Scottish Premiership
Partick Thistle3St Mirren0

Partick Thistle 3-0 St Mirren

Partick Thistle recorded a third consecutive win to guarantee their top-flight status and cast further doubt over St Mirren's chances of staying up.

After dominating the first half, Kallum Higginbotham's cross in the second was headed in by Ryan Stevenson.

Kris Doolan then netted his 10th of the season with a half-volley.

And Steven Lawless added a low, powerful third from 20 yards in injury time as the Jags made themselves safe in the Premiership in style.

It was the first time Thistle have had three successive wins in more than two years.

And it was also a fine tribute to 100-year-old fan James Jones, who was in attendance at Firhill, and former kit man James 'Chico' Reilly, who died recently.

St Mirren are not yet down and out, but clearly in trouble as they are eight points behind Motherwell with nine left to play for.

The physical strength and quick passing of Partick Thistle was too much for St Mirren to get to grips with for the majority of the first half.

Partick Thistle's Ryan Stevenson challenges for the ball with Mark Ridgers
Partick Thistle's Ryan Stevenson challenges for the ball with St Mirren goalkeeper Mark Ridgers

Excellent interplay between the likes of Higginbotham, Stevenson and Stephen O'Donnell really should have resulted in a goal on more than one occasion.

Lyle Taylor - in his second spell at Thistle - shot wide early on before Lawless, so often the creator for the Jags, saw two of his efforts go past a post and over the bar.

Even Belgian defender Fred Frans was trying to get in on the goal-scoring act for a second week in a row with a hooked attempt over the shoulder.

St Mirren's one serious attack in the opening 45 minutes resulted in a strong penalty claim. Thomas Reilly's perfect, lofted pass had Jason Naismith marauding into the box and the right-back appeared to be bundled over.

Referee Craig Thomson looked to his official for a flag but the pair's conclusion was 'no penalty'.

After the break, Steven Thompson almost made the most of a mix-up between Conrad Balatoni and Jags goalkeeper Scott Fox, the latter's clearance being charged down by Thompson and spinning wide.

But from there on in Partick took control again. Stevenson rose against a previously sturdy Saints defence to head in his seventh of the season before striker Doolan showed his predatory instincts to convert well on the half-volley.

And Lawless finished excellently with an arrowed effort past Ridgers after a half-clearance.

Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan (right) celebrates scoring his goal with his team-mate Conrad Balatoni
Partick Thistle's Kris Doolan celebrates scoring his goal with his team-mate Conrad Balatoni
St Mirren players trudge off at Firhill
The St Mirren players trudge off at Firhill and are running out of time to save themselves from relegation

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

  • 1Fox
  • 2O'DonnellBooked at 35mins
  • 13Frans
  • 6Balatoni
  • 5Booth
  • 8Bannigan
  • 18Osman
  • 11Lawless
  • 10Stevenson
  • 15HigginbothamBooked at 74minsSubstituted forFraserat 84'minutes
  • 29TaylorSubstituted forDoolanat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Craigen
  • 9Doolan
  • 12Gallacher
  • 14Elliott
  • 21Richards-Everton
  • 22Fraser
  • 23Wilson

St Mirren

  • 12Ridgers
  • 2Naismith
  • 30Baird
  • 3Kelly
  • 22Tesselaar
  • 31MallanBooked at 84mins
  • 14ReillySubstituted forGowat 78'minutes
  • 17Dayton
  • 10SadlierSubstituted forBrownat 69'minutes
  • 11Wylde
  • 9ThompsonSubstituted forArquinat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Gow
  • 15Arquin
  • 19Brown
  • 28Kello
  • 34Morgan
  • 36Cuddihy
  • 52Genev
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
3,865

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home11
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away0
Corners
Home11
Away0
Fouls
Home8
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Partick Thistle 3, St. Mirren 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 3, St. Mirren 0.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 3, St. Mirren 0. Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Mark Ridgers.

Attempt saved. Gary Fraser (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

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

Attempt missed. Yoann Arquin (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Gary Fraser replaces Kallum Higginbotham.

Booking

Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

Stuart Bannigan (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren).

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 2, St. Mirren 0. Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Attempt missed. James Dayton (St. Mirren) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Frederic Frans (Partick Thistle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Alan Gow replaces Thomas Reilly.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Yoann Arquin replaces Steven Thompson.

Substitution

Substitution, Partick Thistle. Kris Doolan replaces Lyle Taylor.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Adam Brown.

Booking

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle).

James Dayton (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, St. Mirren. Adam Brown replaces Kieran Sadlier.

Goal!

Goal! Partick Thistle 1, St. Mirren 0. Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Kallum Higginbotham with a cross.

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Stephen Mallan.

Steven Lawless (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Thomas Reilly (St. Mirren).

Corner, Partick Thistle. Conceded by Sean Kelly.

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Partick Thistle).

Jason Naismith (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Kallum Higginbotham (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Thomas Reilly (St. Mirren).

Foul by Lyle Taylor (Partick Thistle).

Sean Kelly (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Steven Thompson (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Stephen Mallan (St. Mirren) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic35274478176185
2Aberdeen35235756302674
3Inverness CT341681046361056
4Dundee Utd34164145350352
5St Johnstone35157133233-152
6Dundee351111134552-744
7Hamilton35147144750-349
8Partick Thistle35128154639744
9Kilmarnock35108173853-1538
10Ross County35108174159-1838
11Motherwell3595213460-2632
12St Mirren3573252663-3724
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