Partick Thistle 1 - 1 Falkirk

Saturday 28th April 2012
M McGuigan (24)B Alston (71)

Falkirk salvage a point

Chances were at a premium as Partick were held by Falkirk in a 1-1 draw at the Firhill Stadium.

The hosts took the lead in the 24th minute when Mark McGuigan collected Paul Cairney's pass before finishing from close range.

Alan Archibald could have doubled the lead immediately but blazed his effort from inside the penalty area over the bar.

The visitors rarely looked like threatening and failed to create a single opportunity in a poor first half.

They began to press after the break, however, and Farid El Alagui was twice thwarted by an organised Partick backline.

But they drew level in the 71st minute when Blair Alston was on hand to fire home Craig Sibbald's cross.

Darren Dods had a chance to snatch all three points in the closing stages but couldn't keep his header down inside the box.

OfficialStevie O'Reilly
Attendance2,586
VenueFirhill Stadium
Kick Off
Partick Thistle 0 - 0 Falkirk
0:25
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
0:36
Clearance by Murray Wallace
0:59
Cross from Craig Sibbald
1:03
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
3:43
Foul on Stuart Bannigan
3:48
Free Kick taken by Stuart Bannigan
5:00
Foul on Craig Sibbald
5:05
Free Kick taken by Murray Wallace
5:21
Cross from Stephen Kingsley
5:23
Clearance by Stephen O'Donnell
5:27
Corner taken by Mark Millar with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
5:52
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
6:38
Offside flag raised against Farid El Alagui
6:40
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
7:16
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
8:16
Cross from Jay Fulton
8:19
Block taken by Alan Archibald
8:25
Corner taken by Mark Millar with his right foot from the right byline to the near post
8:42
Clearance by Sean Welsh
10:21
Offside flag raised against Farid El Alagui
10:23
Free Kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell
13:14
Foul on Bradley Halsman
13:22
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
13:58
Corner taken by Christopher Erskine with his right foot from the right byline
14:23
Shot taken by Mark McGuigan from the centre penalty area
14:46
Clearance by Darren Dods
14:56
Shot taken by Farid El Alagui with his right foot from the centre penalty area
15:16
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
15:33
Foul on Mark McGuigan
15:38
Free Kick taken by Christopher Erskine from the right wing
15:50
Cross from Christopher Erskine
16:04
Clearance by Mark Millar
16:52
Cross from Mark McGuigan
16:57
Save made by Michael McGovern
17:22
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
18:06
Foul on Sean Welsh
18:11
Free Kick taken by Stephen O'Donnell
18:39
Offside flag raised against Christopher Erskine
18:41
Free Kick taken by Michael McGovern
19:18
Foul on Farid El Alagui
19:24
Free Kick taken by Mark Millar from the right wing
20:00
Cross from Stephen Kingsley
20:05
Clearance by Alan Archibald
21:23
Foul on Farid El Alagui
21:29
Free Kick taken by Farid El Alagui
21:38
Cross from Stephen Kingsley
21:42
Clearance by Sean Welsh
22:14
Shot taken by Stephen O'Donnell using his left foot
22:34
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
23:39
Shot taken by Mark McGuigan with his right foot from the left penalty area
23:39
Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Falkirk
GOAL scored by Mark McGuigan with his right foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
24:37
Foul on David Weatherston
24:45
Free Kick taken by Mark Millar from the right wing
26:14
Shot taken by Farid El Alagui with his right foot
26:29
Block taken by Conrad Balatoni
29:40
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
29:44
Save made by Michael McGovern
30:03
Cross from Mark McGuigan
30:08
Clearance by Blair Alston
31:31
Substitution for Falkirk: Kristopher Faulds on for David Weatherston
32:47
Foul on Christopher Erskine
32:52
Free Kick taken by Sean Welsh
34:01
Cross from Sean Welsh
34:06
Shot taken by Alan Archibald using his left foot from the centre penalty area
34:37
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
34:42
Cross from Mark McGuigan
34:45
Clearance by Rhys Bennett
35:31
Foul on Kristopher Faulds
35:35
Free Kick taken by Kristopher Faulds from the right wing
35:59
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
36:23
Clearance by Rhys Bennett
37:55
Cross from Paul Cairney
37:57
Clearance by Blair Alston
39:22
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
39:27
Clearance by Mark Millar
39:51
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
40:22
Foul on Blair Alston
40:30
Free Kick taken by Rhys Bennett
42:48
Offside flag raised against Stephen Kingsley
42:50
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
44:33
Foul on Darren Dods
44:39
Free Kick taken by Mark Millar
45:00+0:16
Offside flag raised against Mark McGuigan
45:00+0:17
Free Kick taken by Michael McGovern
Half Time
Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Falkirk
Second Half Started
Partick Thistle 1 - 0 Falkirk
45:26
Foul on Rhys Bennett
45:29
Free Kick taken by Rhys Bennett from the right wing
46:03
Cross from Jay Fulton
46:08
Save made by Scott Fox
46:29
Foul on Farid El Alagui
46:37
Free Kick taken by Murray Wallace
47:54
Foul on Stephen Kingsley
48:00
Free Kick taken by Michael McGovern
49:11
Foul on Kristopher Faulds
49:18
Free Kick taken by Rhys Bennett
49:48
Cross from Jay Fulton
49:52
Save made by Scott Fox
50:15
Foul on Stuart Bannigan
50:20
Free Kick taken by Conrad Balatoni
51:36
Foul on Paul Cairney
51:40
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney from the left wing
52:01
Cross from Paul Cairney
52:05
Save made by Michael McGovern
56:41
Shot taken by Farid El Alagui with his right foot from the right penalty area
56:53
Block taken by Stuart Bannigan
56:59
Corner taken by Mark Millar using his left foot from the left byline
57:43
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
60:40
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
62:54
Cross from Murray Wallace
62:56
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
63:15
Foul on Christopher Erskine
63:31
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
63:33
BOOKING: Mark Millar of Falkirk given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
64:37
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Kris Doolan on for Christopher Erskine
65:31
Shot taken by Kris Doolan using his left foot
65:50
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
66:41
Shot taken by Jay Fulton with his right foot
67:05
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
67:53
Cross from Stephen Kingsley
67:59
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
69:22
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
69:28
Clearance by Kristopher Faulds
69:44
Corner taken by Paul Cairney using his left foot from the left byline
69:53
Shot taken by Conrad Balatoni from the centre penalty area
70:10
Clearance by Stephen Kingsley
70:26
Shot taken by Blair Alston using his left foot from the centre penalty area
70:26
Partick Thistle 1 - 1 Falkirk
GOAL scored by Blair Alston using his left foot from the centre penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
71:32
Hand Ball taken by Craig Sibbald
71:41
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
72:02
Foul on Kristopher Faulds
72:29
Free Kick taken by Craig Sibbald from the right wing
73:56
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
74:13
Clearance by Stephen Kingsley
74:44
Cross from Mark McGuigan
74:51
Foul on Stephen Kingsley
75:11
BOOKING: Conrad Balatoni of Partick Thistle given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
75:15
Free Kick taken by Murray Wallace
76:18
Cross from Paul Cairney
76:26
Block taken by Rhys Bennett
76:30
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the right byline
76:41
Save made by Michael McGovern
77:12
Cross from Alan Archibald
77:16
Clearance by Darren Dods
78:27
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
78:36
Clearance by Darren Dods
78:38
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the right byline
78:57
Shot taken by Kris Doolan using his left foot from the centre penalty area
79:13
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Gavin Griffin on for Bradley Halsman
79:40
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Christie Elliot on for Mark McGuigan
80:10
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
80:14
Foul on Sean Welsh
80:18
Free Kick taken by Sean Welsh
80:27
Foul on Kristopher Faulds
80:36
Free Kick taken by Kristopher Faulds
81:08
Cross from Stephen Kingsley
81:12
Clearance by Sean Welsh
81:15
Corner taken by Mark Millar with his right foot from the left byline to the far post
81:47
Shot taken by Darren Dods from the right penalty area
82:04
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
82:30
Offside flag raised against Farid El Alagui
82:32
Free Kick taken by Gavin Griffin
85:48
Cross from Sean Welsh
85:54
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
86:58
Shot taken by Paul Cairney using his left foot from the right penalty area
87:13
Clearance by Rhys Bennett
87:18
Corner taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the right byline
89:30
Cross from Conrad Balatoni
89:33
Clearance by Rhys Bennett
89:50
Foul on Jay Fulton
89:56
Free Kick taken by Kristopher Faulds
90:00+0:37
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
90:00+0:39
Clearance by Darren Dods
90:00+0:46
Foul on Craig Sibbald
90:00+0:51
BOOKING: Sean Welsh of Partick Thistle given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
90:00+1:10
Free Kick taken by Mark Millar from the left wing
90:00+1:27
Cross from Farid El Alagui
90:00+1:30
Clearance by Conrad Balatoni
90:00+1:34
Foul on Paul Cairney
90:00+1:44
Free Kick taken by Scott Robertson
90:00+2:26
Foul on Craig Sibbald
90:00+2:32
Free Kick taken by Mark Millar from the left wing
Full Time
Partick Thistle 1 - 1 Falkirk

