Partick Thistle 0 Peterhead 1

Dec 19, 2020

Full time score

Partick Thistle 0

Peterhead 1

S Brown (30)

Peterhead picked up three points for the second week running with the Blue Toon securing a 1-0 win at the home of Peterhead. Jim McInally’s side led at the break and after not taking chances to extend their lead in the second half they had to stand up to plenty of pressure in the closing minutes from their hosts.

There were nine minutes of injury time played, following an injury to Thistle’s Brian Graham, ensuring that finger nails were bitten down.

Peterhead manager McInally made two changes to last week’s side that defeated East Fife 2-1 with Andrew McCarthy dropping to the bench after not fully getting over a knee injury with Simon Ferry replacing him and Isaac Layne starting in preference to Lyall Cameron.

Thistle’s Joe Cardle created the game’s first opening on 11 minutes when he picked up the ball in the Blue Toon half and darted forward however his parting shot cleared the bar.

Joshua Rae was called into action on 14 minutes when Ryan Williamson let fly from 18 yards with the Peterhead shot-stopper making a fine save.

Rae saved again a minute later when Cardle tried his luck again with his shot taking a deflection on its way towards the visitors’ goal.

Peterhead made the most of Rae being alert by taking the lead on 30 minutes. Pressure from Jim McInally’s side allowed Steven Boyd to get space on the right and he picked out skipper Scott Brown who found the net for the second week running.

Thistle were stung into retaliation and Graham was just inches away from connecting with a cross from James Penrice and sending a header towards Peterhead’s goal.

Just before the break the Balmoor men almost doubled their lead when home goalkeeper Kieran Wright failed to gather a Gary Fraser cross and the ball dropped to Gary MacKenzie however the big defender could not force it home.

A minute into the second half and Brown tried his luck again but his shot curled wide of goal.

Just after the hour mark Alan Cook, who had just replaced Isaac Layne had a glimpse of goal however his shot was easily dealt with by Wright.

With ten minutes to go substitute Lyall Cameron darted into the home side’s penalty box and picked out Cook however Mouhamed Niang blocked his shot.

Thistle pushed Peterhead box in the closing stages and Gordon looked to have nodded in an equaliser however Ferry popped up to clear at the expense of a corner. From the flag kick Graham had a chance however he headed wide with appeals for a penalty for a handball by a visiting defender were ignored by referee Kevin Graham.

Striker Graham was injured shortly afterwards and after he had received treatment before being substituted Peterhead saw things out for a fine win.

Peterhead – Rae, Bailey, MacKenzie (Cameron 68), J Brown, Freeman, Fraser (Lyle 83), Ferry, S Brown, Conroy, Boyd, Layne (Cook 56)

Unused substitutes – McCarthy, Kesson, Bakar, Wilson (G/k)