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Jags steal late winner against Motherwell

Partick Thistle 2

Jordan Leyden 76 (pen), Michael McMullin 87.

Motherwell 1

Dylan Mackin 64.
  • Friday, 27 March 2015
  • Excelsior Stadium, Airdrie.
  • Under 20´s
  • SPFL Development League

Martin McConnell | YFS South Lanarkshire Senior Reporter
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Partick Thistle came from behind late on to snatch this match from a very young Motherwell side. It was a closely contested match, the first half proving to be intense, scrappy and bleak at times for us neutrals, the second half however was end to end and full of creativity and skill, from two sides that wanted a win.
We had to wait until the seventh minute for a chance on goal, when a mix up in the Motherwell defence allowed Jordan Leyden to steal the ball, run in on goal and put a shade too high over the crossbar. 
Thistle showed a touch of class when they had a five pass sequence in front of the Motherwell penalty area that ended with Matthew McInally’s low twenty yard shot across the face of goal, missing by inches!
Motherwell managed to get their first shot of the match when Danny McNulty played the ball through for Liam Anderson to unleash his effort from eighteen yards which goalkeeper Connor Cullen saved comfortably. 
Thistle’s McInally made a nice run out on the flank, going past a Well defender before turning inside and setting up Leyden for a strike that went close but on the wrong side of the crossbar from thirty yards out.
Towards the end of the first half the Lanarkshire men started to look much more comfortable and began to impress with their productive play up front. 
Dylan Mackin played a lovely back heel out to Jack McMillan on the wing, passing back for Mackin who then crossed towards the back post area, unfortunately Anderson was unable to make a good contact with the ball and his header didn’t trouble Cullen. 
Well had another decent chance when Steven Higgins played the ball into a crowded penalty area for Mackin to hold up whilst under pressure from the Thistle defence, he played back out to McNulty who then hit back in towards the goal, Robbie Leitch managed to connect and send the ball just wide of the post! 
  • Half Time:
  • Partick Thistle
  • 0-0
  • Motherwell
The second half got off to a great start when Anderson shot from twelve yards out and saw his shot parried back out by Cullen, Anderson had a second attempt which was again stopped by the keeper, Leitch this time hit the ball goal wards but was denied by McInally’s goal line clearance. 
Both teams then went on to have some decent chances that didn’t really trouble the keepers, until the sixty third minute when Luke Watt played a dangerous long ball into the Thistle penalty area, Mackin chased down, took a touch and slid past the Jags keeper, 0-1.
Well then came close when Watt struck a free kick from deep for Mackin to hold up before being crossed into the penalty area for Watter to head down for Higgins to strike from eighteen yards out, going close but over the crossbar. 
The scores were even when McCall brought down McCarthy inside the penalty area with a clumsy challenge. Leyden took control and stepped up to take the spot kick before placing towards the centre of the net as the keeper went right, 1-1.
Neil McLaughlin almost made it two for Thistle when from twenty yards out, he turned one way then another before getting his shot in on goal, Stuart was up to the task and dived low to his left to make a fantastic save. 
Ross Stuart had to be at his best again when McCarthy let loose with a stinging shot from the edge of the penalty area that saw Stuart parry away instinctively to safety.
McLaughlin snatched a late winner for Thistle from a well-constructed play from within their own half which saw them move the ball nicely down the wing for Michael McMullin to dink a nice ball through for McLaughlin to slip past the keeper, 1-2!
Both teams can be pleased with their performances, Motherwell started with a very young team that included four sixteen year olds and fifteen year old Dylan Falconer who came on in the second half. 
Putting the disappointment of this, only their second defeat of 2015 behind them, they’ll surely go on and take more points off of more experienced sides. Partick Thistle have been on some decent form of late and can now look to get some points in the bag and chase down some of the teams above them and improve their league position.
  • Full Time:
  • Partick Thistle
  • 2-1
  • Motherwell


Partick Thistle
1. C Cullen GK
2. M McInally
3. J Penrice
4. J Hendry
5. P Miller
6. J Leyden
7. M Lamont
8. D Docherty
9. C Dillon
10. A McCarthy
11. M McMullin
12. M Waters GK
14. N McLaughlin
15. Z Simpson
16. C Wilson
1. R Stuart GK
2. D McNulty
3. J McMillan
4. C McCall
5. L Watt
6. B McGuire
7. L Anderson
8. R Leitch
9. D Mackin
11. S Higgins
14. A Campbell
12. M Currie
13. J Moore
15. R Watter
16. D Falconer
Star Player
Partick Thistle
Could go to Jordan Leyden, Matthew McInally or Andy McCarthy, will give it to Leyden for his penalty that got Thistle back in the match.
Dylan Mackin. Scored the Motherwell goal and looked dangerous throughout the match.
Magic Moment
Partick Thistle
The move from within their own half that led up to Michael McMullin's winner for Thistle.
Dylan Mackin's goal, won the ball, made a good run and put away with calm composure.
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