Falkirk 0 - 2 Partick Thistle

Saturday 20th April 2013
A Dowie (50)
C Erskine (78)

Thistle are champions

Partick secured the Irn-Bru Scottish First Division title after a 2-0 win at Falkirk.

Over 2,000 Thistle fans made the trip with their side needing only a point for promotion, but they were almost silenced just four minutes into the game when Conor McGrandles forced Scott Fox into an early save.

Alan Archibald's men soon gained a foothold in the game, however, and should have opened the scoring in the 31st minute when Conrad Balatoni headed wide from close range.

Ross Forbes then struck the crossbar with a left-footed free-kick two minutes later as the Jags continued to threaten.

The visitors found the goal they were looking for five minutes into the second half when Andrew Dowie headed home Forbes' corner.

Christopher Erskine ensured the celebrations could really start with a clinical 78th-minute finish.

OfficialStephen Finnie
Attendance4,804
VenueFalkirk Stadium
Kick Off
Falkirk 0 - 0 Partick Thistle
2:50
Corner taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot from the left byline to the near post
3:22
Cross from Ross Forbes
3:32
Save made by Michael McGovern
3:47
Shot taken by Conor McGrandles with his right foot from the right penalty area
4:00
Save made by Scott Fox
4:09
Corner taken by Craig Sibbald using his left foot from the right byline short of the target
4:26
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
5:47
Foul on Stewart Murdoch
5:55
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Flynn
7:22
Cross from Steven Lawless
7:35
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
10:12
Shot taken by Steven Lawless using his left foot
10:25
Save made by Michael McGovern
11:38
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
11:44
Free Kick taken by James Craigen
18:31
Shot taken by Steven Lawless using his left foot from the centre penalty area
18:53
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
18:59
Foul on Craig Sibbald
19:03
Free Kick taken by Craig Sibbald from the left wing
19:36
Cross from Craig Sibbald
19:45
Clearance by Stuart Bannigan
21:28
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
21:58
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
22:03
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
22:49
Offside flag raised against Kris Doolan
22:49
Free Kick taken by Michael McGovern
24:22
Foul on Kieran Duffie
24:28
Free Kick taken by Kieran Duffie
25:14
Shot taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot from the left penalty area
25:40
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
26:00
Offside flag raised against Lyle Taylor
26:04
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
27:04
Corner taken by Ross Forbes with his right foot from the left byline
27:38
Offside flag raised against Ross Forbes
27:40
Free Kick taken by Michael McGovern
28:45
Shot taken by Jay Fulton with his right foot
29:04
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
30:52
Cross from Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
31:11
Clearance by Darren Dods
31:15
Corner taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
31:37
Shot taken by Conrad Balatoni from the centre penalty area
31:58
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
32:37
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
32:45
Free Kick taken by Ross Forbes
33:00
BOOKING: Kieran Duffie of Falkirk given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
34:14
Shot taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot
34:41
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
35:08
Cross from Kieran Duffie
35:19
Save made by Scott Fox
35:29
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
36:13
Shot taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair using his left foot
36:34
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
39:04
Hand Ball taken by Stuart Bannigan
39:10
Free Kick taken by Stewart Murdoch
40:52
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
42:20
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
44:39
Offside flag raised against Kris Doolan
44:42
Free Kick taken by Michael McGovern
Half Time
Falkirk 0 - 0 Partick Thistle
Second Half Started
Falkirk 0 - 0 Partick Thistle
45:35
Foul on Jay Fulton
45:41
Free Kick taken by Darren Dods
46:31
Foul on Stewart Murdoch
46:38
Free Kick taken by Jay Fulton
47:43
Shot taken by Stewart Murdoch with his right foot
48:02
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
48:46
Corner taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot from the left byline
49:29
Shot taken by Andrew Dowie from the centre penalty area
49:29
Falkirk 0 - 1 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Andrew Dowie from the centre penalty area to the top right of the goal.
54:44
Foul on Craig Sibbald
54:51
Free Kick taken by Jay Fulton from the left wing
56:01
Cross from Jay Fulton
56:49
Corner taken by Craig Sibbald using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
57:29
Shot taken by Darren Dods from the left six yard line
57:44
BOOKING: Scott Fox of Partick Thistle given yellow card for dissent
58:13
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
59:10
Substitution for Falkirk: Sean Higgins on for Blair Alston
60:36
Foul on Jay Fulton
60:40
Free Kick taken by Kieran Duffie from the right wing
61:20
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
61:35
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
62:07
Offside flag raised against Sean Higgins
62:14
Foul on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
62:17
Free Kick taken by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair from the left wing
63:35
Foul on Craig Sibbald
63:40
Free Kick taken by Jonathan Flynn
64:07
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
64:17
Save made by Michael McGovern
65:07
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
66:55
Foul on Lyle Taylor
67:02
Free Kick taken by Darren Dods
68:09
Foul on Kris Doolan
68:18
BOOKING: Darren Dods of Falkirk given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
68:27
Free Kick taken by Ross Forbes
70:05
Shot taken by Ross Forbes using his left foot from the centre penalty area
70:25
Save made by Kieran Duffie
70:47
Substitution for Falkirk: Thomas Grant on for Jay Fulton
71:37
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
71:59
Foul on Steven Lawless
72:09
BOOKING: Jonathan Flynn of Falkirk given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
72:21
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Christie Elliot on for Ross Forbes
72:53
Free Kick taken by James Craigen
73:43
Shot taken by Christie Elliot with his right foot
73:57
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
75:07
Goal Kick taken by Michael McGovern
77:45
Shot taken by Kris Doolan using his left foot from the left penalty area
77:45
Falkirk 0 - 2 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Christopher Erskine using his left foot from the left penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
79:33
Shot taken by Kris Doolan using his left foot from the left byline
79:58
Save made by Michael McGovern
80:12
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Steven Craig on for Christopher Erskine
81:30
Corner taken by Thomas Grant using his left foot from the right byline to the far post
81:57
Cross from Lyle Taylor
82:05
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Mark McGuigan on for Kris Doolan
82:14
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
82:50
Foul on Steven Craig
82:57
Free Kick taken by James Craigen
85:41
Cross from Steven Lawless
86:17
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
87:23
Cross from Thomas Grant
87:37
Clearance by Andrew Dowie
88:32
Shot taken by Steven Lawless with his right foot from the centre penalty area
88:49
Save made by Michael McGovern
Full Time
Falkirk 0 - 2 Partick Thistle

