies the finish to Foster's excellent cross with a firm, well directed, header.
Graham gets a flick to a Holt free kick but Marshall is untroubled and makes a very comfortable save.
Rudden's flick from Tiffoney cross goes wide of goal.
Turner has a chance for Thistle but he doesn't make clean contact with his shot from inside the Stenhousemuir box with the result that Marshall makes an easy save.
Turner nods a Bannigan cross into the path of Docherty who doesn't make good contact with his shot and the ball goes wide of gial.
Tiffoney's first serious part of the action helps Thistle get back on level terms. He cuts in from the left and Rudden times his run perfectly to be on the end of Tiffoney's cross and he taps home from inside the 6 yard box.
Turner lays a pass back into the path of Docherty who sends his shot high over the bar.
Thistle started this match well but in the opening quarter of the game they were unable to turn their superiority into goals or, indeed, much in the way of clear cut openings.
The home side came more into things as the half progressed and while you wouldn't have said they were the better side when they took the lead, when a soft looking penalty was converted by Orr, they were starting to put Thistle under a little pressure.
A Docherty show that smacked off the base of the post nearly produced an immediate Thistle equaliser but in truth Thistle's response to falling behind has been poor.
Bannigan finds Holt on the left hand side of the Stenhousemuir box but he can't find a Thistle man with his cross.
A Hughes free kick from wide on the left nearly produces a chance for the home side but nobody can get enough of a touch on the ball to direct it goalward.
A long ball forward finds Graham who takes a good touch before seeing his shot blocked by McKenna.
Marshall is off his line quickly to collect the ball as Bell heads on Turner's corner.
Thistle almost make an immediate response with Docherty's effort from the edge of the box smashing off the foot of the post.
Stone dives to his left but Orr sends his penalty to the right hand corner and the home side have the lead.
Graham is adjudged to have been bundled to the ground.
A Forbes free kick deep into the Thistle box provides an opening for Stenhousemuir and Orr but Stone makes himself a big target to beat and passes his first test as a Thistle player with flying colours.
With men waiting for a cross Murray's delivery is poor after he collects a pass from Holt.
The corner tries to find Hughes' late run to the back post but Murray matches that run with the result that the Stenhousemuir player can do no more than knock the ball behind for a goal kick.
Good chance for the home side as a cross comes in from the left but Orr can't direct the ball goalwards.
Turner's corner goes front post this time and Bell's run allows him to meet the corner but he can't control his header and the ball goes wide with no threat to the home goal.
Turner, but nobody else, is appealing for handball and a Thistle penalty as he attempts to get a McKenna pass under control.
Turner's corner is headed clear before a Graham shot thumps off a defender.
Stone makes a confident stop from Jamieson's effort from the left corner of the Thistle box.
Thistle are close to taking the lead. Rudden threads through a great ball for Turner who has a clear sight of goal but a home defender makes a tremendous block when a Thistle goal looked likely.
Forbes takes a free kick wide on the left that causes Thistle a flutter of anxiety before it goes out for a goal kick.
Graham plays a clever ball forward that finds Murray who has space on the right hand side of the box. He lashes his shot high over the crossbar though.
Murray, who has started on the left, collects the ball out wide and cuts inside but his right foot cross to the back post is too strong and goes out of play for a Stenhousemuir goal kick.
Turner's corner is cleared. Thistle pick the ball up again and Foster tries to find Graham at the back post but the ball drifts out for a goal kick.
First hint of a chance as Orr gets the ball in behind the Thistle defence. he's some distance out though and Stone makes an easy save.
Thistle kick the game off and will be shooting towards the covered terracing end in the opening 45 minutes.
Thistle make three changes from the side that began the competitive action with defeat against Dunfermline last Saturday.
In come Harry Stone, who makes his Thistle debut in goal, Ciaran McKenna and Zak Ruddden.
Jamie Sneddon, Scott Tiffoney drop to the bench while Tam O'Ware misses out completely.
Partick Thistle contested their first away game of the new competitive season this afternoon as they faced Stenhousemuir in the Premier Sports Cup at Ochilview. The two opponents had contrasting fortunes in their group stage openers with Thistle losing 4-2 to Dunfermline whereas Stenhousemuir managed an upset on the road against Dumbarton.
There were three changes to the side which lost to the Pars seven days prior with Ciaran McKenna and Zak Rudden moving from the bench to the starting line-up while Harry Stone did likewise, replacing Jamie Sneddon in goals to make his debut as a Thistle player.
The first chance of the game came after seven minutes when Brian Graham’s high pass found Connor Murray in behind the Stenny defence. The number 17 tried to fire a volley goalwards but saw his attempt fly high over the bar.
Stenhousemuir found an opening of their own after 29 minutes as Harry Stone was called into serious action for the first time in the game. A free kick into the Jags’ box found Sean Crighton who was able to direct a header towards Cameron Graham with the 19-year-old trying a first-time shot. His effort was blocked but it fell straight to Thomas Orr who was denied well by Harry Stone who was out sharply to block at close range.
The breakthrough did come for the hosts though and, in the 32nd minute, Orr was central to it. He got the ball on the right flank and floated a ball into the danger area where Cameron Graham was primed to leap. The youngster was eased to the side by Richard Foster as he jumped and hit the deck as a consequence prompting referee Colin Steven to point to the spot. Orr was the man to step up and he confidently dispatched from 12 yards, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
There was a quick Jags response and Thistle almost equalised immediately through Ross Docherty. A Brian Graham shot from the edge of the box was blocked well and the rebound fell back to Docherty who then attempted a curling right-footed shot from 20 yards. His attempt looked net-bound but it ricocheted back off the post and was cleared for a throw-in.
Eventually, after some half-time changes to the personnel and shape, Thistle did draw level. It came through good play on the left flank where Brian Graham’s pass was flicked onto substitute Scott Tiffoney by Richard Foster. Tiffoney then moved into the box and picked out the waiting Zak Rudden who was unmarked four yards from goal. He had the simple task of turning the ball home to make it 1-1 just seven minutes after the second half restart.
And it took a while but the Maryhill men did eventually get the all important second goal with 73 minutes on the clock. Again Scott Tiffoney had the ball on the left wing, however, this time he turned the ball back to Richard Foster who swung a left-footed cross into the goalmouth area. Brian Graham attacked it and the number nine was able to flick a header into the corner of the net to put the Jags in front.
That’s how things ended at Ochilview with Thistle claiming their first points of the 2021/22 Premier Sports Cup group stages, coming from behind to do so. Next up it’s Dumbarton at Firhill on Tuesday – that one is a 7:45pm kick off.