Scottish Cup - Fifth Round
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Partick Thistle 1-2 Inverness CT

By Martin DowdenBBC Scotland

First half strikes by Marley Watkins and Greg Tansey earned Inverness a Scottish Cup quarter-final spot.

Watkins opened the scoring with a drive across goal after outstripping the Partick Thistle defence.

The home back line was suspect once more when they gave up possession to Tansey and he superbly jinked into the box and fired low into the corner.

The hosts made a game of it after substitute Lyle Taylor cracked a drive home but Inverness held firm.

Watkins alerted the home side to his threat early on when he sprinted clean through on goalkeeper Paul Gallacher, only to see his shot well saved.

The Firhill men contributed to the loss of the opener with a slack ball into a central area that Abdul Osman failed to gather. Watkins raced away from a sluggish defence, picked his spot and calmly slotted into far corner to put the visitors ahead.

Lyle Taylor celebrates after scoring for Partick Thistle
Lyle Taylor pulled a goal back for Partick Thistle but Inverness proved to strong for the Maryhill men

Minutes later Watkins was clean through again after James Vincent released the striker with a superb pass, but composure evaded the Caley Thistle man this time and he sent his effort wide.

Shambolic defending seemed the order of the day for the hosts in the first half and Stephen O'Donnell was at it again it with a woeful piece of play.

He dithered in a central area and lost possession, allowing Tansey to dance around defenders before firing powerfully home.

Partick offered very little in the opening half but the introduction of recently-recruited Taylor transformed their performance.

He gathered inside the box, out-muscled a defender and powered a drive high past keeper Ryan Esson to reduce the deficit.

The hosts remained on the front foot and nearly snatched a last minute equaliser when Danny Seabourne rose superbly to nod towards goal, only for Esson to tip the ball away.

Partick's fans will be cheered by a vastly improved second half performance but it is Inverness who go into Monday's quarter-final draw.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Gallacher
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 3Seaborne
  • 13Frans
  • 14ElliottBooked at 76mins
  • 18Osman
  • 22FraserSubstituted forCraigenat 45'minutes
  • 11LawlessSubstituted forDoolanat 63'minutes
  • 8Bannigan
  • 15HigginbothamSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutes
  • 10Stevenson

Substitutes

  • 1Fox
  • 6Balatoni
  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 28McDaid
  • 29Taylor
  • 30Keenan

Inverness CT

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Esson
  • 2Raven
  • 6Meekings
  • 5Warren
  • 3Shinnie
  • 16Tansey
  • 8Draper
  • 4Vincent
  • 19Williams
  • 11RossSubstituted forChristieat 76'minutes
  • 15WatkinsSubstituted forDevineat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Devine
  • 17Horner
  • 18Tremarco
  • 20Polworth
  • 22Christie
  • 31Mackay
  • 39Ferguson
Referee:
William Collum
Attendance:
2,915

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away5
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 1, Inverness CT 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 1, Inverness CT 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by James Craigen (Partick Thistle).

  4. Post update

    Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Gary Warren.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Ryan Esson.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Danny Seaborne (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Inverness CT. Danny Devine replaces Marley Watkins because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

  15. Post update

    Ryan Christie (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Josh Meekings (Inverness CT).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

  19. Post update

    Gary Warren (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

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