Scottish League Cup - Second Round
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St Johnstone 0-3 Partick Thistle

Steven Lawless (right)
Steven Lawless (right) gave Thistle the lead from the penalty spot

Partick Thistle reached the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 2014 as they knocked out St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Thistle took the lead when Kevin Nisbet was brought down by Joe Shaughnessy and Steven Lawless scored the penalty.

Ryan Edwards then thumped in an outstanding strike from 20 yards.

Chris Erskine rounded off the win after jinking his way into the box and picking his spot beyond goalkeeper Alan Mannus.

Saints were left to rue missed chances with Steven Anderson heading wide and Graham Cummins missing when one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

Nisbet was handed his second start for Thistle after Kris Doolan picked up a hamstring injury and the 20-year-old showed his youthful innocence early in the first half when he stayed on his feet after having his ankle clipped as he turned inside Anderson.

The striker had a shot blocked but had been knocked off his stride by the challenge and referee Euan Anderson played on.

Nisbet got the only shot on target of the first half after robbing Shaughnessy and showing good feet before his near-post effort was blocked by Mannus.

The visitors were again without the injured Blair Spittal and they lost Danny Devine on the half-hour mark after he failed to run off an early knock.

After an uneventful first half, it was no surprise that the breakthrough came from a set-piece - but the penalty award shocked the hosts as Anderson claimed he got the ball as he and Nisbet chased Erskine's forward pass.

Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless (second left)
Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless (second left) celebrates his goal

The striker was going away from goal just inside the box and Lawless took full advantage of the unexpected chance by sending Mannus the wrong way.

Anderson quickly had a header cleared off the line by Erskine before Nisbet twice curled shots wide from just outside the box.

Saints skipper Anderson's nightmare continued when he somehow sent a free header wide from six yards following Wotherspoon's cross.

And Edwards lit up the game when he curled into the top corner after a neat exchange of passes just outside the Saints box.

The hosts had a chance to get back into it when Steven MacLean threaded Cummins through but the substitute lacked composure and sliced wide from 18 yards.

Saints continued to press but it was evident it was not to be their night when Shaughnessy failed to beat Tomas Cerny from six yards - and that was confirmed when the referee waved away penalty appeals as Cummins went down under the aerial challenge of Niall Keown.

And Erskine soon raced away to finish in style after an excellent flick-on by Nisbet.

Post-match reaction

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright: "The score probably doesn't reflect the game but we're out of the cup because we haven't done well enough.

"In terms of chances we had enough good opportunities. We were trying to walk the ball into the net. It was a rusty performance in front of goal. They were ruthless.

"There's positives in the number of chances we created in the second half. The negative side is we're out of the cup and we could have defended the first and third goals better."

Partick Thistle manager Alan Archibald: "It's a really tough place to come and the first goal is often the winner.

"I'm delighted for Ryan Edwards. He didn't have the best of pre-seasons but he certainly made a difference to the team tonight.

"Hopefully we can kick on in the league now. We've got a tough one next with Celtic but thankfully we're in the next round."

Line-ups

St Johnstone

  • 1Mannus
  • 19FosterBooked at 85mins
  • 5Shaughnessy
  • 6Anderson
  • 24B Easton
  • 10Wotherspoon
  • 4AlstonSubstituted forCumminsat 64'minutes
  • 8DavidsonBooked at 82mins
  • 26CraigSubstituted forScougallat 58'minutes
  • 11O'HalloranBooked at 23mins
  • 9MacLeanSubstituted forKaneat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Tanser
  • 12Clark
  • 20McClean
  • 21Scougall
  • 25Kane
  • 28Gilchrist
  • 29Cummins

Partick Thistle

  • 1Cerny
  • 14Elliott
  • 4Turnbull
  • 15DevineSubstituted forKeownat 30'minutes
  • 3Booth
  • 6Osman
  • 13Barton
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forBanniganat 77'minutes
  • 19Edwards
  • 10Erskine
  • 20NisbetBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 5Keown
  • 8Bannigan
  • 12Scully
  • 17Nitriansky
  • 21Penrice
  • 24McCarthy
  • 26McLaughlin
Referee:
Euan Anderson
Attendance:
2,619

Match Stats

Home TeamSt JohnstoneAway TeamPartick Thistle
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, St. Johnstone 0, Partick Thistle 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, St. Johnstone 0, Partick Thistle 3.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Booking

Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 0, Partick Thistle 3. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Attempt blocked. David Wotherspoon (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Richard Foster (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Richard Foster (St. Johnstone).

Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Murray Davidson (St. Johnstone).

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Christopher Kane replaces Steven MacLean.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Stuart Bannigan replaces Steven Lawless.

Corner, St. Johnstone. Conceded by Callum Booth.

Stefan Scougall (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Adam Barton (Partick Thistle).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Partick Thistle).

Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Turnbull (Partick Thistle).

Attempt missed. Jordan Turnbull (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Attempt missed. Graham Cummins (St. Johnstone) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Johnstone. Graham Cummins replaces Blair Alston.

Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Partick Thistle).

Goal!

Goal! St. Johnstone 0, Partick Thistle 2. Ryan Edwards (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Steven Lawless.

Foul by Richard Foster (St. Johnstone).

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

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Steven Anderson.

Attempt blocked. Chris Erskine (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Johnstone) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Blair Alston (St. Johnstone) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Falkirk44001311212
2Inverness CT42115328
3Stirling42116517
4Brechin401319-82
5Forfar4013310-71

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dunfermline42201331010
2Peterhead43017619
3Hearts42117437
4East Fife411236-34
5Elgin4004213-110

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dundee Utd4310102811
2Dundee431082610
3Raith Rovers42029546
4Cowdenbeath4103511-63
5Buckie Thistle4004315-120

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian43101311210
2Ross County422080810
3Arbroath412167-16
4Montrose4103215-133
5Alloa401328-61

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ayr44001531212
2Kilmarnock43019369
3Clyde4202711-46
4Annan Athletic4013210-82
5Dumbarton401328-61

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Motherwell44001221012
2Morton42118628
3Queen's Park42119907
4Edinburgh City4013312-92
5Berwick401347-31

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hamilton422011659
2Albion413012937
3Queen of Sth41306427
4East Kilbride411259-45
5Stenhousemuir401339-62

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Livingston431083511
2Partick Thistle431092710
3St Mirren42029726
4Airdrieonians4103410-63
5Stranraer4004412-80
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