Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Queen of South

Monday 26th December 2011
K Doolan (48)

Doolan gives Thistle cutting edge

A Kris Doolan header decided a cagey encounter as Partick earned a 1-0 victory over First Division rivals Queen of the South.

Partick goalkeeper Scott Fox was called into action inside a minute, tipping over Kevin Smith's bullet header after a quick break from the centre circle.

The Jags settled into a good rhythm and were unlucky not to take any advantage into the break, as both Aaron Sinclair and Conrad Balatoni spurned clear-cut chances to score.

It was Doolan who finally broke the deadlock two minutes after the interval. Lee Robinson could only parry Sinclair's powerful free-kick and Paul Cairney chipped in for Doolan to nod home.

The Doonhamers threatened a response with 20 minutes remaining when Ryan McGuffie rose to meet Scott McLaughlin's swerving cross, but his headed effort was wayward.

Craig Reid then blasted at Jags stopper Fox from distance, but the shot was easily saved as the hosts secured victory.

OfficialBobby Madden
Attendance2,261
VenueFirhill Stadium
Kick Off
Partick Thistle 0 - 0 Queen of South
0:26
Cross from Allan Johnston
0:28
Block taken by Stephen O'Donnell
0:32
Corner taken by Allan Johnston with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
0:59
Cross from Allan Johnston
1:01
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
1:05
Shot taken by Kevin Smith from the right six yard line
1:20
Save made by Scott Fox
1:24
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin using his left foot from the right byline
3:56
Cross from Nicholas Clark
3:57
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
4:24
Foul on Paul Paton
4:35
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald
5:37
Cross from Allan Johnston
6:38
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
7:07
Foul on Paul Paton
7:18
BOOKING: Stephen McKenna of Queen of South given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
7:32
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni from the right wing
8:14
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
8:29
Save made by Lee Robinson
9:25
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
9:27
Clearance by Stephen Simmons
10:25
Offside flag raised against Kevin Smith
10:26
Free Kick taken by Alan Archibald
13:10
Foul on Stephen Simmons
13:23
Free Kick taken by Lee Robinson
13:37
Shot taken by Kevin Smith using his left foot from the centre penalty area
13:51
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
14:12
Offside flag raised against Kevin Smith
14:13
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
14:39
Cross from Paul Cairney
17:58
Foul on Thomas Stewart
18:04
Free Kick taken by Paul Paton
18:27
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
19:23
Shot taken by Thomas Stewart using his left foot
19:33
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
19:56
Foul on Stephen Simmons
20:03
Free Kick taken by Lee Robinson
20:43
Cross from Paul Paton
20:45
Clearance by Stephen Simmons
22:08
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
22:42
Cross from Kris Doolan
22:45
Clearance by Ryan McGuffie
24:02
Corner taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
24:44
Cross from David Rowson
24:46
Shot taken by Conrad Balatoni using his left foot from the centre penalty area
25:00
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
25:44
Offside flag raised against Kevin Smith
25:45
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
26:11
Offside flag raised against Kris Doolan
26:12
Free Kick taken by Lee Robinson
29:05
Shot taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair with his right foot
29:34
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
30:04
Foul on Mark Campbell
30:07
Free Kick taken by Lee Robinson
32:51
Foul on David Rowson
33:09
Free Kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell from the right wing
33:52
Cross from Kevin Smith
33:55
Shot taken by Nicholas Clark from the centre penalty area
34:11
Save made by Scott Fox
35:12
Foul on Paul Cairney
35:18
Free Kick taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
36:10
Shot taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair using his left foot
36:21
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
37:09
Hand Ball taken by Kevin Smith
37:12
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
37:56
Corner taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
38:25
Foul on Stephen Simmons
38:34
Free Kick taken by Lee Robinson
38:57
Hand Ball taken by David Rowson
38:59
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid from the left wing
40:05
Foul on Nicholas Clark
40:14
BOOKING: Stephen O'Donnell of Partick Thistle given yellow card for dissent
40:31
Free Kick taken by Scott McLaughlin from the left wing
40:49
Cross from Scott McLaughlin
40:51
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
40:58
Cross from Kevin Smith
40:59
Block taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
41:01
Corner taken by Allan Johnston with his right foot from the left byline
41:29
Clearance by David Rowson
42:04
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
42:46
Cross from David Rowson
42:49
Clearance by Stephen Simmons
43:24
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
43:26
Shot taken by Kris Doolan from the centre penalty area
43:46
