Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 1-2 St Mirren

By Clive LindsayBBC Sport
  • St Mirren win first points of the season
  • Buddies end run of five league defeats
  • Callum Bell scores first St Mirren goal
  • Partick Thistle eighth in table, St Mirren 11th

Kenny McLean's stoppage-time penalty gave St Mirren victory over Partick Thistle to secure their first Scottish Premiership points of the season.

The Glasgow hosts were well worthy of their 22nd-minute opener as poor marking allowed Kris Doolan to head in.

But Callum Ball prodded home his first Buddies goal as the visitors were rejuvenated after his introduction.

And, when Abdul Osman was ruled to have handled, McLean powered his spot-kick into the net.

Boss Tommy Craig had been the subject of disquiet among the St Mirren support after five straight league defeats.

But the veteran manager must take credit for a double substitution shortly after the break that changed the game.

Craig had tweaked his starting formation as he tried to find a blend capable of ending their poor run, with Gary Teale and Gregg Wylde coming into the wide positions and Marc McAusland and on-loan Manchester City winger Adam Drury dropping out.

While Thistle had the early momentum and possession, it was St Mirren who were first to find the target, with veteran Teale firing powerfully into goalkeeper Scott Fox's midriff and James Marwood steering an effort over the crossbar.

The summer signing from Gateshead's effort lacked conviction and the confidence began to further drain from the visitors after they fell behind.

Thistle's clever probing had come to nothing until Steven Lawless managed to curl in a cross that exposed holes in a central defence into which Jim Goodwin had dropped back from midfield in place of off-form McAusland.

Doolan was left in yards of space as the ball spun over the head of on-loan Manchester City defender Ellis Plummer and the striker steered his header just inside the far post.

Thistle, buoyant after their weekend win over then Scottish Premiership leaders Inverness Caledonian Thistle, were now in complete control, their swift passing leaving the Buddies chasing ghosts, with former Gretna and Crewe Alexandra midfielder Osman pulling the strings.

John McGinn twice almost single-handedly pulled the visitors back into the game either side of half time, with consecutive powerful long-range efforts being nervously punched clear by Fox.

However, Thistle continued to look comfortable until Craig hauled off the miss-firing Marwood and Wylde, with Ball and Thomas Reilly being sent up front.

St Mirren had found an extra spring in their step and former Derby County striker Ball evaded the marking of Conrad Balatoni to prod Jeroen Tesselaar's curling cross into the corner of the net from 12 yards.

Fox twice denied Ball a second goal, but the Buddies' late dominance was rewarded after the goalkeeper clawed away a fine McLean free-kick.

When Reilly tried to send the ball back into the six-yard box, the ball struck the protective arm of Osman and McLean coolly supplied the winning finish from the spot.

Partick Thistle striker Kris Doolan wheels away in celebration
Kris Doolan's fine finish came as Partick Thistle dominated the first half
Callum Ball slots the ball past Partick Thistle goalkeeper Scott Fox
Callum Ball scored his first goal in six appearances for St Mirren
Callum Ball and Thomas Reilly celebrate
The introduction of Callum Ball and Thomas Reilly changed the match
Kenny McLean celebrates his winning penalty
Kenny McLean scored his first goal of the season to secure St Mirren's win
St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin congratulates manager Tommy Craig
St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin and manager Tommy Craig were able to celebrate


Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Fox
  • 16McMillanBooked at 80mins
  • 5Muirhead
  • 6Balatoni
  • 17Carroll
  • 18Osman
  • 8BanniganBooked at 51mins
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forElliottat 83'minutes
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forCraigenat 74'minutes
  • 15HigginbothamBooked at 33mins
  • 9DoolanSubstituted forEcclestonat 77'minutes


  • 2O'Donnell
  • 7Craigen
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 19Eccleston
  • 23Wilson
  • 30Keenan

St Mirren

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 28Kello
  • 2Naismith
  • 6Goodwin
  • 5PlummerSubstituted forMcAuslandat 57'minutes
  • 22TesselaarBooked at 8mins
  • 21TealeBooked at 90mins
  • 13OsbourneBooked at 31mins
  • 7McGinn
  • 11WyldeSubstituted forBallat 53'minutes
  • 8McLean
  • 10MarwoodSubstituted forReillyat 53'minutes


  • 3Kelly
  • 4McAusland
  • 12Ridgers
  • 14Reilly
  • 16Ball
  • 17Drury
  • 29Caldwell
William Collum

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamSt Mirren
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, St. Mirren 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, St. Mirren 2.

  3. Booking

    Gary Teale (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Partick Thistle 1, St. Mirren 2. Kenny McLean (St. Mirren) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

  5. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Conrad Balatoni (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

    Callum Ball (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Eccleston (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Ball (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Marc McAusland (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  12. Post update

    Corner, St. Mirren. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Jake Carroll (Partick Thistle).

  14. Post update

    Thomas Reilly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Christie Elliott replaces Steven Lawless.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jim Goodwin (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Aaron Muirhead (Partick Thistle).

  19. Post update

    Callum Ball (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Booking

    Jordan McMillan (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

2Inverness CT641183513
3Dundee Utd6411129313
7St Johnstone630346-29
8Partick Thistle621310827
11St Mirren6105310-73
12Ross County6006416-120
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