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Partick Thistle 4

Lamont 27' Wilson 37' 64' McLaughlin 87'

East Kilbride 1

McGuire 75'
  • Sunday, 06 November 2016
  • Firhill Stadium
  • Under 20´s
  • SFA Youth Cup - R3

Partick Thistle cruised into the 4th round of the SFA Youth cup with a comfortable win over East Kilbride at Firhill.

The visiting side would have been hoping to take some inspiration from Edwin Van der Sar’s message to the senior side on Saturday, as they broke Ajax’s record of 27 straight victories.

However, it was Thistle who started the brighter, knocking the ball around confidently and looking sharp. And they had the first shot of the match on 12 minutes, when centre back Michael McMullin hit a powerful drive just past the post.

They continued to dominate and limited East Kilbride to speculative long balls over the top whilst also creating chances at the other end.

The ball fell to striker Neil McLaughlin in the box following a corner, but his shot was smothered by goalkeeper Craig Melrose.

The breakthrough did come for Thistle on 27 minutes. After being awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, winger Mark Lamont stepped up and curled a superb shot into the corner to make it 1-0.

East Kilbride struggled to keep possession of the ball and found themselves looking long to relieve some pressure. This had some success when they won a free kick on the left hand side, 30 yards from goal.

The ball was whipped in by Liam Craig and needed a last gasp clearance from the Thistle defence to prevent a tap in for a player in navy and gold.

This was to be the sole highlight of the first half for the South Lanarkshire side though, who soon fell 2-0 behind. Some silky passing play in the final third from Thistle set midfielder Callum Wilson up to slot home on 37 minutes.

It was almost three just before half time, after James Stokes found himself through on goal, but he was denied by the onrushing Melrose

  • Half Time:
  • Partick Thistle
  • 2-0
  • East Kilbride

The start of the second period was scrappy, with East Kilbride doing a better job of disrupting the home side’s rhythm.

Indeed, they forced the first real chance of the half when Gavin Millar hit a fierce shot which almost squirmed past Conor Cullen in the Thistle goal.

Nevertheless the step up in quality for the visitors was evident, as the men from Maryhill ramped up the pressure once more.

On the hour mark James Stokes went on a surging run through the middle of the pitch and into the box, only to be denied by the feet of Melrose.

Somewhat inevitably, the third goal arrived on 64 minutes. Some great work by James Penrice on the left hand side saw him beat his man and cut the ball back for Wilson, whose expert finish hit the underside of the crossbar before nestling in the back of the net.

It could have been four 5 minutes later, when a slack pass following an East Kilbride corner allowed Thistle to charge down the pitch, but Melrose came to the rescue yet again by preventing James Stokes from scoring.

Kilby never gave up though and looked more of a threat on the break than they did in the first half. And they got their reward in the 75th minute.

The ball broke to Jack Harrison at the far post and he dragged it back for substitute Kieran McGuire to calmly sweep the ball home.

The comeback was never truly on though, as the home side finished with a flourish. First, McLaughlin’s stunning long range strike rattled the crossbar before Lamont volleyed just over.

Then, with 3 minutes left to play, substitute Ross Fleming slid a low cross to the back post, where McLaughlin was waiting to dispatch the ball and grab himself the perfect 18th birthday present.

  • Full Time:
  • Partick Thistle
  • 4-1
  • East Kilbride


Partick Thistle
East Kilbride
1. Conor Cullen
2. Ian Stokes
3. James Penrice
4. Harry Grainger
5. Michael McMullin
6. Callum Wilson
7. Mark Lamont
8. Dominic Docherty
9. Neil McLaughlin
10. Andrew McCarthy
11. James Stokes
12. Kieran Bell
14. Ross Fleming
15. Jamie Hall
16. Aidan Fitzpatrick
1. Craig Melrose
2. Michael Anderson
3. Jack Harrison
4. Blair Kidd
5. Lee Davidson
6. James Cassidy
7. Liam Craig
8. Scott Brodie
9. Michael Jones
10. Anthony McGuigan
11. Gavin Millar
12. Kieran McGuire
15. Lewis Doherty
16. Scott Moore
17. Findlay Tough
18. Morgan Smith
19. James McBrearty
21. Claudio Lourenco Pascoal
Star Player
Partick Thistle
East Kilbride
Callum Wilson - The midfielder was brilliant on the ball, and showed a great range of passing and skills. Also scored two really good goals.
Craig Melrose - The goalkeeper made some fantastic saves to keep the scoreline down.
Magic Moment
Partick Thistle
East Kilbride
Mark Lamont's free kick was a sensational strike and sent Thistle on their way.
Kieran McGuire's composed finish gave East Kilbride a fair reward for an improved second half showing.
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