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
44:37
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
44:42
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
Half Time
Partick Thistle 0 - 0 Queen of South
Second Half Started
Partick Thistle 0 - 0 Queen of South
45:09
Substitution for Queen of South: Tom Brighton on for Stephen McKenna
46:17
Foul on Kris Doolan
46:24
Free Kick taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
47:12
Shot taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair using his left foot
47:18
Save made by Lee Robinson
47:40
Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Queen of South
GOAL scored by Kris Doolan from the left six yard line to the top left of the goal.
48:57
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
50:18
Offside flag raised against Kevin Smith
50:20
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
51:46
Corner taken by Allan Johnston with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
52:06
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
52:52
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
53:19
Cross from Allan Johnston
53:23
Clearance by Alan Archibald
53:33
Cross from Stephen Simmons
53:35
Clearance by Alan Archibald
53:44
Cross from Allan Johnston
53:46
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
54:00
Shot taken by Thomas Stewart with his right foot from the centre penalty area
54:09
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
55:08
Offside flag raised against Nicholas Clark
55:09
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
55:47
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
56:03
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
57:11
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
57:56
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
57:58
Clearance by Alan Reid
57:59
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the right byline short of the target
58:25
Cross from Kris Doolan
58:26
Clearance by Mark Campbell
58:36
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline
59:16
Foul on Kris Doolan
59:22
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney from the left wing
59:40
Cross from Craig Reid
60:36
Foul on Nicholas Clark
60:50
Free Kick taken by Lee Robinson
61:25
Foul on Nicholas Clark
61:28
Free Kick taken by Scott McLaughlin from the right wing
61:45
Cross from Scott McLaughlin
61:47
Clearance by David Rowson
61:53
Corner taken by Nicholas Clark with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
62:27
Cross from Craig Reid
62:30
Clearance by Alan Archibald
63:26
Cross from Allan Johnston
63:28
Clearance by Alan Archibald
63:49
Shot taken by Paul Cairney using his left foot from the left penalty area
63:58
Block taken by Craig Reid
63:59
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline
64:18
Clearance by Tom Brighton
65:19
Shot taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot
65:27
Save made by Lee Robinson
66:42
Shot taken by Kris Doolan using his left foot
66:53
Save made by Lee Robinson
67:04
Offside flag raised against Kevin Smith
67:07
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Christopher Erskine on for Stuart Bannigan
68:23
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
68:37
Substitution for Queen of South: Mark McCusker on for Kevin Smith
69:43
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
70:09
Foul on Mark McCusker
70:13
Free Kick taken by Stephen Simmons
70:20
Cross from Alan Reid
70:22
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
70:52
Foul on Stephen Simmons
70:56
Free Kick taken by Scott McLaughlin from the left wing
71:13
Cross from Scott McLaughlin
71:22
Shot taken by Ryan McGuffie from the centre penalty area
71:30
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
74:39
Substitution for Queen of South: Daniel Carmichael on for Stephen Simmons
76:33
Corner taken by Scott McLaughlin using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
77:00
Clearance by Kris Doolan
77:50
Cross from Conrad Balatoni
77:51
Clearance by Mark Campbell
78:22
Foul on Mark McCusker
78:31
BOOKING: Paul Paton of Partick Thistle given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
78:38
Free Kick taken by Alan Reid
79:32
Foul on Paul Cairney
79:38
Free Kick taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair from the left wing
81:09
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
81:10
Save made by Lee Robinson
81:58
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Kieran Burns on for Thomas Stewart
82:51
Corner taken by Nicholas Clark with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
83:16
Save made by Scott Fox
85:17
Foul on Daniel Carmichael
85:23
Free Kick taken by Nicholas Clark from the left wing
85:35
Cross from Nicholas Clark
85:37
Clearance by David Rowson
85:39
Corner taken by Nicholas Clark with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
86:50
Offside flag raised against Tom Brighton
86:51
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
88:04
Shot taken by Craig Reid using his left foot
88:16
Save made by Scott Fox
89:30
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
89:32
Block taken by Craig Reid
89:35
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
90:00+2:08
Goal Kick taken by Lee Robinson
90:00+2:34
Cross from Kieran Burns
90:00+2:37
Save made by Lee Robinson
Full Time
Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Queen of South

