Scottish Premiership
Partick Thistle2Inverness CT0

Partick Thistle 2-0 Inverness CT

Chris Erskine
Chris Erskine gave Partick Thistle a first half lead

Partick Thistle began the new league season in positive fashion, spoiling Richie Foran's first Premiership match in charge of Caley Thistle.

Chris Erskine, back at Thistle for a third spell, underlined his status as a fans' favourite with the opening goal, curling the ball past goalkeeper Owain Fon Williams.

David Amoo poked the ball over the line to double the home side's advantage.

Foran's side were unable to fashion any genuine goalscoring opportunities.

Their lack of cutting edge would have disappointed their manager, having scored 12 goals in their previous two matches in the League Cup,

Tomas Cerny in the home goal was entirely untroubled over the course of the 90 minutes and though Thistle created few chances of their own, they were sufficiently clinical to punish their opponents.

Erskine's first-half strike was the solitary moment of class in a disappointing opening period.

Callum Booth drove forward, slipped the ball to Steven Lawless who managed to feed Erskine despite a heavy first touch.

Erskine's own first touch allowed him to fire past the diving Fon Williams from just inside the box - the ball arrowing inside the far post for a third goal of the young season for the midfielder.

Caley Thistle looked a better side after the break but found themselves further behind as they failed to clear from a Sean Welsh set-piece.

Abdul Osman headed across goal, Liam Lindsay also got his head to the ball and with the visiting defence struggling to clear the danger, Amoo pounced to stab into the net from close range.

Lawless went close with a fierce drive and Kris Doolan had a late strike pushed away by Fon Williams as the home side looked to add to their lead.

Though they were unable to do that, they came under little pressure at the other end to comfortably see out the victory.

David Amoo celebrates his goal
Partick's David Amoo (left) celebrates having put his side 2-0 in front

Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Richie Foran: "It's only early. You don't become a bad team overnight. We're going to stay positive.

"I thought we had poor imagination in the final third. With the quality that we have up there I expect a little bit more but we didn't get enough help around Scott Boden.

"(It's a) disappointing result but I can't be too hard on the lads. They've been magnificent since I've come in.

"I think we're in for a good season. We've got the quality. We just need to work on a few bits and pieces."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "I don't think there was a lot in the half until Chris (scored) - it was probably our first good bit of play and Chris had a great finish.

"I thought it was a bit cagey. We looked a bit nervous to be honest but the goal settled us down and we started to play a bit.

"There was one bit of magic from Chris - he's capable of that, we know that and we need to make sure we use him in the right way. He'd only trained a couple of days this week and that's why we took him off as soon as we could."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 23GordonBooked at 5mins
  • 15Devine
  • 5LindsaySubstituted forAzeezat 78'minutes
  • 3Booth
  • 4Welsh
  • 6Osman
  • 7AmooBooked at 24mins
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forEdwardsat 72'minutes
  • 11Lawless
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 12Scully
  • 16Azeez
  • 18Wilson
  • 19Edwards
  • 20McDaid
  • 21Syme
  • 99Pogba

Inverness CT

  • 25Fon Williams
  • 2Raven
  • 5Warren
  • 4McNaughton
  • 3Tremarco
  • 7PolworthBooked at 69mins
  • 16Tansey
  • 15MulraneySubstituted forDraperat 66'minutes
  • 11VigursSubstituted forFisherat 76'minutes
  • 20King
  • 19Boden

Substitutes

  • 8Draper
  • 10Doran Cogan
  • 14Brown
  • 17Horner
  • 18Fisher
  • 21Sutherland
  • 31Mackay
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
2,943

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home6
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home20
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Inverness CT 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Inverness CT 0.

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

Foul by Scott Boden (Inverness CT).

Foul by David Amoo (Partick Thistle).

Carl Tremarco (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle).

David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Gary Warren (Inverness CT).

Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Scott Boden (Inverness CT).

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

Attempt saved. Alex Fisher (Inverness CT) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Ross Draper (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

David Raven (Inverness CT) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Adebayo Azeez (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kevin McNaughton (Inverness CT).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Warren.

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

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Adebayo Azeez replaces Liam Lindsay because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Alex Fisher replaces Iain Vigurs.

Delay in match Liam Lindsay (Partick Thistle) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ryan Edwards replaces Chris Erskine.

Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Booking

Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Liam Polworth (Inverness CT).

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Inverness CT. Ross Draper replaces Jake Mulraney.

Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by David Amoo.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, Inverness CT 0. David Amoo (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

Foul by Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT).

Sean Welsh (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Greg Tansey (Inverness CT) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee11003123
2Partick Thistle11002023
3Motherwell11002113
4Hamilton10101101
5Rangers10101101
6Aberdeen00000000
7Celtic00000000
8Hearts00000000
9St Johnstone00000000
10Kilmarnock100112-10
11Ross County100113-20
12Inverness CT100102-20
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