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Partick Thistle 4-0 Ross County

Stuart Bannigan scores for Partick Thistle against Ross County

Partick Thistle won their first game of the season with an emphatic defeat of Premiership rivals Ross County.

Stuart Bannigan swept home Kallum Higginbotham's pass before the break and Ben Frempah's second-half own goal doubled Thistle's lead.

Strikes by Gary Fraser and Stephen O'Donnell further emphasised the hosts' dominance.

County's best chance fell to Jake Jervis when the visitors had trailed 2-0, Scott Fox making a fine block.

And, having waited until February for their first home Premiership win last season, manager Alan Archibald will be delighted with the three points in their opening Firhill encounter this term.

With Thistle's fixture against Celtic postponed due to the latter's ground being used during the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Jags had had a longer wait for their first competitive match of the season.

But they made up for lost time against a Ross County side who had already sustained a league defeat this term.

Defender Danny Seaborne was drafted straight into the Thistle line-up after joining this week on a two-year deal while fellow summer signings Ryan Stevenson and Abdul Osman also made debuts.

Higginbotham was a constant thorn in County's side and he went down when challenged by goalkeeper Antonio Reguero early on.

However, referee Andrew Dallas produced a yellow card and cautioned Higginbotham for diving.

Gary Fraser then turned a shot onto the post as Derek Adams' side continued to struggle against a determined Jags attack.

Stephen O'Donnell scores for Partick Thistle against Ross County
O'Donnell's cross was the catalyst for Thistle's second and he got on the scoresheet himself later on

After Jake Jervis had fired across the face of Thistle's goal, Higginbotham unlocked the County defence to set up Bannigan for the opener, the midfielder lashing the ball past Reguero.

The loss of a goal moved County into action and Rocco Quinn tested Fox before Graham Carey's strike skimmed the crossbar.

However, they fell further behind when O'Donnell's cross was turned in by Frempah, who had just come on to make his debut as a half-time replacement for Scott Boyd.

Jervis almost brought the Dingwall side back into the match but Fox saved impressively after the striker had hammered the ball towards goal.

A back heel by Stevenson set Thistle away on a sweeping move that ended with Fraser converting Elliot's pass.

And an angled drive by O'Donnell completed a fine night's work for Archibald's team.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 3Seaborne
  • 16McMillan
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 6Balatoni
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forDoolanat 82'minutes
  • 15HigginbothamBooked at 18minsSubstituted forElliottat 69'minutes
  • 8BanniganBooked at 71minsSubstituted forCraigenat 74'minutes
  • 22Fraser
  • 18Osman
  • 10Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 5Muirhead
  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 28McDaid
  • 30Keenan

Ross County

  • 1Reguero
  • 15ArquinSubstituted forCardleat 62'minutes
  • 5BoydSubstituted forFrempahat 47'minutes
  • 2DreesenBooked at 79mins
  • 3Celcer
  • 8Brittain
  • 23CareyBooked at 57minsSubstituted forDe Leeuwat 62'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 4Quinn
  • 10Kiss
  • 19Fenlon
  • 9Jervis

Substitutes

  • 7Cardle
  • 11De Leeuw
  • 14Maatsen
  • 16Boyce
  • 18Frempah
  • 20Balk
  • 21Brown
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
3,261

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamRoss County
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home16
Away9
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home4
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 4, Ross County 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 4, Ross County 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 4, Ross County 0. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Jordan McMillan.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Ross County. Conceded by Gary Fraser.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Steven Lawless.

  11. Booking

    Tim Dreesen (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  12. Post update

    Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Tim Dreesen (Ross County).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Richard Brittain.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Stuart Bannigan.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 3, Ross County 0. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Christie Elliott.

  17. Booking

    Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Booking

    Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

  20. Post update

    Attempt saved. Melvin De Leeuw (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.