Partick Thistle 0 - 1 Inverness CT

League Match
Saturday, November 10th, 2018, 3:00 PM at Energy Check Stadium, Firhill, Glasgow
Attendance: 2,509
Referee: Steven Kirkland
Partick Thistle Inverness CT

None. Tom Walsh (71)

Team Managers
Gary Caldwell John Robertson

Starting Eleven
Cammy Bell
Christie Elliott
James Penrice
Niall Keown
Sean McGinty
Blair Spittal
Stuart Bannigan
Craig Slater
Miles Storey
Kris Doolan
Jai Quitongo
Mark Ridgers
Coll Donaldson
Brad Mckay
Jamie McCart
Joe Chalmers
Charlie Trafford
Tom Walsh
Sean Welsh
Aaron Doran
Liam Polworth
George Oakley

Jamie Sneddon
Jack Storer
Andrew McCarthy
Callum Wilson
Aidan Fitzpatrick
Tam Scobbie
Brice Ntambwe
Daniel Hoban
Cameron Harper
Roddy MacGregor
Jordan White
Nathan Austin

Aidan Fitzpatrick -> Miles Storey (66) Jordan White for George Oakley (68)

Craig Slater (69)
Jai Quitongo (78)
Charlie Trafford (39)
Joe Chalmers (92)

Red Cards
None. None.
Appearances & Goals To Date
Mark Ridgers (GK) 61 apps -
Jamie McCart 17 apps -
Brad Mckay 91 apps4 goals
Joe Chalmers 62 apps5 goals
Coll Donaldson 49 apps1 goal
Charlie Trafford 37 apps -
Tom Walsh 18 apps3 goals
Sean Welsh 13 apps2 goals
Liam Polworth 178 apps16 goals
Aaron Doran 212 apps29 goals
George Oakley 55 apps16 goals
Jordan White (sub) 18 apps5 goals

Starting Lineup
Youngest Player:Jamie McCart (21 years 148 days)
Oldest Player:Sean Welsh (28 years 247 days)
Average Player Age:25 years 30 days
Domestic Players:8 (72.73 % of starting eleven)

Matchday Squad
Youngest Player:Roddy MacGregor (16 years 328 days)
Oldest Player:Sean Welsh (28 years 247 days)
Average Player Age:23 years 319 days
Domestic Players:12 (75.00 % of matchday squad)

First Team Debuts


Walsh stunner stuns Jags: Tom Walsh scored the only goal of the game with a brilliant solo goal to earn the Caley Jags all three points. Inverness had Mark Ridgers to thank for keeping another clean sheet as he superbly saved a Blair Spittal penalty with 15 minutes to go.

Lest we forget...................

John Robertson made a couple of enforced changes from the side that started the Highland derby against Ross County. Out went the disgraced Riccardo Calder who has had his contract terminated and Shaun Rooney has ligament damage and will be out for some time. Carl Tremarco is still out injured. That meant a revamp at the back with Brad Mckay moving to right back, Joe Chalmers to left back and Jamie McCart teaming up with Coll Donaldson at the heart of the defence. Charlie Trafford was drafted into midfield.

Gary Caldwell had former Inverness striker Miles Storey on from the start with Jai Quitongo and Kris Doolan backing him up. The impressive Cammy Bell was the man hoping to keep Inverness out, with midfield powerhouse Blair Spittal a key player for the Harry Wraggs.

A crowd of around two and a half thousand observed an impeccable silence to remember the fallen before Partick got the match underway, Inverness defending the Glasgow end of Firhill Stadium.

Immortal Howden Ender was our man at the match and here is his report..............

Didn’t we have a lovely day the day went to Partick. Well I just about got there and no thanks to yet another Rail strike. But it was well worth it to watch a sublime Tom Walsh curler hit the back of a rain soaked net in the 71st minute of what I can only describe as a turgid affair. Pre match we went “Into the Deep” and I enjoyed a scuba dive with Red Card, RIG, the Moffat Bros and a certain Mr. Oliver. Nice to actually listen to plaudits for the backroom staff and confirmation that a lot is actually been done behind the scenes. Never saw or heard a vulture all day.

Anyway to the game and probably a reason to make a more extensive introduction. In a way we were lucky to get away with three points. Partick had the more clear cut chances BUT they looked poor and never really looked like scoring, even from the penalty spot. It isn’t hard to cheer on Caley when you are bombarded with “Come on Thistle / Jags” shouts and chants !! And a paltry crowd of just over 2500 at the ”Energy Check Stadium” just summed up the fall of the Magyars of Firhill. A closed main stand and the barren hill at one end was a rather pitiful sight – especially when the heavens opened.

It was another disciplined and well organized defensive display that brought home the points. To be honest we never really tested Cammy Bell until the goal and although it was a sweet strike Bell did appear to flounder – and perhaps we should have had more than four strikes on target from 15 attempts. The first half was rather tedious. It was an open affair but neither side showed that killer touch. It looks like neither outfit have that goal scoring forward. Nice but ineffective tippy-tappy stuff but always either a poor last touch or a failed through ball. Plastic Whistle probably had the best opportunities when Ridgers saved from Quitongo and Doolan fluffed a half chance.

We appeared to move up a gear at the start of the second half and Oakley squandered a couple of chances from corner kick ploys. And then Thistle IMHO made a major error in hooking Miles Storey who had evidently been buoyed by facing his old team but his magic hat vanished and Gary Calwell displayed some of his tactical magic once again. And then on 71 minutes TOM WALSH successfully pulled a rabbit out of the hat. Picking up the ball on the left, neatly cut inside and curled a beauty via a sweeter right foot. But it was only three minutes later when we could have fecked it up. IMHO it was never a penalty but officials have a tendency to make such rewards when the ball accidentally is fired at a defenders flailing arm. But Ridgers stood tall and showered himself with a Calderesque (Jim by the way) slap off the crossbar, through himself to his left and tapped the ball round the post. He is definitely “One of our own”.

And the Partick boys then went all out to save the game but Ridgers, Coll and McCart stood firm and were abetted by the substitute Fitzpatrick of Partick who missed a 1-1 chance and never even tested Ridgers. So our unbeaten run continued and Thistle slumped to their seventh consecutive defeat. And the relief from our players was clearly displayed as to a man plus Robbo they hailed the travelling support.

Match report written by tm4tj/IHE

Pld W D L F A +/- Pts
1. Ayr United 13 9 2 2 25 12 13 29
2. Ross County 13 7 4 2 24 9 15 25
3. Dundee Utd 13 7 3 3 20 16 4 24
4. Inverness CT 13 4 9 0 16 10 6 21
5. Morton 13 5 4 4 18 21 -3 19
6. Queen of the South 13 4 5 4 21 15 6 17
7. Dunfermline 13 4 3 6 12 19 -7 15
8. Stirling Albion 13 2 5 6 9 17 -8 11
9. Partick Thistle 13 3 0 10 11 24 -13 9
10. Falkirk 13 2 1 10 7 20 -13 7