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Report: St Mirren 1-2 Partick Thistle



By Stuart Gillespie at the Paisley 2021 Stadium

Saints’ dreams of Scottish Cup glory will have to be put on hold for another year as they were knocked out by Partick Thistle this evening.

After a turgid first half, the Premiership side floored the Buddies from a couple of corners. Danny Seaborne scored the first goal despite the best efforts of Jamie Langfield and Scott Agnew with David Amoo mopping up for the second after Kris Doolan had thundered an effort off the bar.

With Saints offering very little going forward, that seemed to be that. However, in the final few minutes they laid siege to the Thistle goal, Tomas Cerny denying Calum Gallagher before Keith Watson forced home his first Buddies goal from another corner a couple of minutes from time. It set up an exciting final few minutes but Thistle were fairly untroubled as they held on for a deserved win.

Manager Alex Rae stuck with the same Saints side that triumphed in last week’s Renfrewshire Derby, the in-form Lawrence Shankland once again leading the line. With Partick suffering a late defeat at Parkhead on Saturday it was little surprise they were along similar lines too, the only change seeing Gary Miller replace Mustpha Dumbuya in defence.

It took a quarter of an hour for anything to happen as the home crowd claimed hopefully for a penalty when Lindsay brushed Paul McMullan off the ball after the winger had forced his way into the box. After a Shankland attempt on goal was blocked, Thistle were able to break quickly and it was slightly surprising to see Kris Doolan slice a shot wide rather than test Jamie Langfield after being played in by David Amoo. Unfortunately, that rare burst of action also spelled the beginning of the end of Stuart Carswell’s evening. The midfielder injured himself as he tried to break up the move and while he played on for a few minutes, he eventually had to admit defeat and be replaced by Jordan Stewart.

Amoo tried his luck five minutes before the break as he skinned two Saints defenders before stinging the palms of Langfield, none of the other Thistle players in the right position to collect the rebound.

Half-Time: St Mirren 0-0 Partick Thistle

Saints made their second change at the break, Calum Gallagher coming on for McMullan. This time it took a mere seven minutes for something to happen, Doolan turning and curling a shot past Langfield but also the post much to the anguish of the Thistle fans behind the goal. When Thistle broke from a Saints free-kick Amoo found himself in a decent position but his shot was deflected into the side netting. When the corner arrived, the home defence failed to deal with it and Danny Seaborne was able to prod the ball through the legs of Langfield, the ball creeping across the line despite the best efforts of Scott Agnew. Thistle always looked the more likely to score as Saints hadn’t even mustered a shot on target by this stage so there could be few complaints about the Jags taking the lead.

Having done that they began looking for a second to kill things off, although Lindsay’s header from another corner was no problem for Langfield. Instead, they had to wait till the final 20 minutes to wrap things up. Seaborne got onto the end of another corner and diverted it towards Doolan, who unleashed a spectacular acrobatic effort that smacked against the bar. The ball may have bounced behind the line but Amoo ran in to stroke it home to make sure. With Saints having offered little in the final third all evening, the chances of a comeback looked remote.

After finally forcing their first corner of the night Saints made their final change, Steven Thompson replacing Cameron Howieson. And 10 minutes from time they managed their first shot, although Gallagher’s effort flew wide of Tomas Cerny’s goal. Stephen Mallan was booked late on for a foul on Sean Welsh before Doolan was replaced by Kevin Nisbet.

A goalmouth scramble almost gave Saints some hope, Thistle flinging enough bodies in the way to divert Shankland’s close range effort behind the goal. From the corner Cerny was finally called into meaningful action, tipping a superb effort from Gallagher over the bar. Thistle’s resistance was wavering and it eventually broke from the next corner, another scramble ending when Keith Watson thumped the ball home to set up an exciting last couple of minutes. Unfortunately, it failed to provide an equaliser meaning it’s the Jags who go into the draw for the next round

Full-Time: St Mirren 1-2 Partick Thistle

St Mirren: Langfield, Kelly, Webster, McMullan (Gallagher 46), Carswell (Stewart 29), Howieson (Thompson 76), Mallan, Baird, Agnew, Watson, Shankland.
Subs Not Used: Morgan, McLear, Cuddihy, Wilks (GK).

Partick Thistle: Cerny, Miller, Seaborne, Welsh, Booth, Osman, Amoo, Bannigan, Doolan (Nisbet 86), Lawless, Lindsay.
Subs Not Used: Frans, Wilson, McDaid, Leyden, Penrice, Scully (GK).

Referee: Craig Thomson.
Assistant Referee: Alan Mulvanny.
Assistant Referee: Ralph Gordon.
4th Official: Mike Roncone.

Match Sponsor: Mortons Rolls.

Attendance: 4,572 (TBC Partick Thistle fans)

Star Saint: Keith Watson.

St Mirren manager, Alex Rae said after the match: “I’d identified yesterday that set plays were going to be crucial, that was one of the reasons we brought everyone back and it turned out to be the case.

“It was too little too late from us at the end but I have to commend the boys because they showed a bit of spirit. Calum Gallagher had a tremendous shot well saved and the boy Seaborne has blocked one that’s going goalbound. We just ran out of time.”

Match report by Allan Picken – © Allan Picken Photography.

Match Gallery Pictures © John Millar.

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