Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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Partick Thistle 0-1 Falkirk

Falkirk player Peter Grant celebrating
Peter Grant got the only goal at Firhill

Falkirk knocked Premiership side Partick Thistle out of the Scottish League Cup with a second-round win at Firhill.

The Championship side took the lead in the first half through Peter Grant's powerful effort.

Mathias Pogba's aerial presence caused Falkirk problems but the Bairns managed to maintain their clean sheet.

And David Smith could have doubled the visitors' lead with a shot that was saved by Tomas Cerny.

Peter Houston's side go into Thursday's draw for the next round.

Throughout a first half short on goalscoring opportunities it was the Bairns who impressed the most thanks to a solid disciplined display.

Partick Thistle forward Mathias Pogba
Pogba was unable to draw Thistle level

Grant deservedly fired them ahead when he lashed past the helpless Cerny.

Thistle manager Alan Archibald introduced Pogba, older brother of Juventus and France star Paul, for David Amoo at the interval.

And the substitute immediately made his presence felt, causing new problems for the Falkirk backline.

It was from one of Pogba's flicks that Steven Lawless had an opportunity, only for the diminutive Thistle midfielder to fire over.

Pogba should have levelled when he found himself free inside the Falkirk penalty area only to be thwarted after a jinking run by the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Danny Rogers.

Though Thistle dominated possession, they lacked penetration and the Bairns sought to extend their advantage.

Smith skilfully got himself into a shooting position but could not beat Cerny.

But one goal proved to be enough for last season's Scottish Cup finalists.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Miller
  • 19Hendry
  • 3Seaborne
  • 5Booth
  • 6Osman
  • 22FraserSubstituted forMcDaidat 83'minutes
  • 11Lawless
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forWilsonat 75'minutes
  • 7AmooSubstituted forPogbaat 45'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 12Scully
  • 13Frans
  • 17Lindsay
  • 18Wilson
  • 20McDaid
  • 21Leyden
  • 99Pogba

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 7Taiwo
  • 44Watson
  • 14GrantBooked at 80mins
  • 3Leahy
  • 8Alston
  • 6VaulksBooked at 79mins
  • 11Kerr
  • 10Sibbald
  • 9Baird
  • 17SmithSubstituted forMuirheadat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Muirhead
  • 5McCracken
  • 12Bowman
  • 18Miller
  • 20Cooper
  • 22Blair
  • 23Shepherd
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
2,221

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home4
Away4
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Falkirk 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Falkirk 1.

Foul by Peter Grant (Falkirk).

Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Aaron Muirhead replaces David Smith.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Gary Fraser.

Booking

Peter Grant (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Peter Grant (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Watson (Falkirk).

David Wilson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Baird (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces Ryan Stevenson.

Jack Hendry (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Paul Watson (Falkirk).

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Gary Fraser.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Mark Kerr.

Attempt saved. David Smith (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jack Hendry (Partick Thistle).

John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jack Hendry (Partick Thistle).

John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Gary Miller.

Attempt saved. Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Blair Alston.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Will Vaulks.

Foul by Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle).

John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

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

Foul by Tom Taiwo (Falkirk).

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