Scottish Premiership
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Partick Thistle 1-1 Dundee

By John BarnesBBC Scotland at Firhill
  • Conrad Balatoni own goal denies Thistle
  • James Craigen put Dundee behind
  • Dundee end run of three defeats

A late own goal from Partick Thistle defender Conrad Balatoni earned Dundee a share of the points at Firhill.

Thistle had taken the lead just before the hour when James Craigen scored his second goal of the season, finishing of a fine move from close range.

But Balatoni turned Philip Roberts' drive past Paul Gallacher to level matters in the final minute of regulation time.

And the point brought to an end a run of three straight defeats for Dundee.

It also means three of the last four meetings between the two sides have been drawn and they remain a point apart, with Dundee seventh and Thistle ninth in the Scottish Premiership.

The absence of Jordan McMillan for personal reasons saw Stuart Bannigan slot into the left-back position for Thistle, but he was always keen to push forward and support Kallum Higginbotham.

It took fully 10 minutes before there was a first real strike at goal and it came from the home side.

Ryan Stevenson provided it with a left-foot effort from 18 yards which flew wide.

At the other end, Dundee's first chance fell the way of Greg Stewart as he pounced just inside the penalty box. The ball broke off Gary Fraser into his path but the in-form striker struck fired his shot over the bar.

James Craigen celebrates after scoring for Partick Thistle against Dundee
Craigen celebrates but his second-half opener would later be cancelled out

As the game livened up Gary Irvine was next with a snapshot after dispossessing Higginbotham, his driven effort from the edge of the area going wide of the goalkeeper's right hand post.

The best chance of the first half hour fell for Thistle. Craigen was clean through with only Kyle Letheren to beat but the Welsh keeper, back after a two-month injury absence, made an excellent save.

Composure was missing in the vital attacking area as the game began to flow from end to end.

Dundee captain Kevin Thomson had a volley wide before Irvine miscued his header from six yards following Stewart's corner.

Paul Hartley made an early change in the second half bringing on Martin Boyle for Simon Ferry to give the visitors more in attack.

There was plenty of endeavour from both sides with their build-up play, but hitting the target seemed a problem.

Paul McGinn blasted over for Dundee, then Stevenson did likewise for Alan Archibald's side

But then Thistle made the breakthrough. Stevenson cut the ball back from the left for the on-rushing Craigen to slot home from six yards.

The Jags came close to increasing their lead when Fraser struck a 25-yard shot inches wide of the right-hand post.

Dundee made a double substitution taking off midfielders Thomson and McGinn and bringing on the more attack-minded Luka Tankulic and Roberts.

But Thistle were the team who continued to create the better chances.

Craigen had the ball laid into his path by Higginbotham on the edge of the box but the Thistle midfielder ballooned his effort over the bar.

Fraser had another effort just wide and Abdul Osman, following a mazy run, could not get enough power on his shot to trouble Letheren.

And those missed chances were punished when Balatoni diverted Roberts' low driven ball into the net.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 80mins
  • 3SeaborneBooked at 90mins
  • 6Balatoni
  • 8Bannigan
  • 7Craigen
  • 18Osman
  • 22Fraser
  • 15HigginbothamBooked at 36mins
  • 14Elliott
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forDoolanat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 9Doolan
  • 11Lawless
  • 19Eccleston
  • 23Wilson
  • 26Lindsay
  • 28McDaid

Dundee

  • 1Letheren
  • 2IrvineBooked at 51mins
  • 5McPake
  • 4Konrad
  • 3Dyer
  • 10ThomsonSubstituted forTankulicat 67'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11FerrySubstituted forBoyleat 52'minutes
  • 19McGinnSubstituted forRobertsat 67'minutes
  • 15Stewart
  • 20McAlister
  • 16Clarkson

Substitutes

  • 6Davidson
  • 8McBride
  • 14Roberts
  • 21Tankulic
  • 23Boyle
  • 25Schenk
  • 28Carreiro
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,203

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home13
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Dundee 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Craigen (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

  4. Booking

    Luka Tankulic (Dundee) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Booking

    Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Luka Tankulic (Dundee).

  8. Goal!

    Own Goal by Conrad Balatoni, Partick Thistle. Partick Thistle 1, Dundee 1.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle).

  10. Post update

    Martin Boyle (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. James McPake (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Philip Roberts (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  17. Booking

    James Craigen (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Philip Roberts (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Ryan Stevenson.