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!