Scottish Premiership
Partick Thistle3Inverness CT1

Partick Thistle 3-1 Inverness CT

Partick Thistle produced a sensational display to win the battle of the Jags and bring Inverness Caley Thistle's unbeaten run to an end.

Aaron Doran drilled home for the visitors but quickfire goals from Steven Lawless and Abdul Osman turned the game on its head.

Caley had the better of much of the second half but Kallum Higginbotham's brilliant strike made it 3-1.

It should have been 4-1 but Kris Doolan missed a late spot kick for Partick.

Caley Thistle went into the game top of the Premiership table, having yet to suffer a defeat, and they started the brighter.

Marley Watkins tried his luck with a drive from outside the box that Scott Fox let slip through his body, but the Partick goalkeeper grabbed it at the second attempt.

On a fine day at Firhill, the football matched the weather as both sides passed the ball around with energy and purpose on a perfect pitch.

Aaron Doran scores for Inverness
Aaron Doran fires Inverness into the lead against Partick with a an excellent low finish into the corner

Ross Draper put an end to the early niceties with a crunching tackle on Higginbotham, earning a yellow card for his troubles.

The visitors soon hit the front thanks to a well-worked move after 13 minutes. David Raven provided the perfect pass for Doran, who rattled a low effort into the corner.

Partick responded in fine style and were level within minutes thanks to Lawless, who cut in from the left and curled a delightful shot past Dean Brill - the first goal scored against Inverness this season.

Caley gave up another goal three minutes later when Osman rose at the back post and powered Higginbotham's corner home with a downward header.

The leveller almost came through striker Billy McKay but after being set up superbly by Doran's pass across the face of goal, the Northern Irishman's effort was tipped away by Fox.

McKay had the first chance of the second half but when the ball dropped to him at the far post he was unable to keep his volley down, with the Partick back line calling for an offside flag that never came.

The visitors had upped the pace and put together a wonderful, sweeping move upfield but when the ball was fed to Watkins he slashed his effort over the angle.

Abdul Osman scores for Partick
Abdul Osman rises highest to nod the ball past Dean Brill and give Partick Thistle a 2-1 lead

Watkins turned provider minutes later with a brilliant run down the right but his cross was headed well wide by Doran.

Inverness were knocking on the door and playing some sublime stuff in the process, with Ryan Christie the next to threaten with a left-foot dig that Fox tipped wide.

Partick were hanging on at times but Ryan Stevenson's curler kept Brill on his toes.

That was a warning the visitors failed to heed and it was soon 3-1 in spectacular style.

Stevenson's cushioned header set Lawless off down the right and his pass was smashed into the bottom corner by Higginbotham from 25 yards.

Caley continued to probe but Fox dealt with anything that came his way and the home side should have added gloss late on from the spot.

Gary Warren downed Kris Doolan in the area and the Partick front-man took the penalty himself, but his effort was tame and Brill saved easily.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 16McMillan
  • 6Balatoni
  • 3Seaborne
  • 17Carroll
  • 15HigginbothamBooked at 52minsSubstituted forElliottat 85'minutes
  • 18Osman
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forMcDaidat 90+3'minutes
  • 8BanniganBooked at 45mins
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forCraigenat 77'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5Muirhead
  • 7Craigen
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 23Wilson
  • 28McDaid

Inverness CT

  • 12Brill
  • 2Raven
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 3Shinnie
  • 15Watkins
  • 8DraperBooked at 12minsSubstituted forWilliamsat 56'minutes
  • 16TanseyBooked at 81mins
  • 10Doran
  • 7Mckay
  • 22ChristieSubstituted forPolworthat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 11Ross
  • 14Devine
  • 18Tremarco
  • 19Williams
  • 20Polworth
  • 37Sutherland
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
2,917

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 3, Inverness CT 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 3, Inverness CT 1.

Foul by Declan McDaid (Partick Thistle).

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Steven Lawless.

Attempt saved. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Penalty saved! Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, left footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan draws a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty conceded by Gary Warren (Inverness CT) after a foul in the penalty area.

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by David Raven.

Jake Carroll (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by David Raven (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Billy McKay (Inverness CT).

Booking

Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card.

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Greg Tansey (Inverness CT).

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Warren.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Ryan Stevenson.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Liam Polworth replaces Ryan Christie.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 3, Inverness CT 1. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Lawless.

Attempt saved. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle).

Danny Williams (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Scott Fox.

Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marley Watkins (Inverness CT).

Attempt saved. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Aaron Doran (Inverness CT) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Williams replaces Ross Draper.

Attempt missed. Marley Watkins (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

(Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton6411115613
2Inverness CT641183513
3Dundee Utd6411129313
4Celtic5311124810
5Dundee624053210
6Kilmarnock631277010
7St Johnstone630346-29
8Partick Thistle52129637
9Aberdeen520356-16
10Motherwell620437-46
11St Mirren500519-80
12Ross County6006416-120
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