Falkirk

vs

Partick Thistle

0
Goals
2
0
Assists
1
4
Shots
12
1
On Target
6
3
Off Target
6
5
Crosses
5
3
Corners
4
21
Throw Ins
28
6
Saves
2
1
Clearances
2
13
Goal Kicks
7
13
Free Kicks
9
2
Offside
3
0
Hand Balls
1
3
Yellow Cards
1

Falkirk

Formation: 4-5-1

01.Michael McGovern
02.Kieran Duffie (33+0: Unsporting behaviour)
03.Stephen Kingsley
04.Darren Dods (69+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Jonathan Flynn (73+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Stewart Murdoch
08.Conor McGrandles
10.Jay Fulton 71+0' Tactical
11.Blair Alston 60+0' Tactical
07.Craig Sibbald
09.Lyle Taylor

Substitutes

17.Graham Bowman
14.Thomas Grant 71+0' Tactical
15.Liam Dick
16.Iain Flannigan
12.Sean Higgins 60+0' Tactical

Partick Thistle

Formation: 4-5-1

01.Scott Fox (58+0: Dissent)
02.Stephen O'Donnell
03.Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
05.Andrew Dowie
04.Stuart Bannigan
06.Conrad Balatoni
08.James Craigen
11.Christopher Erskine 81+0' Tactical
07.Steven Lawless
09.Kris Doolan 83+0' Tactical
10.Ross Forbes 73+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Glen Daniels
15.Jordan McMillan
17.Mark McGuigan 83+0' Tactical
14.Steven Craig 81+0' Tactical
16.Christie Elliot 73+0' Tactical

Jags target title party

Partick are again without skipper Paul Paton due to a knee injury as they look for the point away at Falkirk which will guarantee them the First Division title and SPL football next season.

The Jags are also without Hugh Murray (foot) and Aaron Muirhead, who sits out the third game of his four-match suspension, however Jordan McMillan has done a full week's training after illness and is included in the travelling party.

Player/manager Alan Archibald said: "It was disappointing not to get the win we needed at home on Tuesday to win the league but our draw with Raith was a good reminder that teams are not going to lie down and hand us a prize.

"We will go out now and look to do the business at Falkirk."

Striker Lewis Small is Falkirk's only absentee with a dislocated shoulder as they look to derail Partick's title party.

Recently-appointed manager Gary Holt will make changes to his starting line-up after Tuesday night's 3-1 home defeat by Dumbarton.

The Bairns' technical director Alex Smith said: "We had to rest some players for that game as they had two hours of football on the Saturday against Hibs in the Scottish Cup semi-final. They are now all ready to face Partick.

"It should be a cracking atmosphere at the game and our players will enjoy that. While Thistle deserve to be where they are, we will be looking to beat them as we want finish in third place."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Partick Thistle 34 48 76
2 Morton 34 31 67
3 Livingston 34 1 49
4 Falkirk 34 1 49
5 Hamilton Accies 34 7 48
6 Raith Rovers 34 -4 42
7 Dumbarton 34 -26 39
8 Up Dunfermline 34 4 33
9 Down Cowdenbeath 34 -15 33
10 Airdrieonians 34 -47 19

Updated 20/04/2013 at 16:59