Partick Thistle

vs

Falkirk

1
Goals
1
1
Assists
1
8
Shots
6
4
On Target
3
4
Off Target
3
19
Crosses
11
7
Corners
4
35
Throw Ins
22
2
Saves
4
8
Clearances
16
7
Goal Kicks
7
3
Blocks
1
15
Free Kicks
19
2
Offside
4
0
Hand Balls
1
2
Yellow Cards
1

Partick Thistle

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Scott Fox
02.Stephen O'Donnell
03.Alan Archibald
04.Conrad Balatoni (76+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Stuart Bannigan
06.Paul Cairney
07.Bradley Halsman 80+0' Tactical
08.Scott Robertson
09.Sean Welsh (90+1: Unsporting behaviour)
10.Mark McGuigan 80+0' Tactical
11.Christopher Erskine 65+0' Injury

Substitutes

12.Ryan Scully
13.Gavin Griffin 80+0' Tactical
14.Kieran Burns
15.Kris Doolan 65+0' Injury
16.Christie Elliot 80+0' Tactical

Falkirk

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Michael McGovern
02.Rhys Bennett
03.Darren Dods
04.Murray Wallace
05.Stephen Kingsley
06.Mark Millar (64+0: Unsporting behaviour)
07.Jay Fulton
08.Blair Alston
09.Craig Sibbald
10.David Weatherston 32+0' Injury
11.Farid El Alagui

Substitutes

12.Graham Bowman
13.Liam Dick
14.Steven Brisbane
15.Kristopher Faulds 32+0' Injury
16.Jordan White

No Paton for Jags

Partick entertain Falkirk without the suspended Paul Paton as they look to build on an important victory over Dundee.

The Jags have doubts over Aaron Sinclair, Chris Erskine and Kris Doolan, with Darren Cole already ruled out.

Firhill boss Jackie McNamara said: "I would like to give some of young players the chance to show what they can do in the first team over the last couple of games.

"But I have to get the balance right as I want us to finish as high in the table as we can.

"A win in this game would lift us above Falkirk and also give us our first success over them in the league so there is still plenty to play for."

Falkirk have ruled out Kieran Duffie.

The Bairns are also without Duffie's fellow full-back Thomas Scobbie, who remains absent due to an ankle problem.

Steven Pressley's side have to win and hope that Dundee slip up in order to regain second place in the table.

The club's technical director Alex Smith said: "We have had a good season with excellent cup runs and an unexpected challenge in the league but we do not want things to fizzle out.

"It is always a tough game with Partick and they will be coming into this one boosted by a great win at Dundee.

"We have to win to have any chance of finishing second and we will give it a real go at Firhill."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Ross County 35 38 76
2 Dundee 35 9 52
3 Falkirk 35 4 49
4 Up Livingston 35 3 48
5 Down Hamilton Accies 35 -1 48
6 Partick Thistle 35 11 46
7 Morton 35 -13 42
8 Raith Rovers 35 -5 41
9 Ayr United 35 -22 38
10 Queen of South 35 -24 32

Updated 28/04/2012 at 17:15

 
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