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