Scottish Cup - Fourth Round
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Partick Thistle 2-0 Hamilton Academical

By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at Firhill

Partick Thistle negotiated their way through to the Scottish Cup last 16 for the first time in four years thanks to a double from Ryan Stevenson.

The former Hearts midfielder blasted a volley past Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern midway through the first half.

Kallum Higginbotham knocked over a close-range chance to make it 2-0.

After the break, Stevenson doubled the Jags' advantage, side-footing from 12 yards, and Accies' Dougie Imrie was sent off in the dying minutes.

Stevenson's first goal since joining the club in the summer came from a 19th-minute corner to the back post.

Gary Fraser's delivery was missed by everyone except Stevenson, who had time to tee the ball up before firing a volley high into the roof of the net, a stunning strike to brighten up a damp afternoon in Glasgow's Maryhill.

The home side should have doubled their advantage within two minutes. Higginbotham found himself with an open goal just three yards from goal but fired the ball high over the crossbar when it looked much simpler to score.

The goal seemed to knock Hamilton off their stride, with much of the passing football they have become associated with absent from their play.

Jake Carroll is up-ended by Hamilton's Dougie Imrie, who was sent off for the challenge
Jake Carroll is up-ended by Hamilton's Dougie Imrie, who was sent off for the challenge

There was little noticeable improvement from them at the start of the second period and the home side doubled their lead in style eight minutes into the second period.

Higginbotham picked the ball up on the left and skipped past Ziggy Gordon's sliding challenge before slipping a clever ball up the wing to the advancing full-back Jake Carroll.

The on-loan Huddersfield cut it back to Stevenson, who had held his run near the penalty spot, and he produced a clinical side-foot finish past McGovern.

Hamilton rarely troubled Paul Gallacher in the Thistle goal, with his defence blocking the threats that came his way.

Accies had a couple of chances late on in the game. Jesus Garcia-Tena clipped the top of the crossbar from a free-kick and Gallacher did well to block a Darian MacKinnon shot with his legs.

Accies' frustration was further exacerbated with just two minutes left when Imrie was shown a straight red card by referee Kevin Clancy after a lunge on Carroll.

But this was Thistle's day as they progressed to Monday afternoon's fifth-round draw.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 13Frans
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 44mins
  • 17Carroll
  • 18Osman
  • 8Bannigan
  • 14ElliottBooked at 75mins
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forDoolanat 68'minutes
  • 22FraserBooked at 58minsSubstituted forCraigenat 77'minutes
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forLawlessat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 6Balatoni
  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 11Lawless
  • 23Wilson
  • 28McDaid

Hamilton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McGovern
  • 2GordonSubstituted forAntoine-Curierat 72'minutes
  • 5Canning
  • 24Tena
  • 3Hendrie
  • 18MacKinnon
  • 6GillespieSubstituted forRoutledgeat 57'minutes
  • 7ImrieBooked at 89mins
  • 11Crawford
  • 28RedmondSubstituted forLongridgeat 57'minutes
  • 9ScotlandBooked at 90mins

Substitutes

  • 4Devlin
  • 8Routledge
  • 16Watson
  • 17Longridge
  • 20Brophy
  • 29Hill
  • 99Antoine-Curier
Referee:
Kevin Clancy
Attendance:
2,467

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamHamilton
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home10
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home4
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 2, Hamilton Academical 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Dillon (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Booking

    Jason Scotland (Hamilton Academical) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Post update

    James Craigen (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Stephen Hendrie (Hamilton Academical).

  7. Dismissal

    Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) is shown the red card.

  8. Post update

    Jake Carroll (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical).

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Dillon (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Michael McGovern.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Steven Lawless replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Stephen Hendrie.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dougie Imrie (Hamilton Academical) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Jake Carroll.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. James Craigen replaces Gary Fraser.

  18. Booking

    Christie Elliott (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Chris Dillon (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Hamilton Academical. Conceded by Paul Gallacher.