Scottish League Cup
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Partick Thistle 0-1 Falkirk

Falkirk player Peter Grant celebrating
Peter Grant got the only goal at Firhill

Falkirk knocked Premiership side Partick Thistle out of the Scottish League Cup with a second-round win at Firhill.

The Championship side took the lead in the first half through Peter Grant's powerful effort.

Mathias Pogba's aerial presence caused Falkirk problems but the Bairns managed to maintain their clean sheet.

And David Smith could have doubled the visitors' lead with a shot that was saved by Tomas Cerny.

Peter Houston's side go into Thursday's draw for the next round.

Throughout a first half short on goalscoring opportunities it was the Bairns who impressed the most thanks to a solid disciplined display.

Partick Thistle forward Mathias Pogba
Pogba was unable to draw Thistle level

Grant deservedly fired them ahead when he lashed past the helpless Cerny.

Thistle manager Alan Archibald introduced Pogba, older brother of Juventus and France star Paul, for David Amoo at the interval.

And the substitute immediately made his presence felt, causing new problems for the Falkirk backline.

It was from one of Pogba's flicks that Steven Lawless had an opportunity, only for the diminutive Thistle midfielder to fire over.

Pogba should have levelled when he found himself free inside the Falkirk penalty area only to be thwarted after a jinking run by the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Danny Rogers.

Though Thistle dominated possession, they lacked penetration and the Bairns sought to extend their advantage.

Smith skilfully got himself into a shooting position but could not beat Cerny.

But one goal proved to be enough for last season's Scottish Cup finalists.

Line-ups

Partick Thistle

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Cerny
  • 2Miller
  • 19Hendry
  • 3Seaborne
  • 5Booth
  • 6Osman
  • 22FraserSubstituted forMcDaidat 83'minutes
  • 11Lawless
  • 10StevensonSubstituted forWilsonat 75'minutes
  • 7AmooSubstituted forPogbaat 45'minutes
  • 9Doolan

Substitutes

  • 12Scully
  • 13Frans
  • 17Lindsay
  • 18Wilson
  • 20McDaid
  • 21Leyden
  • 99Pogba

Falkirk

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Rogers
  • 7Taiwo
  • 44Watson
  • 14GrantBooked at 80mins
  • 3Leahy
  • 8Alston
  • 6VaulksBooked at 79mins
  • 11Kerr
  • 10Sibbald
  • 9Baird
  • 17SmithSubstituted forMuirheadat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Muirhead
  • 5McCracken
  • 12Bowman
  • 18Miller
  • 20Cooper
  • 22Blair
  • 23Shepherd
Referee:
Craig Thomson
Attendance:
2,221

Match Stats

Home TeamPartick ThistleAway TeamFalkirk
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home4
Away4
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Partick Thistle 0, Falkirk 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Partick Thistle 0, Falkirk 1.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Peter Grant (Falkirk).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

  6. Post update

    Will Vaulks (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Abdul Osman (Partick Thistle).

  8. Post update

    John Baird (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Taiwo (Falkirk) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Aaron Muirhead replaces David Smith.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. Declan McDaid replaces Gary Fraser.

  12. Booking

    Peter Grant (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kris Doolan (Partick Thistle).

  14. Post update

    Peter Grant (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  15. Booking

    Will Vaulks (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card.

  16. Post update

    Mathias Pogba (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Paul Watson (Falkirk).

  18. Post update

    David Wilson (Partick Thistle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by John Baird (Falkirk).

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Partick Thistle. David Wilson replaces Ryan Stevenson.