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MATCH PREVIEW: Dundee United (H)

This Sunday 13th August, PTWFC take on Dundee United at Petershill Park for a 13:10 kick off.

Thistle get their Scottish Power WPL season underway with a home match against Dundee United.

Brian Graham will be hoping to start the campaign brightly and will be looking to build on what was a highly successful campaign last season,

ℹ️ Fixture Information

📍Petershill Park
🕐Sun 13th August, 1:10pm
🎟️Adults: £7 / o65’s: £5 / u16’s: FREE
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📺 Live on BBC ALBA
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💻️Highlights and reaction post match

🆚 Our Opponents: Dundee United

Last season United finished in 9th position in SWPL1 a nervy last day 1-1 at home to Hamilton Accies ensuring that United didn’t have to endure a play-off fixture with Gartcairn to secure their place in the top flight for the season ahead.

It was their top scorer, and Player and Players’ Player of the Year, Danni McGinley that scored the United goal in that fixture and it will undoubtedly be a blow that she has moved on to Hearts for this coming season.

United manager Graeme Hart, who was an interested spectator at our pre-season Glasgow Cup fixture with Queen’s Park, has made a number of additions to his squad for the season ahead.

Goalkeeper Megan Sidey has signed from St Johnstone with defenders Nicola Jamieson and Katie Frew making the switch to United from Spartans. Centre half Jade Wilson has been recruited from Glasgow Women and last, but by no means least, Emma McMurdo has joined United after returning to Scotland after a number of years in Australia.

The two encounters between Thistle and United were both tight affairs. On both occasions the games finished in narrow 1-0 wins for Thistle with Cara Henderson the scorer of the winning goal in each game. The latter of those two wins, at United’s Gussie Park home ground, securing a top six finish for Thistle.

📈Thistle so far

Thistle enjoyed a tough but very positive pre-season build-up which provided Brian Graham the opportunity to fully integrate his new signings into his squad, the core of which has been retained from last season.

A 3-1 win over Montrose was followed by a 2-0 win in the North East of England over Sunderland. A narrow 2-1 defeat away to Celtic, with last season’s top scorer Cara Henderson scoring a fantastic goal, was swiftly followed by a thumping 5-0 Petershill Park win over Kilmarnock.

The pre-season fixtures were rounded up by two City of Glasgow Cup matches. Thistle were defeated 4-0 by Celtic before The Jags defeated Queen’s Park by a single goal to nil.

🗞 Team News

As mentioned above, Thistle manager Brian Graham has made a number of very shrewd additions to his squad for the season ahead and it will be interesting to see which of the new recruits will feature in the squad for Sunday’s fixture.

The new signings are Kodie Hay (Motherwell), Emma Lawton (Motherwell), Lucy Sinclair (Hamilton Accies), Megan Robb (Dryburgh). Rosie McQuillan (Spartans), Jenna Ferguson (Rangers on loan), Ava Eadson (Glasgow City on loan), Vhiari Munro (Glasgow City).

In addition to the above Megan Cunningham has rejoined the club for a further season long loan from Rangers.

Looking ahead to Sunday, there are a couple of players with injuries who will be subject to late checks before a decision is made on their inclusion.

Definitely out, and out for some time, is Cheryl McCulloch. Cheryl though recently had her operation on her damaged ACL and will now began her rehabilitation programme.

💬 Word From The Squad

⏮ Match Rewind

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