Scottish League Cup - Group E
Airdrieonians0Partick Thistle1

Airdrieonians 0-1 Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal
Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan (right) celebrates scoring the opening goal

Partick Thistle christened the new look League Cup with a hard-fought victory over League One Airdrieonians.

One goal from Kris Doolan was enough to ensure the game did not go to penalties.

Every time Doolan scored last season, Thistle won, and they did again.

But the new format did not exactly fire the imagination of public on a miserably grey and wet summer's night and there was a crowd of just 1,632 inside the Excelsior Stadium.

There was, though, an emotional minute's silence and the playing of the French national anthem before kick-off in tribute to the victims of the Nice atrocity.

Thistle's line-up was peppered with new signings, including Ziggy Gordon, Danny Devine, Chris Erskine and emergency goalkeeper David Crawford, and for the first time Kevin McBride was in charge of Airdrieonians.

And the new boss, playing a 4-4-2 shape with a diamond in the middle, had to look on as his team were pegged in by waves of Thistle attacks in the first half.

But, in fairness, they looked well organised defensively throughout the opening 45 minutes and denied their Premiership opponents any clear-cut chances.

Doolan, Erskine and Lawless - all twice - Devine and Welsh all found some space but could not test goalkeeper Rohan Ferguson. Doolan also actually netted but he was clearly offside.

Against all that, it took Airdrie 24 minutes to create anything and actually it demanded a good save from Crawford to deny Andy Ryan, who tried to strike a low shot across him.

So, all square and goalless at half-time and the prospect of a UK first - straight to penalties with no extra time and an extra point for the winner of the shootout - came ever closer.

However, shortly after the break, Thistle had something to say about that. Hugo Faria, who had come on for Marc Fitzpatrick a few moments earlier, was caught in possession by Doolan, who burgled him of the ball just 25 yards out.

He took a couple of steps forward and delivered a low shot that beat Crawford low at his right-hand post.

The Jags suddenly had a grip on the game that they richly deserved, at least in terms of pressure.

Airdrie battled hard for an equaliser and only a wonderful block from Devine denied an effort from substitute Kevin Schmidt that might have triggered that shootout.

Thistle, who play two divisions above the home team, deserved their win and, late in the game, sub Ade Azeez should have scored a second goal, but Airdrie under McBride looked to have something about them.

They could yet be worth the watching this season.

Line-ups

Airdrieonians

  • 1Ferguson
  • 2Stewart
  • 4Gorman
  • 5MacDonald
  • 3McIntosh
  • 7BrownSubstituted forTruesdaleat 85'minutes
  • 6Conroy
  • 8FitzpatrickSubstituted forda Encarnação Pires Fariaat 49'minutes
  • 11Russell
  • 9Ryan
  • 10McLaughlinSubstituted forSchmidtat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12da Encarnação Pires Faria
  • 14Daly
  • 15Schmidt
  • 16Higgins
  • 17Kerr
  • 18Truesdale
  • 19Cairns

Partick Thistle

  • 35Crawford
  • 23Gordon
  • 15DevineBooked at 90mins
  • 5Lindsay
  • 3Booth
  • 18Wilson
  • 4Welsh
  • 20McDaidSubstituted forAzeezat 57'minutes
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forEdwardsat 67'minutesBooked at 80mins
  • 11Lawless
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 16Azeez
  • 19Edwards
  • 21Syme
  • 27Nisbet
  • 29Penrice
  • 33Cullen
  • 99Pogba
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
1,632

Match Stats

Home TeamAirdrieoniansAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home10
Away22
Shots on Target
Home3
Away10
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Airdrieonians 0, Partick Thistle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Airdrieonians 0, Partick Thistle 1.

Booking

Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Andy Ryan (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Kieran MacDonald (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle).

Attempt saved. Kevin Schmidt (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Airdrieonians. Craig Truesdale replaces Adam Brown.

Attempt missed. Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) header from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Rohan Ferguson.

Attempt saved. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Booking

Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joseph Gorman (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Adam Brown (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle).

Foul by Andy Ryan (Airdrieonians).

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

Corner, Airdrieonians. Conceded by Danny Devine.

Corner, Airdrieonians. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Attempt blocked. Iain Russell (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Corner, Airdrieonians. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

Attempt blocked. Andy Ryan (Airdrieonians) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Andy Ryan (Airdrieonians) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Andy Ryan (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ziggy Gordon (Partick Thistle).

Attempt blocked. Callum Booth (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Andy Ryan (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ryan Edwards replaces Chris Erskine.

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

Iain Russell (Airdrieonians) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Callum Booth (Partick Thistle).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Joseph Gorman.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Joseph Gorman.

Foul by Scott Stewart (Airdrieonians).

Danny Devine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 15th July 2016

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As It Stood

A

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B

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D

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E

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H

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