Partick Thistle

vs

Queen of South

1
Goals
0
1
Assists
0
10
Shots
5
4
On Target
2
6
Off Target
3
18
Crosses
17
7
Corners
8
49
Throw Ins
28
4
Saves
6
14
Clearances
8
4
Goal Kicks
12
2
Blocks
2
16
Free Kicks
13
1
Offside
7
1
Hand Balls
1
2
Yellow Cards
1

Partick Thistle

Formation: 4-1-3-2

01.Scott Fox
02.Stephen O'Donnell (41+0: Dissent)
03.Alan Archibald
04.Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
05.Conrad Balatoni
06.Paul Paton (79+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Paul Cairney
08.David Rowson
09.Stuart Bannigan 68+0' Tactical
10.Kris Doolan
11.Thomas Stewart 82+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Ryan Scully
13.Scott Robertson
14.Christopher Erskine 68+0' Tactical
15.Craig Dargo
16.Kieran Burns 82+0' Tactical

Queen of South

Formation: 4-4-1-1

01.Lee Robinson
02.Craig Reid
03.Mark Campbell
04.Ryan McGuffie
05.Alan Reid
06.Allan Johnston
07.Stephen Simmons 75+0' Tactical
08.Stephen McKenna (8+0: Unsporting behaviour) 45+0' Tactical
09.Scott McLaughlin
10.Nicholas Clark
11.Kevin Smith 69+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Roderick McKenzie
13.Kevin Holt
14.Tom Brighton 45+0' Tactical
15.Mark McCusker 69+0' Tactical
16.Daniel Carmichael 75+0' Tactical

Dargo doubtful for Jags

Partick Thistle's recent signing Craig Dargo is a fitness doubt for the Firhill meeting with Queen of the South after picking up a knock in the defeat from Raith Rovers last weekend.

Winger Christie Elliot as another doubt and Jonny Lindsay, Willie Kinniburgh and Ryan Macbeth have all been ruled out with injuries, however Iain Flannigan and Stephen O'Donnell are available after knocks.

Jags boss Jackie McNamara said: "Both ourselves and Queen of the South go into this game after disappointing defeats and will be going all out to win our last game of 2011.

" Our performance against Raith was good but we need to be more prepared to have a shot when we get close to an opponent's goal than we have been."

Queen of the South welcome back young midfielder Kevin Holt to their squad after he served a one game ban against Falkirk last Saturday.

Dumfries manager Gus McPherson is hoping to have everyone available for their trip to Glasgow with the only injury seen at Palmerston this week being to pride following their 5-1 home defeat from the Bairns.

McPherson said: "The extra couple of days before the game should see everyone available with the players determined to make up for last week.

"Their pride was severely dented but we have a good spirit in the squad and that will help us bounce back against Thistle."

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Saves

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As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Ross County 17 15 36
2 Falkirk 18 6 30
3 Dundee 18 6 27
4 Partick Thistle 18 7 26
5 Livingston 17 2 25
6 Up Morton 17 -7 22
7 Down Hamilton Accies 17 -2 19
8 Raith Rovers 18 -5 19
9 Up Ayr United 16 -14 17
10 Down Queen of South 18 -8 16

Updated 26/12/2011 at 17:00