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Partick Thistle 3-1 Motherwell

Partick Thistle ran out winners thanks to goals from Stuart Bannigan, Kris Doolan and Stephen O'Donnell as Motherwell's struggles continue.

Bannigan's left-foot finish and Doolan's clinical strike gave the Jags a healthy lead.

Lionel Ainsworth crashed in a 30-yard rocket for 'Well but O'Donnell sealed it on the counter.

The Steelmen are now languishing in second-bottom spot in the table after their second league defeat on the spin.

'Well went in this one having lost back-to-back games - in the League Cup and the Premiership - to local rivals Hamilton and manager Stuart McCall was desperate for a reaction in Maryhill.

Like the Steelmen, Partick had won just two league games ahead of this match and were hit with a hammer blow during the week as front-man Kallum Higginbotham was ruled out for four months with a knee injury.

Motherwell's Henrik Ojamaa nods the ball against the bar with his side's best first-half chance
Motherwell's Henrik Ojamaa nods the ball against the bar with his side's best first-half chance

The Englishman's absence, however, did not hamper the home side in the opening stages as they settled into their usual passing style.

'Well had the first real chance, though, Henrik Ojamaa smashing a near-post header off the bar after Josh Law's delivery from the left.

That opened things up and Steven Lawless went close with a dig from distance before playing a key role as the Maryhill men edged ahead.

Lawless led the way from midfield and his through-ball was perfect for Bannigan who broke into the box and found the net despite goalkeeper Dan Twardzik's best efforts.

Doolan, Lawless and Bannigan all had decent efforts but the second goal continued to elude the hosts.

Law curled a shot over the bar at the other end following a fine move from the visitors, as Partick took their slender lead into the interval.

Motherwell tried to move through the gears after the break and McCall threw on Ainsworth for Iain Vigurs in a bid to add some much-needed creativity.

But it was Partick who found the cutting edge to double their tally.

O'Donnell drove to the byline and cut the ball back into the box, where Doolan produced a great turn before rifling the ball high into the net.

It was almost 3-0 soon after as James Craigen drew a great stop from Twardzik with a superb left-foot drive, before Abdul Osman was inches away from connecting with a ball into the area.

Kris Doolan celebrates after firing Partick Thistle into a 2-0 lead against Motherwell
Kris Doolan celebrates after firing Partick Thistle into a 2-0 lead against Motherwell

Then came a moment of magic as the visitors hit back against the run of play.

Substitute Ainsworth was allowed to stride forward from midfield and as the Jags defence stood off, he unleashed a stunning drive that beat goalkeeper Scott Fox all ends up and flew into the top corner.

Ainsworth was worrying the home defence but as 'Well pressed for a leveller, Partick put the game to bed on the counter attack following a corner, with O'Donnell racing clear and showing great composure to roll the ball under the onrushing Twardzik.

Fox made a sensational save from Lee Erwin as the visitors desperately tried to reduce the deficit, and Partick were worthy winners in the end.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 6Balatoni
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 65mins
  • 16McMillan
  • 18Osman
  • 8Bannigan
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forCarrollat 77'minutes
  • 7CraigenBooked at 80mins
  • 14ElliottSubstituted forMcDaidat 90+3'minutes
  • 9DoolanBooked at 38minsSubstituted forEcclestonat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Stevenson
  • 12Gallacher
  • 17Carroll
  • 19Eccleston
  • 23Wilson
  • 26Lindsay
  • 28McDaid

Motherwell

  • 12Twardzik
  • 20Kerr
  • 15O'BrienBooked at 33mins
  • 6McManus
  • 3HammellSubstituted forFrancis-Angolat 74'minutes
  • 18LawSubstituted forErwinat 65'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 4Carswell
  • 11VigursSubstituted forAinsworthat 56'minutes
  • 9Sutton
  • 24Ojamaa

Substitutes

  • 5Ramsden
  • 7Ainsworth
  • 13Nielsen
  • 16McHugh
  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 19Erwin
  • 29Cadden
Referee:
Bobby Madden
Attendance:
3,405

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamMotherwell
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home12
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 3, Motherwell 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 3, Motherwell 1.

Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Christie Elliott.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Scott Fox.

Attempt saved. Lee Erwin (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt missed. Nathan Eccleston (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 3, Motherwell 1. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Eccleston.

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Nathan Eccleston replaces Kris Doolan.

Booking

James Craigen (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Jake Carroll replaces Steven Lawless.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Zaine Francis-Angol replaces Steven Hammell.

Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Scott Fox.

Attempt saved. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Motherwell 1. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Mark O'Brien.

Attempt missed. Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Dan Twardzik.

Attempt saved. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the top right corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Lionel Ainsworth.

Booking

Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lee Erwin replaces Josh Law.

Josh Law (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Motherwell 0. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Stephen O'Donnell.

Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Henrik Ojamaa (Motherwell).

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Lionel Ainsworth replaces Iain Vigurs.

Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Stuart Carswell.

Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd96121812619
2Hamilton85211551017
3Kilmarnock9522127517
4Inverness CT8512127516
5Aberdeen95131612416
6Celtic7421156914
7Partick Thistle83141312110
8Dundee9243912-310
9St Johnstone9306612-69
10St Mirren9216815-77
11Motherwell9216515-107
12Ross County8107620-143
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