Scottish League Cup - Group H
Partick Thistle5St Mirren0

Partick Thistle 5-0 St Mirren

Blair Spittal scores
Blair Spittal scored his first goals for Partick Thistle

Partick Thistle claimed their first win in this season's Scottish League Cup with a dominant display against second-tier St Mirren.

Kris Doolan's strike, two from Steven Lawless and Blair Spittal's free-kick put the Premiership side in command by half-time.

Thistle had Abdul Osman sent off before Spittal netted his second.

Also in Group H, leaders Livingston beat Airdrieonians with goals by Dylan Mackin and Craig Halkett.

Livi have eight points after three games while Thistle, who lost a penalty shootout to the leaders last week, have four points.

Airdrie and St Mirren have three points each while Stranraer, who were not playing in this weekend's first-round group fixtures, have no points.

Though they would be overwhelmed by their hosts, St Mirren could have taken the lead when Jordan Kirkpatrick's powerful long-range shot required a save from Tomas Cerny.

Partick Thistle celebrate
A glut of goals in the first half sent Thistle on their way to a handsome win

Thistle soon moved into the ascendancy, but there was a degree of fortune about their opener.

Spittal nodded the ball through for Doolan, who looked suspiciously offside, and the striker slotted past Ross Stewart.

Lawless played a one-two with Chris Erskine before thrashing a low shot into the far corner from the left of the box and Lawless' second was a delightful sweep into the same corner from the edge of the box.

Spittal's free-kick was struck from a similar distance as Stewart was this time beaten to his right. It was the former Dundee United midfielder's first goal since moving to Firhill.

Jags captain Osman was booked twice in quick succession for fouls on St Mirren skipper Stephen McGinn but it did not interrupt the hosts' rhythm.

They got their fifth with a stunning counter attack. Doolan released Erskine on the left and he beat his man before finding Spittal with an inviting low cross that the midfielder struck crisply and confidently past Stewart.

St Mirren sought consolation but McGinn and Ian McShane were denied by Cerny.

In Livingston, Dylan Mackin opened the scoring by converting a Josh Mullin pass and Craig Halkett headed Livi's second from Raffaele de Vita's corner.

The eight group winners and four best runners-up progress to the knockout stage where they are joined by the four teams in European competition - Celtic, Aberdeen, Rangers and St Johnstone.

Dylan Mackin scores
Mackin netted after 21 minute for Livi

Post-match reaction from Firhill

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "It was a good performance - you could see the difference having Abdul and Callum Booth back in the side today. It made for a lot of good play.

"I don't know where the performance ranks in my time here but it was very similar to our Championship-winning team when we first got promoted.

"There was a lot of similar play and sometimes it just clicks. Some of the one, two touches were exquisite."

St Mirren manager Jack Ross: "Our performance was very poor, I thought Partick's was good. When you have that combination of performances from a Premiership team and a Championship team then the outcome is the one it was today.

"We didn't do the fundamentals that'll give you a chance to win a football match anywhere near well enough. First and foremost, you have to be competitive and you have to have a desire about your play and a hunger and we didn't have that. We were short in that by a long way today and that was why we lost the game so heavily."

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 14Elliott
  • 15Devine
  • 13Barton
  • 3Booth
  • 6OsmanBooked at 58mins
  • 8BanniganBooked at 43minsSubstituted forMcCarthyat 83'minutes
  • 7Spittal
  • 10ErskineSubstituted forEdwardsat 64'minutes
  • 11Lawless
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forNisbetat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Scully
  • 19Edwards
  • 20Nisbet
  • 21Penrice
  • 24McCarthy
  • 25Lamont
  • 26McLaughlin

St Mirren

  • 21Stewart
  • 22Whyte
  • 15BairdBooked at 37mins
  • 6MacKenzie
  • 3Irvine
  • 4McGinn
  • 16McShane
  • 17KirkpatrickSubstituted forO'Keefeat 47'minutes
  • 11SmithBooked at 46minsSubstituted forStewartat 72'minutes
  • 10Morgan
  • 20ReillySubstituted forSuttonat 63'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Samson
  • 5Buchanan
  • 9Sutton
  • 19Stewart
  • 31O'Keefe
  • 33Horne
  • 39Erhahon
Referee:
Stephen Finnie
Attendance:
2,727

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away13
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 5, St. Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 5, St. Mirren 0.

Attempt saved. Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. John Sutton (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle).

Gary MacKenzie (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Andrew McCarthy replaces Stuart Bannigan.

Attempt blocked. Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Tomás Cerny.

Attempt saved. Ian McShane (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Attempt saved. Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Ross Stewart (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Conor O'Keefe (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danny Devine (Partick Thistle).

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kevin Nisbet replaces Kris Doolan.

Attempt missed. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Ross Stewart replaces Cameron Smith.

Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ian McShane (St. Mirren).

Attempt blocked. Darren Whyte (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Adam Barton (Partick Thistle).

Darren Whyte (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Ryan Edwards replaces Chris Erskine.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. John Sutton replaces Gavin Reilly.

Attempt saved. Cameron Smith (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 5, St. Mirren 0. Blair Spittal (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Erskine.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) for a bad foul.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Stephen McGinn (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Cameron Smith (St. Mirren).

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

Gary Irvine (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Lewis Morgan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Booking

Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

A

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3Stirling311145-14
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B

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2Hearts22004046
3Peterhead210125-33
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5Elgin200207-70

C

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2Dundee22004136
3Cowdenbeath11004223
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5Buckie Thistle300329-70

D

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2Arbroath21105145
3Hibernian21104044
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E

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3Clyde32016606
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F

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2Morton311136-35
3Queen's Park311167-14
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G

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2Hamilton21104225
3Albion21106334
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5East Kilbride301238-52

H

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1Livingston32104138
2Partick Thistle21106154
3Airdrieonians21013303
4St Mirren310247-33
5Stranraer200227-50
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